SuperDeck Stain Review 3/5 (118)

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Update 2019: SuperDeck Stain Review

We would love to hear from you if you have used the SuperDeck Stain from Sherwin Willaims on your wood or deck. Please post a rating in the Consumer Star Ratings below. Consumer reviews below in the comment section have shown lower than average results when using the SuperDeck Stain.

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If you have used the SuperDeck deck stains, please post a review and any pictures in our comment area below.  A short description of your experience would help.

The DuckBack company is the original manufacturer of Super Deck and was purchased by Sherwin Wiliams a few years ago. The Super Deck brand has gone through numerous changes since. Sherwin Williams has kept the SuperDeck brand but has added their old Deckscapes formula into the Super Deck lineup. They now have an oil based and a water-based version. This review of the Super Deck would be comparable to the current oil-based formula of the new label of the SuperDeck, under Sherwin Williams paint brand. The current Sherwin Labels Super Deck that is water based, would be comparable to our review of the Sherwin Williams Deckscapes.

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Superdeck Wood Deck Stain Review

Superdeck Wood Deck Stain Review

SUPERDECK® Semi-Transparent Stain is a 70% solid, pro-grade, wood deck finish developed to give superior protection and enhanced color to exterior wood. Superdeck Semi-Transparent Stains uses iron oxide pigments to prevent UV damage.  Containing tung and linseed oils that provide superior protection with mildewcides that inhibit the growth of mildew. Superdeck Semi-Transparent Stains contain Carnauba for a durable finish that is scuff resistance.

SUPERDECK® Semi-Transparent Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 6

– We used the Superdeck Stain in the redwood color on a newly built redwood porch in Northern California. The final appearance after drying was a sticky uneven finish on our porch. The stain did not penetrate very well into the wood even though the Superdeck cleaner and brightener were used to prep prior to application. Only one light coat was applied.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 8

– 80% of the initial color was left after 2 years of exposure in full sun. The Superdeck did score fairly well here.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 8

– The was no peeling of the Superdeck Semi-transparent stain but there was wearing in the high traffic areas. This porch is the entrance to the home and the Superdeck was completely worn from the stairs to the door.

Cost Per Square Foot: 7

– Superdeck Semi-transparent stain costs $40 a gallon. The 800-foot porch needed 5 gallons to cover. This included the deck and the railings.

Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 6

– After 2 years of weathering, the Superdeck Semi-transparent stain had a significant amount of mildew spots growing in the finish. Containing linseed oil (known feeder for mold), the Superdeck seemed ineffective at preventing the mold even though it contains mildewcide.

Ease of Application: 8

– We applied the Superdeck Semi-transparent stain with a staining brush to the entire surface of the porch. The stain had issues with penetration into the wood and did not dry evenly. It took nearly 8 hours to apply the stain with two people.

Color Shifting (darkening) after 2 Years: 4

– Very disappointed with the Superdeck Semi-transparent stain turning a dark blackish color after two years. It seems that dirt sticks to the stain. There was a tree above the porch that may have contributed to this issue.

Difficulty of Reapplication: 6.5

– Unfortunately, the Superdeck Semi-transparent stain will need to be stripped and brightened prior to reapplication since the stain had turned a very dark color after the two years.

Overall Score SUPERDECK® Semi-Transparent Stain at 2 Year Period: 6.69

– We were not impressed with the Superdeck stain. Most disappointed with the application and overall appearance after 2 years. Wood stains should not turn a dark black color after 2 years of exposure. This is very unsightly and makes reapplication difficult.

