The Best Solid Deck Stains for 2022 4.8/5 (15)

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What are the Best Solid Color Deck Stains

The Best Solid Color Deck Stains

The Best Solid Color Deck Stains

Some new solid color stains have been introduced in the last few years and are better than previous brands due to enhancements in technology. Less wear and peeling when tested.

We always appreciate your input, so feel free to leave a comment below with pictures of your solid deck stain projects.


Solid Color Deck Stain Reviews for 2022

Our favorite deck stains have always been the penetrating 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. Solid color deck stains have always been a “last resort” coating, in our opinion. We have not been huge fans of the appearance or performance of solid deck stains, but we do understand that there is a need for them. That being said, there are some great solid color deck stains on the market for the 2022 deck staining season.

See here for tips on when best to use a Solid Opaque Deck Stain: When to use a Solid Color Deck Stain?

Listed below, we summarize our Top 3 Solid Deck Stain Ratings for the 2022 Deck Staining Season

Best Solid Stain for Wood Decks

1. Restore-A-Deck Solid Color Deck Stain Rating

Restore A Deck Solid Color Stain Review

Restore A Deck Solid Color Stain Review

Restore A Deck Solid Color Stain will be our go-to Solid Color Stain for 2022 due to its ease of use, 5 pre-mixed solid colors (the only solid stain on the market that comes pre-mixed), and the ability to prep and stain on the same day.

Note: Restore-A-Deck Wood Stains are 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.

Stain Type: Solid Color (Opaque) Wood Stain – Water Based

Available in Pre-Mixed Solid Colors: Classic White, Coastal Gray, Desert Taupe, Cypress, Brown Oak

DeckStainHelp.com Review (On a Scale of 1-10): 8.88

See Review Article Here: Restore-A-Deck Solid Stains

2. Defy Extreme Solid Stains Rating

Defy Extreme Solid Color Stain Review

Defy Extreme Solid Color Stain Review

DEFY Extreme Solid Color Wood Stain is a synthetic-resin, opaque wood and deck finish that helps protect against water, mildew, mold, algae, and UV radiation on exterior wood surfaces. This V.O.C. compliant water-based product provides a beautiful finish, fortified with transparent “oxide” based Nano Particles. There are over 30 TRILLION Nano-particles per square inch that provide extreme protection for your wood by blocking out the sun’s harmful UV rays, moisture, and fungal growth.

Stain Type: Solid Color (Opaque) Wood Stain – Water Based

Custom-Mixed Solid Colors: Custom tinted to any color.

DeckStainHelp.com Review (On a Scale of 1-10): 8.5

See Review Article Here: Defy Extreme Solid Stains

3. Flood Pro Series Solid Stain Rating

Flood Pro Series Solid Color Stain Review

Flood Pro Series Solid Color Stain Review

Flood Pro Series Solid Color Stain is an advanced stain and sealant in one that protects wood from moisture and sun damage while adding rich, opaque color. A 100% acrylic formula provides excellent adhesion and durability. Urethane-fortified to resist cracking and peeling. Rain resistant finish within 12 hours. Powerful UV absorbers protect against fading and UV damage. It provides a mildew-resistant finish.

Stain Type: Solid Color (Opaque) Wood Stain – Water Based

Custom-Mixed Solid Colors: Tintable to over 120 colors

DeckStainHelp.com Review (On a Scale of 1-10): 8.0

See Review Article Here: Flood Solid Color Stains

The Best Solid Color Deck Stain Photos

The Best Solid Color Deck Stain Video – DeckStainHelp.com

Solid Color Opaque Deck Stain Rating Questions

If you have questions on this review of solid color deck stains, please ask below. For a more in-depth article on “What is The Best Deck Stain for Your Deck” see this article: What is the Best Deck Stain

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Linda
Linda
1 month ago

Are you familiar with storm 4 solid stain and if so, what do you think of the product?

