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The Best Solid Color Deck Stains

The Best Solid Color Deck Stains

Best Solid Color Deck Stains for 2022

Some new solid color stains have been introduced since we originally published this article. We recommend you do your research on our site with reviews for recommendations for the best solid color deck stains. Our top picks for a solid color deck stain are below. If you want a solid color Deck Resurface type stain, then choose the Gulf Synthetics. We always appreciate your input, so feel free to leave a comment below with pictures of your solid deck stain projects.

Best Solid Stain for Deck

Here is our list of the top solid color deck stains that we use as restoration contractors:

When staining a deck there are many brands and types of stains to choose from. If you are looking for a certain color or want to mask the wood grain completely then a solid color deck stain is the best choice. There are however some things to consider when searching for the best solid color deck stains.

If the deck has been cleaned properly and does not have any existing coatings or finish on it then an oil-based solid color stain is the way to go. These types of solid stains will always perform better than a water-based solid stain. However, you may find that the oil-based solid stains are impossible to find due to strict VOC laws so any brand you can find should work.

If you cannot find an oil-based solid color deck stain or you are dealing with an existing coating then look for one of the top-rated solid stains listed below in a water-based formula. The important key to remember is that prepping the wood prior to recoating is crucial. Whether the wood is new or old it must be cleaned correctly so the solid stain will adhere properly. Failure to prep the wood is the number one reason for premature deck stain failure.

If using a water-based solid color deck stain to cover up a previous coating it is still crucial to prep the wood. Wash the surface with a deck cleaner and a pressure washer to remove any old flaking or peeling stain. The best solid color deck stain will not fix a peeling old stain if it is not prepped well. A clean surface is paramount for proper stain adhesion. Good prep work and the best solid color deck stains will ensure a stunning long-lasting finish.

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Marti
Marti
3 months ago

We are rebuilding a deck and are using southern yellow pine KDAT. Do we need to clean AND sand it prior to staining with a solid stain? Does the wood still need to weather for a few months prior?

Anne
Anne
4 months ago

My deck was built a little over a year ago. What is the best stain to put on it for the first time? Oil base or water base. What is a good name brand to use?

Norman Jones
Norman Jones
5 months ago

Does restore 3 step deck stain harm plants around base of deck?

Sandra
Sandra
5 months ago

Made the mistake of using Thompson’s Water Seal on our pressure treated deck a few times since it was built (about six years ago). I’m in the process of stripping/sanding what remains off using Restore A Deck stripper (with booster and additive), so that I can do the boards with the TWP 1500 series – that’s going great! But the railings are giving me trouble because there are so many nooks and crannies, and there will certainly be spots that I miss with my sander. Can I put a solid stain over the bits of Thompson’s that are left on the railings, or is that bound to fail? Other ideas?

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jokast7
jokast7(@jokast7)
2 years ago

Just had Olympic Elite solid Gray Slate deck stain done; noticing leaves & other debris leaving brown stains behind? No cleaning solution seems to remove(afraid to try straight bleach for fear of removing the color) I always had clear stain prior but had several boards replaced & deck guy said solid was best. Thank you!

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Kelly
Kelly
2 years ago

How long after built should u stain ur deck

Jeff Filler
Jeff Filler
2 years ago
Reply to  Kelly

Let the wood cure for 3-4 mths

LOU
LOU
2 years ago

has anyone just put a solid stain on the deck and put outdoor carpet over it ? will the wood rot after awhile due to rain ? seems like an easy solution instead of having to stain every couple years..??

LOU
LOU
2 years ago

thought i would paint if with solid stain /sealer first then put outdoor carpet down ..

Carola
Carola
2 years ago
Reply to  LOU

I have and the wood did not rot. I did not leave the carpet out during the winter though. But there were rainy days in spring and fall and it was ok

Hank Wilson
Hank Wilson
2 years ago

Last week a contractor cleaned my deck and reapplied two coats of Cabot DeckCorrect. For reasons I am not aware of he did NOT use Cabot solid stain on the railings but applied the same DeckCorrect product. Meanwhile I have decided to put a darker color on the railings to enhance the color of the deck. The “Cedar” color used on the deck looks much lighter than the sample and looks like a “peanut butter” color. My specific question is this: Can I use a Solid Color Stain OVER the Cabot DeckCorrect product on the railings? The information I have says “DO NOT INTERMIX WITH ANY OTHER PRODUCTS.” Many thanks!