Product Information:

Where To Buy: Lumber Yards and Sherwin Willaims Paint Stores
Cost: $39.99 per Gallon, $199.99 per 5 Gallon Pail
Stain Type: Semi-Transparent as tested
Available Colors: Cedar, Redwood, Weathered Gray – Tintable to 60+ Colors
Application Temperature: 40-95 F
Coats Required: 1 Coat
Coverage Per Gallon: 250-350 sq. ft. Actual coverage was 175 sq. feet as tested
Application Tools: Sprayer, Pad, Brush, Roller
Dry Time: 8-24 Hours
Cleanup: Mineral Spirits
VOC Compliant: 250 Compliant in All 50 States. 100 VOC for LA Area
More Info: Product Data
Manufacturer: Duckback

Test Deck Stats:

Deck Wood Type: Redwood Porch
Deck Square Footage: 800
UV Exposure: Full Sun
How Many Years Tested: 2 Years
Stain Color Used: 
Redwood

*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.


 

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John
John

What about the hold up on a place in the ocean? Salt …

Paul
Paul

I’ve read a few times where you’ve stated that you must strip in order to use another stain over Superdeck. However, I have two very large carved trees that have this deck coating and yes, like everyone else, they turned completely black. It took 6 hrs just to pressure wash them to remove the black dirt/mildew and there are many intricate patterns so stripping the old stain off to start over is out of the question. I have to believe there is another compatible stain I can apply over Superdeck–like another linseed oil based stain. If not, I will add a mildewcide (M-1 Advanced) to the Superdeck this time. Can you recommend a compatible stain to apply now after the wood has been thoroughly sprayed and cleaned with a pressure washer? If not, what are your thoughts of adding a mildewcide to a stain like Superdeck?

Jo H
Jo H

Which holds up better Rymar Deck or SuperDeck as a preservative to our deck?
Rymar Deck is touted to hold up for 3 years which is wonderfully amazing …
Please advise

Carolyn
Carolyn

Stained cleaned cedar deck a week ago and it’s still not dry!!! It’s been very humid and hot. What can I do? I’ve used superdeck before & never experienced this. What a mess.

Donald Braddy
Donald Braddy

Exactly the same problem. Very tacky after one week. SW told me to wipe it down with paint thinner. I did. No change! Totally disgusted

Gary
Gary

I have used Superdeck for 4-5 years now and every spring my deck is black with dirt and stains. I have washed, sanded, done everything and same results every spring. I am going to try something different. It looks good when done but doesn’t last

Albany Chris
Albany Chris

Based on the suggestion of another website I used superdeck on my Cumaru deck last year, even though it wasn’t marketed for tropical hardwoods. I have used a different finish every year (including many of the higher rated ones here) and the Superdeck was by far the best. It was so good I considered letting it go for a second year as there was no graying at all. Application was easy as I felt I didn’t have to worry as much about soaking up any oil.
The color was blotchy but I think that was more of an issue with using their stripper & brightener which had poor instructions and no product knowledge at all from their store or help line – avoid those. AFter a year the color was pretty good and it didn’t collect dirt and darken like the other oils I have used.
This seems to contradict many of the other reviews here but I’m putting it on again after cleaning and power washing.

Albany Chris
Albany Chris

Forgot to note that this is a review for the semi-transparent stain. This may perform differently than the more opaque versions. Mine really doesn’t have any problems with trapping dirt / mildew and is actually much better than the other Ipe oils I have used in this regard. I just re-applied 2 days ago and application was easy once again. Highly recommended for Ipe or other tropical hardwoods.

Donald E Rapposelli
Donald E Rapposelli

I have found that if shoes have dirt on them and it sits for a day it is extremely difficult to clean. This has happened on more that one occasion. I like the look and coverage but think it needs some sort of sealing additive to prevent these dirt marks from penetrating and making it so hard to clean?

James Ewing
James Ewing

I had a new deck stained 2 years ago with the same stain and have the exact same issue – terrible, however this tells me that any other stain I put on top of this will likely adhere very well and plan on restaining over it with another solid stain (without stripping) from a different manufacturer. Any thoughts about doing this?

Judy Spiegel
Judy Spiegel

In 2016 Sherwin William’s sold us Super deck as replacement for Deckscapes since they no longer had Deckscapes. Super deck was tacky and took forever to dry. Had a rubbery appearance. It is lifting and peeling off. The original Deckscapes underneath is still adhering. Horrible product.