Keith
Keith
2 months ago

Hello, We have a 3 month old deck that we would like to stain the pressure treated posts a solid black in the near future. 1. What prep is needed before staining? 2. What solid black stain do you recommend? I am considering ordering from a Defy authorized dealer who offers a custom black color. Thanks for your time.

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Mary
Mary
2 months ago

I need to match a red color in a solid stain. I can’t find flood or defy locally or a sample online to be able to match. and RAD doesn’t have red. What do you think about Storm cat 4 endura deck stain.

Bob
Bob
3 months ago

Hi,
I have a new covered pressure treated porch and looking for the recommended stain for opaque grey and white. Attached a pic from this site to show what we’re trying for (maybe even a little darker grey for the deck). Any recommendations?
thanks
Bob

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Chris
Chris
5 months ago

I’m getting ready to refinish three decks – all have used Behr semi-transparent acryllic stain in the past – assuming I prep correctly (power washing, cleaning, brightening), would I need to sand any places where the stain is still in good shape? I plan on giving the lid of the deck a good sanding, but would prefer to avoid sanding the ballusters as they’re in good condition as far as the stain goes and a huge pain in the butt to sand. We’re going with the Flood as it’s available locally and tintable to my wife’s color preference. Using the Defy cleaning/brightening kit

Chris
Chris
5 months ago

Sorry – going with the Flood Pro-Series Solid Stain. Should have clarified.

Chris
Chris
5 months ago

Hmm. Last comment never showed up… Sorry – I should have clarified – we’re switching to the Flood Solid Stain. Would the solid stain adhere to acrylic stain in good condition?

(edit- and now, of course, my first reply showed up… ;))

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Joey
Joey
5 months ago

I have deck that has already black stain which is peeling. I am planning to sand it. Not sure everything will come off. I want to use black solid stain. Which one should I use? I can’t find a good black color one on flood, defy or restore.

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Joey
Joey
5 months ago

What do you recommend to use it here? If I am not able to sand all the paint?

Joey
Joey
5 months ago

Restore a deck has an espresso color. Planning to use that. After sanding, do I have to use any other cleaner or brightner? Can I use the restore a deck solid stain after sanding?

Joey
Joey
5 months ago

Which product should I buy for cleaning and brightening? I am using the RAD stain

Joey
Joey
5 months ago

Which cleaner do you recomend?

Helen
Helen
7 months ago

How doi change light grey and white deck stained with Sherwin williams opaque water based stain to a charcoal brown. No pealing issues. Many thanks

Ellen
Ellen
1 year ago

We have an older deck in Colorado at high elevation. We have replaced any boards that were in bad shape, allowed them to dry for a couple months and have stripped the old solid color from the deck. We plan to do a light sanding and then want to reapply a solid stain. If there is a small amount of residual product left do we need to worry about whether we use oil or water based? My husband is concerned about adhesion and longevity in those spots if we use a different base than what was on there originally. Photo shows small amount of stain left as well as different ages of boards. Also, are we right to choose solid stain in this scenario? Thank you!

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Jen
Jen
1 year ago

What is the brand name of the #1 brand and where can I find it as I think I need 5 gallons

Mary Putman
Mary Putman
1 year ago

We have a deck that has been painted with Olympic Rescue. There’s very little peeling and the deck is in good shape, just want to change the color. Can we use a solid stain or would we need to cover with Olympic Rescue in a different color?

Mary Putman
Mary Putman
1 year ago
Reply to  Mary Putman

Can we paint over the Olympic Rescue with the same product in a different color?

poff123
poff123
1 year ago

Is it ok to put an outdoor rug on a stained (twp1500) pool deck. The rug is made of polypropylene yarn content?

Stephanie Dunckel
Stephanie Dunckel
1 year ago

I have a 10-year-old cedar deck that was neglected for several years (in mid-Michigan area). I’ve sanded all the wood to remove the previous stain and the weathered/aged wood. I’m ready for the next steps; looking for advice on what to do. I’d like to use Defy Extreme Solid Stain in black on the railings. What do I need to do to prep them for this stain?

