Best Stain For Full Sun Decks 2022 4.6/5 (34)

This post was updated on January 18, 2022

Best Stain For Full Sun Decks in 2022

DeckStainHelp.com has become the Internet’s go-to site for all things exterior wood surface restoration-related. New this year is Restore-A-Deck in a day, which was not mentioned in the article below for its ability to withstand the elements when your deck is in full sun. We encourage customer interaction on our site, so feel free to leave a comment.


best deck stain for full sunOne of the biggest elements in the lifespan of a deck is sun exposure. When a deck is exposed to full sun, it can have a damaging effect that can shorten the life of the wood. Harmful UV rays break down the wood fibers and cause discoloration, graying, and fading. When a deck becomes severely sun-damaged the decking boards can warp, crack, and split causing dangerous splinters and a very unappealing look. In extreme cases, UV damage is irreversible and cannot be repaired.

The best stain for full sun decks is one that has a heavily pigmented formula that acts as a sunscreen and blocks damaging UV radiation. Most of the stains that are best for full sun decks will penetrate deeply into the wood pores. For example, Defy Extreme is an excellent waterborne product that uses nanoparticle technology and heavy resins to help reflect harmful sun rays.

TWP Stains also offers several different stains that protect against sun damage. They offer many different colors but as with any stain, the darker the color (more pigment) the more sun protection it will provide. If your full sun deck has already suffered from a certain amount of sun damage then Armstrong Clark makes an outstanding wood stain that will replace the lost natural oils in the wood. These nondrying conditioning oils separate from the drying side of the formula and penetrate deep into the wood fibers to rejuvenate the wood. The Armstrong Clark or TWP Semi-Solid Pro-Series in a semi-solid color will give the best UV protection of any of the stains that still show the wood grain.

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Best Deck Stain for Full Sun

When choosing the best stain for full sun decks you must also consider the type of wood you are staining. Certain stains are better for different types of wood. For example, Defy Hardwoods would be a great choice for a full sun deck made of cedar, redwood, mahogany, or other difficult penetrating woods. Armstrong Clark in Mahogany or Amber colors are also great options for these types of wood. Any of these brands may be the best stain for full sun decks just depending on the situation.

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Linda Dotson
Linda Dotson
1 month ago

I live I. Pahrump NV. Looking for a wood stain that will hold up in extreme heat and freezing in the winter. Thank you

Linda Dotson
Linda Dotson
1 month ago

Thank you!

J Natas
J Natas
2 months ago

I live in GA and having wood columns put up in front of main door. Moderate direct sunlight. What type of stain do you recommend? Thank you for your help!

J Natas
J Natas
2 months ago

Thank you so much!

Jen
Jen
2 months ago

I live in southwest Virginia. We have a large tiered deck. The deck gets full afternoon to evening sun (11:00ish AM to 6:00ishPM) and summers are hot, winters are wet, cold, snow, ice. We replaced the upper deck in 2019 due to mold rotted wood and cracks but have not been able to stain it yet (thanks, CoVid). We’d like a long-standing stain – we’re open to any semi or solid as long it’s the best UV protection and longest wear on horizontal surfaces). Also mold is a concern (had to replace the old deck due to mold-rotted wood). – I used a Behr water + oil based combo previously and wonder if that caused it to rot so quickly. Within a few years the wood started to rot. I ah e concerns about an oil based stain due to previous experience and I’ve thought about Defy since it’s water based but unsure of how long it will remain and which product. Would also like a recommendation for a cleaner to prep before staining and how to remove possible minor fuzzies since it’s been a few years. Thank you! Jen

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Dave
Dave
3 months ago

Have a large mangaris wood deck in So Cal… gets a lot of sun and grays quickly. I’ve used Penofin in the past but it doesn’t seem to last long. Any suggestions?

Jackie Levja
Jackie Levja
3 months ago

I live in Colorado and have a cedar deck that is exposed to full sun at a higher elevation and a very dry climate. We have tried TWP and Armstrong stains. Both require annual treatment. The wood on the deck is cracking and cupping slightly. Is there a better stain to try to help add moisture into the wood?

