The Best Deck Stains for 2023
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With more than 20 years of experience in the deck restoration business, we have tried nearly every brand of deck stain and deck sealant on the market. We have talked to thousands of wood and deck restoration contractors, homeowners, and project managers about their projects to find out which deck stain products work and which do not.
We’ve also done our own hands-on testing of popular exterior wood and deck stains and compiled our ratings and reviews here to help you find the best deck stain for your 2023 home improvement projects.
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Questions About the Best Stain for Your Deck?
Want personalized help? Just answer some deck restoration questions and then post your questions below in the comments and we’ll be glad to guide you toward the best deck stain and sealer.
Best Deck Stain Oil-Based: TWP 100 Pro Series Semi-Transparent
TWP 100 Pro Series semi-transparent stain penetrates well into the wood, fades lightly in color, and holds up to wear and tear. We like that when it’s time to redo the wood in 2-3 years, the TWP outdoor stain can be cleaned and re-applied or removed with ease. This makes the reapplication process much easier. TWP 100 Pro Series patio stain is only allowed in 35 states and cannot be used in Canada.
- Stain Type: Penetrating semi-transparent, oil-based, full-curing exterior wood stain
- Consumer Star Ratings: 4.5/5 (40)
- DeckStainHelp.com Rating: 8.69/10
- Website Link: TWP 100 Series
- Wood and Deck Stain Photos: TWP 100 Series Photo Album
Best Deck Stain Water-Based: Restore-A-Deck Semi-Transparent Deck Stain
Restore-A-Deck semi-transparent deck stain can be applied to dry or damp wood. Applying this stain to damp wood gives you the ability to prep and stain on the same day, saving you a tremendous amount of time. This Restore-A-Deck wood stain is an advanced, water-based, semi-transparent stain formulation designed to penetrate deep into wood pores for maximum protection and longevity. It’s compliant with regulations in all U.S. states and Canada.
- Stain Type: Penetrating semi-transparent exterior wood stain, water-based, full-curing, damp or dry wood application
- Consumer Star Ratings: 4.7/5 (45)
- DeckStainHelp.com Rating: 8.625/10
- Website Link: Restore-A-Deck Semi-Transparent Stain
- Wood and Deck Stain Photos: Restore-A-Deck Semi-Transparent Stain Photo Album
Best Solid Color Deck Stain: Restore-A-Deck Solid Color Wood & Deck Stain
Restore-A-Deck solid-color stain is our go-to solid-color/opaque deck stain for 2023 because of its ease of use, five pre-mixed solid colors (the only solid stain on the market that comes pre-mixed), and the ability to prep and stain on the same day, which adds extra convenience. It uses the latest advances in wood stain technology to seal and protect the wood by penetrating deep into the grain, shielding your deck from UV and water damage which is responsible for the growth of mold and mildew. It’s also compliant with regulations in all U.S. states and Canada.
- Stain Type: Solid-color (opaque) exterior wood stain, water-based
- Consumer Star Ratings: 4.8/5 (8)
- DeckStainHelp.com Rating: 8.68/10
- Website Link: Restore-A-Deck Solid Stain
- Wood and Deck Stain Photos: Restore-A-Deck Solid Stain Photo Album
Best-Applying Deck Stain: Armstrong-Clark Wood Stain
Armstrong-Clark Wood Stain has consistently been a well-performing deck stain product. We really like how it penetrates deep into the wood grain and applies easily. Reapplication is simple with a good deck cleaner for the prep. It’s compliant with regulations in all U.S. states and Canada.
- Stain Type: Penetrating transparent, semi-transparent, semi-solid oil-based, paraffin and curing oil blend, full-curing exterior wood stain
- Consumer Star Ratings: 4.4/5 (59)
- DeckStainHelp.com Rating: 8.5/10
- Website Link: Armstrong Clark Stains
- Wood and Deck Stain Photos: Armstrong Clark Stain Photo Album
Best Semi-Solid Wood Deck Stain: TWP Pro Series Semi-Solid Stain
The TWP brand of stains is one of our most commonly used wood stain brands, as we have applied it to more than 10,000 decks over the past 25+ years as wood restoration contractors. What we like best about the TWP semi-solid stain is that it’s easy to apply, it’s easy to prep and reapply when the time comes, and it holds color very well, even under UV light. TWP semi-solid stain is only allowed in 35 states and cannot be used in Canada.
