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This post was updated on January 19, 2022

Hardwood Deck Stains in 2022

DeckStainHelp.com continues to be the Internet’s go-to site for wood deck restoration tips throughout 2022. In this revised Hardwood Deck Stain article, we offer suggestions for how to care for your hardwood deck by applying a high-quality stain. If you have stained a hardwood deck, feel free to leave us a comment with pictures.

Top IPE and Exotic Hardwood Stain Ratings

1. Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain

2. Armstrong Clark Wood Stain

3. Defy Hardwood/Cedar Stain

Hardwood Deck Stain Advice and Tips

Exotic Hardwood Deck Staining

Exotic Hardwood Deck Staining

There are many different types of wood used for decking material. While the most common is pressure-treated pine, some of the most beautiful are any of the exotic hardwoods. Woods such as Ipe, Redwood, Brazilian, Mahogany, Teak, and Pau Lupe are very sought after for deck owners looking for a gorgeous yet durable deck.

Hardwood decks, like other wood decks, are subjected to the elements and need to be protected with a deck stain or sealer. Hardwoods have different characteristics from more common wood types used in decking. As the name suggests, they are very hard or dense in nature. This means searching for the right deck stain when it comes to protection.

Because of the extreme density of an exotic hardwood special hardwood deck stains have been specifically designed with unique penetrating abilities. Regular types of deck stain lack the ability to penetrate the dense wood and will not perform well or last very long.

When looking for a hardwood deck stain look for special penetrating capabilities and one that is not prone to peeling. Special oils are used in hardwood stains that are able to dive into the dense hardwood and help condition the wood fibers. Without the penetrating ability, the stain would remain on top of the surface and would not provide any protection.

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A good hardwood deck stain will also be easy to clean and reapply as needed. Find an exotic wood stain that fades lightly in color as it wears and will not darken. All these characteristics along with high water repellency and enhanced beauty will give your hardwood deck the protection it needs.

Regular wood cleaning maintenance and stain applications will prolong the life of your hardwood deck. Follow these guidelines when choosing hardwood deck stains so the wood gets maximum protection and you get years of use from your exotic wood deck.

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Damon
Damon
2 months ago

Can you stain your deck kebony wood deck in the fall

Geoff Barrett
Geoff Barrett
3 months ago

What are the stain colors in the pics above on the site

Jeff
Jeff
3 months ago

I have a mahogany porch that I’ve used Defy Deck Stain for Hardwood in Pine. I have trouble doing the wet on wet 2 coat application as it dries so quickly. I also find that I have to wait at least 2 years before I can reapply the stain because the stain doesn’t adhere over the old coat until it’s very worn and I haven’t had much success with the stripper products that I used.

Does anyone have a recommendation for a better stain to use such as the Restore-A-Deck, Armstrong Clark or some other that is designed for an exotic hardwood such as mahogany? Thank you.

Carol & Rob
Carol & Rob
4 months ago

Hello,
Thanks for this site – great for folks like us who are new to staining. We have just had a new Mohagony porch put on our 100+ year-old Victorian. We are having difficulty deciding whether to use Ben Moore Translucent Natural or Translucent Mahogany stains. As I understand it, the Translucent “natural” is a clear stain, while Translucent Mahogany adds some dark stain color. We like the natural wood color and do not want to darken it. Right now, the new untreated wood looks a little washed out, probably because it’s dried out a bit. I’m wondering what you’d recommend doing to moisturize the wood without darkening it significantly while also protecting it from the weather.

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Ken Bw
Ken Bw
5 months ago

I am not sure what type wood this is or what I would need to use to protect or make uniform in color. I’m in New England so don’t mind the weathered gray look. Just need to treat / refresh so it looks more uniform.

