Deck Stains in 2022 4.8/5 (781)

This post was updated on June 28, 2022

Update on Deck Stains for 2022

Please read this article and post any questions you have in the comment area below. Our newly enhanced website now offers the ability to upload and post pictures of your exterior wood or deck.

Deck stains have not changed much in the past few years. Many brands have gone away from oil-based stains to water-based, but you are still able to use oil-based stains in all US States and Canada. We currently restore about 300-400 decks annually, and our favorites are the penetrating semi-transparent and semi-solids.

We have been getting great feedback here at www.deckstainhelp.com from all the consumers who have been looking for better stain alternatives for their deck restoration. Our most popular article, “What is the Best Deck Stain” has quickly become the number one article on the web for asking questions and getting answers on restoring your exterior wood and deck.

In this article, we are going to cover what actually is a “Deck Stain”. We will compare the many types of decking stain options available and what are the positives and negatives of each.

Deck Stains

Deck stains are used to protect and preserve your exterior wood. They offer UV protection, water repellency, mold and mildew resistance, etc. Deck coatings come in many types of opacity and bases. Many deck stain brands can be restricted in certain states, cities, and counties based on their VOC laws.

Deck staining can be a “chore” for residential homeowners and unfortunately walking into your local store may produce some of the worst options available. Not all deck stains are created equal and there is not a perfect stain type or brand that will outperform all the others.

Water-Based Wood Deck Stains

Water-Based Wood Deck Stains

Water-Based Wood Deck Stains

Water-based deck stains have come on rapidly in the last 6-8 years. The main reason for the vast amount of water-based stains on the market today is related to changes in VOC laws across the country. Many states have adopted or soon will adopt lower VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) regulations. This has prompted stain manufacturers to increase the production of water-soluble decking stains. In our opinion, water-based deck stains are “thin” paints with varying amounts of acrylic and pigment.

Pros: Water cleanup, less chance of mold or mildew growth. Environmentally friendly.

Cons: They do not penetrate as an oil-base can. Slightly harder to apply as they dry quicker. They can be prone to peeling and wearing. *Restore-A-Deck Wood Stains and Defy Wood Stains are the only exceptions that we have tested. They penetrate the best of all water-based stains, nearly as well as an oil.

Oil-based Wood Deck Stains

Oil Based DeckStain

Oil Based DeckStain

Oil-based decking stains have been around for 20-30 years and have been traditionally what all stain manufacturers produce. Oil-based stains are typically made up of natural and synthetic oils. Many contain oils: Linseed Oil, Paraffin Oil, Tung Oil, Rosewood Oil, Etc.

Pros: Excellent penetration into the wood. The better a deck stain can penetrate, the better the performance. Easier to apply. More natural-looking.

Cons: Stronger odors, longer drying, and curing time. Some oils can promote the growth of mildew. Some oil-based stains will darken in color over time.

Deck Resurface Coatings

Deck Resurface products are basically similar to extremely thick paint. They are designed to mask the wood and fill large cracks or voids. Deck Resurface products will not show any wood grain. Please note that this product is far beyond conventional wood restoration.

Pros: Excellent UV protection. Enhanced traction. Fills voids and cracks. Great idea to restore an older deck if it actually works.

Cons: So far, most of these products types fail miserably. They peel after the first Winter and cannot be removed with a deck stain stripper. Sanding, scraping, or even the replacement of the wood is needed. There are many reviews on our site and other sites with angry consumers and product failures. Class action lawsuits are being filed against Rust-oleum Deck Restore and Olympic Rescue-It. Behr Deckover has the same issues as well. Only a couple of these products seem to work. If you really want one of these coatings, consider the Gulf Synthetics Deck Revive. See this link for more info, articles, and reviews on these coatings: Deck Resurface Coatings.

Gulf Synthetics Deck Revive Photos

Solid Color Decking Stains (Opaque)

Solid deck stains look like paints. They cover the wood so you will not see the wood grain anymore. Once you apply a solid decking stain, there is little chance you will ever be able to go back to a transparent stain. Solid stains come in both oil and water-based versions.

Pros: Excellent UV protection.

Cons: Films on top of the wood and do not penetrate as well. Prone to peeling. They look like paint. Harder to apply. They cannot be removed with a deck stain stripper effectively.