Stephanie Dunckel
Stephanie Dunckel
1 year ago

Thanks! I can’t get the Defy products locally, but I already have RAD cleaner and brightener from a front porch project. Would that work just as well?

Stephanie Dunckel
Stephanie Dunckel
1 year ago

Thanks for your quick responses. I’d love to use the RAD solid stain, but I’m going to stain the railings black. It doesn’t look like the RAD solid stain comes in that color.

Joey
Joey
5 months ago

How is the defy black solid stain after one year? Looking for a black color?

Mary Beth
Mary Beth
1 year ago

Hello!

I have an older deck, (20 years)- that was painted roughly 5-6 years ago. Paint is peeling in areas and just generally looks awful and I hate it. I just met with a powerwash/painting contractor who claims he can stain over the paint without completely removing it. Is this a thing?

Mary Beth
Mary Beth
1 year ago

Thanks- it doesn’t seem possible, like you would need to remove all existing paint in order for the stain to adhere?

Mary Beth
Mary Beth
1 year ago

ok- thanks! It just doesn’t seem possible, like you would need to completely remove the old paint in order for anything to adhere?

Kim S.
Kim S.
2 years ago

I’ve sanded all the railings to our deck with 80 grit. What do I need to do next before I apply a solid stain?

Wilma Kamphaus
Wilma Kamphaus
2 years ago

What should i use? I know my deck hasn’t received any care in the last 20 years. I cleaned with oxiclean and pressure washer, scrub brush, 3 times. Looks good, ready for stain and sealer. I bought Valspar but I’m wondering if I should use something different?

Deck Location State: Boise Idaho
Mostly sunny, there is 1 tree in the middle, so some shade
Wood Type: Pressure Treated Pine
Mold or Mildew Issues: no
Reason for Previous Stain Failure: mostly lack of maintenance.

Poly
Poly
2 years ago

We making regular concrete patio in the back yard . So is it advisable to stain deck pillars with
Behr solid color waterproofing stain and sealer before the patio is made or after the patio is made?

Kim S.
Kim S.
2 years ago

We have some old railings for our deck that I think have been painted with an exterior paint? In some places, the paint has peeled off completely and in other places it is still stuck very well. We are trying to sand as much as we can but it is hard because of all the banisters, etc. What do you suggest doing? Do we need to sand or power wash? Do I use a primer and exterior paint or a solid stain? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Kim S.
Kim S.
2 years ago

We have an old deck that they had used behr deckover on. That product had peeled in many places. We have sanded back down to the raw wood in most places but there are spots here and there of the behr product still (though sanded as much as we could). Can I use a semi-transparent stain or do I need to use a solid color? Is one product better than the other?

Zach
Zach
2 years ago

I included photos of what our cedar fence looked like (1) originally, (2) after lots of sun exposure and (3) after sanding.

The previous owners stain gave it a reddish tint, which we liked a lot. We replaced the sides of the fence last year (not pictured) and kept the back part. But the sun turned the original stain to a brown. I sanded down the old wood but can’t get the stain out completely.

1. Is it possible to get a decent match (doesn’t need to be perfect) of the old and new wood using RAD strip and brighten kit and a semi-transparent, like AC mahogany, amber or redwood? If so, do you have any color recommendations? We’d prefer something that looks closer to the original stain.

2. If I need to do a solid stain to get a match, what color do you recommend?

3. If we use a solid stain, do we need to strip or brighten?

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jane
jane
2 years ago

We have the Sherwin Williams Deckscape product on our deck, just finished redoing the surface area w/ another product. We are leaving the railing and such w/ Deckscape for now b/c it’s in decent shape (the surface was awful as your review notes). We have some areas that need a touch up – can we do that w/ another product w/o removing all of the original product? What do you recommend the SuperDeck or should we opt for a completely different product color matched to touch up ?

jane
jane
2 years ago

Thanks, that’s what I thought – we are not a fan of the Deckscape stain and will trust your lead on Super Deck. ok, will have to ponder how to address. Might have enough left in the last can to do touch up to last til next season.