- Stain Type: Penetrating semi-solid, oil-based, full-curing exterior wood stain
- Consumer Star Ratings: 4.9/5 (6)
- DeckStainHelp.com Rating: 8.50/10
- Website Link: TWP Pro Series Semi-Solid
- Wood and Deck Stain Photos: TWP Semi-Solid Photo Album
Best Wood Preservative Deck Stain: TWP 1500 Series Semi-Transparent Stain
TWP 1500 Series exterior deck stain is one of our top choices for the best outdoor wood stain because it does a great job of protecting the wood from rot and severe weather. TWP 1500 Series stain is the only deck stain on the market that is registered as a “wood preservative” with the EPA. As contractors, we really like stains that penetrate deep into the wood and can be reapplied without sanding. TWP 1500 Series patio stain fits this and more by adding excellent UV and mold protection. Maintaining TWP stain every 2-3 years is easy. TWP 1500 Series stain is compliant for all U.S. states but not Canada.
- Stain Type: Penetrating semi-transparent, oil-based, full-curing, EPA-registered exterior wood stain
- Consumer Star Ratings: 4.6/5 (28)
- DeckStainHelp.com Rating: 8.5/10
- Website Link: TWP 1500 Series
- Wood and Deck Stain Photos: TWP 1500 Series Photo Album
Best Deck Stain for Mildew: Defy Extreme Semi-Transparent Wood Stain
Defy Extreme Semi-Transparent Wood Stain penetrates into the wood grain extremely well for a water-based stain, resulting in a non-filming coating that is not prone to peeling or wear from traffic. We use the Defy Extreme on about 30-50 deck restorations every year in the Midwest and it is one of the best outdoor wood stain options on the market to prevent mildew. Compliant for all US states and Canada.
- Stain Type: Penetrating semi-transparent, water-based exterior wood stain
- Consumer Star Ratings: 4.1/5 (54)
- DeckStainHelp.com Rating: 8.47/10
- Website Link: Defy Extreme Wood Stain
Best Deck-Resurface Coating: Gulf Synthetics Deck Revive
Homeowners are always looking for an alternative to a deck replacement. When wood is neglected, it can be expensive to have it restored or replaced. If you’re looking for a deck resurfacing Stain, keep in mind that most users have had an unpleasant experience with products from Home Depot and Lowe’s. Reviews and user experiences with the majority of these products have been overwhelmingly negative. However, comments about Gulf Synthetics Deck Revive have been favorable.
- Stain Type: Solid Color Deck Resurfacer, water-based exterior wood stain
- Consumer Star Ratings: 4.9/5 (69)
- Website Link: Gulf Synthetics Deck Revive
- Wood and Deck Stain Photos: Gulf Synthetics Photo Album
Deck Stain Facts: Frequently Sought Answers
Often, when we’re helping people choose the best deck stain and sealer, we hear a lot of the same questions. Here are some facts and words of advice about exterior wood stain that can help answer these questions:
- No exterior deck stain will last five or more years. A good-quality stain will last two or maybe three years on a deck floor (horizontal) and typically twice as long on railings and vertical surfaces.
- Penetrating stains will have less chance of peeling, as they soak into the wood grain rather than settling as a film on top of the wood grain when fully cured.
- Penetrating deck stains are easier to maintain by cleaning the deck and reapplying the stain after two to three years.
- Filming deck stains that dry on top of the wood can be harder to remove and/or reapply, as they are more prone to peeling, wear, flaking, etc.
- Not all deck stains are penetrating. Some brands may claim that they are, but it may not be the case when you apply it to your exterior space. Always do extra research to ensure that the stain you purchase is penetrating.
- Semi-transparent, transparent, and semi-solid stains will show the grain of the wood to some extent. Solid stains, deck resurfacing coatings, and paints will not.
- Clear sealers without any pigment/color will not prevent UV graying. Lighter pigmented stains that are transparent, semi-transparent, or semi-solid will have less UV protection than darker-pigmented stains in the same transparency. More color/tint means better UV protection.
- Deck stain types include oil-based or water-based, filming or penetrating, and either transparent, semi-transparent, semi-solid, or solid (opaque). Deck resurfacing products are also an option.
- Oil-based stains can still be used in all states and Canada as long as they comply with local VOC regulations.
- When switching brands of deck stain, it’s always best to remove the old coating first. Do this by using a deck stain stripper and/or sanding.
- Always apply a wood brightener after prepping with a stain stripper or wood deck cleaner to neutralize the pH.
- New decks that have been installed less than a year before treatment have different needs than a deck that is more than a year old. New decks need to be prepped and usually cannot be stained right away.
- Always prep your deck for the outdoor stain you use to ensure a long-lasting finish.
