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Sikkens SRD Wood Stain Review 2.8/5 (43)

Sikkens Cetol SRD Review

Sikkens Cetol SRD Review

Sikkens Cetol SRD (Siding Railings Deck) is a high solid 1 coat wood and decking stain. The SRD offers 3-way protection for your exterior wood.  Protection from water damage, UV radiation, and Mold. Sikkens SRD penetrates deep into the wood and does not film on top of the wood.

Containing Translucent Iron Oxide Pigments, Sikkens SRD can be used on all unfinished exterior wood.

Sikkens SRD Wood Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 9

– The Sikkens SRD displayed a very nice natural cedar color to the pine dock. We were pleased with the penetration into the wood. Much better than other Sikkens stains that filmed on top of the wood like a varnish.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 6

– At the 2 year mark, Sikkens SRD lost a lot of color after 24 months of full sun exposure. The stain that was left on the dock had either deteriorated away or darkened in color.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 7

– The SRD exhibited bare spots on 30% of the flooring surface after 2 years. The dock exhibited a wear pattern down the middle of the walkway.

Cost Per Square Foot: 8

– The SRD is priced at $45 a gallon. Coverage per gallons was closer to 200 feet per gallon. We used 6+ gallons for the 1200 sq. feet. This equals $.23 a foot.

Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 5

– After 2 years we noticed a lot of black mold growing on the dock. On inspection, we noticed that the mold was imbedded into the stain that was still left on the dock. About 40% of the SRD had this problem.

Ease of Application: 6

– We were not pleased with the application process. Sikkens suggesting brushing the SRD into the wood. We took their advice and use a Wooster Stain Brush. It took close to 8 hours to apply the stain this way. We had many issues with the SRD dripping into the water below the dock creating an oily haze to the water.

Color Shifting (darkening) after 2 Years: 5

– Very poor. The high solids of the SRD stain darkened significantly. The original golden cedar color had turned a dark brown. The addition of the mold made the leftover stain look almost black in color.

Difficulty of Reapplication: 6

– A full stripping of the SRD would be needed. This will ensure that reapplication of a new stain will achieve even color and proper penetration into the wood. Failure to remove/strip will result in the stain darkening even more (where the stain is left) and very light in the bare areas.

Overall Score Sikkens SRD at 2 Year Period: 6.5

– Akzo Nobel is the largest stain manufacturer in the world with Sikkens being the most popular. We hoped that their signature stain would perform better but we were very disappointed with the final results. We are not fans of stains that darken significantly in color. This makes future maintenance much more difficult to perform.

Product Information:

Where To Buy: Commercial Retail Stores
Cost: $45.99 per Gallon, $209.99 per 5 Gallon Pail
Stain Type: Semi-Transparent Oil-Based
Available Colors: 60 Colors
Application Temperature: 50-95 F
Coats Required: 1 Coat
Coverage Per Gallon: 200-300 sq. ft
Application Tools: Pad, Brush, Roller
Dry Time: 6-25 Hours
Cleanup: Mineral Spirits
VOC Compliant: 250 Compliant in All 50 States
More Info: Product Data
Manufacturer: Akzo Nobel

Test Deck Stats:

When Tested: June 2006
Deck Wood Type: Pine Boat Dock
Deck Square Footage: 1200
UV Exposure: Full Sun
How Many Years Tested: 2 Years
Stain Color Used: 
Natural Cedar

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

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161 responses to “Sikkens SRD Wood Stain Review”

  1. D. K. Johnston says:

    Why would you produce a product that after one year it turns grey with the only alternative is to sand sikkens off and find another product.

  2. Doug says:

    My carpenter recommended Sikkens to me after I had some porch repair work. I have used Sikkens for ten years and counting. Put a new coat on my porch, steps and deck each year or every second year. Product works great, easy application, and never had a problem with appearance. I recommend it.

    • Jennifer says:

      I don't know if your wood has faded evenly but mine has not due to uneven UV exposure. I don't know whether to lightly re-stain the areas that are faded more or what because some areas are barely faded and are very close to the color at the original time of application.. I called sikkens for a clear product I could custom mix with it to dilute the pigment but they say there isn't one. I'm worried if I restain the whole thing it will be blotchy and require stripping. This is new timber and a very decorative part of my home's entrance. The first coast was a year ago..

  3. Leonard says:

    Is this suitable for cedar deck and, if applied again in 2 years over the original application, would it peal.

  4. Barb Platt says:

    Sikkens was the best product out there but the EPA forced changes that causes the stain to discolor and peal in a short time. My whole house finish was a semi gloss now the new product is flat and dull so I now have a multi finish house where the new has pealed and discolored the old is still on there from 1989 in places that were not gone over and it still has the semi gloss finish and is the same cedar color it was in 1989 when it was first done. I have a log home and it just ruined the look of my home.