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John Tulchin
John Tulchin
5 months ago

I am working on an ipe deck with full sun exposure at a property in the Caribbean. The deck was originally finished with Cabots Australian Timber Oil. Almost immediately the stain was showing surface scratches presumably because of poor penetration of the dense ipe material. There is also considerable fading. We’re considering Messemers and Armstrong. Which product will give the best scratch resistance and also the longest UV protection while enhancing the natural beauty of the ipe?

John Tulchin
John Tulchin
5 months ago

Thank you. Based on your experience will it perform better than the Amber Cabot Australian Timber Oil that was used previously as far as UV and scratching?

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john tulchin
john tulchin
5 months ago

Based on your experience will Armstrong Clark amber significantly out perform Cabots Australian Timber Oil Amber with regard to UV protection/fading and also surface scratching? We don’t have easy access to Armstrong Products in our area but I can ship it in if it is notably superior

John Tulchin
John Tulchin
4 months ago

Thanks for the help. I had planned on annual recoating. Based on the initial treatment, the Cabots product will require semi-annual. I will switch to Armstrong if the expectation is that it will perform better, and assuming I can get it.

Diane strauss
Diane strauss
7 months ago

I live in Florida and have mostly full sun and extreme heat. We just built a dock with treated wood. What would be better to use? Clear stain or semi colour stain?.. And which one would last the longest?

Szilvia Beylik
Szilvia Beylik
7 months ago

Found this article while searching for wood stains for a new oak front door. I live in Southern California and the sun mercilessly beats down on this door. Everyone tells me I should paint it but I want to preserve the wood grain look. I’m guessing there really isn’t much difference between staining a door vs a deck, so I figured I’ll ask; what stain would hold up best with heavy sun exposure on a front door?
Thank you!

Szilvia Beylik
Szilvia Beylik
7 months ago

I know. But it seems deck stains are designed to withstand extreme sun, and that’s what my door is getting. Regular stains don’t advertise withstanding extreme weather conditions. So while it’s a bit of an out of the box thinking, is there a reason why I shouldn’t use a deck stain for my door?

Jeanne Keeler
Jeanne Keeler
8 months ago

We are in Georgia and have a large full sun 12 year old pine deck. It has been stained with Behr water based stain 2 or 3 times. We need to stain this year and want to use a better product that lasts longer. The big question, is there a product that we would not have to strip the old stain? Thank you.

Michael Boucher
Michael Boucher
8 months ago

First of all you’re a TERRIFIC resource. Question – new deck, full sun in GA so very hot during summer, going to use TWP semi solid. Do you recommend adding a small amount of sealant like poly/helmsman to the mix for further protection or is that asking for trouble like peeling down the road from summer heat? Thank you very much.

Michael Boucher
Michael Boucher
8 months ago

Thank you! I’ve seen people suggest that online and YouTube and that was my worry. Appreciate the prompt response.

Sandra Wood Forand
Sandra Wood Forand
11 months ago

What product should I use to re-cover wooden railings in direct sun year round that are badly peeled after first transparent stain and then solid stain? The vertical posts are holding the solid stain fine, but the horizontal surfaces peel badly.

Sandra Wood Forand
Sandra Wood Forand
11 months ago

Here’s the peeling solid stain on drying wood two years after application.

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Sandra Wood Forand
Sandra Wood Forand
11 months ago

Thanks very much.

Buck
Buck
1 year ago

Looking for the best stain to hold up to full sun and a lot of sand. My deck is 20′ away from white sugar sand beach in N Michigan, it faces SE so sees a TON of sun, and I just can’t seem to find a stain that will hold up against the sand and foot traffic. Looking for advice. Thanks in advance!

Tom
Tom
1 year ago

Hi a quick question, what is recommended for sealing rough cedar 4×4 posts? I want to preserve natural look, with out linseed effect. Which transparent sealant do you suggest to use in the hot and dry Colorado climate?