Solid Color Deck Stain Photos

Semi-Solid Wood Deck Stains

A Semi-Solid Deck Stain will only show a small amount of wood grain as they contain a high amount of pigment. They are offered by a limited amount of manufacturers. Semi-solids can be both water-based and oil-based.

Pros: Very good UV protection

Cons: Only a small amount of wood grain will show. Oil-based semi-solid versions will penetrate and perform much better than water-based versions.

Semi-Solid Deck Stain Photos

Semi-Transparent Wood Deck Stains

Semi-transparent deck stains contain pigments that highlight the natural grain while sealing the surface. The semi-transparent wood and decking stains are our favorite. Both water and oil-based are available.

Pros: Average to better-than-average UV protection. Shows natural grain. Very good penetration. In most scenarios can be cleaned and re-coated easily. They can be removed with a deck stain stripper.

Cons: Most water-based versions perform poorly compared to the oils. Many states with Low VOC laws have a limited amount of quality oil-based stains available. May need to buy online if in a Low VOC area.

Semi-Transparent Deck Stain Photos

Transparent Wood Deck Stains

Transparent Deck Sealer

Transparent Deck Sealer

Transparent deck coatings look the most natural as they contain minimal pigment. The average life of a transparent decking stain is about 1 year. Mostly oil-based only are available.

Pros: Very easy to apply and reapply as needed. Natural-looking.

Cons: Below average UV protection. Typically need to be re-coated annually.

Clear Wood Deck Finishes

Clear Deck Sealer

Clear Deck Sealer

Clear Deck Finishes offer little to no UV protection and will gray quickly. Typically used as sealers or water repellents and will not last over 6-12 months before the need to be re-coated.

 

Pros: They do not change or alter the appearance of the wood. Extremely easy to apply.

Cons: The wood will gray and oxidize in months from the sun’s UV.

Non-Drying Oil vs Drying Oil-Based Stains

Drying oils are “curing” oils. This means that they actually dry on top of or just below the surface. They will help “seal” the wood as well. Non-drying oils are the opposite. They never actually dry, but rather dive deep into the wood to help condition the cells of the wood. Paraffin oil (not wax) is the most common.

Are Deck Finishes, Stains, Sealers, or Both?

This question can be confusing to homeowners. In general, all deck stains are sealers as well as they will help prevent water absorption. Deck sealers typically are not stains, as they do not have any pigment. Some though may have a very light tint.

Low VOC Stains and States

Currently, there are 18 States that restrict Decking Stains and Coatings. These states require a lower amount of Volatile Organic Compounds to be released into the air. This mainly affects oil-based coatings. By lowering the amount of “solvents” that can evaporate into the ozone, you need to increase the amount of “solids”. This can cause issues with oil-based stains, as they may have drying and curing problems. There are still a few good oil-based stains allowed in the Low VOC States, but not as readily available at your local stores. You may need to go on the Internet to find them and have them shipped. A couple of examples would be TWP 1500 Series and Armstrong Clark Wood Stains.

Current Low VOC States:

California, Colorado, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Northern VA, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana.

LOW VOC States Deck Stains

DeckStainHelp.com Suggestions

With all of these different types of products, we prefer penetrating semi-transparent products as they allow the wood grain to show. They offer better-than-average UV protection and can be easier to reapply in the future. Penetration is better for oil-based versions over water-based versions. The exceptions for quality semi-transparent penetrating water-based stains would be the Defy Extreme Stains and the Restore-A-Deck Stains.

See this: Top 7 Semi-transparent Deck Stains

*All decking stains will eventually fail that is why you want a deck stain that is easy to work with down the road.

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SoldotnaAK
SoldotnaAK
10 days ago

Hi, I’m in the middle of restoring my 1100 sq ft deck on my Alaska log home. I read several of your reviews and after selecting a stain that had all the characteristics I was looking for, I found out it is not available in Alaska and no retailers ship there. So, I chose another stain, same result. I chose a third, same result. I did not find any of your 2022 top stains available to Alaska. Can you recommend something that is? Here’s my dilemma – it’s getting late in the year, temps are dropping, it may already be too late to apply stain before winter. In addition, I need to find a stain that can be applied to a damp deck, as it seems I can’t get two dry, rain-free days in a row. Help!