Judith H
Judith H
2 years ago

Can’t get any of those brands in the Minneapolis area unless you order on line. Are there any decent stains that we can buy at local hardware stores in this area?

JVRD
JVRD
2 years ago

My 1000 sq ft 2-level deck (in the Seattle area) is a blend of ages of wood; some of it is up to 30+ years old (prior owner), the upper deck is cedar planks, the lower deck is 2×4 PT fir. I replaced about 15-20% of the 2x4s 3 years ago, and I’m now replacing an additional almost 50% of the 2x4s now with more PT fir boards. It was last stained 3 years ago with Valspar solid stain after sanding the deck with a floor sander (not a rewarding experience!) I also have 162 spindles with the railings. I intend to re-stain with a same/similar color stain.

I presume the best approach for the deck is to strip the spindles and railings as well as the remaining horizontal boards that have not been replaced. My question is how to approach my situation with several boards, some of which are new and some that are already stained. Do you think it’s OK for me to undertake the stripping and re-staining once I’ve installed the new PT wood, or do you recommend that I wait a time interval until the new wood has weathered a bit to take the stain better, then strip the older boards that are already stained, and then stain the entire deck? If you recommend waiting, I presume next spring/summer (when our Seattle rainy season is over) would be an appropriate interval?

Secondly, the lumber yard told me their supplier advises applying Wolman RainCoat One Coat clear sealer as a one-time application for optimal performance of the PT wood; the can states it’s “ready for use in 48 hours”. I also see that the parent manufacturer of this product is Rustoleum, which has a suboptimal reputation in the reviews. Do you recommend any treatment to the new PT boards before staining?

Finally, at the recommendation of a local paint store, I already treated the upper deck cedar planks with a coat of Daly’s Seafin Ship’n Shore penetrating waterproofing sealer; they advised I should be able to stain over this. (They carry Olympic deck stains.) However, we had a little rain after I’d applied this, and the rain water beaded-up pretty well. Now I’m suspecting that was bad advice and may also impair my ability to adequately stain the cedar planks on my upper deck. What is your recommendation?

Thanks!

JVRD
JVRD
2 years ago

Do you recommend my trying to remove the sealer now, or wait until next spring/summer to remove it when I strip the rest of the old stain? (And it does sound as if I didn’t get good advice from my local paint store!)

David L
David L
2 years ago

Of the solid deck stains you recommend, which has the hardest most scratch resistant surface?

I will be applying to original first generation Trex. Its medium light gray, non-encapsulated composite made from wood product and polymer blend, approx 20 years old. Surface and structure still very good but somewhat stained in places.

We have lots of small sharp pebbles and grit that foot traffic spreads about, and steel furniture. My concern is solid stain, especially darker colors like browns, will show drag marks from metal furniture and scuffing and scratches from foot traffic. And that the light gray original color will eventually show through and highlight those scratches. Consequently we want to use the stain that drys to super hard finish. Any recommendations as to the brand and type of solid stain to use? Defy Extreme declares synthetic resins and Flood Pro is 100% acrylic. Not sure which yields a harder surface or if there are other choices to consider.

Many thanks in advance!!

Sheila
Sheila
2 years ago

If I apply Defy Extreme Solid Color to my deck and decide a few days later that I dislike the color, can I apply another Defy Extreme Solid Color directly on top of the original color without doing anything to the original color?

Sheila
Sheila
2 years ago

Thanks!

Mara
Mara
2 years ago

I am restoring our old cedar swing set. It looks like it was stained over 5 years ago with a standard stain (same color as the fence). I would like to cover it with a solid stain in gray. The stain at the bottom of the swing set is mostly gone but the top is still present. Do I need to remove the old stain or can I just clean it and then cover it with a solid stain?