Tom
Tom
1 year ago

Thank you, much appreciated.

William McFarling
William McFarling
1 year ago

I also got a bad stain with the Olympic Rescue . after 2.5 years it is mess pealing and bubbling. I have just powerwashed the deck but only the loose / bibbling places came off. What should I do before restaining over areas that did not come off. Is there a good brand product to use on top of the Olympic? Located in Central Ohio, Dorect sun in summer, ice and snow in winter. Thanks

Tom
Tom
1 year ago

I have a west facing dock in mid SC. 50′ pier and ramp and 20′ floater, all pine. Last year I stained it with One Time Clove Brown. Was told full sun would fade it. Looked amazing and went on great, but I’m going to put on a 2nd coat this year. No one mentioned this product. Mostly Armstrong. Am wondering if this is an Armstrong sponsored post or are their products that much better than the rest? Any feedback from anyone regarding this product. (One Time)? Like others, I don’t want to have to redo every year. Anything that can stand up to full sun? Thanks all.

Tom
Tom
1 year ago

Thank you.

Duncan
Duncan
1 year ago

I’ve got a south facing teak deck that has lost all of its color. The stain is pretty much nonexistent. I’m a newbie to this, are there any links to understand how to prep by stripping and brightening. In addition, any recommendations for stains. Armstrong Clark stain?

Duncan
Duncan
1 year ago

Wow thanks so much for your help! Can’t wait to bring my deck back to life.

Tara
Tara
1 year ago

Hi! I live in edmonton alberta and have a fully exposed south facing cedar deck that I seem to have to refinish every year (including the removal of the current product, sanding then refinish). Our deck has to put up with a lot… the direct sun, heavy snow & frozen conditions, rains and heat (truly a four season place). I am tired of re-doing the deck every year and have been using good quality semi transparent products without much luck. The products do not seem to handle the long cold but sunny winters…do you suggest using an oil product or maybe and non transparent finish or maybe I just let it go grey :(. I wouldn’t mind if I only had to through another coat on but the whole process of removing and redoing it is painful…appreciate any suggestions

Wallace
Wallace
1 year ago

I had an approximately 900 sq. ft. pressure treated pine deck with attached railings and privacy fencing built around my above ground pool in July 2020 located in Louisiana. My deck is exposed to 100% sun all year. I’m now planning to stain the deck this Spring. I’ve been researching oil based semi solid stains vs. semi transparent stains over the past few days. Both stain options has its own pros and cons, but I like the look of semi-transparent stains because it allows the wood grain to show. However, based on what I’ve read thus far I will have to keep reapplying the semi-transparent stain every year or so because of it being exposed 100% to the full sun. I would rather not have to deal with constantly staining the deck every year. Please provide some guidance to what stain option will be best for my situation. Also, would I also need to do any kind of specialized cleaning beside pressure washing the structure to prep it for staining?

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Nancy
Nancy
1 year ago

I am looking at refinishing our deck, it is full sun I like the foolish person I am stained it black and it gets crazy hot, what color options do I have that do not get super hot with full sun exposer

Nancy
Nancy
1 year ago

that is the plan but I have no idea what color to choose from we have had white decks with the same issue so I was not sure if a certain type of stain or brand would be better

Curt
Curt
1 year ago

Thanks for this advice and help. My own experience is with TWP 1500 series, in northern california where sun is intense and temperature is over 100 for 20 days. The TWP (in cedar) goes on beautifully and looks great — for about three-six months. After that, it is faded and aged looking. I have stained and re-stained it two years in a row (with sanding, cleaning, brightening, the whole process) and it is looking bad again in less than a year. Love the product but I can’t do this every year. It’s exhausting. Do I need to go to a fully opaque stain and if so which one is good for such intense sun? Thanks again.

Carol Turner
Carol Turner
1 year ago

I live along the coast of North Carolina very near the ocean. My top floor deck is fully exposed to the bright hot sun and salt in the air every day. The lower deck is more shade but does get a fair amount of sun. My house is about one year old and the deck has not been stained yet. What is the best product for me to use? Thank you in advance.