Hank Wilson
Hank Wilson
2 years ago

Would a third coat of DeckCorrecton the railings be too much? I want to apply Oak Brown over Cedar to darken the present color which looks awful.

Thanks for your help!

Jeff
Jeff
2 years ago

HI. How well will staining the rails white on a cedar deck work? Have a solid cedar color stain on them now. Two coats, I’m assuming. Will I be staining them again every year because of how dirty they will get? Live in New England.

Gel
Gel
2 years ago

Help! We bought a house with a sad deck. We power washed the other day and a lot of flakes came off but not nearly enough. I don’t know if it’s paint or stain or what type of wood. The woods gross and dirty and probably just needs to be ripped out completely but not in the budget right now so I’m trying to figure out what we need to do to refresh it a bit and get a few more years out of it. Attached are pics. Any advice would be great!! Can’t find a company here that will replace boards, strip, and stain it. So gotta try to do it ourselves.

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Gel
Gel
2 years ago

Okay okay. Remove it by sanding it off? Like renting one of those big floor sanders from home depot?

Ali
Ali
2 years ago
Reply to  Gel

My deck looks almost identical to yours. My contractor friend was just instructing me to get a deck stripper product rather than sand, follow its directions, then power wash, then apply the solid stain. I’m about to start the process myself. Good luck!

Gel
Gel
2 years ago
Reply to  Ali

Thanks, you too. We’ve been getting a lot of rain so we haven’t been able to sand yet but that’s still the plan. We originally tried a stripper on one part of it and it didn’t work at all.

LOU
LOU
2 years ago
Reply to  Gel

have you thought of just putting a sealer down and then outdoor carpet like astro turf over it ?? i am thinking about doing just that but wonder if wood would rot under the carpet ???

Kathy Valenta-Geffers
Kathy Valenta-Geffers
2 years ago
Reply to  Gel

Mine was close to that, try a gas power washer. Knocked off my paint down to fresh wood.

Lauren
Lauren
2 years ago

Okay, I am overwhelmed with internet advice on how best to restore my 15 year old deck. First, I’ll start with the history. When we bought this house 15 years ago, it had a deck painted with oil based Cabot. SInce then the deck has had a few coats of Behr deck paints. The first recoating was just right over the old (not prepped properly). Three years ago, the deck was pressure washed, then primed and done with BEHR Deck Over – which was awful and continues to peel. There have been quick touch ups with a matching stain since to bandaid the real issue. That leaves me to this year – want to do this deck correctly. I have power washed what was loose and now are scraping endlessly for 3 days. With this labor of love, I want to do the correct next steps. Do I continue to hand scrape? Should I get a stripper? After that, should I sand? What do you recommend for the best solid color stain on old dried out wood that has extreme hot and cold (I live in New England- deck BAKES in the sun all summer, gets extreme cold in winters, and is a very high deck)

Shelley
Shelley
2 years ago

I’m getting different opinions from people I trust. I have an over 32 year old deck that was built with the slats too close together which doesn’t allow proper drainage and it has never been stained. The deck now gets mossy living in the Northeast as the deck is in the shade most of the day. I have power washed it and hammered in the nails so it is ready to be stained. I am having trouble deciding which is best for it as I don’t want a lot of maintenance every year. It is splintery as well. I read that the epoxy, such as ArmorPoxy, etc. can start to peel, is hot and uncomfortable on your feet. Would you please let me know your opinion about using a solid stain versus an epoxy on this old deck? Thank you!

Lynn
Lynn
2 years ago

I appreciate all your tips on cleaning and staining decks. I was going to hire this project done, but the cost was prohibitive. So…since I will be doing it myself..is the Restore A Deck cleaner safe for established plants?

Bob Schleeper
Bob Schleeper
2 years ago

if stained with solid color latex stain how long will it last

Byron Shutt
Byron Shutt
2 years ago

I used a large pad sander on old deck that had no paint on it. It cleaned it up pretty well. Do I still need to use deck cleaner before Behr solid Deckover product

Stu
Stu
2 years ago

Advantage vs. disadvantage of using a dark blue solid stain on one section of a large deck. That area is sectioned off and it is where the spa is located.