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Pam
Pam
5 months ago

I have two mahogany porches with both horizontal floorboards/ stair treads and vertical railings and slats covering the under porch area as well as screen frames. After the porch was installed 15 years ago I used Cabot’s Australian Timber Oil doing the work myself. I hired a contractor approximately 5 years ago who insisted I use Benjamin Moore Semi Transparent stain which was applied with a sprayer snd back brushed. Some parts (railings and stair treads) have not weathered well and consequently are cracking. I now need to bring the deck back and do not want to use either one of those previous products. I am not sure where to begin and welcome your suggestions. Thank you!!

Michelle Jaeger
Michelle Jaeger
7 months ago

We had a beautiful IPE fence installed around our community pool. Sadly the installer did not seal the ends as we learned too late and he sub contracted a company to apply an “oil” finish I order to maintain the beautiful natural brown tones. As you see in the pictures from months ago the oil dripped down as well as terribly uneven. Please let us know how to fix this problem ? We do not want it to grey snd are willing to properly apply what is needed when needed but how do we get this mess back to square one? HELP!!

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Mark Bruckmann
Mark Bruckmann
8 months ago

What is the best clear sealer for a mahogany wood deck?

Mark Bruckmann
Mark Bruckmann
8 months ago

I do not mind if the deck turns gray. I just want to give the mahogany some protection. The deck is one year old and I am planning to powerwash it and then apply something. I am trying to figure out what to apply.

Bill
Bill
9 months ago

I have 5 month old ipe deck that weathered Ct. shoreline winter. I want to stain it. I’ve decided on Messmer but torn between natural and mahogany semi-transparent. I want to retain the natural color. I’ve read the natural will a) fade more quickly and b) won’t protect against silvering- which is the point. But I’ve also read that it does protect against silvering. Which is correct? Will the mahogany change the color forever?

Bill
Bill
9 months ago

Thanks!

Kern
Kern
9 months ago

Would you recommend for or against using Benjamin Moore Translucent stains on a mahogany deck?

Kern
Kern
9 months ago

Thank you for the reply, it is what I expected. So for mahogany decking are you recommending the Armstrong Clark or would I be better off with Penofin Oil? And how often you do recommend treating the deck which is full sun most of the day in the northeast.

Kern
Kern
8 months ago

I was getting ready to grab some Penofin and I was told that I can’t or maybe shouldn’t apply it to a deck that had been previously treated with another product. If it does have another product on it then I need to wash it and sand it down …. I really don;t want to go through sanding the deck down because it looks “fine” and just dry. Was the representative correct in telling me not to put Penofin down over a different product?

LARRY BERBERICH
LARRY BERBERICH
1 year ago

I NEED TO KNOW HOW TO PREP AND TREAT AN OUTSIDE DECK THAT WAS INSTALLED ABOUT TEN YEARS AGO. IT IS NOW DULL AND NEEDS SOME KIND OF TREATMENT TO BRIGHTEN UP. THANKS

John
John
1 year ago

I have a 25 year old mahogany deck in Portland , OR, stripped and brightened 6 weeks ago. No rain for 48 hours and forecast is for highs 50-51, lows 35-37, no rain next 72 hours. Should I let them sand and stain with Cabot’s oil-based Australian Timber Oil or wait for Spring?

Dominika
Dominika
1 year ago

Is it possible to achieve a chocolate color with Red Balau wood?

Dominika
Dominika
1 year ago

Thank you!

Debra Cochran
Debra Cochran
2 years ago

My mahogany deck is not new. It has been stripped, cleaned and brightened. I can’t decide between Armstrong Clark Semi-Transparent or Deckwise Ipe Oil Semi-transparent.? And how soon after rain and before it will rain ? One side gets sun most of the day.
I have to do this as soon as possible !

Scott Tucker
Scott Tucker
2 years ago

G’day
Just spent best part of a year building a Cumaru deck in Michigan only to have the Penofin penetrating rosewood oil the lumber yard recommended and sold to me fail after the first winter (looked very dry and blotchy).

I pressure washed and applied another coat in the spring hoping to recover (I got sold a number of tins with the Cumaru…). It then quickly went black in the summer which I was not expecting. Pressure washing helped get some of the black off but seemed to take the oil with it and did not get all the black off. West facing deck gets full sun in summer, horizontal surfaces are a joke after just a few months – summer or winter.

