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This post was updated on January 13, 2022

Best Deck Stains for 2022

The Best Deck Stains

Armstrong Clark in Rustic Brown

Please read our Best Deck Stain article and post questions you have in the comment area below. Our newly enhanced website now offers the ability to upload and post pictures of your exterior wood or deck. This will help us determine the proper prep and overall condition of your deck, leading to better performance.

This is an updated version of our most popular article What is the Best Deck Stain? We have had over 19,500 Q&A questions for the first article, helping consumers find the best wood and deck stain for their deck and specific environment.


The Best Top Rated Deck Stains

Since 2012 we have been reviewing, rating, and helping consumers find the Best Deck Stain here at DeckStainHelp.com. We have listed the top current Deck Stains that we have reviewed based on our experience and consumer ratings of each product.

1. TWP 100 Pro Series Semi-Transparent Review

Best Overall Deck Stain

TWP 100 Deck Stain RatingsTWP 100 Series penetrates well into the wood, fades lightly in color, and holds up to wear and tear. We like that when it is time to redo the wood in 2-3 years, the TWP can be cleaned and re-coated or even removed with ease. This makes the reapplication process much easier. TWP 100 Series is only allowed in 35 States and cannot be used in Canada.

Stain Type: Penetrating Semi-Transparent Oil-Based. Full Curing Stain.
Consumer Star Ratings:  4.5/5 (40)
DeckStainHelp.com Review (On a scale of 1-10): 8.69
See Review Article Here: TWP 100 Series Review

2. Restore-A-Deck Solid Color Deck Stain Review

Best Solid Deck Stain

Restore A Deck Solid Color Stain Review

Restore A Deck Solid Color Stain Review

Restore A Deck Solid Color Stain will be our go-to Solid Color Stain for 2020 because of its ease of use, 5 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. Compliant for all US states and Canada.

Stain Type: Solid Color (Opaque) Wood Stain – Water Based
Consumer Star Ratings: 4.8/5 (8)
DeckStainHelp.com Review (On a scale of 1-10): 8.68
See Review Article Here: Restore-A-Deck Solid Stains

3. Restore-A-Deck Semi-Transparent Stain Review

Best Deck-In-A-Day Stain

Restore A Deck Wood Stain Review

The ability to prep and stain on the same day, Restore-A-Deck Wood Stains can be applied to dry or damp wood. Applying to damp wood allows you the ability to prep and stain on the same day, saving you a tremendous amount of time. 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. Compliant for all US states and Canada.

Stain Type: Penetrating Semi-Transparent Water-Based. Full Curing Damp Application Stain.
Consumer Star Ratings:  4.5/5 (46)
DeckStainHelp.com Review (On a scale of 1-10): 8.625
See Review Article Here: Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain Review

4. Armstrong Clark Wood Stain Review

Best Applying Deck Stain

Armstrong Clark Wood Stain RatingThe Armstrong Clark Wood stain has been a solid performer since we started reviewing and using it about 6 years ago. 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. Compliant for all US states and Canada.

Stain Type: Penetrating Transparent, Semi-Transparent, Semi-Solid Oil-Based. Paraffin and Curing Oil Blend. Full Curing Stain.
Consumer Star Ratings:  4.4/5 (59)
DeckStainHelp.com Review (On a scale of 1-10): 8.5
See Review Article Here: Armstrong Clark Stain Review

5. TWP Pro-Series Semi-Solid Stain Review

Best Semi-Solid Wood Deck Stain

TWP Semi-Solid Stain

The TWP brand of stains is one of our most commonly used wood stains, as we have applied it to over 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 is easy to apply, will be easy to prep and reapply when the time comes, and holds color very well from the UV. TWP Semi-Solid is only allowed in 35 States and cannot be used in Canada.

Stain Type: Penetrating Semi-Solid Oil-Based. Full Curing Stain.
Consumer Star Ratings: 4.9/5 (5)
DeckStainHelp.com Review (On a scale of 1-10): 8.50
See Review Article Here: TWP Semi-Solid Series Review

6. TWP 1500 Series Semi-Transparent Review

Best Wood Preservative Deck Stain

TWP 1500 Series RatingTWP 1500 Series is one of the better wood and decking stains and is one of our top choices.  The TWP 1500 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 fits this and more by adding excellent UV and mold protection. Maintaining TWP every 2-3 years is easy. TWP 1500 is compliant for all US states, but not Canada.