Kris Balle
Kris Balle
1 year ago

I have a railing around my upstairs deck. It was originally stained and after a few years the grain of the wood raised so I sanded it down and applied a tinted stain and that also chipped and peeled so I painted it with a tinted stain I think, though it might have been paint. I’m enclosing a couple of photos, though I’m not seeing them here 🧐.

I’m asking for your advice on what to apply as this point. I assume I’ll have to re-sand 😩.
Thanks so much,
Kris

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Sandra Burak
Sandra Burak
1 year ago

I live in Massachusetts and we get lots of snow, run and full sun on this deck. I would like a stain for all weather protection.

Jeff McClellan
Jeff McClellan
2 years ago

We live outside of Houston (hot and intense). I am building a deck using 2-in x 6-in x 8-ft #2 Prime Southern Yellow Pine Pressure Treated Lumber. I want it to last and would like it not to be too hot to the touch. What do you recommend for the stain?

Kristen
Kristen
2 years ago

We live in Virginia, about an hour south of DC. Our deck is in the sun for most of the day (about 10 hours). We have just replaced many of the boards on our 20 yr old deck – what is the best stain to use for a consistent look that will last longer than a year or two?

Denis Gauthier
Denis Gauthier
2 years ago

Hi my name is Denis! I have a question for you! I have a deck on the south side with heat from the sun 40 plus celcuis and I live in the north eastern Ontario with a cold that can reach -40 celcuis and plus! What kind of product that can last more than a year that I can use?

Yvonne
Yvonne
2 years ago

We installed a new cedar deck last fall and used Cabot Semi-transparent, dark pigment, oil based stain. With the winter snows the pigment basically washed off. We apparently didn’t prep it right. Weather conditions change rapidly in central Oregon. Currently the deck has been stripped with Cabot Stripper and Brightener and rinsed thoroughly. I have previously used elastomeric paint on decking in the CA desert, which has held up for years. I would like to use it here in La Pine, OR if it will hold up to the cold winter weather. Can you advise? I’m getting too old to refinish decking every year!These pictures show knots where the stain remained.

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Lidia Finocchiaro
Lidia Finocchiaro
2 years ago

I have a brand new redwood deck in Southern California, where it is very sunny and hot. Most of the deck is in full sun all day. I am looking for something to protect it A) From the sun, B) from water (hot tub) and C) that would last the longest and require the least maintenance. Does such a thing exist? Thank you.

Jeff
Jeff
2 years ago

I’m sanding off old stain from a pressure treated deck what’s the best I’ve protection stain to use that still shows wood grain

Melissa
Melissa
2 years ago

I have a full sun cedar deck. Installed 4 years ago. Just had it stripped and prepped. Looking for something to bring out the wood grain keeping it as natural as possible. Haven’t made it through a full summer yet with TWP semi transparent. Need something that will last! Any recommendations?

Myrosia
Myrosia
2 years ago

We have a southwest facing cedar deck, we stained it with penafin oil three years ago and it all peeled up, it didn’t absorb at all. We live in western Canada, so have extreme temperatures (very cold in winter and hot in summer). What do you recommend? I’m sanding off the remaining stain and then plan to power wash. We have a very big deck, so I ideally do not want to re-stain every year.

Tara
Tara
2 years ago

What is part of my deck is in full sun, but the rest is covered by an awning? The exposed part gets sun damage so much faster. The covered part still looks brand new. What type of stain do I use and how do I maintenance it?

Suzie and Rick Lasley
Suzie and Rick Lasley
2 years ago

We have a tiger wood deck that has turned silver in some areas that are hit by the morning and afternoon sun. We have used a rosewood oil finish that was suggested by the deck manufacturers but it barely lasts the season before graying starts all over again. Then we have to oxalic acid scrub again and reapply the oil finish. We’re looking for something less labor intensive that would give us longer lasting results. Would the Defy or the Armstrong Clark product give us better results that would last longer?
Suzie and Rick

Peggy Schlitt
Peggy Schlitt
2 years ago

We live at the coast and get alot of salt air and wind. We just put down a new deck using sun wood. After waiting 3 months what is the best stain or paint to use. Is paint better then stain. Also we have a dog that will be on it. I worry about scratches.