I used a deck cleaner product and gave it another pressure wash and then reapplied the last of the Penofin to make it look reasonable before an October party. Also started doing more research bringing me here. Penofin looks great out of the tin but it seems I’ve been riding a dead horse on this product and / or my prep and come next spring I want to start fresh.

How best can I reset from whats left of my Penofin mess and start again with a better prep and product?

I accept it will likely be a yearly maintenance thing but for that effort it should look reasonable coming up to 12 months, not blacken and ideally it would have a slight sheen to it when dry. What tint would you recommend to bring out the rich colors of Cumaru?

I’ve moved from Australia to the US and don’t recall these types of problems on various Merbau hardwood decks friends have built over there, granted they don’t get the same winters.

Thanks, Scott

Scotty
Scotty
2 years ago

I’m reading references to “cleaning” and “brightening” before using the stain. I have a very hard wood Brazilian deck that I have just finished thoroughly pressure washing. Can I just apply this Restore-A-Deck stain or do I need other products first?

Scotty
Scotty
2 years ago

To clarify, you are saying that I should use the RAD cleaner and brightener after having finished the pressure wash? Is there a time constraint between the pressure washing and the cleaning and brightening? I’m going to add some info here as well: The deck is ten years old and was stained three times with the last time being 5 years ago. The stain used before is unknown to me. The wood is so hard it breaks screws as it warps in the sun (not so much anymore but when it was first installed.)

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Scotty
Scotty
2 years ago
Reply to  Scotty

Here is a picture of the wood. This wood is so strong that the sun warped boards slightly when we first installed it and it broke screws. The deck is 10 years old, it’s been stained before about three times but it’s likely been 5 years since last staining. I can’t say what the last stain used was. 600 square feet. (Trying to answer the questions I’m seeing on other posts.)

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Joel Kaye
Joel Kaye
2 years ago

Hi, I have a hardwood fence rail that was stained 2 years ago with Flood Hardwood stain. I’m think of using Armstrong Clark stain this time. Is it necessary to sand the old stain before re-staining?

Joel Kaye
Joel Kaye
2 years ago

Thanks. Would I need to use a stripper or cleaner?

Jose Castro
Jose Castro
2 years ago

Hi. Have you reviewed the PENOFIN ARCHITECTURAL GRADE TMF HARDWOOD?

If so, please let me know your thoughts on this product. Thanks

Jeff
Jeff
1 year ago

So that’s a no? You haven’t tried or reviewed PENOFIN ARCHITECTURAL GRADE TMF or TMS HARDWOOD sealer? It isn’t a stain.. More of a sealer and is transparent. This is not the same as cheaper Penofin products. Looking for an honest review and looks like I need to keep looking

MAURICIO OSORIO
MAURICIO OSORIO
1 year ago

So, just for clarification, Has the team used the “Architectural” version of Penofin. Not the normal one. This is the $80 a gallon version with a 2-year guarantee. I’m seriously considering it, but haven’t seen any comparison/reviews of the Penofin Architectural Grade

Gary W.
Gary W.
2 years ago

Can hardwood stains be used on pine and cedare?

Jonathan P Smith
Jonathan P Smith
2 years ago

We are gong to put up approx 700 sf of red balau shiplap siding in san diego approx .25 mi from ocean with heavy sun exposure. I have read that you recommend waiting a couple months before staining/sealing, but given that it will be installed vertically is there any tricks you recommend? Or do I just wait the 2 months clean and apply once it’s up?

Also, we are hoping to get a rich darker brown color (similar to ipe). Is there a color tint you recommend for the Balau?

Dave Motti
Dave Motti
2 years ago

What is best way to remove stain from mahogany deck?