Stain Type: Penetrating Semi-Transparent Oil-Based. Full Curing EPA Registered Stain.
Consumer Star Ratings:  4.3/5 (24)
DeckStainHelp.com Review (On a scale of 1-10): 8.5
See Review Article Here: TWP 1500 Series Review

7. Defy Extreme Semi-Transparent Stain Review

Best Deck Stain for Mildew

Defy Extreme Stain Review

The Defy Extreme 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 is one of our go-to brands. Compliant for all US states and Canada.

Stain Type: Penetrating Semi-Transparent Water-Based.
Consumer Star Ratings:  4.1/5 (52)
DeckStainHelp.com Review (On a scale of 1-10): 8.47
See Review Article Here: Defy Extreme Stain Review

Best Deck Stain Honorable Mention

Looking for a Deck Resurface Type Stain? 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 selecting a Deck Resurface Stain, keep in mind that most users have had an unpleasant experience with products from Home Depot and Lowes. While most comments and user experiences reported are negative, the Gulf Synthetics Deck Revive has been favorable.


Need Help Finding the Best Deck Stain?

The point of this Best Deck Stain article and DeckStainHelp.com is to offer guidance in choosing a quality deck stain that works well and will not create larger issues down the road when it is time to reapply. We have updated our original article by including answers to some of the most popular questions that we receive.

Here are some more popular answers to the most common questions:

  1. No deck stain will last 5+ years. A good quality stain will last 2 or maybe 3 years on a deck floor (horizontal) and typically twice as long on railings, siding, etc. (verticals).
  2. Penetrating stains will have less chance of peeling as they soak into the wood grain and do not film on top of the wood grain when fully cured.
  3. Penetrating deck stains are easier to maintain by cleaning and reapplying after 2-3 years.
  4. 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.
  5. Not all Deck Stains are penetrating. Even when they claim otherwise.
  6. Semi-transparent, Transparent, and Semi-Solids will show the grain of the wood to some extent. Solid stains, Deck Resurface Coatings, and Paints will not.
  7. 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 = better UV protection.
  8. Deck Stains are Oil-Based or Water-Based. Filming or penetrating. Transparent, Semi-Transparent, Semi-Solid, Solid (opaque) Stains or a Deck Resurface Coating. See here for more info on Deck Stain Types.
  9. Oil-based stains can still be used in all States and Canada as long as they comply with local VOC regulations.
  10. When switching brands of deck stain, it is always best to remove the old coating first. Do this by using a Deck Stain Stripper and/or sanding.
  11. Always apply a Wood Brightener after prepping with a Stain Stripper or Wood Deck Cleaner to neutralize the caustic.
  12. New Decks (less than a year) are treated differently than older decks (over 1 year). New decks need to be prepped and usually cannot be stained right away. See this about Staining New Decks.
  13. Prep, Prep, Prep = increased longevity of a stain.

What is the Best Deck Stain For My Deck?

This is the top question by far that we have gotten on DeckStainHelp.com. Unfortunately, there is not a “best” deck stain out there 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 does not mean it will perform well in the snowy Midwest states. VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) Laws come into effect for different parts of the country as well. This may limit what is available in your state or country. For example, TWP 100 cannot be used in 17 states and Canada that have a low VOC content of 250.

To understand a deck stain and its potential longevity, we should first look at why deck stains fail:

  1. UV rays from the sun will damage the wood, resulting in degradation of the wood 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. Freeze/thaw will expand and contract the wood, resulting in the stain “bond” with the wood cells failing.
  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 was of inferior quality or applied poorly.
  7. The stain was not applied properly, or the wood was not 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 should research what stains would be better for your deck or exterior wood.

In our example deck, we will ask 5 questions. Based on these answers (Answers are in Red) we will narrow the choices to 2-3 stain brands:

Example Deck Questions and Answers:

  1. Deck Location State: Michigan
  2. Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade: Full Sun in Am, Shade in Afternoon
  3. Wood Type: Cedar
  4. Mold or Mildew Issues: No
  5. The reason for Previous Stain Failure: Dried Blotchy and Peeled after first Winter.
  6. Previous Coating? If so brand name and type of stain (Transparent, Semi-transparent, Semi-solid, Solid Stain): Behr Premium Semi-Transparent

Michigan is currently a high 550 VOC state, so all decking stains are currently available. If you live in Canada, the East Coast States, or California, then you may have different options. We would suggest a penetrating stain 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:

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Susan
Susan
1 month ago

Large deck in

  1. South Alabama
  2. partial-full shade from trees
  3. pressure treated pine
  4. prone to algae/mildew growth in areas
  5. New, aged deck
  6. none

Since cleaning there are “fuzzy” areas on some areas

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Priscilla Hart
Priscilla Hart
1 month ago

I live in Utah with a 2400 sq ft deck that is mostly exposed to extreme weather (over 100 in summer, snow and freezing in winter). We have new redwood and want a penetrating stain. Do we need one with a sealer? We have had no issues with mold. Applied Olympic Deck Restore a couple of years ago with immediate peeling. We have replaced all the wood and want a new stain on it. Would Austrailian Timber Oil be a good choice?

Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago

I’m looking to extend the life of the deck we bought with a house for couple more years. It’s in really bad shape. Do you think it can be done ?

I plan to heavy sand it, replace some boards , patch with FamoWood Latex Wood Filler and stain with Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain.

Would appreciate any feedback…

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Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago

Thank so much for reply .

But how I can fix the loosen wood without sanding ? If sanding is permitted for certain areas should I do it before or after cleaning ?

Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago

Thank you ! Would you recommend to do the prepping and restoration when temperature get to certain level ( like 60-70 degrees) or it’s ok to do one-day repair while we are within 40 ish range ?

Paula
Paula
3 months ago

I have old decks with treated wood from 20 years old to 5 years old what is the best stain to make it blend the best ? Has never been stained or treated .

Aubrey
Aubrey
3 months ago

Deck Location State: Denver, CO 5,500′ elevation
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade: This is on N side of our house. Some AM sun, Some PM sun. More sun in the summer.
Wood Type: Western Red Cedar
Mold or Mildew Issues: No
The reason for Previous Stain Failure: Waited too long to restain. 
Previous Coating? If so brand name and type of stain (Transparent, Semi-transparent, Semi-solid, Solid Stain): Duckback Superdeck oil based transparent.

This is a wooden pergola.
I’ve cleaned and power washed the wood.
I’m in the process of brightening the wood. Using Penofil brightener
There are a few sections of beams under the eaves that are still well stained. I’ve hand sanded but it only lightened the existing stain. I have a electric palm sander.

1 – What to used to strip the small sections of existing stain. Less than 10 sq ft
2 – Should I use water based or oil based stain? I’d like a stain that lasts and that I can apply maintenance coats to instead of removing the old stain and starting over.
3- Which semi transparent stain would you recommend? I’d prefer one coat.

Cecilia West
Cecilia West
3 months ago

I have a newly purchased home with a rather large deck that hasn’t been taken care of. We have power washed it twice and rented an industrial sander in an effort to get as much of the solid stain off the deck as we possible can. There is still a bit of stain left on the deck. Because of this, we will need to use a solid stain. Can you recommend a good solid stain that we could use?

Tracy A. Brown
Tracy A. Brown
3 months ago

I love in Chattanooga TN. Our outdoor porch & siding is pressure treated pine. We stained it 18 mos ago with a transparent Flood CWF-UV stain. The porch faces east/southeast & is exposed a large portion of a day in the summer. We need to restain because we have mold, greying & water doesn’t bead. We prefer a water base & potential semi-transparent that will last longer.

Tracy Brown
Tracy Brown
3 months ago

Pictures of deck

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Dorothy
Dorothy
3 months ago

Hello,

Almost done sanding front porch/deck. I’m from Spokane WA. I believe sikkens stain was on the deck, has been there for 25 years but started fading a few years back. Deck is pine, no mold, faces south and gets a fair amount of sun and traffic. There are just too many stains to choose from! I want to see some of the wood grain and don’t want the finish to be too shiny. I was leaning towards using Proluxe, but heck, the DATA sheet warnings seem a little scary. I hope I answered the 6 questions.
Any help would be appreciated.

Dorothy

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Dorothy
Dorothy
3 months ago

Does it matter if the wood has been pressure treated or not. I don’t know if it has been. I read somewhere not to put TWP 100 on untreated pine.

Thanks

Terry
Terry
4 months ago

Deck Location: Central Virginia
Full Sun
Wood Type: Pressure treated pine
Mold/Mildew: No
Reason for previous stain failure: product and full sun – it is peeling after 1 1/2 years
Previous coating: Behr Premium Semi-Transparent Weather Proofing All-in-One Wood Stain/Sealer

Product recommendations?
Timing of application: It is now the 3rd week of Sept. and 7 day forecast is 52/79 full sun. Would like to move forward now?

Thank you!

