Deck Stains 2018 – What’s new? What really works? What types are there?
Today we will be reporting what’s new in the deck staining industry for 2018. Out this year is the Restore-A-Deck wood stain. The Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain can be applied to damp wood, allowing for prep and stain to be completed on the same day. Restore-A-Deck Stain uses the latest in water-based wood staining technology to create a formula that allows for better UV protection, excellent penetration into the wood stain for long lasting beautiful results, and the ability to apply to damp wood for single day project completion. The Wood Stain comes in four radiant semi-transparent colors that highlight and enhance the natural wood grain.
Which stains really work? With the help of thousands of people who have completed deck stain projects over the years, we consistently see the same higher quality stains outperforming lower quality stains. Hands-down, semi-transparent wood stains seem to receive raving reviews as far as the quality and durability go. As always, be sure to choose a high-quality semi-transparent wood stain, as low-quality semi-transparent wood stains fail to penetrate the wood grain and make maintenance a pain. Click here to see the top 6 rated deck stains.
Here is a rundown of the different deck stain types that exist. We encourage you to do your own research to determine which type of deck stain will work the best for your project.
Water-based deck stains are environmentally friendly and abide by newer, stricter VOC regulations. They are easier to clean up. However, they tend to be a little more difficult to apply. The top water-based deck stains are Defy Extreme and Restore A Deck Stain. Both offer superior penetration over other water-based stains.
Oil-based deck stains provide excellent penetration into the wood and are more natural looking. They may come at a cost in that they can promote mildew growth in some areas as they take longer to dry. The best oil-based stains will offer mildewcides to prevent or stop the growth of mildew and mold. Examples: TWP Stains and Armstrong Clark Stains
Deck Resurface coats work like a thick paint. They can provide excellent UV protection and fill cracks if it actually works. If selecting a Deck Resurface Stain, keep in mind that most users have had a bad experience with products from Home Depot and Lowes. While the majority of comments and user experiences reported are negative, the Gulf Synthetics Deck Revive has been favorable.
Solid Decking Stains (opaque) cover the wood grain completely, providing excellent UV protection. At the same time, they film on wood, do not penetrate well, and require sanding and scraping to remove. When using a solid stain, we like the Flood Solid Color Deck Stains.
Semi-Solid Stains show a small amount of wood grain and provide very good UV protection. Oil-based semi-solid versions provide superior penetration. The best semi-solids stains are made by Armstrong Clark which is a deep penetrating oil-based stain.
*Our Pick is Semi-Transparent Stains These stain types allow the wood grain to show and if they truly soak into the wood grain, reapplying is easier down the road. Top 6 rated deck stains
Transparent Wood Stains are very easy to apply & reapply and are natural looking. They provide lower than average UV protection
Clear Wood Deck Finishes do not change the appearance of your deck and are easy to apply. However, they gray and oxidize in months. These are great if you want to seal and protect the wood but want the wood to gray naturally. The Defy Extreme Clear and the TWP 1500 Series in Clear work well for this.
Non-Drying Oil vs. Drying Oil-Based Stains: Drying oils are curing oils that seal the wood. Non-drying oils never dry and penetrate the surface of the wood to help condition the wood.
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