What Is the Best Deck Stain for You? How to Choose the Right Deck Stain Product
There is no one best exterior wood stain for decks and patios that will outperform every other stain every single time. A better way to approach this common question is to ask, “What is the best stain for my deck and its environment?” A wood deck stain that performs well in humid South Carolina may not fare as well in the snowy Midwest states. VOC (volatile organic compound) laws vary in different places as well, and this may limit what is available in your state or country. For example, TWP 100 Pro Series stain cannot be used in 17 states and Canada because its VOC content is above the legal limits in those places.
To understand which patio stain to choose, start by considering why your last coat of deck stain may have failed:
- UV rays from the sun will damage wood, resulting in the degradation of the wood’s cellular structure. This will break down the stain while causing the wood to oxidize (turn gray).
- Water, snow, and ice will cause damage to the wood by breaking down the exposed cell structure.
- Freezing and thawing tend to expand and contract the wood, weakening the stain’s bond with the wood cells.
- Mold, mildew, and algae will leave the wood unsightly/dirty and can cause rotting.
- High-traffic areas will wear faster.
- The previous stain used may have been of inferior quality or applied poorly.
- The wood may not have been prepped properly prior to application. Bad prep is the number one reason stains prematurely fail!
Once we figure out the primary reasons for failure, then we can look at what stains would be better for your deck or exterior wood. Here are the questions that will guide your choice:
- In which state is your deck located?
- How much sun/shade does your deck get?
- What type of wood is your deck made of?
- Do you have mold or mildew issues?
- Why/how did the previous stain fail?
- What type of stain did you use last time?
Let’s look at an example deck:
- Deck Location: Michigan
- Sun/Shade: Full sun in the morning, shade in the afternoon
- Wood Type: Cedar
- Mold/Mildew? No
- How Did the Last Stain Fail? Dried blotchy and peeled after the first winter
- Which Stain Was It? Behr Premium Semi-Transparent
Michigan currently has a VOC limit of 550, so all types of exterior deck stains are available. If you live in Canada, on the East Coast, or in California, then you may have different options. We would suggest a penetrating semi-transparent or semi-solid stain that does well with UV protection and fades evenly over time, making future reapplication easier. Based on these questions and answers, we would suggest one of these stains:
- TWP 100 Series
- Armstrong-Clark Deck and Wood Stain
- Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain
- Defy Extreme Wood Stain
Let Us Help You Find the Best Wood Stain for You
Our experts are here to help you find the best wood deck stain for your situation! Just post a comment below with answers to these questions.
- In which state is your deck located?
- How much sun/shade does your deck get?
- What type of wood is your deck made of?
- Do you have mold or mildew issues?
- Why/how did the previous stain fail?
- What type and brand (if known) of stain did you use last time?
If you can, please add a picture or two of your deck’s current condition. We’ll do our best to suggest the best wood deck sealer and stain for your needs.
Choosing the Best Wood Deck Stain: A Video Guide
As an article and comment contributor to the site, Scott has been around the pressure washing industry since attending college. In 1993 he started his first company called Oakland Pressure Wash specializing in exterior pressure washing and deck staining. That company evolved into OPW L.L.C. shortly thereafter concentrating more on exterior wood and deck restoration. Scott and his Deck Cleaning Michigan company have restored over 10,000 decks in the Metro Detroit area since the early years. He has become an authority in the deck restoration industry and has contributed to numerous wood restoration forums and informative sites.
All the products he suggests through this site are sold through online sites and in retail stores, allowing the consumer to choose their own means of purchase. Scott’s eCommerce sites do sell many top brands he endorses and if you appreciate any of the help he has offered then feel free to purchase from one of them.
I live in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota.The bridge is in a woodland area shaded by trees with a high canopy. The deck area receive sun at various times much of the day. The sides of the railing not so much. I haven’t had mildew or mold issues. The wood is Red Aromatic Cedar. I built the bridge in fall of 2017 and used Eathpaint’s Rainforest Wood & Masonry as a sealer and Mountain XT clear OO as a finish coat. Fall of 2022 I cleaned/scrubbed it with Eathpaint’s Lime Cleaner for wood and deck and then recoated it with one coat of Rainforest Wood & Masonry sealet. I didn’t apply the Mountain XT Clear OO for a finish coat as it is too glossy and slippery for a curved deck surface. Looking forward to your recomendations for renewing/maintaining it to the natural look of Aromatic Red Cedar. Thanks alot!
Sand it all down to remove the coatings and then use a penetrating semi-transparent stain like TWP 1500 Series or Restore A Deck Stains. Never apply a sealer or top coat over an exterior deck stain. It will peel if you do.
