This post was updated on January 14, 2022
Valspar Wood Deck Stain Semi-Transparent Review
The Valspar Wood Deck Stain & Sealer was introduced in Lowes in the last couple of years. This is an acrylic water-based version. Basically a thin paint. Our test results were poor and coincide with other reviews on Valspar’s own website. Their Consumer ratings of the Valspar Deck and Wood Stain is 2.9 out of 5.
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Valspar Deck Stain Review
Valspar Semi-Transparent Stain & Sealer adds subtle color that helps mask imperfections and provides UV defense against fading. Dries rain-ready in four hours and provides a mold- and mildew-resistant finish. Easy soap and water cleanup. Available in 50 nature-inspired shades.
- Stain and sealer offers all-weather defense in just one coat
- Cedar Naturaltone Semi-Transparent Stain and Sealer is ideal for use on decks, siding, fences, and outdoor furniture
- Semi-transparent stain adds more grain-enhancing color and sun protection
- Provides mold and mildew resistant finish
- Rain ready in four hours
- UV defense against fading
- Easy cleanup with soap and water
- One coat stain and sealer
Valspar Wood Deck Stain & Sealer Scores (1-10)
Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 4
– With the Valspar Wood Deck Stain & Sealer, we used a cedar color. We applied the Semi-Transparent Valspar with an exterior stain pad. When done, we had a very splotchy stain coverage. It did not look good. The Valspar Wood Deck Stain & Sealer did not penetrate very well and did form a film on top of the wood. It looked more opaque in transparency and not a true semi-transparent stain.
Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 6
–At the 2-year test mark, Valspar Wood Deck Stain & Sealer lost about 50% color retention. Some peeling, fading and graying were noticed in traffic areas.
Wear/Tear and Peeling: 4
–As mentioned the Valspar Wood Deck Stain & Sealer did show signs of fading and a little peeling. Most of the fading and wearing were on the horizontal surface like the tops of the handrails and deck flooring. There were almost bare areas with no stain left in the high traffic sections of the deck.
Cost Per Square Foot: 6
– It took 4 gallons total of Valspar Wood Deck Stain to coat the entire 400 square foot deck. The manufacturer claims 250-350 square feet per gallon but we experienced closer to 100-150 square feet per gallon.
Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 7
– Valspar Wood Deck Stain & Sealer provided an average mildew-resistant coating and did an okay job at preventing fungal growth.
Ease of Application: 6
– The Valspar Wood Deck Stain & Sealer was not easy to apply. We did a one-coat application using a stain pad and did not get great coverage. The stain turned out blotchy when it dried and 3 gallons were barely enough to cover the 400 square feet.
Color Shifting (darkening) after 2 Years: 7
– At the 2-year mark, we did notice some darkening due to mildew but the Valspar Stain did lighten up on 90% of the deck.
The Difficulty of Reapplication: 6
– We did have to strip the Valspar off due to bare wood and graying showing in high traffic areas and lightening of the stain in other areas to ensure a new even coverage for the new coating.
Overall Score Valspar Wood Deck Stain & Sealer at 2 Year Period: 5.625
– The Valspar Wood Deck Stain & Sealer did not score very well. The stain did hold up fairly well except in high traffic areas and some mildew was present. We were not overly happy with the coverage rates and it applied blotchy. We would not use this product again
Valspar Deck Stain Photos
Valspar Deck Stain
Where To Buy: Lowes
Cost: $36.99 per Gallon
Stain Type: Semi-Transparent and Transparent Water-Based
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coats Required: 1-2 Coats
Coverage Per Gallon: 150-200 sq. ft
Application Tools: Sprayer, Pad, Brush, Roller – Back brush as needed.
Dry Time: 24 Hours
VOC Compliant: 250 Compliant
Valspar Deck Stain Colors
Custom Mixed. Over 50 colors.
Valspar Test Deck Stats
Deck Wood Type: Pine
Deck Square Footage: 400
UV Exposure: Full sun
How Many Years Tested: 2 Years
Stain Color Used: Cedar
*All products tested and results are from our experience. We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take into consideration that results may differ due to different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, and natural weathering.