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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 Deck Stain RatingsTWP 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 Wood Stain ReviewRestore-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.

Best Solid Color Deck Stain: Restore-A-Deck Solid Color Wood & Deck Stain

Restore A Deck Solid Color Stain ReviewRestore-A-Deck solid-color stain is our go-to solid-color/opaque deck stain for 2022 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.

Best-Applying Deck Stain: Armstrong-Clark Wood Stain

Armstrong Clark Wood Stain RatingArmstrong-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

TWP Semi-Solid StainThe 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.

Best Wood Preservative Deck Stain: TWP 1500 Series Semi-Transparent Stain

TWP 1500 Series RatingTWP 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 Stain ReviewDefy 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

Gulf Synthetics Deck Revive ReviewHomeowners 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.

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:

  1. 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).
  2. Water, snow, and ice will cause damage to the wood by breaking down the exposed cell structure.
  3. Freezing and thawing tend to expand and contract the wood, weakening the stain’s bond with the wood cells.
  4. Mold, mildew, and algae will leave the wood unsightly/dirty and can cause rotting.
  5. High-traffic areas will wear faster.
  6. The previous stain used may have been of inferior quality or applied poorly.
  7. 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:

  1. In which state is your deck located?
  2. How much sun/shade does your deck get?
  3. What type of wood is your deck made of?
  4. Do you have mold or mildew issues?
  5. Why/how did the previous stain fail?
  6. What type of stain did you use last time?

Let’s look at an example deck:

  1. Deck Location: Michigan
  2. Sun/Shade: Full sun in the morning, shade in the afternoon
  3. Wood Type: Cedar
  4. Mold/Mildew? No
  5. How Did the Last Stain Fail? Dried blotchy and peeled after the first winter
  6. 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:

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.

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Matt Leary
Matt Leary
10 days ago

I live in central Florida. The dock is on the lake which receives direct sunlight during the day. I previously used Sherwin Williams semi transparent deck stain, water based. The wood is yella treated wood. The wood chipped and was mildew. I applied this stain app. 2 years ago. I’m looking for a better stain.

Hans Molegraaf
Hans Molegraaf
18 days ago

I live in Houston and I’m looking for the best product to seal new cedar posts that I just installed for my outdoor patio. I’d like to start with something as transparent as possible to preserve the natural look of the cedar. I’m considering pure tung oil as a starting point. Thoughts? I saw

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J Major
J Major
1 month ago

Hi – looking to stain new cedar tongue and groove siding in a black or charcoal. The house is in east Tennessee. Thinking the TWP charcoal, but what about the seal-once products? Thanks!

Nathan
Nathan
1 month ago

Hi, looking for a stain recommendation.
I’m in Pennsylvania (but within very easy driving distance of West Virginia if there’s something I can buy there but not here).

I have a covered porch that gets some sun, maybe half of sun up hours, but not much direct sun.

The floor is locust t&g that I had custom cut. Has been installed for about 6 months.

This flooring is new, as it replaced a rough painted porch. As such, I don’t really have a good history, but I definitely want to avoid mildew. I also want to avoid solid, and dark colors and maintain a natural look. Definitely want to stay translucent or semi.

I have run samples of Permachink Deck Defense (too orange even for their lightest deck formula), PPG proluxe natural (very strong brown color for a “natural”, I kind of wonder about their Rye color but no current access to it or anything lighter at all), and Cabot timber oil natural (liked this color by far the best, but didn’t like the iffy reviews on that product here on your site).

So if I don’t sound entirely too picky, hit me with a suggestion!! Thanks.
Nathan

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charles Kimball
charles Kimball
1 month ago

I have a Mahogany porch outside covered porch floor that faces due south I used Mesma stain on before and I have removed it all and I need of a new preservative stain
i love the beauty of the Mahogany natural what would yourrecommend. I live in Massachusetts with cold winters and it gets a lot of wind across it that dries it out quickly too. I would appreciate any help you could recommend.

Nathan
Nathan
1 month ago

Didn’t even notice there was a separate forum! Whoops. Ordered samples of RAD. Hopefully I like their natural. Thanks.

Julie
Julie
1 month ago

Hi, I have a 30-year-old wooden swing I’d like to preserve and coat with a semi-transparent stain. Full Florida sun. I know I need to strip it and brighten.

1. Would a AC semi-transparent darker stain, like redwood or darker, or the TWP 1500 series semi-transparent like dark oak, cause color transfer on clothing? I have been happy with AC on my 20-year old deck, but I am leaning towards TWP because it is a wood preservative.