I live in Covington, Kentucky and looking for the best stain/paint for this fence that I believe was put up in 2015. I was told to do a darker color to reduce the look of the weathering and planned to use 30 Second Cleaner to clean the wood and remove mold before applying any stain/paint. I want the biggest bang for my buck but something that will really protect the wood and preserve the fence. Think the “Toyota Camry” of wood paint/stain. I was thinking either dark brown or black for the color. What do you think? Thanks so much! (I forgot to post the pictures)
I live in Covington, Kentucky and looking for the best stain/paint for this fence that I believe was put up in 2015. I was told to do a darker color to reduce the look of the weathering and planned to use 30 Second Cleaner to clean the wood and remove mold before applying any stain/paint. I want the biggest bang for my buck but something that will really protect the wood and preserve the fence. Think the “Toyota Camry” of wood paint/stain. I was thinking either dark brown or black for the color. What do you think? Thanks so much!
Try TWP 103 Dark Oak stain. Do not use the 30 Second Cleaner, it is bad for exterior wood: https://www.deckstainhelp.com/30-seconds-outdoor-deck-cleaner-review/
Looking for best semi transparent oil based penetrating stain for a new boat dock. All flooring boards are new pressure treated pine 2inch boards. I live in Mooresville NC The dock is in sunlight from mid morning on each day. The last flooring did not have much mildew or mold. The last stagings were done with oil based Olympic Mazium semi transparent stain. It lasted 3-4 years it failed from just fading and loosing color and all its UV protection.
I have let my new floor decking age over 3 months already and am now ready to stain
What do you recommend?
Restore A Deck Stains in Semi-Transparent or TWP 100 Series. Just one coat for your new wood. Make sure to follow directions for prep.
New KDAT deck located in Cleveland Ohio. One month old. Can it be sealed now ( seems to pass a water beading test) and with what? Lost among Arborcoat, Cabot, Super Deck, WoodScape… what’s best for this KD wood( appearance, durability…)
Not yet, see here: https://www.deckstainhelp.com/staining-a-new-kdat-deck/
None of the stains you mentioned are any good. Stay away from the big box store brands.
Please help! I live in Southwest Louisiana. Most of my deck is in the sun for most of the day. The deck (480 sq ft) is made with yella wood pine. It is new but has dried for several months. Mold and algae are a moderate concern.There is no previous stain on it. I am hoping to apply with a pump sprayer. Thanks in advance.
See here for new wood prep and stain advice: https://www.deckstainhelp.com/how-long-should-you-wait-to-stain-a-new-deck/
I live in No Virginia. My pine/fir deck is large, Omer 1100 sq ft exclusive of railings. I think it was previously treated with Olympia clear deck sealer and perhaps with Thomason’s clear deck sealer. The Olympia had som light stain. I’ve cleaned with pressure washer, and probably did damage. A few areas still reflect some stain and water beading, though I tried to get most off with pressure. I do not think a aI can sand because the screws will tear up the sandpaper. I am guessing I still need to apply a stripper, then a brightened. I then want to waterproof the deck, see the natural grain and use something I can reapply in a few years without the ordeal I now going through. My L- gaped deck has 350 sq fr on the north that badly mildewed. There is yet black and green mold in the grain.
Which products are best since part is moldy and part is in Sun? Do I need stain only, or will a clear sealer work best? Do I need to apply a stripper? What product is easiest to reapply in the furs with the least amount of work?
Post some pics for prep advice. Thanks
Here are photos post excessive pressure washing. Deck is L shaped, with the narrower northern leg showing darker stains. Wood was pressure treated. Photos were taken while still wet from last night’s rain. Some stain still in the wood — some spots seems still to bead, but most seems whiter than when installed.
Strip and brighten with Restore A Deck Products and then stain with the Restore A Deck stain or the Armstrong Clark Wood Stains.
Hi Scott, In addition to my previous question regarding my brand new deck, I also want to ask if you have a retail store for these products anywhere in Detrioit, Ithaca, or places closer to the Canadian border (Niagara Falls). I do visit these border towns from Toronto, Canada and would like to visit you to personally pick up the deck stain from the store nearby.
Metro Detroit area.
Hi Scott, What is your store named? Hopefully I can find out the working hours etc from Google? The address, etc. Thanks
The Sealer Store
Hi, I am in Toronto, Canada. My deck is brand new built (last August) with pressure treated wood from Home Depot. Please advise which stain would be best for my brand new deck? TWP or Armstrong? I am considering oil based stain.
TWP 200 Series or Armstrong Clark are both top choices for an oil-based deck stains that are allowed in CA.