John Burns
John Burns
2 years ago

My deck is about 6 years old. I originally let it dry out (2×6 planks) then applied Sherwin Williams Solid stain grey. It looked good for about 3 years and has been peeling ever since mainly on the horizonal areas. I want to stain it again. 1. Can I use a stripper and then apply an oil based solid stain? 2. If I used the same latex solid stain, can I just pressure wash the loose peeling parts and re apply? 3. Do I need to strip the paint with a chemical to get it all off before re applying the latex based solid stain again? 4. When using a chemical remover, what do you recommend? Which solid stain should I use. How bad is Sherwin Williams? I bought it thinking it was a good one, I am not really happy with it, but I seen elsewhere you said that solid stains can last about 3 years.

John Burns
John Burns
2 years ago

Ok so to clarify. I cannot fully strip the solid stain off and put on an oil base due to incompatibility. I can simply use a pressure washer and take off the loose stuff, then buy the Restore a deck solid stain, and put that over what is still adhered to my deck.

I planned to use sodium hydroxide and a dish soap surfactant, to remove all the stain, or as much as possible, and follow with the oxalic acid to neutralize and brighten.
I do have a covered area of the deck which is not peeling.

If I use my chemical, or the restore a deck stripper, what percentage of removal should I expect or try for?

I will follow your advice and get the stain you suggested.
Im very grateful for your response!

Timothy Pacey
Timothy Pacey
3 years ago

Here are pictures that go with my last question about black streaking.

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Timothy Pacey
Timothy Pacey
3 years ago

In May of this year, I cleaned my deck with Behr brand deck cleaner, partially sanded the old transparent stain down to bare wood then applied Sherwin-Williams Woodscapes brand solid color stain. It has been about 10 weeks or so since I did that, and now I’m getting the black streaks in the grain of the wood as shown in the attached photos. Can you tell me what is causing this and how to fix it? I would point out that it had been 24 hours with no rain after sanding and before staining, and am pretty sure the temperature was below 90° Fahrenheit for 24 hours after staining was completed. The transparent stain that may not have been completely removed was Behr premium wood costing. The deck was first stained 6 months after construction, and is about 3 years old. It is unshaded and in 85 to 90 degree sun and rain for most of this summer (Washington dc area).

Teresa
Teresa
3 years ago

We have a 12 x 12 deck with an overhead portico. The previous owners PAINTED the entire deck rather than stain. I imagine the deck is over 20 years old. I cannot get all this disgusting paint off with the power washer. We have decided to try the RAD solid stain in Coastal Gray. My questions are 1) do I have to continue working to remove all this paint? and 2) if I can’t get the paint completely off, will it show through the stain as being uneven and obvious where the old paint remains?

This is an elevated deck with a full set of stairs, an entire foundation around the bottom, decorative railings, and of course, the overhead. I want to do this right since it’s such a huge job so I don’t have to repeat this process more than every few years! I did read in some of your comments that solid stains aren’t great for horizontal surfaces? Any other suggestions if that is the case?

Teresa
Teresa
3 years ago

I’m struggling to get photos to meet the minimum size!

Teresa
Teresa
3 years ago

Thank you for the input! We are in Michigan with wild temperature fluctuations! I should clarify that I have not worked the entire deck with the power washer yet, but its evident that this paint is adhered to the wood!

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Teresa
Teresa
3 years ago

Thank you! Does it make any different between stain vs paint? This is paint on the deck, not stain. Do they have the same properties? I have all my RAD products in the cart and ready to purchase! I’m just waiting on your expert opinion before I do! 🙂 Oh! I was also going to use premium outdoor paint on the vertical portions on the railing since it’s a tadbit cheaper. Do you see that as a problem?

Teresa
Teresa
3 years ago

I just ordered my product. As I was reading through their articles, I came across one that I wish I had seen prior to my order. They are stating that RAD “cannot” be applied to a painted deck. I have gotten most of the paint off, but not all of it. It sounds like this process is not going to work for me now and I just feel sick.

Teresa
Teresa
3 years ago

These two are pre-power washer.

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Rob
Rob
3 years ago

I have a deck made with 5/4 pressure treated wood. The deck is 30 years old and has never been stained or treated with anything. I live in the Dayton, Ohio area where summers have several days in the 90’s and receive their share of thunderstorms and winters deliver snow and ice. The deck is very weathered but still structurally strong. I want to stain the deck with a solid stain, present choice is the Restore-A-Deck Coastal Gray solid stain. For preparation, I’m not concerned with brightening the wood or removing the graying since I want to use a solid color stain.

Over a test section I tried an Olympic Premium Deck Cleaner which you spray, roller or brush on let sit for 10 minutes then hose off. It appeared to sufficiently clean the deck boards. I could also use the RAD deck cleaner. Question: can I do what I want to with any degree of success? The RAD deck cleaner is a 2 step process: wood cleaner then wood brightener with pH correction. Is one of these cleaners better than the other? If I use the RAD deck cleaner do I need step 2, the brightening step?