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This product sucks
This product sucks

Don’t use this product. Cleaned my deck according to their instructions. Applied stain last summer, looked good.
The stain peeled off from the winter snow. Very dissatisfied with product.

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Mikey
Mikey

I am a little disappointed in the Superdeck stain. At first I thought my deck was just dirty but to find it getting dirty relatively fast was just crazy. Last season I had to scrub the deck down at least 4 times just to remove the dark grime that was accumulating on the surface. Like the review above, this stain attracts dirt and stuff like crazy giving it a consistently dirty appeal on the top. I’ve attached a photo of my deck, this is after all the snow has melted and you clearly see the difference between the top of the deck and the sides where the sides don’t seem to be affected as much as the top surface. Keep in mind that last season, this is how my deck looked mostly with the dark dirty grime on the top. I highly do not recommend Superdeck, I’ll now have to spend extra expenses to strip, clean and use another stain in hopes it better than this crap I used.

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James
James

I had a new deck stained 2 years ago with the same stain and have the exact same issue – terrible, however this tells me that any other stain I put on top of this will likely adhere very well and plan on restaining with another solid stain (without stripping) from a different manufacturer. Any thoughts about doing this?

Boleslaw Kozlowski
Boleslaw Kozlowski

What stain should i use on my deck? I live in Illinois. Made of pressure treated pins. Was stained with wolmans stain. Has algie and mold problem. Full sun/ partly shady. It’s 15 yrs old.

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W Davis
W Davis

Deck is stained with Superdeck Solid Color flat dark brown. It is impossible to scrub out dirt footprints.

Sandra Rodrigues
Sandra Rodrigues

What is the difference between DB-9603 and SC-9603? My deck is done with DB-9603 is SC-9603 the same color?

Joseph Recchia
Joseph Recchia

I used Suoerdeck for years and it was the best on the market. It looks like the formulation was changed after Sherwin Willams bought them and it doesn’t look the same or even hold up. Very disappointed in what they did.

Derek Johns
Derek Johns

I used Superdeck natural transparent stain on rough cedar cladding about 4 years ago. It looked fantastic for the first year but gradually it got darker until now it is a near a black brown. The cedar was dry and the cladding was out of the weather. I am now looking at having to paint or replace the cladding. Very disappointed with this product.

Bryan Fourroux
Bryan Fourroux

I built a 15×15 patio cover a few years ago with 100% Redwood. I first used Behr water based and the sun destroyed it in no time. I decided to go oil base next time. I got the Superdeck 2300. I had to disassemble the entire patio minus the rafters and sand everything down to bare wood again. You can’t stain over existing stain or it won’t cure for months. The S.D. semi transparent went on great and glossy which I like but it drys to a dull finish. I can live with that but again the sun eventually bakes this stain right out of the wood, I don’t mean right away but i find myself having to do this re-do every 2 to 3 years and it’s A LOT of work sanding every single piece of wood. I see some buildings and cabins in the mountains that have this type of stain and I’m sure they don’t have to strip the whole thing to re-stain like I have to. I also have read forums where it just looks like no matter which brand you use this is just what happens and you have to re stain when it fades. I’m getting to old for this though but it sure looks nice when you’re done.

Kralik
Kralik

Add a top clear coat oil base and it will last for many more years. It seals the Superdeck and you’ll never need to stain again. Just add clear coat on top when needed.

Mick Coleman
Mick Coleman

Mick
At about 6200 ft above sea level, south exposure and lots of snow and hail, I have used SuperDeck semi transparent cedar color on my cedar fence more than once. Before the last application that had been on the fence for 6 years it was still beading water and no loss of cedar color, no graying either. I have used other products on previous fences and none hold up like this product. Fence is now going on 21 years old and still looks like a cedar fence-an aged cedar fence- but still cedar colored, no graying at all. Highly recommend this product

John
John

I just used Sherwin Williams Super Deck “Sun Dried Tomato” on my deck floor. After several days of drying I notice as I walk across the deck a dusty footprint shows that is not easily sprayed off. Does this product need to be sealed and if so with what that will prevent shoe prints? Any help would be appreciated as footprints are ruining a nice look.