I’m in Indiana and deck is in a semi-shaded area surrounded by trees. Deck is made of treated lumber from lowes. No real issues with mold and mildew, the deck is a year old and this is our first application.
Clean and brighten all wood for prep with Restore A Deck prep kits. Stain with Restore A Deck Stains or TWP 1500 Series.
My deck was built a few years ago
I live in Alaska so it gets some extreme weather
It gets full sun midday and then shaded late evening
It is pressure treated wood
I have only stained it once last summer using Cabot Australian timber oil
I didn’t have a lot of info to go on at the time and needed to get it done
I have dogs that get muddy paws and scratches on it
I am wanting to make sure I use the right stain this summer
A couple boards have splits
I want to find something that will really protect it
Only have Home Depot and Lowe’s and
Ace hardware and sherwin Williams that I know of
Sorry, but we do not know of any decent brands that can be bought at your local stores. You might want to look at our top-rated stains to see if you can get them shipped.
Hello, We replaced our deck in 2019. Let is cure until 2020, then stained with Restore A Deck semi transparent cedar. Waited until 2021 to add another coat of the same semi-transparent stain from Restore a Deck. Now the deck looks like the attached pictures. How do I refinish this and should the stain last more than 2 years?
Strip and then Brighten. It is normal to redo every 2-3 years for a deck floor.
I replaced a 20yr. old deck last year. The new wood is pressure treated pine. It hasn’t been stained yet.
We live in Michigan. The deck gets no sunlight from October to March, then it gets about 1/2 sun from May to September.
We’ve had mildew problems.
I would appreciate preparation recommendation and deck stain recommendation.
What county in MI as you may be able to pick up locally? You will need to clean and brighen for prep. We suggest the Restore A Deck prep kits. As for the stain, you want a penetrating semi-transparent stain. Try the Restore A Deck stain or TWP 1500 Series.
Hello Scott, I really need your expertise! I have an older deck about 8-10 years old. I was told nothing had been applied to it before when I bought the house. I hired a painter to stain the deck with a semitransparent stain that looked to be a solid when dried. 6 months later it started peeling/chipping, except on the spindles. After 2 years now, it’s mostly gone. How should I approach this deck now for longevity. Replace the bad boards and flip the rest then stain? The top has cracks and pitting (ridges) in the wood as well as some pressure washer strokes . The bottom doesn’t look so bad as it’s a raised deck on the second story. What products and stain/transparency/color would you recommend? Thank you and God Bless Sir! I have pics but forgot to link them.
Post some pics in the comments for prep help.
I live in New Jersey and replaced my covered porch deck 2 years ago. The wood is mahogany and the initial stain (PPG ProLuxe semi-transparent satin exterior deck stain in natural color) faded on the eastern exposure and turned gray mostly due to morning sun exposure. I sanded the deck and am ready to stain. No mold or mildew issues. What is the best stain for my situation?
You will need a hardwood stain. See here: https://www.deckstainhelp.com/ipe-exotic-hardwood-stain-review/
Hi Scott, I’ve read many of your great product reviews.
My Deck Location: Toronto, Canada
Sun/shade: western orientation, fully exposed to the sun
Wood type: pressure-treated softwood (standard Home Depot stock)
Mould/mildew issues: none apparent
Deck age: approx. 14-16 years
Last stain: by the previous owner about 6-8 years ago
Which stain: Cabot Australian Timber Oil Natural (no tint)
I have no problem doing the proper sanding/cleaning that is required to prepare an old deck for staining and would like to do a superb job at staining it.
Q1: What cleaning product would you suggest?
I am fine with using oil – as the previous owner did – and based on the mediocre reviews of the Olympic and Behr products, I might need to stay with Cabot Australian Timber Oil as the third option that Canadian big box stores offer.
Q2: What type of product (oil-based on water-based) would you suggest?
I went to a couple of lumberyards and asked around TWP and Armstrong Clark products but was told those were not available in stores in Ontario and that I would need to order them from the US with shipping, import duties, taxes, etc.
Q3: Is there any Canadian source you know of or any other brand you would suggest that are available in Ontario?
1. Strip and brighten for prep.
2. By the TWP 200 or AC online and have them shipped.
3. No, online only for Canada is the best option as nothing will be decent in a big box store.
Deck Location: South Carolina
Sun/Shade: Full sun all day (pool deck)
Wood Type: Yellow Pine
Last Stain Fail: 4 years/peeling
Which Stain: Valspar Solid Stain
I am in the process of hiring someone to strip and stain again but they are recommending Sherwin-Williams SuperDeck but I have’t seen many good reviews. Please help with a suggestion.