  5. Jim Lawson says:

    8 years ago I applied Sikkins oil stain to my mahogany farmer's porch floor. I guess you can purchase pre-treated mahogany but I used un-treated. I followed the Sikkins directions, one coat only and wipe up any areas that puddled. I have had no peeling but over the years it has darkened and looks dull and I want to bring new life the the floor. I washed and then pressure washed the floor with a very powerful pressure washer. What should i recoat with. Do I need to use

  6. Gloria Ledbetter says:

    First time using sikkens ,we striped cleaned power washed and waited a few weeks for weather .The first coat didn't seem to cover very well and was blotchy. Waited 1 week and restained this was last week Sunday. It's been been exactly 1 week again and now it's sticky. And doesn't seem to be drying,how long should this take,I would like to replace my chairs and plants on deck but I don't want to leave marks,a better word for the coating it seems like rubber feels tacky even though I can walk on it with leaving marks

    • Fay kujawa says:

      i painted my new cedar shed with sickens srd and the paint will not dry it's sticky. I am frantic what do I do?

    • kal says:

      Sikkens is a one coat system, says on front and back of label. If it is still tacky at 30days you may need to strip the surface.

  7. Curt M says:

    Agree with your review. Most of the stain gone after two years. Some spots where less sun have actually darkened and even other spots are glossy. A huge disappointment.

  8. Tom says:

    I have been using the Sikkens oil based SRD, Semi-transparent (Cedar color from tint base) for a few years. Last application was in 2011. It's faded to the point that I need to put down another coat. I found out today that they no longer make the oil based, only the water based. I'm curious what you all may think about the idea of giving the deck a good pressure washing and then going over it with a coat of the water base.

    • Tom, we would not do this. If you want to use the Sikkens water based then you should strip off the old oil. Even if you switch brands to another oil based stain, you will need to remove the current Sikkens.

  9. Hickey says:

    Within a couple of months the deck looked absolutely dreadful . We have had to have it resanded back to bare timber and done again using Intergrain with a vastly better result . It appears that a European product is not suited to Australian conditions . The Sikkens rep does not respond to phone calls .

  10. Lynne says:

    I live on the ocean in Sitka Alaska and have a red cedar deck. Flat surfaces have major peeling less than one year after application in the deck exposed to the weather but no problem with the covered deck. It was difficult to apply evenly. The stain was applied according to directions to very dry wood.

  11. Peter says:

    I have uses a number of Sikkens products from Dek to SRD to everything in between. It is a fantastic product, with very rich stain (077 – cedar) – the ONLY trouble I have ever encountered was 'operator error' – I applied it to a surface that had too much moisture in it. and again, there was an instance where I applied it to deck railings and it poured rain about four hours after so it did not have time to set up and hazed up. I waited for a few weeks, light sand and reapplied. No problem. This stuff is the best out there, but it really has to be applied properly. I haven't had any experience with the water based product, only the oil based – in fact, this morning I am buying another gallon of SRD to reapply fence boards – its been three years and its getting a little faded.

  12. FredF says:

    I'm getting ready to re-stain this year and am now confused as to what to use! Our Oil Base Semi-Transparent Sikkens was applied rather poorly (rolled on and wiped with a rag rather than brushed) to new deck by contractor fall 2012 to WR Cedar and DF, color of Stonehenge Gray to match the Cape Cod Grey composite decking used. Color actually good upon completion, looked pretty good for first year. Now has pealed/flaked, appears now that very little "stain" actually penetrated wood and there are many black patches all over, apparently mold. Color, were it still exists, is still good and true matching the decking. FYI, curious that spots where they stained ends of the cut comp decking, the stain apparently penetrated deep and is holding up very well! And of course there was NO moisture in the composite!

    Although wood was not 'wet', it was not cured or kiln dry and I think contractor applied too soon and likely deck should have sun dried a year prior to staining for full penetration. I was worried after completion and called Sikkens … got a tech rep who told me that I was correct, contractor miss-applied and that our best 'corrective action' would be to wait a year or two and then re-sand and re-stain. So this is what I've been looking at this spring. Just curious about suggestions?

  13. Henry Jeung says:

    Our home which is a cottage has vertical wood siding on the whole second floor, the garage door and the front door. I use to protect the wood with cetol 1 and 23 following your instructions on how to the product properly. After 20 years of using the cetol system, I got tired of the product peeling off and decided to use Sikkens SRD 005 instead. As recommended, I apply a new coat every year. Last year, I bought a new can which was suppose to be new and improved. However, I got terrible results. SRD is suppose to mat, but some areas dried gloss while some were mat. Also the color was a lot darker too. I stirred the product alot before use and during use and plus I`ve been using the product for the last five years with happy results. After the terrible result at the second floor sidings, I did not bother to do the garage and front doors. I took pictures and showed them to the dealer where I bought the product. They admit that something is wrong and they took my name and telephone and told me they would call Sico and have a rep contact me. It has been over 6 months now and I have not heard anything. In the mean time, I have ugly wood siding different color from my front and garage door and a defective 3/4 full can of SRD. If I don`t hear anything soon, I`m just sand the siding down and switch to different product manufacturer.