Ken
Ken
23 days ago

Fence, treated Pine – used to use Olympic Maximum before they changed formulas. Excellent protection and would dry with a slight sheen and type of protective surface – bonded/soaked in – doesn’t peel. 4 coats at 3 yrs apart and each coat added to the previous coat providing good protection, and color has stayed mostly good for 11 years since last coat. Some areas are showing need for another coat. #1 Is there any current product that seals the same way? And #2 anything that I can put on top of what is there now?

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Mark
Mark
1 month ago

I need to re-stain my deck and I’m unable to get the PARA TimberCare hybrid translucent stain I previously used. I’d like to know what an alternative stain that can be used over my previously stained deck. Photos show the current sanded and un-sanded areas for reference. In previous years I rough sanded the surface and applied the same stain over top which held up very well. Hoping to do the same.

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Holly Conner
Holly Conner
1 month ago

I live in Seattle, WA and have a large 10 year old cedar deck that was originally stained with Penofin Red Label. My deck floor is not cedar and not part of this project.
I restrained the cedar walls and rails 3 yrs ago, made mistakes along the way, but loved the way it tunes out. However, I neglected it and the beauty didn’t last. This summer, I have hired help and I’m wondering if I should use a different product.
The wood had been cleaned and stipped of all product (using Penofin products to clean and brighten). Photos attached.
Which product would you recommend that will be easy to maintain and hold up in Seattle weather? Thank you!

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Ahmed
Ahmed
1 month ago

I have an old deck that I don’t think was ever protected. Age is between 5-10 years. Was here when I bought the house.

I would like to use semi-solid stain. Is that a good idea? Should I power wash it and clean it? I live in Canada and weather is cold most of year but quite sunny July-August.

Best options to buy? I have access to Home Depot, Ben Moore and Sherwin.

Thank you!

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Deborah
Deborah
2 months ago

Thank you so much for this website. I appreciate all the information. We are staining our screened in deck with ReadySeal. That was what they used previously. They recommend two coats. Looks pretty good after one coat, are 2 coats necessary? Are 2 coats recommended so you don’t have to restain as often? Thanks in advance for your reply. Sorry if this was asked before, I didn’t see a way to search the questions.

Deborah
Deborah
2 months ago

Thanks, FYI, we are used Restore-A-Deck stripper and brightener and are getting ready to stain our other deck with the recommended TWP. It looks amazing so far. Thank again for all your advice. We had tried the Behr stripper previously, a total waste of time and $$.

Merle Mulder
Merle Mulder
4 months ago

Changing from Olympic stain and sealant to Val spar in canyon brown. Is it the sam?

Miller
Miller
4 months ago

I was glad to see your website. I originally wanted to put on behr semi
-transparent but then read information here. I returned 2gallons, only left 1 gallon for unimportant surfaces. I did the staining last week, and in a small section I tried both to compare. You’re absolutely right! Defy is so much easier to apply and penetrate, while behr stain feels as thick as paint. Behr stain behaves more like a surfactant instead of penetrant. I’ll keep using defy stain for my deck and use the behr only for my fences and vertical surfaces. One question though, for WA where there’s lots of rain and some cold winter times, how often should I re-apply? And do I need to strip old defy stain or I just apply a new layer?

Bob Hall
Bob Hall
4 months ago

Hi someone tell me Olympic maximum semi transparent neutral base deck stain I got it at Lowe’s now they don’t even sell Olympic they’ve changed this once or twice on me from what I originally started and said that they use this which was originally a semi-transparent too so I don’t know if they changed something or not but that’s what it originally had but it seemed like acting like it was a little different but I don’t know I don’t understand it this is turned into a job this stuff never worked it last 2 years an peel it would peel in a spot so I’d have to do the whole deck again now it looks like a solid the stuff don’t work and I don’t even want stain no more . Turned into a job. Was originally supposed to last five six years it never lasted but 2 years ever every two years I’m tired of doing it I want to know if there’s a paint an oil-based paint that I can paint over it this stain does not work it’s not worth the price it’s junk and turned into some kind of crazy science fiction science to try and figure out how to find something to work talking to any of these paint people you can’t believe anything from Sherwin-Williams to Lowe’s to Menards any of them what really works and it’s too expensive being robbed my opinion is they took the pigment the lead the oil out of all these products and charge more money and nothing works it’s whitewash is all it is expensive whitewash junk. These company’s are liars. If anyone is thinking about a deck Concrete it be better cheaper no maintenance you will be happier believe me unless you want spent all your time dealing stripping wasting money on lies an maintenance . Sorry this is long am mad now I find this about VCO or VOC restrictions on stains in different areas states another problem so more white wash this stain I remember use be 4 bucks a gallon what a robbery hoax they got going an was better than now what’s lies an more lies about stains . Does anyone remember when you could feel the oil in the paint when you put it on not anymore so now they flat lie an made a full time job try figure out there lies there no end to this . How many questions here about stain its bull crap a cheap white wash that they want you to believe works and create more & more lies cover up there’s lies people . This crazy for last few years been trying figure out why can’t find how fix this product last longer it won’t sanding give me a break sand cheap stain redo what he’ll you build a deck for if all you do is redo it. IAM convince this is all big hoax they’re not making products that work anymore and… Read more »

