Flood Pro Series Solid Color Stain Review 4.2/5 (7)

by Deck Stain Help

Flood Pro Series Solid Color Stain Review

Flood Pro Series Solid Color Stain Review

Flood Solid Deck Stain Review RatingUpdate for 2019: This is our initial Review of the Flood Pro Series Solid Color Wood and Deck Stain.  This review will be updated throughout the years. As contractors, we have been using the Flood Pro Series as one of our top solid stain choices for the last 10 years when a solid stain is needed over a semi-transparent. There are new and better brands of solid stains coming into the market, but the Flood is a decent choice.

We appreciate your input. If you have used the Flood Solid Color Deck stains, feel free to leave a comment below and pictures of your completed projects.

Flood Pro Series Solid Color Stain Review

Summary: Flood Pro Series Solid Color Stain is an advanced stain and sealant in one that protects wood from moisture and sun damage while adding rich, opaque color. 100% acrylic formula provides excellent adhesion and durability. Urethane-fortified to resist cracking and peeling. Rain resistant finish within 12 hours. Powerful UV absorbers protect against fading and UV damage. Provides a mildew-resistant finish.

Flood Solid Deck Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 9

– We used the Flood Pro Series Solid Color Stain in white. Very easy to apply and the overall appearance when dry was excellent with a nice matte opaque look.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 7

–After 2 years, there was a small amount of wear on the floors but no peeling.

Cost Per Square Foot: 8

– We applied two coats to our 450 sq. feet of verticals that included all railings and steps. 4 Gallons were used at a cost of $46 per gallon.

Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 9

– A small amount of mildew was present under the tree but overall, there were not any issues with mildew, algae or mold.

Ease of Application: 8

– We like how the Flood Pro Series Solid Color Stain applies and adheres to the wood. We always use a roller and brush when applying. Dries fast and can take moderate rain in a few hours.

Difficulty of Reapplication: 7

– Clean by pressure washing and a deck cleaner. Reapply 1-2 coats or as much as needed.

Overall Score Flood Pro Series Solid Color Stain at 1 Year Period: 8.0

– Flood has always made a better than average solid color deck stain. We have been using it for 10+ years and have not seen any degradation in performance.  It is one of our top solid stain brands, with just a slightly lower score than the Restore-A-Deck Solid Stain.

Product Information

Where to Buy: Select Higher End Paint Stores
Cost: $45.99 per Gallon, $119.99 per 2.5 Gallon Pail, $199.99 per 5 Gallon Pail. Products ship free on their website.
Stain Type: Solid Color (Opaque) Wood Stain – Water Based
Available Custom-Mixed Solid Colors: Tintable to over 120 colors
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coats  Required: 2 Coats
Coverage Per Gallon: 250-350 sq. ft
Application Tools: Airless Sprayer, Brush, Roller
Dry Time: 2-4 Hours
Cleanup: Water
VOC Compliant: 50 VOC Compliant in all States
Manufacturer: Flood – PPG

Test Deck Stats

Deck Wood Type: Pressure Treated Pine
Deck Square Footage: 450 Square feet
UV Exposure: Full Sun
How Many Years Tested: 2 Years
Stain Color Used: 
White

*All products tested and results are from our experience. We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take into consideration that results may differ due to different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, and natural weathering.

Please Rate This. You may also post comments or ask questions below.

40
Ask a Question or Post a Review

avatar
 
smilegrinwinkneutralshockunamusedcooloopsrollcryeeklolmadsadexclamationquestionhmmbeg
Photo and Image Files
 
 
 
 
Audio and Video Files
 
 
 
 
newest oldest
Dawn Bruce
Dawn Bruce

My review of ‘flood’ solid stain is just average. The finish is very flat looking with no shine so it shows all dirt,soul marks from shoes etc. I was trying to avoid peeling so this is why I chose stain over doing a paint and unfortunately there’s no product recommended to put on top of it to make it appear shiny.