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Linda Ruth Seton
Linda Ruth Seton
4 months ago

We live in the Pacific Northwest with rainy winters. Now its late September and we are just completing a cedar deck. We want to use a transparent coating to reveal the wood to some extent. I just viewed your video about how to coat a new deck. OOPS. Would it be better to let it go a month in the dampness and coat with Armstrong at the first dry week or so, or to go three months and look for a dry spell, or to wait until early summer when it will be dry again??? Can you discuss the possible bad results to leaving the deck uncoated through the winter. Our average rainfall is about 24 inches, and it all comes from late September until early June.

Thanks for your help.

Joe Cotter
Joe Cotter
4 months ago

What is the best stain for my deck?

  1. Deck Location State: Central Ohio
  2. Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade: Full Sun in Am, Shade in Afternoon
  3. Wood Type: Treated Pine — 1 year old
  4. Mold or Mildew Issues: No
  5. The reason for Previous Stain Failure: N/A, never been stained
  6. Previous Coating? If so brand name and type of stain (Transparent, Semi-transparent, Semi-solid, Solid Stain): None

I’m hopng to find a penetrating stain that can be re-applied without stripping. Non-film forming, penetrating stain/ssealer. THANKS

Joe Cotter
Joe Cotter
4 months ago

Thanks. Is there a difference between TWP 100 and TWP 1500?

Jon Sussman
Jon Sussman
4 months ago
  1. Deck Location State: Ohio
  2. Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade: Full Sun in Am, Shade in Afternoon
  3. Wood Type: Pressure treated pine
  4. Mold or Mildew Issues: No
  5. The reason for Previous Stain Failure: Time
  6. Previous Coating? If so brand name and type of stain (Transparent, Semi-transparent, Semi-solid, Solid Stain): THOMPSONS WATERSEAL STAIN & SEALER
Jon Sussman
Jon Sussman
4 months ago

Don’t have current pictures, but we are sanding down to bare wood.

Jon Sussman
Jon Sussman
4 months ago

It will be sanded to bare wood

Rob Owsiany
Rob Owsiany
4 months ago

Connecticut
full sun in a.m. shade in afternoon
Pressure treated pine
no
Dried Blotchy and Peeled after first Winter.
transparent Royal products

William Ibrahim
William Ibrahim
4 months ago

Hi I am in Sydney Australia (weather ranges from lowest 45 F to max about 95 degrees but mostly mild weather between 55 and 75 degrees nd mainly sunny with a max of 5 or 6 days of rain a month.
I have 2 projects I am doing. I have a brand new Cedar French doors that open to an undercover court yard so the door is protected from the weather and would get at worst some filtered sun (see photo). I like the original natural color and want to preserve that natural Cedar look. What water based transparent product can I use to protect the Cedar that will hold its natural color and will be easy to maintain when time comes.
My second project is the well overdue maintenance of my other Cedar doors and windows that were coated with Sikkens Cetol HSL and Sikkens Super natural about 20years ago. Up until recently I was the president of a Junior sports club and now finally have time on the weekends to do sole long over due maintenance. I found the Sikkens has darken over time and would like to finish then so they too appear with the original to coat it with something that will natual Cedar colour (see photos) – the remaining doors and windows are more exposed to the sun and weather. so if you feel I could use a differnet product for these as opposed to the Doors under cover then I am happy to purschase 2 products…Also what product can I use to remove/clean the sikkens off the doors and windows…I know I may have to do a fair bit of Sanding..but hoping there is sonmething that will help me clean up the Cedar and leaving minimal Sanding…I’d really approciate your advise..as I am confused as there are so many products.. Regards, William

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Lance
Lance
4 months ago

West central Arkansas
I have a 4 year old PT pine deck that was treated with sherwin williams oil base semi transparent stain 3 + years ago. It gets afternoon sun with no mildew issues. Can I pressure wash and go back with a water base stain like Defy? What stain would you recommend for my area?

Lance
Lance
4 months ago

If I use an oil based stain will I need to still use Stripper/Brightener kit?
Thanks

HAppy40
HAppy40
4 months ago

Hi there,
trying to find a light brown, beige/greige very neutral not very yellow or red tone deck stain. Prefer semitransparent or translucent for grain to show through. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
Attached pic of deck and the color on a door and Board I like to achieve

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CaptMorgan
CaptMorgan
4 months ago

NW Atlanta, GA
Deck
Morning sun, shade thereafter
mildew in wet months (winter)
15 yr old deck, 6-7 yr old semi-solid stain with some new, unstained PT pine deck boards and stair treads

Thanks for your help

Vinnie
Vinnie
4 months ago

Looking to stain our deck and fence in one go this year.

