The Best Water Based Deck Stain 4.4/5 (7)

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Update for 2019 on the Best Water-Based Deck Stains

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With a lot of water-based deck stains on the market today it can be difficult to find the best one for your deck stain project. Looking at the reviews for the best water-based deck stain, one stands in a class by itself. Defy Extreme deck stain is a newly blended formula using nano particle technology that improves stain performance by 200%-600%. Nano technology uses nano particles and synthetic resins to significantly increase the stain’s functionality.

This synthetic resin-based deck stain blocks and absorbs harmful UV rays like a sunscreen. This technology is a first in the industry. Blocking UV rays is crucial to protecting the wood. Sunlight can gray out and fade decking. It can also dry out the natural oils of the wood jeopardizing the wood’s longevity. Defy Extreme Stain blocks these damaging rays keeping the wood looking new by preserving its appearance.

Not only does Defy Extreme’s technology diminish wood graying and fading, but it also helps block water intrusion while contesting fungal growth. This is also highly crucial as fungal growth like mold, mildew, and algae can cause wood rot potentially leading to costly premature structural damage. UV rays and water intrusion are the two top causes of wood decking failure. Using the best water-based deck stain available is well worth the investment.

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. Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain protects wood from harmful UV rays and damage caused by water penetration. Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain is safe to use, has a low odor, and is easy to clean up with soap and water. It is ideal for all wood types including pressure treated pine, cedar, fir, or redwood. Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain is the only stain we have tested 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.

Defy Extreme is also certified “green” and environmentally friendly, unlike some oil-based stains. Defy can be shipped to all 50 states due to being extremely VOC compliant. Water-based stain like Defy Extreme is proven to be more durable and to dry quicker than many other tinted wood finishes. In a leading competitor comparison, Defy outperformed four other leading national stain brands. Better performing, resistant to fungal growth, eco-friendly, and new light stabilizing technology are the reasons that Defy Extreme and the Restore-a-Deck Wood Stains the best water-based deck stain on the market today.

Top Water-Based Stain Ratings
1. Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain
2. Defy Extreme Stain
3. Defy Hardwood/Cedar Stain

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MikeB
MikeB

Can I use marine epoxy over it for a gloss finish?

Missy
Missy

What is the end result for color? Shiny? Matte? Thank you