2. What stain would you recommend?

Thanks!

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Chris
Chris
1 month ago

Hi, Scott! Your website is so helpful. We just bought this home. It has a pressure-treated pine deck that is 1 1/2 years old and has never been stained or sealed. It is covered by the roof, but exposed on three sides. It is located in Georgia, facing south, with 7-9 hours of direct sun. Some of the rails and horizontal surfaces have started graying and there is some spotty mildew. My husband is replacing some of the cap rails bc they were warping. He thinks semi-transparent, oil-based stain is the most protective and long-lasting. He wants to apply it with his paint sprayer. What do you recommend? Thank you so much!

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Chris
Chris
1 month ago

Thank you so much for that great advice. We will buy those products. Our neighbor suggested adding a pesticide like NBS 30 or CPF-2D to an oil-based stain before applying it to kill/deter carpenter bees from eating the deck. We have a ton of those pesky creatures in Georgia. What do you think about this? Thank you so much for saving the decks of the world!

Matt
Matt
1 month ago

I have a 3-year-old deck made of pressure treated pine. I sealed it once just over a year ago with Thompson’s water seal. I need to re-seal or stain it and provide some UV protection.

  • In which state is your deck located? Florida
  • How much sun/shade does your deck get? 6-7 hours of direct sun
  • What type of wood is your deck made of? Pressure treated pine
  • Do you have mold or mildew issues? Slight mildew in some areas
  • Why/how did the previous stain fail? Water stopped beading and wood was greying
  • What type and brand (if known) of stain did you use last time? Thompson’s water seal
pat
pat
1 month ago

I have a new western Cedar 3 rail fence i would love to keep its red color and keep it from graying. i but have seen some stains that look painted not natural

Phil
Phil
1 month ago

Hi Scott. Really appreciate the informative website you’ve created.

I have a new pressure treated pine fence that was installed 2 months ago. It’s 6′ x 300′ so total of 3,600 sq ft. I initially was looking at PPG Proluxe SRD due to word of mouth reputation but it seems like the formula was changed a few years ago and it’s not as good of a product anymore.

Other options I’m considering are based on your website: Defy Extreme, RAD stain, and TWP 100. Looking for semi-transparent in all brands. I live in NC and a good portion of the fence receives 4-6 hours of shade a day.

My primary criteria are: ease of application, color durability/length of time between maintenance coats, mildew resistance, and price. Do you recommend any of these three options over another? Are there other brands I should consider?

Thanks in advance.

Phil
Phil
1 month ago

I’m in central North Carolina

Phil
Phil
1 month ago

Thank you, Scott. Any performance advantages to oil vs water based?

Phil
Phil
1 month ago

Could either of these products be applied now (2 month old fence) or does the wood need to age a few more months?

Ron
Ron
1 month ago

I have a 6 month old redwood fence in Sacramento, CA. I’m looking for a dark gray or black color that will still show some natural wood grains

Gerry Sevall
Gerry Sevall
1 month ago

Just moved to North Carolina from Colorado and wanted to know the best light gray transparent stain for a high humid environment?

Kathy
Kathy
1 month ago

Just put clear sealant on my deck in Michigan. It rained 18hrs later, was not suppose to. Unfortunately deck did not bead up what do I do now. This has not happen before.

Michael Mims
Michael Mims
1 month ago

I’ve got a brand new pine deck and the most important thing to me is choosing a sealant that will make the wood last as long as possible. I am not as interested in a stain or color. What product penetrates the wood the best? Thank you.

Michael Mims
Michael Mims
1 month ago

Thank you for the quick response. Ok, yeah, I will use at least a semi-transparent deck stain. That being said, what product penetrates the deepest?

cheryl cherland
cheryl cherland
1 month ago

I want to stain my cedar mailbox post. It’s a year old.. it has begun to weather, but not too much. I bought TWP total wood protectant TWP pro-series cedar tone. I sanded my post lightly in a few areas. How many coats should I use, and how much time do I wait between coats?

Kayce
Kayce
1 month ago

Hi! We have a new pressure treated pine outdoor shower in St. Petersburg FL we are looking to stain. Any ideas on what we should use would be appreciated!

Kayce
Kayce
1 month ago

thank you!!

Pat H
Pat H
1 month ago

Hi, just finished half of my deck, done in cedar. (see attached pic) Its been done in stages but the majority has been done for over a month. I live near Chicago and want to clean and stain before the winter hits. Would like to keep the color close to its natural cedar state. Suggestions? Size is 18 x 12 feet at its widest

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Lynn
Lynn
1 month ago

My connection dropped before I could post a picture, and now I can’t find the post. Sorry for the trouble. Awaiting the email and then I will post a picture.