  1. Colorado
  2. Fence – full sun. Deck – 1/2 full sun, 1/2 no sun (snow likes to stay all season)
  3. Fence – Cedar. Deck – pressure treated wood.
  4. No mold
  5. /6. Neither has been stained before. The fence is fresh this year, and the deck is 2 winters old now

Thanks in advance!

Diane Adams Sturm
Diane Adams Sturm
4 months ago

How can laps from a power washer be fixed?

Diane Adams Sturm
Diane Adams Sturm
4 months ago

They are not deep. Would a cleaner/brightener do the trick? Would a semi-solid stain hide the marks? Thank you for your help!

Tricia
Tricia
4 months ago

What is best deck stain for my deck in the Seattle, WA area. Have used sikkens. Contractor suggests Benjamin Moore ARBORCOAT. What brand do you suggest? I prefer to allow the wood grain to show and not be painted over with a solid color. Thank you

Debra
Debra
4 months ago

1. Deck location northern Indiana
2. Full sun, southern exposure
3. Wood type, not sure
4. No mold or mildew issues
5. Previous stain peeling
6. Previous coating, Behr premium textured Deck Over. Solid

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Deb
Deb
4 months ago

Thank you

Lynn
Lynn
4 months ago

1. Deck Location Seattle Washington
2. Full Sun when we have it.
3. Wood Type: not sure, but I think it’s pine
4. Mold or Mildew Issues: yes
5. The reason for Previous Stain
6.Failure: peeling after one year
7. Previous Coating Sherwin Williams Semi-Transparent

Before Sherwin Williams it was a Sikkens stain, normal wear and tear. Not sure how old the deck is. We want a semi-solid or semi transparent. We have used RAD stripper and brightener. Now we plan to sand areas where it still has some stain shwoing What stain do you recommend? Hoping for longevity.
Thanks
Lynn

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Lynn
Lynn
4 months ago

1) Should I do 1-2 coats of TWP?

2) in addition to the spots where there is still some stain there are wood fibers after the prep work. I am sanding spots 80 grit orbital hand sander. To smooth out the fibers and get rid of any stain. Do you think it will be porous ebough after to accept stain? Or should I skip sanding?

3) I did the restore a deck stripper and brightener a week ago. I will likely not be ready or have stain before another week to week and a half. So that’s around when I plan to stain weather pending. Will that be soon enough after prep?

4) Is the TWP semi-solid same as semi-transparent in terms of reapplication?
Thanks again!

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Lynn
Lynn
4 months ago

Also can you use the RAD cleaner and brightener in a preasure washer once it’s mixed? Our pressure washer says no bleach products, but this does not have bleach right?

RJ Mann
RJ Mann
5 months ago

I need help in choosing a deck stain.
The deck is under a roof. Deck is 22 years old. Nothing has been applied in 8 years. Deck location Florida on an island. Facing Gulf of Mexico. Steps up to deck are new 6 months old.
Ive been told I need a solid color stain to cover the old wood.
I’m a Sr. Citizen can not find anyone to hire as 2 hurricanes and Covid. No one wants to work. The reputable painters are booked at least one year out. My grown sons have volunteered to do it but, need guidance. Can someone HELP give advice???

John Vandergrift
John Vandergrift
5 months ago

I have a multi-level deck 1000 sq-ft with railings, a staircase, and 162 spindles. It has 2 coats of Valspar solid stain (last coat applied 3 years ago with Wagner paint sprayer after sanding most of it), but 1 year ago I replaced about 65% of the decking wood with pressure-treated fir that has been allowed to season and has not been stained. I am planning not to use the Valspar again due to unsatisfactory performance. I have some peeling, mostly between the boards. I am also considering hand-brushing the stain on to better get between the boards as well as to apply a somewhat thicker coating of the stain to (hopefully) last longer.

  1. Deck Location State: Seattle Area
  2. Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade: Shaded about 1/2 of the day
  3. Wood Type: Partly Wolmanized fir, partly previously solid-stained
  4. Mold or Mildew Issues: No
  5. The reason for Previous Stain Failure: Aging.
  6. Previous Coating? If so brand name and type of stain (Transparent, Semi-transparent, Semi-solid, Solid Stain): Valspar solid stain

After reviewing your website, I am thinking I should use the RAD stripping/brightening with the additives to prep, and then am thinking I would prefer to use the Defy solid stain (to get a redwood color that I would prefer, which RAD does not appear to offer).

