This post was updated on January 18, 2023
Best New Deck Stain – Updated May 2023
In 2018, our first full year of using the Restore A Deck stain, we had zero issues with performance and saved a tremendous amount of time with the ability to prep and stain on the same day. Three years later and we will continue to offer the Restore A Deck Wood Stain as one of our go-to decking stains for the 2023 restoration season.
With over 20 years’ experience owning and operating our own deck staining business, we have tried pretty much every brand of deck stain out there. We Q&A with thousands of contractors, homeowners, and project managers about their projects, what works, and what does not.
Three years ago we tested the Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain. The RAD stain completes the line of the RAD Cleaner, Strippers, and Brighteners that have been around for 15+ years. Restore-A-Deck wood stain uses the latest advancements in wood stain technology to properly seal and protect the wood in 5 beautiful semi-transparent finishes. The formula penetrates deep into the wood grain to protect your deck against UV damage and water that can promote the growth of mold and mildew. It is eco-safe and easily cleaned up during the application process with soap and water. After one year, the deck stain had no wear/tear and peeling, no mold/mildew/algae, no UV graying, and very little color darkening.
For reference, here are pictures of our project:
Our deck after Restore-A-Deck prep
Our deck after Restore-A-Deck damp wood application
Our deck one year after our Restore-A-Deck project
The best new deck stain on the market is the Restore-A-Deck wood stain. We base this decision not only from the ease of application and convenience, that this is also can be applied the same day as the prep. After a year enduring this brutal winter, we have evaluated our decks and their deck stains for longevity. Restore-A-Deck has held up to its promise to stay true to its original application color and quality through the last year. We will continue to monitor the progress of this newer stain and post results as needed.
See full review here: Restore-A-Deck Stain Review
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As an article and comment contributor to the site, Scott has been around the pressure washing industry since attending college. In 1993 he started his first company called Oakland Pressure Wash specializing in exterior pressure washing and deck staining. That company evolved into OPW L.L.C. shortly thereafter concentrating more on exterior wood and deck restoration. Scott and his Deck Cleaning Michigan company have restored over 10,000 decks in the Metro Detroit area since the early years. He has become an authority in the deck restoration industry and has contributed to numerous wood restoration forums and informative sites.
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