Joe
Joe
4 months ago

What is the best clear coat deck sealer

Tricia H
Tricia H
4 months ago

Before I found your website, I saw a youtube video that said to clean the deck with solution of 2 c.Oxiclean, 1/4 c. dish soap and 2 gal.water. It had good reviews so I did it. Our deck was installed in Aug 2020 and hasn’t had stain or sealer applied yet so it still looks good. Can I assume this cleaning is sufficient and I can now apply the stain?

Tricia H
Tricia H
4 months ago

We replaced our deck in Aug 2020 and haven’t stained it yet. We live in MI so snow is a factor to consider. Plus our deck gets intense sun in the summer so we will probably go with either clear or very minimal tint. Can you direct me to a product that will last more than one year?

James B
James B
4 months ago

What are your thoughts on Flood brand wood finish? Have used it for years but wondering if I should switch to Behr or something else.

James B
James B
4 months ago

Would I need to strip the deck if I switched products? I’m also needing to replace part of the fence around the deck so I will have some un-stained wood as well.

Nick
Nick
5 months ago

Hi,

Two years ago moved into a house built in 1983 with a large deck. The previous owners used some sort of stain that looks like paint and has been peeling up for over a year. I want to re-stain with a better product that hopefully will last longer. Is the proper method to power wash, then sand, then apply stain? I’m assuming Restore-A-Deck Wood Stains and Defy Wood Stains are the most recommended stains? I would like my stain to last a while and be envirnementally friendly if possible.

Nick
Nick
5 months ago

Thanks for the response. Is there a reason why you recommend solid stain over semitransparent stain? Also, for the prep work, should I use a deck stain remover before I pressure wash? Thanks again!

Michael David Myers
Michael David Myers
11 months ago

I applied two coats of Olympic Rescue It on my deck in 2019.
I followed all Olympic suggested preparations. Within the first few months after using the product, I noticed blistering and peeling. I painted over the Olympic with a light color exterior paint, hoping the blistering would stop. The blistering continued; the following year I repainted the deck with a dark exterior paint in order to remove as much of the Olympic Rescue It. This method worked, yet hours and hours of scraping took place the entire summer to remove the Olympic Rescue It, When the deck wood was dry, I applied Thompson’s WaterSeal TOTAL, then applied two coats of paint: one coat of Sherwin Williams Everlast and one coat of Valspar Duramax Flex-Shield 365. This has worked well; the only areas blistering are the areas the original Olympic Rescue It remained. I have many photos of the deck and actual samples of the blistered Olympic Rescue It.

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Debbie Carson
Debbie Carson
1 year ago

I sanded and cleaned my deck last year. Used a brightener also. Then the weather turned cold. Can I stain it now without re cleaning it

Camille Kincanon
Camille Kincanon
1 year ago

If an older deck in Wisconsin has what a painter called an “opaque stain” on it currently, and it is pretty much in need of a power wash and a couple of coats of stain now, what stain would you recommend? The wood is good but definitely needs staining at this point. It’s a large deck.( Never used a power sprayer for painting. Is that something we should consider, or just a brush?)

Thanks for your advice.

Camille

Grg
Grg
1 year ago

Do you have any experience with the Flood Pro Series “Semi-Opaque” stains? I’d like to go with a semi-solid oil-based stain for my pressure treated deck (I don’t like the look of solid stains). Half of the deck is 10+ years old and recently stripped/sanded, and half is newly-built/unstained. I prefer to buy from a local retailer rather than order online. That pretty much leaves me with choices of Flood Semi-opaque, Pittsburgh Paramount semi-solid, Olympic Elite semi-solid, and Cabot semi-solid. Out of those, what would be your pick? Or is there a better semi-solid that’s are widely available at local paint/lumber stores? TWP is not available to me locally. Thanks.