Dave
Dave
2 years ago

Looking for a good deck oil/sealer for a new Balu mahogany deck. It’s got beautiful color and I’d like to keep it that way. I have yet to fasten it to the frame as I’d like to oil both sides. I’ve been told that ipe oil is a good product, but having never used it before I’m Leary as I got burned with a product once before…

Carol
Carol
3 years ago

We are having tongue and groove mahogany installed in a 3 season porch that does have heating/ac but it will only be heated when we are using the room. What type of sealer do you recommend for this application? We live in Massachusetts so it gets cold in the winter.

Mary
Mary
3 years ago

I have a new ipe deck that was just installed but the wood looks like it was in the lumbar yard for awhile. Would like to clean and brighten and sand lightly any areas that may need it and then stain. The deck is in Florida and gets full sun.

Is my prep process correct?
What are your thoughts on Penofin Architectural Stain for Hardwood?
What stain would you recommend?

Thank you

Tim Rudd
Tim Rudd
2 years ago

It seems you only have review for the penofin hardwood. Have you tried their architectural grade tsf or tmf? They quote much longer times between application than the brown cans.

Ronnie Thomson
Ronnie Thomson
3 years ago

Hi, We have a 3yr old mahogany deck. If we sand the deck do we need to use a cleaner and a brightener? Also what stain would you recommend. We live in Colorado and the deck faces west so we get strong sunlight most of the year as well as snow. Its a very dry climate. The stain we previously used is Cabot Australian Timber Oil. Attached is a photo of the deck’s current condition.

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Jeffrey D Thill
Jeffrey D Thill
3 years ago

Previous comment, Ridgewood was supposed to be Tiger Wood

Jeffrey D Thill
Jeffrey D Thill
3 years ago

7 year old Ridgewood deck needs refreshing. what is the best transparent penetrating stain to use on Tiger Wood?

DJ32
DJ32
3 years ago

Hi, Thank you for your extensive collection of articles educating consumers on the various options available in the stain and deck care space. We live in Connecticut and have a covered front porch and back deck both of mahogany.

Front porch is well protected from the elements and gets relatively little foot traffic and is in relatively good shape. The back deck gets sun , snow and everything in between and has been neglected resulting in cracks in some areas on the wood.

What preparation and hardwood stains do you recommend I use on these decks to preserve them and improve their resistance to wear and tear. The deck was last treated with Cabot Australian Timber Oil, do I need to strip the existing stain off before application of a new stain? If yes is it best to do this via light sanding or with a stain stripper product?

One of the products recommended to me was the “Duckback (now Sherwin Williams ) penetrating exotic hardwood stain” which I do not see a review of on your site. Do you have an opinion on this product. Look forward to your response.

-DJ

DJ32
DJ32
3 years ago

Thanks for the quick reply. I see that SuperDeck has very poor reviews on your site and the Cabot ATO is also reviewed as doing very poorly in the winter and snow which is something we have experienced first hand. Two questions

1) Is there an alternate stain that would work better under the conditions, as I mentioned we are in Connecticut and the back deck receives both snow and direct sun
2) What do you recommend for filling in the cracks/splinters on the back deck?

-DJ

Chris
Chris
3 years ago

Hi, I’m about to install a tongue & groove mahogany porch floor. I was thinking about using the penofin hardwood penetrating oil on all sides before installing it. Is there a better product to use for this application? Should I wait before installing it? The boards have been acclimating for a few months, but they’ve been covered. Thanks!

Marshall Meyer
Marshall Meyer
4 years ago

What wood sealer will provide protection but not overly darken my Batu deck and do I need to wait a period of time on a new deck?

Denise
Denise
4 years ago

Just installed ipe deck and would like to know the best product to get the “wet” look color. (The color it becomes after it rains) . I tested the Messmers in the natural color but it seems to make it a browner/darker tone. Is there any sealer that just enhances the color without actually staining it?