Ann Swintap
Ann Swintap
3 years ago

I just bought a house on the water in N.E. (salt water cove), it has weathered white cedar shingles and clapboard. We needed to replaced some shingles and now we feel we have to stain it so it doesn’t look like patch work. The shingles have never been treated. We power washed already. We like the Solid color options but don’t want to have to maintain this every other year. What product and prep would you recommend for the best durability? Thanks so much!

Sarah Burkhardt
Sarah Burkhardt
3 years ago

Have you had any experience with KILZ siding, fence and barn paint? It has really great reviews but you guys haven’t mentioned them, thanks in advance! This site is so much help for reviving our 10 year old cabin !

Judy Angel
Judy Angel
3 years ago

I previously used Behr transparent waterproofing wood finish natural 400 on my deck. It has lasted about 4 years. I have pressure wash it completely but a lot of the vertical post and a little of the horizontal surface still has a shinny surface to it not weathered. The pressure washer will not take any more off it as we explained. Can we at this point use a solid color stain and will it adhere properly to the shiny surfaces?
Help any advice will be appreciated.

V Mangini
V Mangini
3 years ago

We have a deck stained w it’s a stain and now want to redo in a solid. What do we do

Fred
Fred
3 years ago

I’d like to cover my 3 year old Behr Deck Over paint. I sanded the deck to remove the flaking rough spots but the paint is still there. Is there a suitable solid acrylic stain?

Fred
Fred
3 years ago

can you recommend a paint, resurface paint, or oil base paint that I can put on top of the Behr Deck Over?

julia
julia
3 years ago

Is Zar solid color deck + siding stain highly regarded?

Janet Day
Janet Day
3 years ago

Contractor recommended using Olympic Maximum sold deck stain. Do you have any feedback on this brand? Thanks!

Janet Day
Janet Day
3 years ago

Now I have a dilemma, Online stated Home Depot only place to buy Flood Pro Series in my area. Went to several in my area, none now carries Flood, only a few cans of transparency stain. I need solid. They advised Behr Premium Waterproofing Stain & Sealer. Consumer Report for 2018 listed as #1 Olympic Elite for solid stain. Since I can’t get the Flood, what would be your next recommendation for a solid deck stain? Thanks.

anonymous
anonymous
3 years ago
Reply to  Janet Day

Deluxe paint stores in Winnipeg sells solid Flood stains.

Jaclyn Bobich
Jaclyn Bobich
3 years ago

I have a 900 square foot deck that the previous homeowner had used Behr Deck Over on. It was peeling so I took the recommendation of our local Paint Mart and removed it all with an angle grinder and diamond disk (Diamabrush). I’m down to mostly bare wood, with the exception of some cracks. Do I need to use a solid stain over it? The rails still have the Deck Over, but it’s in better shape, so I’m planning on a solid stain over it, to change the color.

Heather
Heather
3 years ago

We have a new deck that has now seasoned for 15 months with no stain yet applied. Looking at the Flood solid stain to finish deck boards only as we used Trex for our railing. Other than the boards being dry should we do any additional prep steps prior to applying the stain? Should we use 100% acrylic solid stain? The deck gets full sun all day and is around our above ground pool.

Theresa Houlahan
Theresa Houlahan
3 years ago

I have a very large covered deck, 20 x 25, (canvas top) that was built 10 years ago, it was stained once with semi-transparent, it’s a huge job I have to do myself. Most of the stain has weathered away, I plan on staying in the house only for 6/7 more years and really don’t want to do it again. Any suggestions?

SALEM HENDOW
SALEM HENDOW
3 years ago

I applied a sealer to my 16 X 16 deck in 2016.

This year I want to stain it (Cedar colour, how many applications), could you guide me through the process of this project.

Sam
Montreal

Salem Hendow
Salem Hendow
3 years ago

Thanks a million
Will do after snow melts

Cheers
Sam

Mike
Mike
3 years ago

Greetings,
Here is the Flood Pro Solid Stains recommended this summer. Applied for only 6 months. Holding up against it’s first winter in WI.

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Dee
Dee
3 years ago

My deck floor and railings need to be restained. Can I use the Flood Solid water based stain on the floor of the deck and screened porch over the existing stain or just on the vertical areas? I keep reading that solid stain should not be used on the floor area because it does not penetrate in to the wood and will peel but my painter says Flood Solid is made for the floor area and will last 10 years. Does Flood have a good semi transparent that is good for the deck floor area?