Grg
Grg
1 year ago

As I said in my original post, I would like to purchase the stain in my local area, not online, and I cannot obtain TWC or AC locally. I’m asking for a recommendation for a good “runner up” to those products, which is available at retail stores.

Joseph Rini
Joseph Rini
1 year ago

I have been using Benjamin Moore Arborcoat semi-solid light grey oil based stain on my deck. I have noticed that it looks dirty after only a few weeks. It looks great when cleaned but is a pain to have to clean it every few weeks. Is there anything that can be done to lessen the dirty & muddy look that regularly occurs.

Thank You

Rob
Rob
1 year ago

I have been going in circles trying to figure out best stain for my 2 year old PT pine fence. I want max water and UV protection (wouldn’t have to recoat for 5 years or more), and had decided on TWP semi-solid stain until I realized that second coat is wet on wet (recoat within 30 minutes). I think after I stain 3000 sq feet that I won’t have the energy to start a second coat immediately. What semi-solid, oil based, penetrating stain would you recommend that doesn’t require second coat on the same day, and has reputation for long wear? Does whether it is drying or non-drying matter? Thanks

Marnie
Marnie
1 year ago

I live in NW Washington State. I have a deck that I am adding onto so part new and the rest have completely sanded stain off. Cedar wood, no mildew, stain had peeled off quite a bit but don’t no when past owners did it. Gets mostly full sun when we have it but also rains a lot here.
What kind of stain do you recommend? Water or oil based? Semi transparent or opaque? How large of an area will recommended stain cover?
Thanks so much for your help!

Marnie
Marnie
1 year ago

Here’s a photo of the new wood and what the stain look like on the stairs before we sanded it off.

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Marnie
Marnie
1 year ago

What does clean and bright mean? Also, do you prefer oil or water base for my area? Area is about 300 ft.². Thank you so much!

Marnie
Marnie
1 year ago

Great thanks, how much would you recommend for 350 ft.²?

Tammy
Tammy
1 year ago

Hello, we have a cedar deck that is 25 years old and has been completely stripped and refinished 3 times because of peeling. We used Sikkens, cedar recommended by the deck builder all three times. We were unhappy with the product initially and Sikkens gave us their product free and told us to try it again and we did. Same thing happened a lot of peeling. We have tried to maintain it every two years and reapplying product the last time, two years ago after we applied the product the deck started turning black.

We stripped the deck by sanding it all down recently and I found your site afterwards so I only have pictures of the steps unhanded. 

We have a few boards that need to be replaced can we replace them with treated lumber or would the difference after staining be too significant?? Cedar boards are beyond pricy right now.

What product would you recommend?? We live in western PA the deck gets a lot of sun until 3 o’clock.

I have not stripped the posts yet so I will send pictures of those ( that is what the whole deck looked like) but should I just paint them or use a semi solid stain on them?? I am not sure I can get all the stain off of them. I was thinking white?? keeping the top rail the same color as the deck.

The last picture of the post is the closest to what it looked like before most of it turning black. Thank you in advance

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Kristen Coffey
Kristen Coffey
1 year ago

One more…if solid is sanded off with rented sander…can i move to a semitransparent oils base? It seems like that is less Upkeep.? Also o i need to do brighter again after sanding?

Kristen Coffey
Kristen Coffey
1 year ago

Any chAnce I could use TWP pro series Semi solid ? Almost everything off with deck sander except in between and a few edge marks.. power washed multiple times and stripped .. but had issue with Behr unfortunately didn’t find you first.

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Kristen Coffey
Kristen Coffey
1 year ago

I understand the no wood filler part with semi transparent , i have couple deep knots/cracks. Can i use a filler if using solid stain? Or some sort of epoxy? I can’t replace some of those boards due to it supporting a pergola.