Dawn Bruce
Dawn Bruce

Hi,sorry, can’t find replies to my original question of ‘flood’ solid. It’s very matte and I was wanting a shinier finish. Is there any product I can put on top of it that would give me that finish? I live in the mountains. Get snow. Deck is partial shade/sun exposed. Thanks

Mike
Mike

Two questions:

1. If I clean and sand deck (no current coating, but old, moldy, and rough) should I still brighten as well for any reason when applying a solid? (Not sure if brightening causes any other effect that helps solid stains adhere?)
2. Why on this solid stain do you say reapplication just requires pressure washing and reapplication , while other solid stains like Cabot you say require sanding and give a lower reapplication score? Aren’t they both acrylic? Is there some other difference?

Thanks!

Christy
Christy

Can you use this over the Flood Pro Deck Resurfacer?

Carla D.
Carla D.

At your recommendation, we bought Flood solid stain in a deep forest green. It’s for the cedar siding on our home. The wood has been sanded bare, and I washed it down thoroughly with the garden hose. Do I need to use a cleaner before staining? It’s not a deck, but which product? Can I use Simple Green?

Also, the nail heads are all exposed because the siding was installed incorrectly. They’ve bled dark stains. We’ve been told to coat each nail with an oil primer. Flood said to do this, and a few others as well. I wanted to run that by you. Do you agree?

Thank you!

Dan Adams
Dan Adams

I have a 4 month old PT Pine fence, 8′ x 300′, rough pickets, that we would like to stain a dark charcoal / almost black color. It doesn’t look like I can get that dark of a color with Armstrong Clark, TWP, Restore a Deck or Defy. Flood Pro has a color called Ebony that I think will work but it’s available in their Semi-Transparent, their Semi-Opaque, and their Solid. What would be the difference between these 3 formulations in the same color? Would one of these be my best choice or do you have another product you recommend for a dark charcoal. Thanks, love your site.

Richard Micham
Richard Micham

Can you use it on concrete block?

Cathryn
Cathryn

We have pressure washed, sanded, used Flood pro deck wash and stained our large wood deck with one coat of Flood solid colour acrylic stain. With one coat of Mahogany colour on we are realize that we would prefer a medium brown.
Is it possible, or wise, to change this dark brown to a lighter brown stain for the next coat? Do we need to do two coats of the lighter colour? Would future chipping or wear show the darker colour through? We live in Victoria BC.
Thanks

Ron Ebelhar
Ron Ebelhar

Deck contractor quoted that they apply 3+ coats of Flood Solid Color Stain for “extreme durability”.
After pressure washing two weeks ahead, their “seal” crew spray applied a coat followed immediately by rollers, then left. When I contacted the contractor about the recoats, they said the recoats had been applied wet to wet with the rollers. Is this acceptable practice?

greg sipich
greg sipich

how long after you apply a brightener can you wait to apply stain?

Sara Wan
Sara Wan

Used Flood pro series solid color stain and the surfactant Leached through. Has anyone else had this problem. If so how do you get rid of that or stop it from happening

Greg Jones
Greg Jones

A couple of times you say to put on two (2) coats of stain on the deck; however, I’ve read on several sites that putting on more than one coat of stain, especially with solid stain, can cause it to layer & “peel” off in future years. What is your thoughts/experience on this?

Joanie Davis
Joanie Davis

Can flood stain be used on composite decking, and if so which is better the solid stain or the semi-transparent?

Brian Pope
Brian Pope

Solid has worked for myself.

Lisa
Lisa

Since it can be box at big box stores,does it still rate well? From what I
have researched, everything says to stay away from products sold at big box stores,Home Depot,Lowes etc.

Brian
Brian

Box stores do carry different versions as well as the same at times. Former paint employee and the high end carried more of a top of the line product.

Linda
Linda

can it be used over another brand solid stained deck after being cleaned and lightly sanded if wanting a similar color

Jay
Jay

Where can I get a color chart gray only of the pro series, buy it at?
Jay

Brian
Brian

PPG Paints

Jay
Jay

Can it be used over a painted areas and bear wood ?