3 questions:

  1. Does this sound reasonable?
  2. What are your thoughts from your experience to my idea of hand-brushing versus spraying?
  3. Since I’ll need to order these products, how much of each product would you reasonably anticipate my needing to acquire to do this job?

Thank you!

John Vandergrift

Bonnie Halpern
Bonnie Halpern
5 months ago

What are “the best deck stains for my deck”?

1) Located 1/4 mile from San Francisco Bay
2) Full Sun until 4 pm then creeping full shade
3) Type of wood – Redwood
4) Mold/mildew not an issue
5) Previous stain – transparent – peeled after 9-12 months

Thanks

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Mark H
Mark H
5 months ago

This is for a DOCK, on an inland FRESH WATER Lake. Project is replacement of existing rotted wood with new #2 Treated. Approx 900 sq. ft. of new lumber. Would appreciate your recommendations for new lumber in this environment.

  1. Deck Location State: South Carolina
  2. Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade: Full Sun
  3. Wood Type: New installation of #2 Treated
  4. Mold or Mildew Issues: Humid climate. “YES” over time if not washed (I don’t pressure wash) seasonally.
  5. The reason for Previous Stain Failure:  Not sure this is relevant considering it’s a replacement job, but prior applications had to be repeated every 2-3 years, and Owner was unable to properly maintain due to frequency of re-staining and deteriorating health. Wood began to “punk-out” after 6 years of neglect, and much of it now needs replacement.
  6. Previous Coating? If so brand name and type of stain (Transparent, Semi-transparent, Semi-solid, Solid Stain): Olympic Maximum 6yr. Semi-transparent, cedar tone. The wood on the gang-walk has wide cracks, but is “sturdy” and can be re-stained instead of replaced. Your recommendations for re-staining the gang-walk are appreciated.

Additional Comments and questions:

  1. New treated wood dries out here in a couple weeks. I’m new to SC so could use advice on timing of applications since this happens so quickly here.
  2. Coverage: Realistically, products never go as far as advertised. How many gallons should one actually budget for 900 Sq. Ft.
  3. Have you reviewed the “Seal Once Marine” products for docks? The reviews read well, but the product is really expensive and hardly available. Plus the tints come separately making it really tough i) to get delivered, and ii) then take some place to mix, etc. Product is being considered solely for the potential of a longer period between re-stainings–if there’s evidence of longevity.
  4. Lastly. If you lived rural and were limited to products sold by Lowes & Hm Depot, what would you buy?

Thank you very, very much for this site.

Richard Soard
Richard Soard
5 months ago

Metro Atlanta
Deck gets about 2-3 hours sun daily
New KDAT pressure treated pine, one month old.
Previous deck subject to algae, mold, mildew due to lack of sunshine and humid climate.
Replaced previous PT pine deck 41 years old due to deterioration.
New Deck, no coating

I have used TWP 200 semi-transparent on other decks around house but it did not prevent mold/mildew as claimed. Looking for product that will prevent it.

Douglas Seitz
Douglas Seitz
5 months ago
  1. Colorado Mountains
  2. Partial Shade–roof extends over deck
  3. Redwood
  4. No
  5. Exposure to sun and elements, traffic
  6. Unsure–picture attached, area in front of door which was covered by welcome mat shows original stain best

Interested in how to prep surface to get even result in view of differences in how much old stain is left on different parts of the deck.
Thanks.

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Douglas Seitz
Douglas Seitz
5 months ago

Not for sure but based on an old can I found in the garage, it may be Sikkens Cetol Siding Rail Deck One Coat Translucent Exterior Wood Finish Natural Oak Tint.

Douglas Seitz
Douglas Seitz
5 months ago

Thanks. And what deck stain would you recommend?

Douglas Seitz
Douglas Seitz
5 months ago

Thanks. Should I also use the Restore A Deck Semi-Transparent Wood Stain?

Laura
Laura
5 months ago

Location: NW Arkansas
Full Sun -southwest exposure
Wood type: Cedar posts supporting composite deck. Cedar on screened porch. All vertical surfaces.
mold or mildew/previous stain: no, new construction.
Considering semi-transparent stain. Any issues with dark brown stain fading? Please suggest. Thanks!

Chris Allen
Chris Allen
5 months ago

Deck Location State: Missouri
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade: Partial Shade deck is covered but stairs are not
Wood Type: Treated built with house 4 years ago
Mold or Mildew Issues: No
The reason for Previous Stain Failure: Turned various colors was meant to be cedar looked like Calico cat.
Previous Coating? If so brand name and type of stain (Transparent, Semi-transparent, Semi-solid, Solid Stain): Valspar Semi Transparent Cedar

Any thoughts on flood? We have been recommended it and super deck.