Kristen Coffey
Kristen Coffey
1 year ago

Why didn’t i find you loooong ago…so used your terribly rated Behr stripper and brighter on a solid stain 18by20 deck…thought it was pretty good and then put on an oil based brown stain…disaster….called Behr… used 3 gallons of their stripper and 8 hours of steel brushing….what an ordeal. If I understand correctly….i will be renting a deck sander from Home Depot….then i want to get restore a deck brighter and either oil based semitransparent or solid in brown (as before) where do i get this stuff. I google it and it doesn’t go right to this product. Can i get it locally ? I’m in Michigan. Pictures to follow …

Robert Trippe
Robert Trippe
1 year ago

We have a 25 year old deck. It has been stained every 4 to 5 years and at least the last 2 times with Sherwin Williams super deck solid stain. It is peeling in a few spots (mostly at the ends of the boards) and several of the boards have small cracks in them. We have sprayed with deck cleaner and power washed it. Do we need to sand now? About 1/2 of the deck boards are in good shape. We live in Ohio so have all weather. We are ok continuing with solid stain as we like the color. Do you recommend SW at all? If not which solid stain?

Viviana Diaz
Viviana Diaz
1 year ago

Hi! I have a 5 year old cedar deck that we have stained with Armstrong Clark Semi Transparent Cedar a couple times already since it was new. Can I just re-stain with the same brand/color or do you recommend power washing and/or applying the RAD cleaner/brightner first?

Lu Chen
Lu Chen
1 year ago

Hi, I used wood filler to repair my deck and then I used twp1500 dark oak to stain the wood after cleaning hoping the discoloration from the wood filler wouldn’t be so obvious. What would you recommend to do to improve the discolored patch from my wood filler? Should I apply an interior paint to match the dark oak semitransparent color? Or switch to a solid stain instead? I live in NY.

Joseph Yofee
Joseph Yofee
1 year ago

I have a 3 year old deck that was stained with Sherman Williams Superdeck waterborne stain. I want to switch to semi solid or semi transparent oil based stain. Is that going to be an issue? Any recommendations on which one to use? I am getting deck pressure washed with chemicals prior toputting new stain.

Joseph
Joseph
1 year ago

Thanks. Picture of the label from SW original stain is attached. If I understood your reply correctly, in order to use oil based stain, I need to fully remove previous water based stain. If I just get deck pressure washed, I can only use another water base stain. Am I correct?

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L M
L M
1 year ago

Can you recommend a pet friendly oil base stain?

Darci
Darci
1 year ago

I have a wooden free-standing swing built last summer. I wanted to wait for the wood to dry out before staining. It is mostly redwood with some treated wood for the frame. It has been sanded and I will lightly sand it 1 more time. Do I need to use the prep materials on it prior to staining? Which stain would be the best? I live in Utah but put it in the garage for the winter.

Cindy & Gordon Meyers
Cindy & Gordon Meyers
1 year ago

Help! I have tried on numerous occasions to end the relationship with my deck lol. On a more serious note we need some good advice. We have been painting the deck solid stain for ( to) many years. We did this in spring of 2019 and thought possibly just a touch up this year. But after taking a closer look and starting to scrape the solid stain is peeling right off on many boards. It is even taking previous coatings off down to the bare wood. It seems like it never adhered to the wood boards in many areas and that moisture was getting trapped between the board and stain. First we need advice on preparation (scraping and sanding where necessary) and then which product of solid stain you would recommend. Also why this is happening so we can avoid in the future.

Cindy & Gordon Meyers
Cindy & Gordon Meyers
1 year ago

Power sand the loose paint? Or all the boards even what is adhering ?

Marcus Sowell
Marcus Sowell
1 year ago

It’s a Cabot solid stain.

Marcus Sowell
Marcus Sowell
1 year ago

Mayday mayday,
I have a party in three weeks and the deck I stained has a white film on it and it won’t come off. I need help soon.

Rhoda Paul
Rhoda Paul
1 year ago

Decks were refinished in 2016 with Defy. Over 1200 sq feet and I see that there is still over 2/3 of a 5 gal can of product? Is this any good? And how much should be used to cover that amount of square feet?

Rhoda Paul
Rhoda Paul
1 year ago

My decks had all been done with Defy for Hardwood in 2016. Totally around 1200 sq feet : top deck gets lots of sun, middle one none as it is covered by top deck and small zen deck and stair lots of sun too. See pics. The first 2 show the top deck and you can see what original finish was as this little spot was covered by a mat. Pic #2 shows the area where sun has beaten down. Pic #3 the Zen den which gets full sun and Pic 4 the deck under the top deck which just seems to still be in dood albeit dirty shape.Trying to determine is it going to be necessary to sand all levels or can I get away with cleaning and putting new coat on lower level while redoing the top and Zen? And what products of Defy do I use now. Not sure how Defy Extreme varies from Defy Hardwood and the cleaner, strippers and brightener? Trying hard to stick with non oil based product. thanks for your help

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Ben
Ben
1 year ago

I have a choice to get other TWP 1500 or the older 100. I feel that 100 has proven years behind while 1500 is relatively newer to better comply with voc. Which do you recommend? If the 1500 really is just at good as the old 100, why do they still carry that line…thanks.

