Use a Clear Deck Stain?  5/5 (1)

This post was updated on February 25, 2024

Can I use a clear deck stain?

You should never use a clear deck stain, especially if you have a deck that is in full or partial sun. Clear deck stain does not contain any pigment. Even if it soaks into the wood like other penetrating deck stains, clear or transparent deck stain does not protect against UV rays. Deck stain must have pigment, tint, and color to protect against sun damage. The best deck stains are semi-transparent penetrating deck stains that show the grain of the wood and enhance its color while protecting against both sun and moisture.

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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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