Dwight Rediger
Dwight Rediger
2 years ago

Great info,

I have a deck with new pressure treated pine put down in October 2019. I live in north Georgia about 45 miles north of Atlanta. What would be the best for my deck water based or oil? I’m 10 feet from an inground pool and the deck is partially covered and others parts exposed to direct sunlight. The deck is 32×30 so lots of work.

Judy
Judy
2 years ago

We have a 25 year deck that is 75% full sun. We have used Cabot opaque stain and each year it peels as soon as the weather starts to warm up. We power wash all loose stuff, use a cleaner but to no avail. Chicago climate. We want an opaque now simply because we do not want to strip as many spindles/seat/flooring that a 1200+ sf deck has. Suggestions on what to use for coming year?

Karen Lynn
Karen Lynn
2 years ago

I am having a brand new deck built this week, composite wood. Full sun exposure. I live in Maryland. I want a semitransparent sealant. I’m a 65 year old nurse and although I doubt I can treat the outside of the deck as it’s a second story level, I plan to do the main floor and rails myself and will get some help with the rest. Are the Sherwin-Williams deck products good? I’m thinking of an oil based product so it will last longer

Karen L Lynn
Karen L Lynn
2 years ago

well, I really want to seal it, if the sealant has a slight color that’s transparent doesn’t matter but clear is fine. I just want to apply a good product and I’m not experienced at all about doing this but I had to replace deck unexpectedly so am trying to cut costs doing it myself!!

Ron
Ron
3 years ago

We have pressure treated “premium” pine decks. Wood was installed 7/1/19. Our decks are right on a fresh water river. A lot of moisture. Also, part of the day is full sun, maybe 4 hours. What type of stain and colors would you recommend?

Bob Degrand
Bob Degrand
3 years ago

Paramount Semi Transparent stain faded within months on my cedar deck!

Linda
Linda
3 years ago

What is we don’t know what type of wood we have? It was already up when we bought the house.

Ray
Ray
3 years ago

I have a place in Spain . Last year I stained my decking and within 6 weeks it started to peel . The heat is tremendous. Any ideas how to solve this problem please ?

Ray
Ray
3 years ago

Should I pressure wash it then sand it down ?

Pam Luse
Pam Luse
4 years ago

Do I need to wait after Gemini cleaner and brightener?

Pam Luse
Pam Luse
4 years ago

Which is the best stain for kiln dried wood deck just finished. Extreme sun. On a lake so moisture and humidity. TWP? Armstrong Clark? Cutek Extreme? Defy Extreme? Want a semi transparent shade of gray.

Joe
Joe
4 years ago

My deck is 3 years old with pressure treated pine 2 years ago I let the new boards dry out for 9 months then used the recommended cleaner and brighter your site recommended it looked new again. Iet it dry for 7 days in full sun . I stained it with defy extreme it was dark brown . Now it’s been 2 years and the stain did not perform well . Now I was going to strip it and use a cleaner brighter what stain do you recommend. Give me some best choices and should I use water or oil. I live in Cleveland Ohio the deck gets full sun from morning till abou 6:30 in the eve. Also what stripper and cleaner/brighter should I use. Thanks Joe

Julie
Julie
4 years ago

we have a full sun deck we plan to strip and stain. do you recommend an oil based stain or water based and why? thank you in advance –

Monica Jasmin
Monica Jasmin
4 years ago

I have a full sun exposure deck that has been stain with a waterproof product multiple times. The deck is extremely hot to walk on. Can you use an outdoor carpet on something that is pressure treated wood that the stain has blistered and peeled multiple times? Is there an alternative after 13 years of Purcell stain?

Lil toews
Lil toews
5 years ago

Can deck over be applied to coloured stain.

Cheryl D Grant
Cheryl D Grant
5 years ago

Thank you!