Carla K.
Carla K.
3 years ago

Thank you.

This is for our siding, not a deck. I called Flood and he said to use a cleaner/brightener and then sand as the last step, since sanding doesn’t clean the wood. Apply one coat of the solid stain and let it cure for a week. He said that will lock the rust into the first coat and keep it there, and then apply a second coat.

I can use the primer if I want to, but he doesn’t feel it’s necessary. Also, he agrees that 150 grit is way too smooth. He said the highest I should go is 100. I’m wondering if I should just do it all with 80 grit. Which would you choose for cedar siding?

Carla K.
Carla K.
3 years ago

I just finished sanding our 15 year old cedar siding down to bare wood. I started with 60 grit and finished with 150 grit. It looks brand new. I’m using Flood Pro in a deep olive color. I didn’t use a cleaner or brightener because I thought sanding was sufficient.

Also, who ever installed the siding used tons of nails; two every 14″ or so, when very few were actually needed. The nail heads were sanded. When water got on the boards from the garden hose, the next morning I found a dark gray stain surrounding all of the nails. I’ve sanded off the stain, but that’s why I chose a solid stain in case it happens again and bleeds through.

I’ve been told to paint over all nail heads with an oil primer to lock them in and prevent any future bleeding. Won’t the Flood solid stain peel on top of the oil primer, since it’s water based? Will I see it through the solid stain?

Because of this problem with the nail heads, I don’t want to wash down the wood and end up with hundreds of bleeding nails. But I’m also worried about stain adhesion. What would you do to resolve this problem? Do you agree with coating the nails with oil primer? And is there something I can do to increase adhesion without having to wash down the wood?

Thank you!

pamela shepard
pamela shepard
3 years ago

I have recently redone my deck. I want a solid color stain. I live in GA so what brands are the best and where can I purchase them? Thanks in advance. Also what exactly do I need to do to prep the wood?

jerry
jerry
3 years ago

Can I apply Flood Pro Series solid color over a wet deck?

Bob Bahr
Bob Bahr
3 years ago

How does Flood Pro series compare to Cabot wood coatings

Dan
Dan
4 years ago

Can one use Flood exterior 1027318915 on cement?

Judi
Judi
4 years ago

Can the Flood water based solid stain be applied to a newly applied oil based undercoating on exterior window ledges and trim?

Pete
Pete
4 years ago

I’m seeing that there is semi-transparent and semi-solid stain from some manufacturers. How good are the semi-solid stains in your opinion ?

Richard J. Grossman
Richard J. Grossman
4 years ago

I am refinishing cedar siding and have scrapped the wood bare and fully sanded the entire surface. There are no horizontal surfaces. The previous finish was primed and painted with the usual peeling problems. i wanted to use an oil based stain but the colors simply do not work for the house. I therefore need a solid or semi sold stain. do I need to use deck wash on the surface even though it is sanded bare? Which solid based stain should I use? I do know that whatever I use should be applied thinly to avid peeling. your hlp is greatly appreciated.

Richard J. Grossman
Richard J. Grossman
4 years ago

Thank you
Do I need to use a cleaner if the wood is sanded bare?

Richard J Grossman
Richard J Grossman
4 years ago

why do I need it if the wood is sanded bare and I am using solid stain?

GeorgiMat
GeorgiMat
4 years ago

What is your first, second and 3rd choice for clean ing and staining a 20 year old deck that had previous Behr transparent stain applied. What are the top 3 to clean and prep and the top 3 brands of solid stain. Traffic area in steps, private residece, north/Eastrt/east side gets some moonlight moss. All replies welcome! I’m a woman trying to sift through a lot of data. Materials need to be available local in North NJ.

Thanks everyone! 😉

Will
Will
4 years ago

Would the Flood solid stain be okay to use on siding/vertical surfaces? I have a garage with Cetol 123 that I can’t remove. Was also recommended Armstrong semi solid but wasn’t sure that would either look good or adhere over the cetol 123?

Ann
Ann
4 years ago

Hello! We are in the process of redoing our old deck. When we started the process we realized that the previous owners had two layers of paint on the wood that we had to contend with.

Someone who claimed to be a deck builder/professional at the local hardware store suggested to us to just sand as best as we can and use the Behr deck-over stuff.