Steve S
Steve S
1 month ago

Live in North Carolina and have a deck that was previously coated with Olympic Maximum. I have pressure washed and replaced some of the boards in the deck. Looking for suggestion about what to put on now. Was planning to use a big box store resurfacer until I saw your reviews. Your expertise would be greatly appreciated.

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andra Byrnes
andra Byrnes
2 months ago

Live in sw colorao. Redwood that has constant sun. Penofin has been used in the past but it darkens. We have sanded the deck and ready for a finish.
Will a oil based semi transparent be best for resist fading or darkening or do you have another recommendation? We currently have a short window = the next 5 days to to this due to temperate and no rain

andra Byrnes
andra Byrnes
2 months ago

Hi Scott, Thank you for your answer, but I can’t the prior reply.
How do I find it? Thank you

Roy S
Roy S
2 months ago

Hi. We’re looking for a semi-transparent stain for our deck. Info as follows: built Dec 2019, has never been stained/painted, located in far western KY (McCracken Cty) which is humid, built on east side of house, constructed of treated decking boards (possibly yellow pine but I am not certain), no current mold or mildew issues, has been recently washed and sanded. We have two boards that weep sap during hot weather and are wondering if they need to be replaced (photo included). Thank you for your assistance.

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Dan B
Dan B
2 months ago

I live in Nevada and would like to see what you recommend. I want a semi-transparent stain that can withstand some sprinkler overspray and a good amount of sun. Tried repositioning the sprinklers but it’s hard to get them off the top of the deck entirely. Previous Cabot stain has come off on much of the deck and would like to redo it with something better. Deck was built earlier this year but is now lightly weathered Douglas fir. No mildew or mold.

Amanda Murphy
Amanda Murphy
2 months ago

Massachusetts. East facing, but tucked in a corner so shaded from the south and covered in one area by the door. Ipe. Installed 9 years ago – not treated at all. Has weathered variably due to sun/weather exposure I expect – some more protected areas still retain some original color, others are fully grey. Some cracking in a couple of the grey areas. A few very small spots of pale green algae (or mold?). I have read so many different things!!: wash (with/without bleach products); maybe sand the surface (more than 80/less than 80 grit)? And then the stain/oil, but which one?! Help! 🙂 Thank you!

Amanda Murphy
Amanda Murphy
2 months ago

Thanks! That’s what we are going to try, with the AC I think. But given the weather here I think we won’t be able to do it until the spring. Thanks again though! Your site really helped me weed through it all and come up with a plan!

Elizabeth Berle
Elizabeth Berle
2 months ago

Hello!
I live in Maine and have Meranti Posts and Railings installed in 2016. They were sanded (poorly) and stained once since. This area has a few hours of sun a day and the portions that have highest UV exposure have done the worst. The wood has split and does have some mold/mildew issues. See two pictures (first post has not been sanded, the second one has.) Unfortunately I don’t know what that contractor used previously for stain.
Thank you!

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Tim Helinski
Tim Helinski
2 months ago

Tennessee south facing deck that was installed two years ago with no previous treatment. Vacation cabin so looking for a quality stain with durability and ease of reapplication. House color is gray so would like to compliment this aspect.

Brian Heisler
Brian Heisler
2 months ago

Looking for best stain – solid. Mostly covered deck but stairs (2) and short stretch (12×5?) are uncovered and had mold/mildew.

In which state is your deck located? Massachusetts

How much sun/shade does your deck get? Limited sun in AM.

What type of wood is your deck made of? Not sure but I think PTP.

Do you have mold or mildew issues? Yes

Why/how did the previous stain fail? Worn or mold/mildew.

What type and brand (if known) of stain did you use last time? No idea.

Deck is 5-6 years old (original).

Sheila
Sheila
2 months ago

I have a new treated pine deck (about 275 sq ft) which was completed on May 2nd this year. I would like to have the railings and risers white, and the deck floor and treads, grey. Can you stain both the floor and the railings or should the railings be painted and deck stained? Is there a product that has a white stain for the railings? Also, is it best to use a semi-transparent or semi-solid stain? Finally, is Restore-a-Deck a good product for a new deck?

Pete H
Pete H
2 months ago

Northern WI. 2 yr old bare treated pine. A dock over water facing west with lots of sun exposure. Slight graying, but in good condition. Algae/mildew where dock meets shore and in small areas in boathouse shadows. Looking for recommendations for stain.

painter pete
painter pete
2 months ago

Armstrong oil or water based for either Semi T or semi S stain?

