SuperDeck Stain Review 3/5 (179)

This post was updated on January 19, 2022

SuperDeck Stain Review for 2022

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.

If you have any pictures of your experience with SuperDeck Stain, you can add them in the comment area with a detailed description.


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 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 the 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® 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 resistant.

SUPERDECK® Semi-Transparent Stain Rating (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 to 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.

Sherwin Williams SuperDeck Stain Photos from Consumers

Product Information:

Where To Buy: Lumber Yards and Sherwin Willaims Paint Stores
Cost: $45.99 per Gallon, $229.99 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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Kelly
Kelly
2 days ago

What a huge disappointment. Paid over $3000 to have our 500 sq. foot deck and railings stained with super deck. Stained in the fall and was peeling by spring. Darkening and mildew accumulated as well. Huge disappointment. Do not recommend.

Alexis Ann Robertson
Alexis Ann Robertson
1 year ago

I will never use this product or S.W again! Was stained one year ago and peeling off😫! They said wood needed to be primed. Thought this product took care of that. Bad stuff all around. I used my savings to get my exterior painted and decking finished.

P. Disco
P. Disco
1 year ago

Sherwin Williams Superdeck Waterbourne stain is a huge disappointment! Does not penetrate the wood, and because of no penetration, the brush marks will drive you crazy. It cannot tolerate much foot traffic. Wear areas, with exposed bare wood, will result after a few months; not only on the floor but on the edges of your steps. Since it is really just a surface treatment, it will peel off it you are not careful. How can this be called a stain when there is no wood penetration? Complete waste of time and money. It will also darken within the first year.
The only positive point is that you can clean your brush with water. Stay away !!

Kevin Z
Kevin Z
1 year ago

Disappointed with this product. After having used deckscapes by Sherwin Williams on my deck and porch since 2007 ( redo every 2.5-3 years) Sherwin Williams discontinued it and sells Superdeck . It was supposed to be improved but I prepped and applied as directed and am greatly disappointed. It took days to dry, looks really dark and has not held up, turning black in big areas after about two months. I gave the remainder of product away and am now planning to sand and paint to be done with the cycle of stain and repeat

LeeLee
LeeLee
1 year ago

After only one year, the stain is peeling and overall my deck looks filthy. My house is only three years old; I waited until the wood had cured, as directed, and had it professionally cleaned before staining. I get morning sun only where the deck is located. This was disappointing for as much as I paid; after reading the other reviews, I’ll probably wait until next year and have someone come out to strip this and use a different brand of stain to replace.

Monica
Monica
1 year ago

I have the same problem as many others. My deck has an oily film that attracts dirt so it looks filthy all the time. We spent the whole day today stripping it off. A very expensive lesson. The worst thing, when I called SW regarding my frustration, they acted surprised.

Daniel Condon
Daniel Condon
1 year ago
Reply to  Monica

Anyhow I’ve used this product for about 10 years…I have had some pressure treated lumber “go dark” after applying this product, on other pressure treated lumber It has looked great for years.

The stain is intended to be applied with “thin” coats, then another “thin” coat within a few hours, over applying (one thick coat) will cause an incomplete drying and will attract dirt, dust, and pollution to stick to it.

Contractor for many years…built and power washed and stained over a thousand decks…MANY products do not hold up well…never use a solid color…only semi-transparent…always use an “oil based” product…if you can clean it up with water…leave it at the store!

Saša
Saša
2 years ago

Super unimpressed with this deck stain.
I treated the wood exactly as instructed and it peeled a year after application.
After it peeled, I painted it again and decided not to use the deck at all throughout the winter.
Sure enough, it peeled in a bunch of places again.

This has been an absolute nightmare.
I’d recomment burning down your deck and building a new one before getting involved with this deck stain.

Joe
Joe
2 years ago
Reply to  Saša

I have two decks, almost same situation. “This stuff sucks” May I ask what if anything have you done to try to correct the problem.

Mikey
Mikey
3 years ago

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
2 years ago
Reply to  Mikey

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?

Bryan I Schwartz
Bryan I Schwartz
1 year ago
Reply to  Mikey

I have exactly the same problem. My deck attracts dirt and won’t let it go. It looks like I never clean the deck. Very disappointing and the fix will be expensive to get this crap off.