Use one of these solid stains: https://www.deckstainhelp.com/what-are-the-best-solid-color-deck-stains/
Pics for prep help. After prep, use the TWP stains or Armstrong Clark Stains.
I posted earlier today, eastern Washington state glulam stairs. They actually are east facing, so only get sun until the late morning-early afternoon, then partial shade to full shade
Hi! We live in Eastern Washington State with our deck south facing, gets sun for about half the day. We get snow in the winter, up to 4 months, and 100 degree weather for a month in the summer.
We have a concrete deck, but Glulam beams for stairs. Wondering when we should stain and what we should use. I can’t find much on staining. We have interior glulam stairs as well, stained with Rubio Monocoat, but it chips pretty easily.
Thank you for your advice!!
See this about your new wood: https://www.deckstainhelp.com/how-long-should-you-wait-to-stain-a-new-deck/
I used Arborcoat in September of 2022 and by March of 2023 the deck was peeling everywhere…I painted professionally and did absolutely everything right but of course it is always the customers fault so the big rich companies don’t have to bother with any responsibility …customer service is a piece of cake so it is hard to understand why there is so few companies that can properly handle their mistakes along with recognizing when a product is not good!
Can you use Thompson water seal Water proofer stain transparent on top of arborcoat waterborne! That’s been on my deck for a couple of years?? Thank you!!
No, you can never top coat over a deck stain. It will peel if you do.
What do you suggest for this deck?
That is a solid stain. See here for recoating with a solid stain:
And the best solid stains going forward:
full sun 10+ hrs in summer, snow and changing temps in winter
very mild mold and mildew
disappeared quickly even with 2 coats
Penifin Ultra premium transparent cedar
Photo 2 washed and brightened, last coat 3yrs ago
Photo 1 not washed yet, last coat 2 years ago
What can I use? If I have to use Penifin again can I use a darker color
Strip and brighten for prep with Restore A Deck Stripper/Brighener Kits. Stain with TWP 200 Series or Restore A Deck Stains.
I still have Penefin cleaner and brightener left. Can I use that? Are there any stains that we can purchase in Canada?
Penofin will turn black on you again.
Salt Lake City, Utah
Full to partial sun; snow in the winter
Thermory, Benchmark Ash
No mold or mildew. Installed last summer and stain did not adhere well with 2 coats
Cutek Extreme with colortone
What is a better stain optio?
Hi, could you please respond back and post some pics so we can properly advise you about the prep? the Cutek will need to come off fully before switching stain brands. Thanks
Pressure treated pine
No mold or mildew issues but it is a pool deck
Previous stain started flaking off after a year even after proper prepping.
Valspar semi transparent cedar 5yr
Have already sanded deck and cleaned. Ready to apply a new stain and want to get the best application.
TWP 100 Series or the TWP Semi-solids would be excellent choices.
I need advice on the best solid stain for the Coast of South Carolina. Pressure treated wood. Some old / some new boards. Sun exposure high. Desire ease of reapplication when needed
Our deck is 4 years old, pressure treated pine. Never stained. We reside in New York. Deck gets mid morning then all day sun. I do see some mold on the spindles. I have never stained a deck before. Any prep and stain material suggestions would be greatly welcomed.
Use Restore A Deck Prep products:
and their semi-transparent stain:
Had new kdat wood deck installed 6 months ago. Waited to stain. The company we used only uses Sherwin Williams -we chose semi-transparent. They then applied several layers and it peeled within a few weeks, so they sanded it off and applied only one coat. It looks transparent. However, rain now sits on top for at least 48 hours even when sunny and windy. We are very upset. When we walk on it it maxes mud spots that dry into stains. Deck is only a few weeks old with the new coating. Company says water cannot absorb into wood because of stain. Really? Is that true? What to do now??
You will have to remove all and start over with a better brand. SW deck stains are very poor.
Thank you – I am sending your reply to my deck company.
I live in Quebec, Canada. Hot and humid in the summer and snowy winters. We are currently cleaning our wood siding that has gray and black areas. No rot. The wood is rough. Once clean the wood colour is uneven. We do not know what type of wood it is, but it has been at least 15 years since it was last treated. We wish to protect the wood and have a more even colouring. What do you suggest?
It is cedar. The black stains at the top are water stains. They will probably not come out.
Using the 30 second product and power washing, I have been able to get most of it out. is there a way to save the siding by treating it? Would a semi transparent stain work?
For Canada, look at the TWP 200 Series for this or the Armstrong Clark Stains.