Denise
Denise
4 years ago

Thanks. I’ll look at it.

gg10
gg10
5 years ago

Hi!
I am installing a new deck in Batu hardwood. I am in Northern California, Oakland. Pretty much full sun exposure. I want to achieve a nice rich color and not let it fade to grey. Can you recommend the best product to use as well as how long I need to wait before applying? I thought I would be applying right away, but from reading comments here, it sounds like the wood needs to sit raw for awhile? Thank you so much for your help!

gg10
gg10
5 years ago

Thanks! So my contractor has not installed this type of decking material before and did not seal the end cuts as he was building the deck. After 1 month, I am already getting cracking on the ends of the boards. Is there any remedy to prevent further splitting? I am panicking that my deck is already failing and it isn't even complete. He wants to sand down the deck and apply the stain. Do we need to sand the new deck, or is the cleaner/brighter prep enough? Any help or advice is much appreciated! I want this deck to turn out beautiful and I am scared!

lhwozniak
lhwozniak
5 years ago

Hi there
We have just installed a new Batu (red balau) hardwood deck, Northern California East Bay Area, summers will have full sun exposure.
We were considering the Penofin hardwood oil but after reading some reviews are still searching.
-Is the 1st year application process the only key to avoiding the molding/blackening? As long as mildecide Is in stain will we avoid that issue?
-if our hardwood was already exposed to climate/air at local lumber yard is wait time before staining still 12 mos?
-we are awaiting railing and hoping to stain I'm about 3-4 weeks which will be about 1.5 months after install and now looking at Armstrong.
-any feedback on Storm #2 products also appreciated.

RJ Hanson
RJ Hanson
5 years ago

Somehow I can't seem to get logged in. Hopefully my question can be answered. We have teak outdoor furniture – table, 6 chairs and a couple of lounges. They are probably around 15 years old and to my knowledge have never been sealed or stained. I would like to stain them a gray but have no idea how to prep or what stain to use. I've ready so many articles on your sight I'm totally confused. Thanks for any help you can give

James
James
6 years ago

I have a dock on a fresh water lake with IPE as the decking material. What stain would folks recommend. I only visit the property a couple times a year, so I am looking for something that will require little maintenance.

Thanks.

Drew
Drew
6 years ago

My new mahogany back porch is just 7' square with surrounding steps down to grade – 3 steps. Now it's time to treat. The problem is the weather. It will be clear tomorrow, then 100% chance of rain the next day, then a week straight of clear days with highs in the 40's and 50's and lows in the 20's and 30's. Should I have him go ahead and treat? Also, I am hoping to bring out the color and protect from sun and snow. He purchased Messmer's UV Plus in Natural With Transoxide Pigment High Solids Formula. That's a mouthful, but is it a good choice? His helper tells me to get Sherman Williams.

Drew
Drew
6 years ago

Thanks. What do you mean by "clean and brighten for prep"? I could sweep off dust from construction, then keep it covered with plastic until the spring. Is that your advice?

Bill Norman
Bill Norman
6 years ago

Need to apply a water base exotic clear stain for African Rock Wood on the beach at Hilton Head, S.C. What should I use? It's about 15,000 square ft. Can I spray it or does it need to be applied w/a roller? Thank You, Bill

Mike Benner
Mike Benner
6 years ago

looking for stain recommendation for Mahogany deck restain. The deck has been sanded, only traces of the old finish is visable. I live in Oregon

Teri
Teri
6 years ago

Hello. I am located just north of Chicago and have a two tired teak deck surrounding an inground pool. Sides of deck are ipe. Deck was installed six years ago. It is mostly full sun. We have been getting away with prepping and reapplying stain every two years. The first year we used Messmers the other years Benjamin Moore Hardwood Stain in their "teak" color. What brand hardwood stain comes in the darkest color? Doubt it's available, but looking for almost an espresso color. Also, is it possible to "adjust" any brand of hardwood stain color? From reading through reviews and comments it looks like my best bet will be Armstrong Clark in the Mahogany color. A deep reddish tone would be ok just want to avoid anything orangish. Any advise?

Teri
Teri
6 years ago

Thank you for your fast response! I read the review section for TWP 1500. Will it work good on hardwood? Looks like the test you did was on cedar.

