Long-lasting penetrating oil-based formula protects the beauty of wood with a rich semi-transparent stain. Scuff-resistant formula with maximum UV protection that resists fading.
Waterproofs to prevent moisture damage.
Note: This is a test in the Sherwin Williams Deckscapes Oil Based Formula. This formula tested better than their water-based version. See Here for Water Based Review: SW Deckscapes Review
Sherwin Williams DeckScapes Stain Scores (1-10)
Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 7.5
– Sherwin Williams DeckScapes in the oil formula penetrated much better than their waterborne version. Application of the stain was decent and the color of the Cedar bark was a brown cedar. After drying a day, the stain looked blotchy in appearance. We applied a light second coat to even out the look.
Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 7
– 2 years later the Sherwin Williams DeckScapes lost about 30% of its original color.
Wear/Tear and Peeling: 7
– The Oil based version of the Deckscapes is definitely an improvement over the water version. The oil penetrates deep into the wood. This resulted in average wear and tear on our test deck.
Cost Per Square Foot: 8
– We used 7 gallons of stain for our 800 sq foot test deck. 2 Coats of stain were applied to the deck surface, one day apart. The cost to stain was around $.30 a foot.
Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 6
– The oil-based version of the Deckscapes had a decent amount of black mold growing covering about 40% of the surface. The mold appeared to be growing underneath the stain. This would make reapplication difficult.
Ease of Application: 8
– The SW Deckscapes applies fairly easily. We used a pump sprayer and stain pad application. Flooring was applied with the pad while the railings were sprayed. Back brushing was minimal and coverage was adequate. No overlapping of the stain on the flooring. We had to apply a second coat though to the floor as the first coat penetrated very deep and looked light.
Color Shifting (darkening) after 2 Years: 6
– The stain darkened considerably after 2 years. Looked like a muddy brown color instead of the original rich cedar. A combination of mold and UV darkening the stain.
Ease of Reapplication: 6
– Reapplication of the DeckScapes would require stripping off the old stain. Failure to remove would cause the appearance to darken considerably if another coat was applied on top of the wood. Cleaning alone would not be enough to remove the mold and restore the original color. Fortunately, stripping of this stain would be easy.
Overall Score SW Deckscapes at 2 Year Period: 6.9
– Much better than the waterborne but not up to par with other oil based deck stains. If you had to choose between the two versions of the Deckscapes, then absolutely choose the oil based version.
Where To Buy: Sherwin Williams
Cost: $32.99 per Gallon, $160.99 per 5 Gallon Pail
Stain Type: Semi-Transparent – Oil
Available Colors: 30 Different Colors
Application Temperature: 40-90 F
Coats Required: 1-2 Coats
Coverage Per Gallon: 150-200 sq. ft in field tests
Application Tools: Sprayer, Pad, Brush, Roller
Dry Time: 4-12 Hours 24 hours fro recoat
Cleanup: Mineral Spirits
VOC Compliant: 550 Compliant – Cannot be sold to all states.
More Info: Product Data
Manufacturer: Sherwin Williams
Test Deck Stats:
When Tested: August 2010 -2012
Deck Wood Type: Pressure Treated Pine
Deck Square Footage: 800 Square Feet
UV Exposure: Full Sun
How Many Years Tested: 2 Years
Stain Color Used: Cedar Bark
*All products tested and results are from our hands-on experience. We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take into consideration that results may differ widely due to different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, and natural weathering.