Avery
Avery
2 years ago

Hi, great site! So, I just got my deck power washed today started looking at different types of stain. After power washing, as you can see a bunch of the old Thompson’s Water Seal Deck & House Semi Transparent Oil Stain Fade Resistant Formula (Russet Color) still exists. The contractor who is going to stain my deck and pergola said that it will be impossible to remove the old stain and to just buy the same stain. So, looking for some advice here. What another stain will cover the old color? Or should I just use the old color? or Ask the contractor to remove the stain so I can put on a new color. If anything, I’d go browner vs more red.

I’m located in IL, right outside of Chicago so pretty harsh winters. Also the deck is super old, maybe 20 years old?

Thanks!

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Avery
Avery
2 years ago

Thank you for the quick response. It looks like I cannot get Restore A Deck in a timely manner because nobody carries it in IL. I have access to big box stores but i just read an article that they are pretty much all junk. I have Lowe’s Menards, and HD all near me. There’s a Sherwin Williams and Ace Hardware close by. Any other suggestions? Thank you!

mike
mike
2 years ago

have 28 year old deck about 800 sq. feet with railings and spindles all pressure treated, have used behr solid every 3 years , 2 years ago applied and this year had many large sun blisters and peeling, sometimes i could peel 2-3 ft like rubber, sanded floors completely with angle grinder, sanded railings but having problem with round part of spindles, about 95% old stain is gone and most of spindles, would like to switch to oil based like armstrong clark, semi solid but worried about small amount of stain i can’t remove, stain remover and sanding still leaves a tiny bit, what can i do? wood is looking very good, now ready to apply cleaner

Carrie Burkett
Carrie Burkett
2 years ago

Hello! I am from northwest PA and we are in the process of prepping our decks and pavilion for staining. We have used Cabot in the past (3 or 4 years ago) and last year we used Olympic solid color stain. The Olympic started peeling, unfortunately – not sure if it was quality or my prep? So, we have stripped and neutralized all those surfaces. However, there is still quite a bit of stain left. We are going to use the Flood Pro Series solid color stain per your review in a darker color for the horizontal surfaces. Is it necessary to sand all of the old stain off that wasn’t removed by the stripper before we apply the new stain? Will it be blotchy, if not? Thank you SO much for your help with this!

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roxanne
roxanne
2 years ago

I have Cabots Timber OIl in Jarrah Brown on a PT wood deck that’s about 8 years old. It’s splintering a bit and I’d like to put a solid color stain on it to help with this problem (already sanded it). Can I put a water based product like Restore a Deck on it or do I have to use an oil based product. I just reapplied Cabots last year on part of it and it looks ok but I’d like a smoother and lighter finish for the entire area.

roxanne
roxanne
2 years ago

Thanks for your response. Would I need to do the same if I used the Defy Extreme Solid Stain?

roxanne
roxanne
2 years ago

thank you

Ella
Ella
2 years ago

I’ve been using the Flood solid stain for 7 years now on my deck and pine shed. It’s amazing. I like the ease of application, quality, coverage, mildew resistance. Great solid stain!

SFriet
SFriet
3 years ago

I used Ultra deck cleaner. Now I have a gummy mess. It lifted the leftover stain, which was a Flood product

Jacqueline L Dangelo
Jacqueline L Dangelo
3 years ago

Excellent coverage, easy apply, deep coloring upon 1 coat. wash/scrub decking 24hrs before applying. I used CEDAR shade

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Jacqueline L Dangelo
Jacqueline L Dangelo
3 years ago

FLOOD CWF-UV . Oil wood stain. its water clean up too. that was 1 coat coverage. 1 Gallon

Caleb Thomps
Caleb Thomps
3 years ago

Which option is best for Maine’s climate? Can just pretty harsh in the winter.

Susan
Susan
3 years ago

Should I use RAD or Defy Extreme solid stain for my deck in Indiana?

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