Derek Johns
Derek Johns
3 years ago

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.

Jill DeWitt
Jill DeWitt
10 hours ago

Anyone uses Zar deck stain?

larry meyer
larry meyer
10 months ago

Last year I had to replace the back of my fence, and have used superdeck 1905 heart redwood color of stain for years on my fences. Last year I bought a case of this stain when I replaced my fence. I recently had to replace the side fence of my yard and had a gallon left over, but not enough to stain the whole fence. I go today to purchase some more and you can no longer get it in California, (Figures). So my question is, I stained half of my new fence and need a brand/color to match it the best I can. Any suggestions.

Susan
Susan
10 months ago

Heart redwood transparent stain is no where near the same colour as previous. Previous this stain has a dark red. New stain or orange. Doesn’t take on wood grain as previous. Looking for different product to carry on last years staining. Not happy with this new product

Daniel W Bigger
Daniel W Bigger
11 months ago

Reviews of rodda rural manor stains? Trying to find a stain that will color match body of house.

Andrew
Andrew
11 months ago

Was so excited to put that stain ( natural semi transparent super deck ) on the new weathered and sensed cedar wood decking , the application and appearance went really good ,we stained it in the month of August 2020 in the spring of 2021 was shocked to see the decking it looks like old none stained deck , was hoping to get at least 3 years on it!!! So disappointed 😞!!!

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Andrew
Andrew
11 months ago

Was so excited to put that stain ( natural semi transparent super deck ) on the new weathered and sensed cedar wood decking , the application and appearance went really good ,we stained it in the month of August 2020 in the spring of 2021 was shocked to see the decking it looks like old none stained deck , was hoping to get at least 3 years on it!!! So disappointed 😞!!!

John Clifton
John Clifton
11 months ago

Can I put super Deck oil base stain over the modified oil base stain? The modified oil stain SUCKS ?& looks like crap. Was a wast of time & money. The old one is MUCH better!

Ken Sarocky
Ken Sarocky
1 year ago

The new, reformulated SuperDeck Transparent Stain is a huge disappointment. The stuff looks like orange yogurt, and goes on with a plastic sheen. It doesn’t seem to penetrate the wood at all, and doesn’t show off the wood grain like the old formula did. This is “name brand engineering” at its most tawdry.

Kelly
Kelly
1 year ago

What is a good deck Brightener to use after cleaning?

Anne Humeniuk
Anne Humeniuk
1 year ago

I used Superdeck in Cedar Bark color on pine Siding with great results last year! First I washed and scrubbed all of the clear boards with water, let dry for 24 hrs and then applied the Superdeck with a rolller and after a few minutes, wiped it with a cloth. I applied two coats on the exterior side of the board and one coat on the interior. I am disappointed to hear that the formula has changed as, I have two more sides of my house to do. As it has only been up a year, I have not noticed any darkening issues and hope that doesn’t happen!

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Dusty Hawkins
Dusty Hawkins
1 year ago

Worst stain ever started rubbing off after 6 months garbage even paid a professional to do it.

Iwona
Iwona
1 year ago

Can you apply a second coat? My deck does not look best with just one…

Iwona
Iwona
1 year ago

First coat was applied two days ago… I have tried to apply a second coat in one area, but it doesn’t seem to adhere properly. Hence my question if a second coat application is OK to add to make the deck look better – now there is a lot of unevenness in colour.

Bob
Bob
1 year ago

Why every year?

Bob
Bob
1 year ago

Super deck looks good for 60 days only if used frequently, marks easily, wear through easily, we have to recoat every year and they can’t ever get color close enough to spot in areas, Getting tired of sanding covered porch every year,I’m disabled.

Paul Simpson
Paul Simpson
1 year ago

My painter applied Woodscape to my deck almost 2 years ago. I called him after a year, and told him that it faded.
Question: Can you put Super Deck over Woodscape? I have 1500 sq feet of deck space.
I asked one employee at the Sherwin Williams store and he did not know.
I asked at another store he said sand it all down. (Sure 1500 sq feet)
One part of the deck now has been replaced with new boards, but it connects to an existing deck with Woodscape. Dark brown.
Please Help
Thank you
Paul

Barbara
Barbara
1 year ago

I bought Super Deck Waterborne Exterior Deck Stain and Stain & Sealer Remover. When reading the instructions I see that Revive Cleaner is required after the remover. Is this cleaner really necessary? No one at the Sherwin Williams store mentioned it and, of course, I do not want any unnecessary work. It is pressure treated wood that I previously covered with Deckscapes.