Chris
Chris
5 months ago

We are doing solid color over it. Any thoughts on if that is the product to use ?

Lisa
Lisa
5 months ago

Aaaaannnd back again- You are so helpful- love all the info and articles. I was wondering if maybe you could possibly recommend a stain for concrete patio flooring also? It is mostly covered, but some rain does get in on the sides. Is it best just to stain only? Or is it best to also seal this type of flooring? Is there a two in one product? Also- for the concrete floor- I would think a solid color stain is best. Sorry if this isn’t the right place for this question. Thank you kindly!

Lisa
Lisa
5 months ago

Hello again. Another question is- what kind of prep should I do before staining? As I wrote below, the wood is just under 1 year old and has some mildew starting. Also- I think I would like a semi-transparent stain, so the wood grain shows through. Curious to hear your recommendations. Thank you so much again!

Lisa
Lisa
5 months ago

Hello! Thank you so much for all of this!

  1. Deck Location State: Florida. Wood to stain is an outdoor shower
  2. Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade: Full Sun in late morning and early to mid afternoon
  3. Wood Type: Pressure treated Pine (pretty sure)
  4. Mold or Mildew Issues: Some mildew
  5. The reason for Previous Stain Failure: haven’t stained yet. Outdoor shower is less than (but almost) 1 year old
  6. Previous Coating? If so brand name and type of stain (Transparent, Semi-transparent, Semi-solid, Solid Stain): No previous coating
Vicki
Vicki
5 months ago

Hi again! I was reaching out again regarding color matching. We just replaced our very old, inherited deck with new pressure treated pine. We’ve decided to go with composite railings that have a “drink/cocktail” rail top. Trex has two colors – Havana Gold and Spiced Rum. I was trying to match our deck stain to these either of these colors and was hoping you’d have a recommendation. I’d prefer Armstrong Clark or the TWP 1500 brand for this project. Thank you so much, you’ve been extremely helpful in the past! Terrific site!

  1. Deck Location State: New Jersey
  2. Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade: Full Sun in Am, Shade in Afternoon
  3. Wood Type: Pressure Treated Pine
  4. Mold or Mildew Issues: None – brand new
  5. The reason for Previous Stain Failure: n/a
  6. Previous Coating? If so brand name and type of stain (Transparent, Semi-transparent, Semi-solid, Solid Stain): n/a – just plain old pressure treated pine.
Vicki Floyd
Vicki Floyd
5 months ago

Do you have any experience with ECO wood treatment?

tom
tom
5 months ago

Hi – what is the best stain for my deck?

  1. Deck Location State: Florida
  2. Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade: Full Sun
  3. Wood Type: treated pine (I think)
  4. Mold or Mildew Issues: yes
  5. The reason for Previous Stain Failure: red color that was not liked.
  6. Previous Coating? If so brand name and type of stain (Transparent, Semi-transparent, Semi-solid, Solid Stain): Thompson reddish sealant, solid stain I think).

Thx, Tom

tom
tom
5 months ago

I am thinking about going to the Restore-A-Deck cottage gray semi-transparent. that natural look/color is acceptable to the boss. any further suggestions? we have power-washed the deck, and sanded off the major places of remaining red sealer.

Gail
Gail
5 months ago

I am in Missouri
South facing. Mostly full sun. Part of the deck is somewhat covered.
Some boards need to be replaced
treated pine
Deck is 13 years old.
Previous stain was Cabot semi/transparent about 4 years ago.
A little bit of mold and mildew.
Current stain is dried and blotchy in places, faded.

I am considering a solid or semi solid stain

What do you suggest?

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Donna
Donna
5 months ago

Cabot says it’s semi-solid stain is”Cabot Semi-Solid Deck & Siding Stains are deep penetrating linseed oil-based stains that provide long lasting beauty and wood protection, highlight the natural beauty of the wood’s texture with a uniquely pigmented…” So is it oil-based or not?

Donna
Donna
5 months ago

Thank you – I’m in Virginia, will check our VOC limits.

Piero Bianco
Piero Bianco
5 months ago

Hello, I have a new (1 year old) untreated pine deck. Last fall. 3 months after installation, I cleaned with a power washer and applied Thompsons stain. This spring it looked terrible and several areas had peeled off, exposing the wood. Would you recommend stripping off the old stain and re-staining?