Faye Davis
Faye Davis

I purchased the super deck and dock paint for my deck. After a month and a half the paint is peeling. When I moved the umbrella stand there is a stain in the shape of the umbrella stand. I also have swing chair that had a stain the shape of the stand. The area in front of the door is completely filthy. This pain definitely does not live up to the hype and it is costly. DO NOT BUY THIS PAINT unless you want to scrub constantly and do retouched.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Very disappointed my deck looks filthy and now I need to take it off and start over. Stain did not penetrate wood. Now it is black with filth and mold that is getting worse by the day. Do not use this product.

Meg
Meg

Your wood wasn’t ready to stain yet

Mark
Mark

I have a 36 year old home sided with select grade redwood siding. Early on I used a couple different products that, until the formula was changed, work very well. However, since about 2000, I have used Superdeck. Mind you about every 3-4 years I have the entire house stripped, pressure washed and brightened prior to applying a single coat of superdeck Natural transparent oil based stain/sealer. Not an inexpensive venture. The finished product has always turned out beautiful. Prep is the key as well as being sure not to over apply. If one overapplies you will end up with a sticky mess. I have always applied only a single coat. But again, it is on a vertical surface with no foot traffic to wear the finish. The last time I did this was 4 years go and I’m about to redo again next month. Reading these reviews I’m concerned that since I last performed this, Sherwin Williams may have changed the formula since acquiring the product. Can anyone tell me how long ago did that occurred???

Seth Hamm
Seth Hamm

Mark, I started using the product the summer of 2016 and had a professional paint my home and restain my deck. The peeling started less than 6 months after several coats were applied both times!

This is absolutely the worst and most expensive product I have ever used, and I have submitted to be a part of the class action lawsuit… Steer clear.

Regards,
Seth

David Gibbs
David Gibbs

Was applied to a new, seasoned pine deck. After six months it started wearing off. After 9 months it would flake away when hit with the hose — not a pressure washer — just a hose. Considering the price, this stuff is garbage. I can’t say anything about a 2-year mark, cause it’s not never gonna make it.

Ron
Ron

What works for sure when putting latex over a oil based material that doesn’t dry? Have been told to pressure wash it and then cover with a latex product. Another said to pressure wash , then cover with a primer, then treat with a latex product .

Also what about pressure washing the oil based material and dirt ;since the other never dried; and, then recoating with another oil based material ? The applied material has finally dried (Super Deck ) after several years ;but since it was sticky so long I’ve got to get the dirt off.

Thank you ,

George
George

First application on our dock was uneven (2016), and colour faded. Not much praying though. Second application was this summer, and the dock is now quite slippery, even with shoes on. Not sure what to do with that problem, other than sand it off or wait till it fades again. Won’t be using this product again.

Lou
Lou

1 have some 3 oil stain left and it froze will it still be good

Ron
Ron

Question- Why does this stuff fail to perform ? . New deck completed 9-2014. The stuff just this year finally stopped being sticky. In other words it was misformulated and never dried. Was told by builder ” it was good stuff”; not so; will never use again SINCE IT DOESN’T FUNCTION AS INTENDED @ since deck was so sticky so long it collected dirt particles out of air. My previous deck lasted 29 years without this sealer and without any dirt etc. Deck now practically black in areas that were super decked. Please don’t reply by saying more things that I need to do. TELL ME WHAT YOUR COMPANY IS GOING TO DO SINCE YOUR COMPANY CAUSED THIS PROBLEM NOT ME & I SHOULD NOT HAVE TO WORK FOR YOU TO MAKE YOUR PRODUCT WORK FOR ME. ?