Thank you so much.
I think that the semi solid stains are more appropriate given how water stained the wood is. Of the two only Armstrong Clark Stains provide the more opaque stains. But I have been unable to find a dealer in Canada and the shipping fees to canada are enormous. Do you know of an equivalent available in Canada?
No, nothing decent in Canada that you can get locally.
We are in Carson City Nevada and have two redwood decks that we want as natural color as possible but need to protect from HARSH UV rays and Ice, Wind, snow, sand. Trying to determine best product.
Try TWP Stains or Armstrong Clark Wood Stains.
I have a tiger wood deck, located in Western Mass, low elevation.
The deck is 4 years old. The deck receives shade in the am and very strong afternoon sun.
The initial staining was done with Armstrong-Clark – Mahagony, for hard woods, At the 2 year mark, the deck was cleaned with deck prep and then stained again with Armstrong -Clark.
After this winter, the deck was very faded. I have sanded the deck, the sun is bleaching it to an even color. I know that I will have to treat the deck with a deck prep treatment prior to staining.
I am considering changing to Woodrich brand stain, hoping this stain might last longer and fade less.
Any input would help.
Woodrich will not last any longer. See here for best options for a hardwood:
I will be staining (two-tone) a pressure treated pine deck built May 2022 which has weathered for 11 months. I will be staining the verticals solid white. Is it better to stain the deck floor with a semi-transparent or transparent stain? Also, is it preferable to use an oil-based semi-transparent or transparent stain or a water-based stain for the deck floor?
Use a penetrating semi-transparent stain. Water or oil is okay as long as you use a higher end brand. any of the ones will list above will work.
can anyone recommend something for restoring the wood on a deck. It’s about 20 years old, never been painted, sealed or stained. There are cracks and splinters. We were looking at Olympia Rescue it Max but it only has a 6/10 and there is a class action lawsuit associated.
Gets sun 80% of the day.
What type of appearance do you want?
i liked the idea of the rescue it finish, but something that won’t peel, the wood is worn and needs some saving.
Canada so we get 100 degree summers & high humidity, with -40 winters and tons of snow. Need something durable, we have a dog(s).
Appreciate your time, thank you.
Use this the Gulfsynthetcis Deck Revive. The only “Deck Resurfacer coating” that actually works that we have tested in the past 20 years:
See here for prep tips:
Look at the Restore A Deck Solid Stains:
My deck has house paint on it do I need to strip the Deck before I apply deck stain as it is now the water just sits there and we use a squggie to push puddles of water off the deck so do I need to sand the whole deck and remove house paint then apply the deck stain or can I put something right over the house paint and will cover and fix that problem when it rains and the water has nowhere to go please help me out here and tell me the best way to restore my deck
You have to remove the paint. See here for tips: https://www.deckstainhelp.com/how-to-remove-a-solid-color-deck-stain-or-paint/
It seems most of your recommended products are unavailable in Ohio. Any help on finding a semitransparent stain/seal that is reliable and available in my area?
All are available in select stores in Ohio or can be shipped to you as well.
Per the manufacturer’s website: TWP 100 Series and TWP Semi-Solid Pro-Series is not VOC Compliant for Canada and these USA states and cannot be shipped or used there: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Northern VA, Pennsylvania, Parts of Arizona, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, all of Canada.
Use the TWP 1500 Series, Armstrong Clark, Defy, Restore-A-Deck stains, etc. All are compliant for Ohio. Only the TWP 100 Series is not.
Deck was power washed and stained last yr can I stain again this year without power washing
No, you always have to prep when reapplying.
I am in Massachusetts. I installed a new(12×32) cedar deck last(2022) fall. From what I have read here I can now stain as soon as it stays above 50 at night. I would use the Restore-a-deck cleaner/brightener. We would choose a semi-transparent cedar stain, either ArmstrongClark or Restore-a-deck. I am most interested in durability, ease of application and maintenance of the stain.
Which stain would be best for our climate?
Best method of application for the cleaner and stain?
Best guess for quantity of stain?
Would I need to use the cleaner/brightener for the maintenance coat?
-They would both last about the same.
-Use stain pads or a brush for the application.
-About 4 to 5 gallons but varies based on application and wood age.
Is the technique for using a pad the same as a brush – just swipe it back and forth leaving no excess stain? How do you know when you’ve applied enough stain?
You want even coverage and full penetration into the wood for best results. Make sure the stain fully soaks into the wood.
