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This post was updated on May 1, 2024

Best Water-Based Deck Stains 2024

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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 nanoparticle technology that improves stain performance by 200%-600%. Nanotechnology uses nanoparticles and synthetic resins to significantly increase the stain’s functionality.

This synthetic resin-based deck stain blocks and absorbs harmful UV rays like 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 that 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. A 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 are 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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Scott Paul ~ Restoring Wood & Decks Since 1993 Owner
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.

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Mike M Catalfano
Mike M Catalfano
3 years ago

I have a 10 year old composite deck but not 100% certain of the precise composite make up of the deck. It looks like a dark brown but now faded in appearance. I want to put a water base stain on but I’m concerned because of a backyard water well 50 feet away and we have small children and plants. Can you tell me what would be the absolute best stain be for my situation ? Thank you.

Jodie Anderson
Jodie Anderson
4 years ago

Is there a water based sealant and light shine for a deck that has been painted with a water based dark stain. I would like my deck to have a light shine to it. The stain I put on has a real matte finish.

4 years ago

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

6 years ago

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

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