THIS MATERIAL WAS THE SEMI-TRANSPARENT VARIETY. Question # 2 . WHAT MATERIAL CAN I USE THATS SUITABLE FOR A RECOAT THAT WILL BE COMPATABLE WITH YOUR SUPER DECK DIRT THAT I MUST NOW PRESSURE WASH OFF ?

Thank you for your deck concerns .

Mike in Chicago
Mike in Chicago

I may have over-applied (via a roller) Superdeck on a 1 year old, cedar deck. I Superdecked it last year when the deck was new with good results. Now, 36 hours after application, its still shiny, tacky and slick. I dont dare walk on it at this point. And I am not going to strip it. If it doesn’t dry real damn soon, is my only real alternative hands-and-knees, thinner and a rag and eventual grit from the sky to knock down the slick? If so, I can handle that but I’m concerned about the uniformity of my “knock-down” using the thinner. Any input appreciated. Thank you.

Lorne
Lorne

What does one do if superdeck DuckBack still sticky after 4days from application

Jamie
Jamie

What product do you recommend after removing existing stain. Thinking of corn cob blasting, since sanding would be very difficult since the logs are not flat. They are D shaped logs. We live in Texas near Amarillo weather hot and dry. Do you have a phone number for additional questions?

Jamie
Jamie

We have used duck back premium exterior wood finish, oil base on our log home on the logs. It is peeling after one year, we sanded and painted the bad areas again. They peeled again. We don’t know what to do. We live in dry weather the sun is intense and we would like to know if we have to remove the existing super deck product or can we go over it with another product. Because of the dry weather we have not had any mold, but color changes. We are concerned with power washing (stripper) as the logs may leak into the interior and some of the logs are cracked and filled with filler so will the stripper take the filler out? We have considered a solid stain, for coverage and possibly more UV protection? Would this work? In put would be helpful.

Kim Bobick
Kim Bobick

11 months. It started peeling within a month. I called my store in bay city Michigan. I was asked a lot of questions. I was talked down to and treated like I didn’t know what i was talking about. I take care of my entire house on my own. Trim floors paint finish and strip and finish antique and rustic furniture. I spent $119 on 2 gallons. I was told to bring in pics the brush I used before and after pictures. I don’t even want to go in the same store to talk to anyone. I have never been questioned and treated like that ever. I was going to let it go but I can’t. I am the one that has to power wash and sand it again.

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Zac
Zac

Have you used or Reviewed

SuperDeck , Solid color stain, 9603 Deep Base. Self Priming Oil/Latex Hydride. Voc/Cov: <250g/L ?????

It seams ok to me but I'd sure like a professional review smile

Mary
Mary

On the recommendation of a sales rep, we used the Super Deck oil base semi-transparent product on our dining room wood floors which were worn. We did the whole sanding & cleaning before applying the product but it’s taken 2-3 days for each thin layer to dry. Once it completely dries, Do we still need to use polyurethane clear coat over it or is it fine without it?

Leslie Grimmer
Leslie Grimmer

This is the worst. After a year the deck looks terrible. Sales rep told me it wouldn’t be affected by the sun and that’s a complete lie.

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kenny e lucas
kenny e lucas

can i use this on concrete?

Jesse C Grover III
Jesse C Grover III

Applied for rebate and never heard another word since. At $5.00 a gallon i should been reimburst $30.00 Looks like a scam to me!!!!

DIY Bill
DIY Bill

I bought 4 gallons of the SW SuperDeck Exterior Oil-Based Transparent Stain,cedar tone. I tested it in a very small location and it looks good however, after reading most of the reviews I think I have changed my mind! I do not want to deal with the mold/mildew issue. Can anyone recommend a good translucent/semi translucent stain for a 5 year old yellow wood pressure treated deck? I have properly prepared my deck by stripping, cleaning, wood brighten, and sanded. Any information would be extremely helpful! Link below of me sanding the deck:

Jason
Jason

We had our large wrap around deck done by a contractor and used this product on his recommendation. Product looked so nice & held up after the first year that I personally did two more large projects myself with it. Easy to use and holds up well. The one deck (the large, wrap around front deck) I use a rubber paddle snow blower on during the winter & it has held up great!