Sandra
Sandra
2 months ago

CAN we even buy TWP or Armstrong Clark anywhere in Oregon? I can’t find it.

Joel
Joel
2 months ago

Hi Scott – thank you so much for this website. I live in Maryland and had a pressure treated pine fence installed about six months ago. It doesn’t get full sun but the summers here are very humid. I’d like to put either a transparent or semi-transparent stain and sealer on it that won’t hide the look of the wood. I’m also not sure if a water based or oil based stain would be best. Do you have a couple of stains that you can recommend? There are a lot of Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams stores in my area but I don’t see any of their stains on your ‘go-to’ list. Thanks for your help.

Joel
Joel
2 months ago

Thank you Scott. It looks like TWP is not available in Maryland. Do you have a second best oils based stain that you prefer?

Joel
Joel
2 months ago

I finally found it. Thank you.

Cynthia
Cynthia
2 months ago

Pressure treated lumber. Washington State. Transparent Stain showing wear on steps as well as around outer edges. Close to Puget Sound.

Mark Nicholson
Mark Nicholson
2 months ago

Most of the pressure treated pine deck is 2 years old , and has never been treated. The covered walkway is 30 years old and is stained dark brown. It is in good shape. A few sixteen foot boards were replaced about a year ago, and are are not in direct sunlight. I think that a need a solid stain in order to achieve a uniform color.

Sandra
Sandra
2 months ago

Hi, I would like your suggestion for a stain on my deck. Some of the deck is very good, other parts are rotted where weather contacted it regularly. Thinking about painting the railings and staining the deck. We live in Oregon. Deck receives full sun most of the day. It has a clear cover or roof. The wood is old, pressure-treated wood, don’t know what it is. Fir, maybe. No obvious mold or mildew, except for the rotten boards. It previously had a Behr deck-over type paint on it which had started peeling and bubbling where the deck was getting continually wet all winter long. Please advise. I have already striped, sanded and cleaned the wood, just need to stain/seal it and fix bad boards.

Sandra
Sandra
2 months ago

there are small spots here and there with paint, still scraping/sanding it off. Also, between the boards, there is some paint still there. Still scraping. Did the photos show up that I attached?

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Sandra
Sandra
2 months ago
Reply to  Sandra

I did attach photos are you seeing them? Also, can I use bondo to patch the holes? I’ve used mixmax wood filler, but boy, this is getting expensive.

Glenn
Glenn
2 months ago

Please recommend a deck cleaner, brightner and sealer/stain for my deck.
We are in southern middle TN. The deck is on the south side of the house. In the winter it gets sun all morning. In the summer it is almost full shade nearly all day. The deck is 2 years old, pressure treated Pine and has never been sealed. Approximately 10′ X 30′ w/40″ safety rail on 6″ X 6″ posts at 10′ height above a concrete patio. It currently has alge growing on it in places as does the concrete patio under it. Photos attached.

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Glenn
Glenn
2 months ago

Thank you Sir!

John Flack
John Flack
2 months ago
  • In which state is your deck located? Sunapee, NH
  • How much sun/shade does your deck get? Mostly shady in the morning, sunny in the afternoon
  • What type of wood is your deck made of? Pressure treated pine
  • Do you have mold or mildew issues? No, lichen
  • Why/how did the previous stain fail? Neglected for many years
  • What type and brand (if known) of stain did you use last time?

Cetol translucent wood finish: redwood sequoia

There are white fuzzies on the rail tops and some whitish areas on the deck floor. I don’t know if that is residue from the bleach based cleaner I used or white fuzzies. Can you tell from the photo?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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clifr
clifr
2 months ago

I need your recommendation. We are in No .Carolina. New construction about 12 mo. old. Pressure treated yellow pine. No current mildew problems. With stairs, deck and railings I figure it is close to 1000 sq. ft

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Margaret
Margaret
2 months ago

I have to get my old fence restained and realized that the products have all gone to water based. It was originally done with a BEHR solid stain that required mineral spirits to clean up. The stuff would wear off gradually and never peel.
I sure don’t trust the current water based versions.
It is rough surface type clear cedar that has been pressure washed. Can’t wait to have product shipped as I need to pick something up today. (Seattle ,WA)
The best products on your website aren’t available for pickup in local stores…..help?!!
What advice can you offer since I have to settle for local availabilty?
Thanks!