Ben
Ben
1 year ago

Do you have any experience/heard about General Finishes Outdoor Oil? Thanks

Albert Johnson
Albert Johnson
1 year ago

I have a deck that had two different solid color stains on it that was peeling badly. I power sanded it using 80 grit. I was able to remove 99% of it on the deck but could not get the sides between the boards. I swept it and used a blower on the deck and than washed the deck with water. Since there is some gray stain showing in small areas I would like to use a semi-transparent gray color on it

1] Do I need to do anything else to prepare the wood for staining?
2] I want to use a water based semi-transparent stain since I think it would be easier to re-stain it in a couple of years.
3] what brand would you suggest that will not peel and have a good penetration. I live in New York State with harsh winters.
4] Would I be able to use only one coat on it?

I cannot figure out how to attach a picture

Thank You

Albert Johnson
Albert Johnson
1 year ago

This is a picture of the deck as it is now after doing the sanding.

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Albert Johnson
Albert Johnson
1 year ago

Do I still need to do this after I sanded? I plan on using rad solid stain since some areas still show some stain. Also do I need to use a roller and brush to apply or one or the other? Thanks

Albert Johnson
Albert Johnson
1 year ago

I still am not clear on the roller and brush. Do you apply the solid stain with a brush and than go over it with a roller to smooth it out or are you saying I can use a roller or a brush. Please explain. Thank you

Albert Johnson
Albert Johnson
1 year ago

1]For my 195 sq ft deck that has been sanded and prepped, how many gallons of RAD water base solid stain would I need?
2] what type of roller cover do I need?
3] what type of brush do I need?
4] can I use a brush to stain the sides in between the boards 1st and than roll the top of the boards?
5]do I apply thin coat than wait 24 hours and apply a second thin coat?

Thank you for all your advice!

Albert Johnson
Albert Johnson
1 year ago

I am going to be using the RAD water base solid stain on my deck. I read the instructions but it does not state how thick to apply each coat. Should I apply a thin layer meaning I would still see part of the wood
Than after it is dry apply another thin layer?

Also if I use a roller or stain pad do I need to go over it with a brush?

Thanks for all your advice

Dottie362
Dottie362
1 year ago

Is there a deck stain that’s only has to be applied only once instead of once a year?

Aim’ee Dawn
Aim’ee Dawn
1 year ago

I’m planning to have someone stain my deck next month because I have young kids and it’s hard to make time to do labor intensive work around my house.
I live in Maine (harsh winter) and was wondering which type of stain would last the longest/ need less upkeep. This deck is attached to a garage that we don’t use, but know we must protect it so it doesn’t rot. They play to do 2 coats. Any suggestions?

Bethany
Bethany
1 year ago

We have a new deck that we plan to sand and stain. I am hearing mixed feedback on how to stain a deck and make it glossy rather than too dull. Do you have a suggestion on how to do this? Thank you!

Mike
Mike
1 year ago
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Eric
Eric
1 year ago

Looking to stain our deck in Ohio. replaced 18/27 boards last summer. Weathered and ready. The remaining boards have never been stained and are oxidized grey. Estimate them to be 2-3 years old. Bought the restore a deck cleaner/brightener. The railing is a solid color, so I believe I need to use semi solid or solid in order to match the railing (unless I sand the railing entirely?)
Anyways the brick is a dark red with purple tones. A grey stain would be ideal to match the brick. Any brand recommendations? Unfortunately it looks like twp semi solid isn’t an option in OH.
Thanks

Last edited 1 year ago by Eric
Eric
Eric
1 year ago

So I’m going to proceed w the two tone.
How should I stain this pressure treated privacy lattice? It’s on a privacy wall seen in photos. Then Also under the deck between the ground and deck.

Solid stain since vertical and rougher wood material? Brush? Roll? Or spray?

Thanks

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Tami
Tami
1 year ago

My deck is fairly new (built 2019) and has never been stained/sealed. Looking for a semi transparent stain and sealer. What do you recommend? By the way I live in VA.

Last edited 1 year ago by Tami