    A very unhappy customer,
    Henry Jeung

  14. Bob L says:

    After 3 years on new wood and applied by a professional, both covered and uncovered decks are w/o any color or waterproof protection. I would not use this product again and the people who installed it had no info as to whether it would last or not. It didn't so i am searching for another product. It even faded under the rugs on the porch which was covered.

    • Trish says:

      Product is only expected to last 2-3 years and wear off rather than peel off, so stripping is unnecessary.

  15. Shirley says:

    I live on the East Coast in Canada……lots of rain, fog, snow, etc. I am having a new pressure-treated deck built very soon and need some advice as to what to use for a stain……..a long-lasting stain…….I am a senior who will be doing the application and reapplication so do not want to be doing it every year……any suggestions?

  16. mike says:

    I used 2 coats of sickens srd, on one side of the deck.( not right i know!) came out shinny and a little tacky. i applied 1 coat where the boards switch direction. is there anything i can do to match the flat finish of the 1 coat side to the side with 2 coats other than starting all over? help please Mike

  17. Jim says:

    Purchased Sikkens Cetol SRD in Butternut from a local paint dealer. Bought second gallon from Home Depot. Colors are totally different. Sikkens personnel would not respond why two colors with the same name are clearly different and unmatchable. Very disappointed

  18. Paul Mansueto says:

    i built a beautiful ceadr deck 2 years ago..prior to installing the decking it sat in my garage with spacers to ensure that the mositure content was low. I stained the bottoms first, installed and then coated the top. within 2 years its peeling and flaking. I have just rented a floor sander to sand the cedar and restain . it Will NOT be sikkens…..absolute junk

  19. Breezy says:

    The one thing no one has mentioned is humidity, from what I was told by the contractor desk was to apply all your stains in low humidity. Also as everyone has mentioned dry surface and a light sanding, and last but not least watch your weather and have 3 to 4 days of nice sunny weather and a low humidity this is the trick. Apply only when the sunny day has low humidity. I live on the East Coast of Canada, and have had very poor results from the most expensive stain with a very good name. It was peeling after one season with some digging this was the only thing I did not watch for before doing the deck. I hopes this helps

  20. nancy says:

    5 years on our 8' privacy fence in the backyard. Shows fading only on the west exposure. I really like this stain.

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  22. Joel says:

    This stain did not hold up well, especially on south exposures. It was peeling after 6 months.

  23. Ron says:

    First time user of Cetol SRD and will be my LAST. After less than 1 year, my expensive Cedar deck is peeling all over. 16 x 65 feet, over 100 Sq Ft all wasted and $500 poorer. Should have stayed with Sherman Williams. All Technical Support would do is Brag about their product and pretty much say I don't know what I am doing.

  24. George Mantikas says:

    I've used it on my cedar fence and my gates 4 years ago and just applied a another coat on it a week ago I live on the Pacific ocean with direct sunlight on the gates all day.
    Very happy the product has no translucent or clear sealer or stain ever last generally two or more years under these conditions.

  25. Studio says:

    Applied Sikkens SRD water cleanup stain product 2 years ago to new pine plank siding on a new home and it looked great at first but now after just 2 years it looks faded and grey and dirty. I've been painting and staining for 40 years and have never seen a product break down so quickly as the Sikkens SRD. Don't waste your money on this trash. Around the same time I also sprayed an older home with Behr Solid Stain. It was also pine plank siding. After 2 years the Behr product looks like brand new and stuck like glue to the wood. It cost allot less. So disgusted with Sikkens. Sorry I paid so much for a supposedly premium product and wound up wasting not only allot of money but also allot of time and effort. Would not be surprised to see a class action law suit against this defective product.

  26. Maggie s says:

    Significant mold penetration after 2 years. 4 initial coats per specs on well prepared virgin cedar on an outdoor pergola on maui (humid, direct tropical sun and often wet conditions). Initial treatment included mildewcide. Subsequent cleaning after 2 years revealed large scale mold penetration into the wood. No flaking, or deterioration. However, mold problem was massive, even after treatment with mold removal products. I will add another two coats and see if they hold up. Still, probably better than flaking and peeeling encountered with the usual poly finishes. I have a covered porch and the product has held up reasonably well there. Underwhelmed, but I haven't found anything better.

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