Doug S
Doug S
7 years ago

Hello, I have a mahogany deck that is about 10 years old, it get's partial sun, and i live in New Hampshire so winters can be quite harsh. I just finished cleaning the deck multiple times with a cleaner and pressure washer to get all the grime off. I'm almost ready for stain. I did some research and it seems like the TWP 1500 series in redwood is what i want to go with. What do you think?

Kevin
Kevin
7 years ago

Hi, I have a new small deck built with Red Balau in San Jose, CA. Partial sun as it is covered by a Monterey Pine tree that does tend to drip sap. I am looking for a good sun and water resistant stain that will be close to the natural color and possible make it easier to remove the sap. What would you recommend?
Thanks!

Glenda
Glenda
7 years ago

Any experience with staining Accoya wood? From what I'm reading, I would consider it a hardwood. I have not done so yet, however, I am seriously considering replacing the floor of my deck with Accoya (rails are powdercoated wrought iron). I am in central North Carolina. The deck gets full sun during the summer months and most of it is shaded during the winter. It is also advised to treat all sides of this particular wood (which I realize you say is not necessary). Interested in your thoughts please. Just in case, their instructions can be found at Accoya.com under "Downloads". Wealth of information on this site and thanks to all who participate in putting it together!

Glenda
Glenda
7 years ago

Thanks for your reply. It appears to be relatively new here in the States; fortunately, there are two lumber companies within driving distance of me that stock Accoya. I'm waiting on a sample and pricing to arrive. We'll go from there! If I decide to use it, I would be more than happy to post pictures. I'm just not sure which route I would take with stain and I don't have anyone in this area I trust to guide me. Thanks again for your response and the knowledge you're sharing with us on this site.

Robert
Robert
7 years ago

Hello,
I inherited an IPE deck from previous owner; I guess it’s maybe 5+ years old. It looked really rich when we bought the home but of course now it’s faded and needs to be … “redone”.

So I’m not sure what was done to the wood … sealed? Stained? Both? What products were used? Just don’t know.

Yesterday, I scrubbed off the deck with a mixture of TSP powder, a little mild dish detergent, and some bleach (recommended by a few IPE web sites as a homemade cleaning solution). I then let it dry.

I had bought some Flood CWF Hardwood IV (is this stuff stain, sealer, …?) . This product was also recommended by an IPE expert web site. I opened the can and was surprised to see a thick, chocolate milk looking fluid. I expected a more of a watery, clear stain. I tried brushing on this product, and it seemed to be very buttery/greasy. Just sat there on the wood; I had to rub it in with the damp towel.

I don’t have a good feeling about applying this product. After a few planks, I decided to seek help.
My questions:
Do you know anything about Flood CWF Hardwood? Is it an appropriate product?
Do I have to prepare the wood of the deck in other way(s) before attempting to apply a finish coat of something? Maybe I need to strip away all previous treatments?

Thanks. You guys really seem to know your stuff.
Bob

Robert
Robert
7 years ago

Thanks for your quick reply. Something is concerning me though; even after I strip the old stain off (using Restore-a-Deck which is your best recommendation) ..and then maybe clean and brighten …won't I be in the same boat 1 or 2 years from now?
I mean, I have a stain that needs to be stripped (now) so that I can apply a new finish (stain) to it. It will last 1 or 2 years, and then, won't I have to again strip this latest application of stain in order to refinish (stain) the deck next time around? It seems not to make sense that I have to take off the old stain so that I can put on a new stain, ad infinitum. Or am I not understanding something ….

Michael
Michael
7 years ago

Hi everyone.

I've just had a new mahogany deck installed and I'm looking for the right sealer/stain.
I live in Northern New Jersey and the deck will get full sun, partial shade. The winters can get pretty harsh and frozen. There is a large tree on the left, so we get a lot of junk falling from the trees as weld as bird droppings. In fact, there are already some spot stains on the new woods thanks to those pesky birds. >:(
I'd like to keep the natural look of the wood without changing the color, although I realize that it should give me that wet look, which I love. any suggestions? Not too worried about cost. I'm more interested in quality and ease of application.