Phillip
Phillip
2 months ago

Looking for a good product to preserve the natural color of my new red cedar fence. I don’t want it to silver. Fence gets about 10 hrs of full sun, then shaded by a near by oak tree. Located in south Louisiana. Any suggestions would be great. TIA

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Michael Reinert
Michael Reinert
2 months ago

This is M Reinert. I forgot to add your questions.
State- Missouri
Sun/ morning shade only
Wood type- Cedar
Mildew- was on pergola but the rough cut seems to be holding much better than the smooth deck.
Failure- deck fading and lifting after only one year
Type- Valspar Semi Transparent
The pictures are on prior email.
Thank you for your much appreciated answers.

Michael Reinert
Michael Reinert
2 months ago

I applied Valspar semi transparent last year after stripping and cleaning. Now after only one year, it is faded and coming off the flat surface with no water shedding.
What is my alternative to this disappointing experience?

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Rob
Rob
2 months ago

Apologies. Here are the photos referenced in my post below this one.

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Rob
Rob
2 months ago

Hello,

Thanks for your expertise! I have an unusual deck, containing quite a bit of variation.

* In which state is your deck located?
Virginia

* How much sun/shade does your deck get?
It is a 4- level deck. Some parts get very little sun, and a couple of sections get a fair amount (varies depending on angle of sun/time of year)

* What type of wood is your deck made of?
Not sure. Treated lumber. I know 2 of the levels are made of a different wood than are the other two.

* Do you have mold or mildew issues?
Yes. Especially in the sections that get little to no sun.

* Why/how did the previous stain fail?
No idea. What I do know is that the deck hasn’t been treated with any stain since some time prior to 2005(!).
To prep this woefully neglected deck, I’ve:
– sanded two of the levels (the ones that get more sun needed it; their wood might be older in addition to different from the other two)
– Meticulously power washed, using Krud Kutter
– I’m about to apply/treat with Valspar All-in-one deck prep

* What type and brand (if known) of stain did you use last time?
No idea. See above.

The deck area total is 842 sq. ft, exclusive of stairs and railings. So I imagine price could be a factor, especially if more than one coat is required.

I look forward to your guidance, and thank you!

Photo guide:

1. Closeup of high sun area. Sanded and cleaned.

2. Stairs. Sanded. Cleaned. One step treated with Valspar All-in-one.

3. Another high sun area, sanded and cleaned. Small test patch treated with Valspar All in one.

4. Deck that gets little sun (part gets none). Cleaned.

larry burks
larry burks
2 months ago

hopefully you can help. we wrapped our beams in cedar and tore down the old railing system and replaced it with cedar rails. we waterproofed everything in thompsons – it was a clear waterproofing product purchased at lowes. the cedar wrapped beams have been fine, some flaking but the railing system began to collect black blotches and the arm rails going down the porch turned nearly black. why would it do this after water proofing? some folks said the railing was not cedar but pine. we sanded it down to remove the blotches. do you have any suggestions? thanks

Larry burks
Larry burks
2 months ago

So you have a particular brand in mind? I’m starting to think the 2x4s we were sold weren’t cedar

A GEER
A GEER
2 months ago

I AM IN SOUTH CAROLINA AND MY DECK IS 1YR OLD. IT’S FULL SUN. I STAINED DECK WITH OIL BASE STAIN AND IT DIDNT LAST; SO I CLEANED THE DECK AND PUT ANOTHER COAT OF STAIN ON IT BUT IT IS TURNING BLACK. I WAS TOLD THAT THE WOOD IS YELLOW WOOD THAT IS TREATED. WHAT SHOULD I DO TO RESTORE DECK. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP.

Dawn
Dawn
2 months ago

Hello, Thank you so much for your website. I have a new pressure treated lumber deck that is located in North East, Md. It is 600 sq ft and is an L shaped deck. It was built in the spring and we have done the moisture test to make sure it is ready to stain and it says it is. It gets constant sun exposure on part of it and the other is more shaded with only morning sun. I am a senior and am looking for a stain that lasts longer with lower maintenance and prefer one coat. I have tried the solids and semi solids in the past and we had issues so we have decided to try an oil based transparent stain. We also share our deck with our dog. Lower voc is something I would like to use but am not dead set on it. I have been recommended to get Preserva wood, Ready seal, Armstrong & Clark,, PPG Proluxe/ , Sikkens, Penofin, or TWP. In your opinion which stain do you feel would best suit my needs? I am also open to other suggestions on brand and type. Thank you so much for your time. Sorry for the duplicate postings. I originally forgot to post photos and was having trouble. I would like to stain this week if possible before the weather changes so any info would deeply be appreciated.

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