Installing a pine tongue-and-grove ceiling on a screened porch in Atlanta, GA. Wood will get no direct sun and no direct rain, only humidity and temp changes. Aiming for a transparent natural or light oak tone to show the grain, and also want to avoid any gloss and try to minimize yellowing of the pine. Recommendations are all over the map (e.g., poly or varnish only, spar only, stain with poly, stain only, etc.). I’m inclined to stain only using an penetrating oil designed for exterior use. Thinking about Armstrong-Clark’s Natural Tone Transparent or Cabot’s Australian Timber Oil in Natural. TWP does not appear to come in a natural or light tint. Would appreciate recommendations on approach and products.
AC in Natural would be a good choice. See example
Thanks, Scott. I appreciate the quick reply and pic. Very helpful. That’s a nice tone on that ceiling and what I’m aiming for.
I now see that TWP does have a natural tint in their 1500 series. I know you rate the 100 series highly, so let me know if you think it’s superior to the Armstrong-Clark.
They will work the same on a ceiling. Honeytone in TWP is the lightest color and closest to the AC Natural.
Do you know a product that can remove factory inkstamp marks on pressure- treated pine deck boards and discoloration mark from small area rug? The deck has not been stained and is one year old
Hi, we live in Nova Scotia, Canada about 1,000 yards from the ocean. Winters are cold, summers are hot, all seasons are windy. Our deck is south facing so we get a lot of sun. The deck was here when we bought the house so, I am guessing it was made of pressure treated pine but really don’t know. I don’t think the deck has ever been treated so there are some cracks developing. What would you recommend for a semi transparent stain to restore and preserve the deck?
Clean and brighten the wood for prep. Use TWP 200 Series or Armstrong Clark Stains for Canada.
Located in Colorado mtns. New pine railings and cedar gazebo. Transparent or semitransparen? I want to see some grain. Oil or Water base? Could I get a couple of recommendations?
See this for new wood and the best options: https://www.deckstainhelp.com/how-long-should-you-wait-to-stain-a-new-deck/
Thanks, Scott. The Woodscapes Acrylic product they propose, for which I don’t find any reviews, is water-based, and my previous Cabot SPF24 was also water-based. They plan to hand sand or power spray the planks before application. Do I need to stick to a water-based product or am I better off getting an oil-based product that would give better penetration? Thanks.
You can only switch to an oil-based if you fully remove the current SPF24. Also, no one makes oil-based solid stains anymore.
Student Painters came around and gave me a quote on re-staining my rough cut pine barn that I last stained myself at age 60 when it was new 15 years ago, using Cabot SPF 24, a blond UV protecting deck and fence stain. The students say they only use Sherwin Williams and recommend Woodscapes Exterior Acrylic Solid Siding Stain. I estimate the paint cost to be $4-600 and the labor to be $4000 so I want the best product. Is this a good stain for UV protection and prevention of flaking, etc? Thanks
SW does not know how to make deck stains very well. See here for their solid stain review: https://www.deckstainhelp.com/sherwin-williams-superdeck-solid-color-stain-review/
Woodscapes was replaced with the Super Deck label.
As for a quality solid stain, see here:
I live in North Carolina and am looking to do a 2 toned deck protection. Natural to light brown transparent to semi transparent on the surface and solid white for the rails. The deck is 3 years old and has never been protected. It receives morning full sun and it is humid here so there is a small bit of mold/algae. I do not know what type of wood the deck is made of/new builder special guessing pine? I would like a product that is penetrating. Thank you for your help!
Read here for tips: https://www.deckstainhelp.com/why-have-a-two-toned-deck/
Just finishing a large wrap around pressure treated pine deck using lumber from Lowes. This deck is located in Virginia.Worked slowly by myself since November of last year. This deck receives alot of sun and it’s very windy most of the year. Trying to determine when this deck should be stained and looking for the best available stain in our local area. Suggestions would be much appreciated. Thank you
Please read this about new wood: https://www.deckstainhelp.com/how-long-should-you-wait-to-stain-a-new-deck/
This is a covered boat dock on fresh water.
In which state is your deck located? Arkansas
How much sun/shade does your deck get? Lots of sun from 12 to 7 pm, Jun to Oct
What type of wood is your deck made of? pressure-treated lumber, aged 9 months
Do you have mold or mildew issues? some mildew on walkway closest to shore
Why/how did the previous stain fail? tried light pressure wash to remove pollen stains (huge problem here in the spring) and took all the stain off
What type of stain did you use last time? professional painter sprayed low-VOC penetrating semi-transparent stain…not sure which brand. (new painter will brush; not spray)
Try the Restore A Deck Wood stains or the TWP Semi-solid stains for the best UV protection.