Thank you.

Barbara
Barbara
1 year ago

So, since I have already scraped and sanded the deck then I should be able to just apply the Deck Stain, right?

Barbara
Barbara
1 year ago

Ok, then it’s back to the paint store. Thanks for your help.

MICHAEL
MICHAEL
1 year ago

I used super deck solid stain on my deck on june 16th 2020 and it is now july 6th 2020. I have mildew forming on top of my deck and dirt will not come off. I called SW and the guy said he jas been there 3 years and never had problems with it. Well after some research I see he is full of it. They arr gonna make a decision and call me back about what to do. I’m not holding my breath. I will attach pics. Do you have any advice? The pics are after scrubbing it with Dawn and a hard brissle push broom

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MICHAEL
MICHAEL
1 year ago

Ive also used a commercial grade mold and milder cleaner it was just as effective lol. Sorry didnt note that in the comment

Frank
Frank
1 year ago

I have a 2000 ft IPE deck that is 3 years old. I live in N. CA so we get a lot of weather changes from 80 to aprox. 50. The deck gives out tiny splinters. I’m going to clean / scrub the deck using the sherwin William’s super deck wash. Can I/ should I also use the super deck exterior water borne clear sealer. Will this help prevent those little splinters?

Frank
Frank
1 year ago

Thanks. Recommend a stain that is close to the natural IPE color? Or at least a brand that I can use for IPE. I know you need a stain specifically for hard woods. What do you think of penefin? Or is Penefin the same as the sherman William’s water borne clear sealer I mention above. P.S. I know the minimum on this topic.

Thanks

Helen Hulak
Helen Hulak
1 year ago

I did my deck in a oil based semi-transparent oak color. I don’t care for it. Too yellowish. Can I restain it in a different color

Allan Hess
Allan Hess
1 year ago

Will mixing this product(SuperDeck oil based exterior Natural stain) in an “automatic mixer” for a few minutes destroy water repelling quality? Instructions on can say to Stir contents not mix. Was this product ruined by this mixing? After apply to wooden gazebo does NOT repell water.

Dean
Dean
1 year ago

I have used Superdeck transparent stain in Redwood and Heart redwood, in Nevada for over 23 years, no problems. Re-stain every 2-3 years. Having to replace some boards now from rot.The deck is around 30 years old. I can live with that. At our new house I used PPG timeless advanced transparent stain and sealer which is the same as Olympic Elite Advanced stain and sealer, according to this web site, and like it real well.Cant find either one of those on the web.. Used Sikkens, did not hold up as well as Superdeck. I am making my own deck stain now. Diesel, boiled linseed oil and tung oil and paint as color.The test pieces looks good. I will see how this does. Would go back to Superdeck any time.
Looking forward to any comments.

John
John
2 years ago

I have used the Superdeck Sealer (clear) on my two decks for the last 5 years. It works well, is easy to apply and keeps the wood(redwood) dry. I reapply yearly – cleaning, sand, clean again and apply. It takes me about 90 minutes per deck. Based on this experience and cost, when on sale, I will continue to use.

Patricia
Patricia
2 years ago

What stain can you use on a raised garden bed?

John
John
2 years ago
Reply to  Patricia

I would not recommend unless you what the chemicals from the stain in the food your grow. Use Cedar or redwood for the bed and let it grey.

Ann Winger
Ann Winger
2 years ago

We have used Superdeck stain cedar 2001 for several years in our large board fence around our farm. Our supplier said they can’t get it anymore & substituted with a product we don’t necessarily like. Where can we order what we want? Thank You

Jay
Jay
1 year ago
Reply to  Ann Winger

Hi Ann, your review could have been written by us! Have you ever found a suitable replacement? We too used Superdeck 2001 Cedar on several thousand feet of our wooden fence and loved it. We noticed over the years as we added fence or re-stained that the formula had obviously changed and didn’t perform as well. 20 years ago you had to keep stirring because the pigment settled. About 10 years ago (still called 2001) you didn’t really even have to stir any more and just didn’t look as good and didn’t last as long. We went around and bought up all of the 2001 we could find. The new formulas are terrible. The areas we stained 20 years ago look better than those we did just a couple of years ago. We recently tried the so-called “modified oil based” semi-transparent. Didn’t really like the way it looked so we tried mixing a few ounces of it with the same amount of the original transparent (same formula as 2001, but clear) as a test. Found it odd that the oil based floated on the new “modified oli based” stuff. We have given up on Superdeck and are trying to find something like the original Superdeck 2001.