The decking guy who put it in recommends Sherwin Williams, but I just don't know.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

Michael
Michael
7 years ago

Great, thanks. I will definitely look at that one. I was also looking at the Messmers.
As for the oil based stains, any advice/tips on application, prep, or setup?

Michael
Michael
7 years ago

Thank you for the advice.
I also contacted ACR directly, and they recommended the Amber or Mahogany stain.
But I'm a bit confused….why would I use Amber (or Mahogany) stain if I want to keep the natural color of the wood?
When I clean the deck with a brightener, does it "bleach" the deck? Will it discolor the natural finish of the wood?

Thanks again.

ron
ron
7 years ago

After years of peeling from using the Sherman William exterior deck stain (hated it), I finally had enough and sanded down the deck to the wood. Today. I applied the arborcoat clear stain and overall very happy with the application. I have been happy with Benj Moore products in the past and hope this one is of similar. After the application, I do notice a bit of unevenness in the coat on the floor of the deck and want to apply a second coat before I return with the furniture. How long should I wait before applying this?
thx

Marcy
Marcy
8 years ago

We have had our IPE deck for 10 years. WE have always used Penofin. We would like to switch stains, but the gazebo

BobbyZ
BobbyZ
8 years ago

OK, thanks. You say clean and brighten "again". Am I correct to take that to mean that it would be necessary to clean and brighten now (after my recent stripping job) as well as again in the spring. That is, is there a problem with having stripped now and then waiting until the spring to do the cleaning and brightening.
BobbyZ

Barbara
Barbara
8 years ago

I live in coastal North Carolina; on the sound, about 1/2 mile from the Intracoastal waterway. We installed a wrap around deck (3 sides), of pressure treated pine about 3 years ago and have not put anything on it. We get a lot of green mold in this very humid area. We want to put a waterproofer on it now, but we don't want to have to strip anything later. I already wash it twice a year because of the mold that accumulates, so I don't mind having to clean it regularly. What should I put on it to take care of it and help it last longer, but only have to clean it and reapply as needed. Also, I always clean it with a mixture of Clorox, Dawn, and water. It is the only thing I have found that will take the mold off, still with some scrubbing. Thank you for any insight for me.

BobbyZ
BobbyZ
8 years ago

When asking questions on Deck Staining please include: 1. State you live in Virginia (northern) 2. Full Shade, Partial Shade, or Full Sun Partial Shade 3. Type of Wood Pressure treated pine 20 years old 4. Mold or Mildew Issues minor 5. Main Issues with Previous Stains Just stripped off Behr semi-transparent because it would not dry–still tacky/sticky after 3 weeks of good dry weather. Felt certain I was facing future flaking issues–hope I was right because stripping process just about killed me. Still need to finish cleaning to neutralize–hope to do that this weekend. Now looking for recommendations as to best stain and whether upcoming weather (highs around 58-59 and lows around 37) would already dictate leaving the deck bare for this winter. I am leaning toward the Armstrong Clark Semi-solids because of the promise that I might not have to do this job until further down the road, i.e., they evidently last longer. But I would like to confirm that they are not like solid to the point that they might flake and would need to be stripped, rather than simply cleaned and re-stained in the future. Ready seal, although it reportedly fades fast, evidently has no high or low temperature restrictions. If you think it is too late/cold for Armstrong Clark or another such stain, would Ready Seal be an option, followed by Armstrong Clark in a few years? Thanks for your valuable site!

Olivier Nguyen
Olivier Nguyen
8 years ago

I just completed a new deck with knotted cedar. the wood bought in august, 2013. Since I live in New Jersey, the winter is coming, should I stain it now or wait until next spring? right now, my plan is clean it, brightning it, sand it with 50 grit drum sander to smooth and even the decking, then stain it. what is your advise?

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