I have a couple of questions:

1. We’ve been sanding with 60 (and even 50) grit paper and a belt sander, and it’s impossible to get to bare wood. We’ve gotten the loose paint off, but most of the old coating is still visible. Whatever they used last is not coming off. Is that ok for the new finish? Do we need to get to bare wood everywhere?

2. The Behr Deck Over stuff looks really good, and we’ve loved their indoor paints, but I’m seeing a lot of comments that the Deck Over product isn’t great. What would you recommend in our situation? I don’t want to do this all over again next year. My back can’t handle it.

3. We had to replace some boards with new pressure treated ones, and we added new stairs/railings. We’re going with a solid color since we still have the old paint to contend with. How long do we wait to make sure whatever we use goes on well on both surfaces? What do we do to the old wood we already sanded? We’re in Michigan, so snow and apocalyptic cold is a concern if we have to wait a year.

Anything else we should consider (other that ripping the whole darn thing apart?)

Thank you!

Dick
Dick
4 years ago

will a solid color stain adhere to an exsisting stain?

Dick
Dick
4 years ago
Reply to  Dick

Anything special that I have to do besides clean it good

David Sommerlath
David Sommerlath
4 years ago

Have been checking out the Armstrong semi solid stains and want to use one of them on my newly laid KDAT pressure treated decking. My understanding is that I should let the new decking weather for 30-60 days then do the full prep before sealing it–BUT I cannot use the semi solid product at that point (I guess just the semi transparent stuff) and will have to wait a full year.
I am wondering why that is–Also–do you think it would be okay to not seal it –let it weather into next summer so that I can do the semi solid then (not waste the time and energy sealing with a stain I really don’t want to ultimately end up with)?
In a perfect world–I could just seal it with a semi solid product yet this year and be done with it.
Darn !! (nothing is easy !!!)

David Sommerlath
David Sommerlath
4 years ago

got it!
great advice from you guys

David Sommerlath
David Sommerlath
4 years ago

this is to shorten up my last Q
Using TWP 100 series pecan semi stain–on a new KDAT deck (waiting a month and then using the Gemini restore/brighten system)—I suspect the first coat will be quite light.
Can I expect additional refinishes (maybe every year –or more?) will darken the color/tone?

David Sommerlath
David Sommerlath
4 years ago

Does a solid color stain hold up better than a semi transparent stain (in general)?

David Sommerlath
David Sommerlath
4 years ago

I have two decks which I had built 5 years ago. I used Cypress 5/4 which I bought from a mill in N Carolina–it’s been a mistake. I’ve had many failed deck boards. I have run out of extras I bought and am going to take all the good cypress off one of the decks and replace with KDAT pressure treated 5/4 decking (then will use those to scab in to the other deck to extend it’s life).
The two decks are not adjacent but I’d like them to somewhat match in color.
I have been using TWP100 series semi transparent stain
I suspect that my fresh KDAT new decking will not stain up dark enough to match the cypress–at least to start
Do you think that over time (a couple of years or so)–the KDAT deck board will darken to the point they might be close to the cypress in color/tone?
Cypress is basically pine–so the species are similar—unfortunately the cypress I purchased must have been very new growth and hasn’t held up (but hoping that I’ve gotten it down to good boards–after 5 years of replacing the bad ones)
Long post–sorry–What do you think?

David Sommerlath
David Sommerlath
4 years ago

If I were to use a solid stain—they would match immediately (or at least get very close)
correct?

Boddy
Boddy
4 years ago

We have a 28 year old deck. The boards are rough but not rotted. They had mold and mildew on them. I put a cleaner on it and had to scrub it real good then pressure washed it. I started sanding it with 80 grit using a belt sander about half way done. It has rained since I started the project. I still have to sand the other half of our deck, should I wash it again with a cleaner again after I’m done sanding it?
I’m looking to use Flood solid stain as you recommended to another person, how long should it last? Will it be strong enough for walking on and chairs sliding across it without peeling?
Thank you!

Boddy
Boddy
4 years ago

Do you think I should use a semi solid? Prior stain was a transparent. I am taking it down to bare wood anyway. I’m going to keep it a darker color the last stain was Oxford brown. Spindles still have color and stairs also the sides. Should I sand all that? What’s your best advice?
Thank You

David Sommerlath
David Sommerlath
4 years ago

I’ve already purchased the TWP 100 in pecan–which I believe is a semi-solid stain. Is it worth returning it and getting the Armstrong Clark?
BTW–this website is great–and your quick replies are fantastic!!