Sad
Sad
2 years ago

This stain peels after 3 months. Do not use

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Maria
Maria
2 years ago
Reply to  Sad

Yes this stuff is horrible ….. it is coming up on the stairs and walk way after 6 months. I want it gone

John
John
2 years ago

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

Paul
Paul
2 years ago

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?

Paul
Paul
2 years ago

These tree sculptures are 15′ tall each (there are two) and have all vertical surfaces with lots of detail. All washing/prep requires an extension ladder that has to constantly be raised, lowered and repositioned. Just applying the stripper (like applying the stain) would be a full day job and probably would not get into or come out of all of the crevices. At this point, since I didn’t strip (but did get all the black off), I don’t plan to go back to spend another day to do it. If there’s no compatible stain that’s better than SD, I will just try to add mildewcide this time and hope for the best.

I still would like to hear your thoughts on adding mildewcide to a stain. The packaging says it can be used in stains. Seems like it should prevent black mildew , however, there has been some talk about SD attracting dirt, so I don’t know how much of the black is from mildew and how much is from dirt. I’m sure people have added mildewcide to stain before…what do you know about the results when used with a deck stain? Thanks!

Bob Boice
Bob Boice
2 years ago
Reply to  Paul

Don’t use this product. It is really poor when it comes to mold resistance. I even added mold and mildew inhibitors and it still turned black

Jo H
Jo H
2 years ago

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

Jo H
Jo H
2 years ago

Ask a Question or Post a Review…
Thank you for your response. Which brand then would you suggest, where can you buy it, and about how much $ per gallon?

Carolyn
Carolyn
2 years ago

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.

Carolyn
Carolyn
2 years ago

Thank you. I am going to wait. 🤞

Donald Braddy
Donald Braddy
2 years ago
Reply to  Carolyn

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
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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
2 years ago
Reply to  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
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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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Boleslaw Kozlowski
Boleslaw Kozlowski
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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

Sandra Rodrigues
Sandra Rodrigues
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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.

Bryan Fourroux
Bryan Fourroux
3 years ago

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
2 years ago
Reply to  Bryan Fourroux

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
3 years ago

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

Matt
Matt
2 years ago

So for cedar columns and beams this product would be good?? Just spent a ton of money on cedar columns and want to make sure I get the right sealer in them.

John
John
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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
3 years ago
Reply to  Elizabeth

Your wood wasn’t ready to stain yet

Mark
Mark
3 years ago

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
3 years ago
Reply to  Mark

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
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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

Ron
Ron
3 years ago

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 .

Ron
Ron
3 years ago

After sending review I noticed that upon sending your web site came up.(After I went to theirs initially).

Yes , help by all means; I’m looking to discover suitable alternative without stripping it all. The material
was applied to the uprights and lower support 2 x 10’s . Its a trex deck – all but supports have the poor performing product.
Thanks for your timely response.

Mike in Chicago
Mike in Chicago
3 years ago

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.

Mike in Chicago
Mike in Chicago
3 years ago

Well, I did just spend the last couple of hours on hands, knees with thinner and a bunch of rags. My deck is 16’ x 14’. I hit very small sections, 2’ x 3’ dividing that area into sub-areas. I was wiping an area VERY gently with a small clean thinner rag. Maybe 3-4 gentle wipes of an area was sufficient to fully knock-down the ”shiny.” That was encouraging. Then I would immediately/gently wipe down the area with warm soapy water to flush the thinner so it wouldn’t keep working. I’m hoping that now the product left behind on the deck has a better chance of curing as designed. It looks a helluva lot better, not perfect, but I’m ok with that. Maybe my experience as described will help someone else. And thank you for your site efforts, your advice and the article.

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