Gretchen
Gretchen

I have used SuperDeck for 20+ years and have loved the results. We used this product on the deck of our cabin in the mountains where 13 feet of snow is usual, and the deck looked good after the snow melt. Our neighbors used other products on their decks resulting in the boards rotting and then, ultimately, replacing the deck.

NBF
NBF

Very disappointed in the product. It needed touching up after the first year at my seasonal camp . So it was initially put on in early July . We left it for a week before walking on it or putting furniture on it . Looked great then came the next summer .Areas needed to be touched up already after two months of little wear and tear the year before . Third year of my a long t more painting to be done . For the money I’m extremely disappointed in the product . I would not recommend it to anyone .

Evan Fournaris
Evan Fournaris

Terrible product!!

Jason (barry hoover painting)
Jason (barry hoover painting)

Also read some comments about dry time, when i did mine it was low humidity. It dried overnight, I walked on it the next day. I would do a deck in april or late September if you’re on the east coast. If you have the option. Humidity always effects oil products. Oil primer as well! The deep penetrating kind anyway.

Jason (barry hoover painting)
Jason (barry hoover painting)

I had a chance to use it last year on my deck. And price wasn’t really a concern for me. What I wanted was something that penetrated the wood, i feel oil is still the best application on a semi transparent finish. All stain needs to be stripped if your looking for a A1 job, so knowing that i feel most comfortable with an oil. I sanded the newly installed deck prior to painting. And ive got to say the open time lets you get the deck looking perfect with a china bristle brush. As far as the darkening people are referring too yes that will happen. But id rather that then waterbase breakdown and wear and tear.

Jay A.
Jay A.

Anyone know how to remove this stuff, just awful…flake and bubbled up. I keep hearing about so many problems with this product, I think I saw a couple lawsuits in the news, not sure if it’s for this or the previous stuff they sold DeckScapes…

Thx.

Nancy G
Nancy G

I used this (superdeck transparent stain)on my deck. I was wondering if this seals the deck too for rain and snow. Do I have to use a prodect over it?
Contractor said this is the best stuff, now I wonder is my deck is sealed??

Joe Zicherman
Joe Zicherman

How do Flood Transparent Deck Stain for wood (not pressure treated) compare with Superdeck products?

Gail
Gail

I strongly prefer Flood. Superdeck is crap (frankly speaking). Superdeck did not penetrate the wood (on two different types of wood) but sits on top, smears, and remains wet a month later!!! I will use Flood next year to stain over it. I can only pray the Superdeck will not make that difficult to do.

bob
bob

Ran out of the original Superdeck and found this at Sherwin Williams. I finished the remainder of my deck with the SW product and after 2 weeks it is still slick and tacky and the color (natural) was a lot darker than the original. Now I am trying to remove it. I assume the applications directions have changed or something because this stuff isn’t drying like the original product did. I haven’t bothered to read them. I assumed it went on the same as the original. It does not. It is horrible.
Where’s the original formula to be found?
I wish I had known that the formula had changed before my purchase.

Arthur
Arthur

this stuff is awful. The worst. Every scratch and mud mark mars deck permanently. I had it applied to my brand new deck-what a mistake!

Karen
Karen

I personally lover Superdeck Semi-transparent stain. My deck is cedar and is undercover. The screws are hidden and it looks like beautiful wood floors. The area around the outside that gets rain, sun and snow and a few cupped boards are the areas that have some graying and mildew. Every 2 years I lightly sand those bad areas and use a cleaner. I only refinish those boards as the ones inside look perfect and do not take stain without stripping first. The stain doesn’t penetrate unless you strip. I only use oil base stains.

Mary
Mary

What other product can I put over my peeling deck that I painted with your new Super Deck two years ago.