I like in Omaha Nebraska. The house faces NE. The deck has sun most of the day.

What stain would you recommend?

Thank you.

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Bobbi
Bobbi
6 months ago
  1. Northwest Arkansas
  2. Sun exposure varies from full shade all day (first picture), to full sun all day (second picture) (there’s a lot of deck)
  3. pressure treated pine; about 20 years old
  4. only minimal mildew in spots
  5. It’s not peeling or anything, just fading and the deck wood looks old and dry, especially in full sun
  6. prior owners used Sherwin Williams “Super Deck” oil-based semi-transparent — supposedly every year??
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Jan Rivera
Jan Rivera
6 months ago

What is the best stain for my deck?
1 – Missouri
2 – Full sun late morning and afternoon. Partial shade late afternoon and evening. (Deck is on the west side of the house)
3 – Pressure treated pine (? – it’s not cedar)
4 – No mold or mildew
5 – 4 years since last staining. Deck has been power washed and has dried for several days.
6 – Not sure of previous coating. Semi-transparent, I believe. Unsure of brand.

Jan Rivera
Jan Rivera
5 months ago

Yes, I removed all of the old stain.

Charlie
Charlie
6 months ago

Illinois
Full sun AM, shade second half PM
Pressure treated pine
No mold or mildew
Deck is two years old and has never been stained or treated before.

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Just Yow
Just Yow
6 months ago

Are there any decent semi solid deck stains available near NE Ohio without having to order online?

Pat
Pat
6 months ago

Texas, Middle Coast (High Humidity)
AM partial shade, PM full sun; deck faces SW
Pine, pressure treated (kiln dried)
Mold or Mildew Issues: Yes
Deck built 8 months ago and not yet cleaned or treated
Plan on using RAD cleaner and brightner and would like a stain recommendation. Any advice is appreciated.

Stacy
Stacy
6 months ago

I just bought a house in Woodstock IL. The previous owners finished sanding the old stain, so the wood is currently bare. I believe the wood is pine. The deck is in partial shade all day due to large oak trees surrounding the deck.
What stain should I use,?

John Tubergen
John Tubergen
6 months ago

Michigan
Full sun in AM; Shade in late afternoon….North facing deck
Cedar
No mildew
New 2014; restained spring 2020 after deck cleaning with Ocalic acid based cleaner
Both times used One Time Wood……second coat is scaling/peeling badly

I had used One Time at a previous home and resealed without issues. The only issue I had was with slow curing adjacent to the North wall of the house (it is not scaling there), just out on the main area of the deck

John Tubergen
John Tubergen
6 months ago
Reply to  John Tubergen

One Time is a penetrant. Correct? So if I use a stripper, do I get bare wood? Or do i just remove the flaking that occurred from the last application?

Part of the reason I am asking is the railing, facia and support posts (they have been wrapped in cedar) are fine. If I go to a new product, how do I get a consistent look in terms of color?

S.g
S.g
6 months ago

What would be the best deck stain for our deck? The pictures show deck after 3 years of not being washed (except rain) and occasionally swept.

Deck Location State: Northern Virginia (DC Metro)
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade: Partial Shade
Wood Type: Pressure Treated Pine
Mold or Mildew Issues: Yes, in area with tree overhang, lack of cleaning did not help I am sure
Reason For Previous Stain Failure: Never Stained

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S.g
S.g
6 months ago

Thank you, able to add pictures now

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Daniel jordan
Daniel jordan
6 months ago
  1. Deck Location State: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  2. Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade: Partial Shade
  3. Wood Type: Pine
  4. Mold or Mildew Issues: No
  5. The reason for Previous Stain Failure: Never Stained
  6. Previous Coating? originally painted but all paint has been recently sanded off.

Thank you

Brenda Tinker
Brenda Tinker
6 months ago

Deck location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
My redwood deck is in need of stripping and sanding and translucent stain is what i like. It is about 15 years old and still in good shape.
It is 20’x17’ with 8’ fence around it for sound. I do have some moisture because it has a car wash next to it.
What is your suggestion for stripping and staining? I have used Sikkens stain in the past.
Thank you
Brenda

Tina Rodgers
Tina Rodgers
6 months ago

Deck Location: Georgia
Sun: Full sun from about noon on
Wood Type: Pressure Treated lumber
Mold or Mildew Issues: No
I just replaced my deck so wood doesn’t have anything on it yet
Previous deck in same location had Baer stain but I did not like the look. It was very solid, no wood grain showed, wood was dry and cracking