What are the Best Water Based Deck Stains in 2018?
We here at deckstainhelp.com hear about the best deck stains directly from thousands of consumers. Water-based deck stains have skyrocketed in popularity over the last 4 years, due in part to the crackdown on environmental regulations. Individual states are adopting lower VOC laws that cause less stress on the environment and are easier to clean up. Water-based stains tend to abide by these stricter VOC regulations, so they are a good choice if this is a priority for you.
The two highest rated water-based deck stains are Restore-A-Deck and Defy Extreme. Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain is a new stain that comes in 4 different semi-transparent finishes and is designed to penetrate deep into wood pores for maximum protection and longevity. Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain protects wood from harmful UV rays and mildew growth caused by water penetration. Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain is safe to use, has a low odor, and is easy to clean up with soap and water. It is ideal for all wood types including pressure treated pine, cedar, fir, or redwood. Restore-A-Deck is the only stain we have encountered that can be applied to wet wood, allowing prep and stain to be applied on the same day.
Defy Extreme has been on the market since 2008 and has held up to the test of time over and over again. Defy Extreme Deck Stain is a penetrating water-based stain that does not film on the wood. Defy Extreme contains synthetic epoxy resins that “harden” the wood pores below the surface. Utilizing nano-technology, Defy Extreme is one of the best stains on the market when it comes to preventing UV graying.
Advantages of Semi-Transparent Water-Based Deck Stains:
- Water cleanup
- Does not promote mold or mildew growth
- Environmentally friendly
- Low Odor
- Excellent Color Retention
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