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This post was updated on January 13, 2022

What is the Best Deck Stain 2022?

Find out which deck stain is ranked best!

This is the updated version of our most popular article on DeckStainHelp.com. We help by guiding consumers in finding a high-quality and low-maintenance deck stain based on a series of questions. This article alone has had over 20,000 Q&A questions and over 700 Star Rating/Reviews to date.

The Top 7 Best Deck Sealers for 2022 are:

What is Best Deck Stains

  • TWP 100 Pro Series Semi-Transparent Stain
  • Restore-A-Deck Solid Color Deck Stain
  • Restore-A-Deck Semi-Transparent Stain
  • Armstrong Clark Wood Stains
  • TWP Semi-Solid Pro-Series Semi-Solid Stain
  • TWP 1500 Series Semi-Transparent Stain
  • Defy Extreme Semi-Transparent Stain

Please see below and visit our updated Best Deck Stain article for more Info and Reviews on each of the Top Best Deck Stains: The Best Deck Stains?

The Top-Rated Deck Stains

Since 2012 we have been reviewing, rating, and helping consumers find the Best Deck Stain here at DeckStainHelp.com. We have listed the top current Deck Stains that we have reviewed based on our experience and consumer ratings of each product.

What is the Best Deck Stain?

What Is The Best Deck Stain

What Is The Best Deck Stain

This is the most popular question that deck owners have. Unfortunately, there is not a “best” deck stain out there. There are products that are better than others, but there is not one that will outperform every other stain.

A better way to approach this common question is to ask, “what is the best stain for my deck and its environment”? Just because a deck stain performs well in the Northeast part of the country does not mean it will perform well in the high altitudes of Arizona. There are also VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) Laws the come into effect for different parts of the country. This may limit what is available in your state. For example, TWP 100 Series cannot be used in 17 states that have a low VOC content of 250.

To understand a deck stain and its potential longevity, we should first look at the primary reasons deck stains fail:

  1. UV rays from the sun will damage the wood, resulting in the degradation of the wood cell structure. This will break down the stain while causing the wood to oxidize (turn gray).
  2. Water, snow, and ice will cause damage to the wood by breaking down the exposed cellular structure.
  3. Freeze/thaw will expand and contract the wood, resulting in the stain “bond” with the wood cells failing.
  4. Mold, mildew, and algae will leave the wood unsightly/dirty and can cause rotting.
  5. High-traffic areas will leave “wearing” patterns.
  6. The previous stain used was of inferior quality or applied poorly.
  7. The Stain was not applied properly, or the wood was not prepped properly prior to application. Bad prep is the number one reason stains prematurely fail!

What are the Best Deck Stains?

Once we figure out the primary reasons for failure, then we should research what stains would work well for your deck. This is the tough part, so let us get started!

We will ask a series of 5 questions. Based on these answers (Answers are in Red) we will narrow the choices to 2-3 stain brands that will work at maximum performance for your deck:

Here is an example deck:

  1. Deck Location State: New York
  2. Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade: Full Sun
  3. Wood Type: Pressure Treated Pine
  4. Mold or Mildew Issues: Yes
  5. Reason for Previous Stain Failure: Peeled and turned dark in color
  6. Previous Stain Brand and Type of stain (Solid, Semi-transparent, Transparent, etc): Penofin Sem-Trans

First of all the state of New York is a low 250 VOC state. This limits the stains that can be purchased or sold legally. Many decks stains that are of low VOC have been known to fail faster than a 550 VOC stain. There are still quality stains available, just not as many. The rest is fairly easy to figure out. This deck should use a 100% penetrating stain that does well with UV protection and is not prone to mold/mildew growth. A semi-transparent stain that fades evenly over time with little to no wearing. This makes future maintenance easier.

Based on these questions and answers we would suggest one of these stains:

So here comes the fun part! Ask what are “the best deck stains for my deck”? Just post a comment below and include the answer to the 6 questions. Include any additional information that would be useful!

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Jess
Jess
13 days ago

Deck rebuilt in 2020. Wood is 1-1/2 years older. Recently soft washed. Treated wood over brackish water in hot, humid client with frequent rain. Parts of the deck are covered and others in full sun.

  1. Deck Location State: Gulf Coast
  2. Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade: Mix of full sun and partial shade
  3. Wood Type: Treated (unsure of species)
  4. Mold or Mildew Issues: Yes
  5. Reason for Previous Stain Failure: N/A, deck hasn’t been stained
  6. Previous Stain Brand and Type of stain (Solid, Semi-transparent, Transparent, etc): N/A
Jeff
Jeff
17 days ago

I have a 9 year old composite deck (not encapsulated) that needs to be refurbished. All of the statin reviews I found are for wood. Has anyone done this on your composite deck? If so, please rate your coverage and durability. Thanks.

Jeff
Jeff
16 days ago

Found it after sending my email. Great info. I have a painter trying to convince me to use Sherwin-Williams Superdeck stain, which didn’t get great reviews. Glad the TWP product was reviewed, seems like a better product. Thanks.

Ellie
Ellie
1 month ago

I have a brand new deck on the beach in SC, and would like to know the best stain/sealer.

  1. Deck Location State: South Carolina
  2. Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade: Full Sun
  3. Wood Type: Pressure Treated Pine
  4. Mold or Mildew Issues: No
  5. Reason for Previous Stain Failure: No failure – new deck
  6. Previous Stain Brand and Type of stain (Solid, Semi-transparent, Transparent, etc): None – new deck

Thank you

Tim
Tim
1 month ago

1.Central Texas, Fully covered new cedar deck. It will get areas of sun but not direct for full day. Sanding and stain installation came with it as long as I provide the stain. Problem is contractor insists to have it done this month. Is it ok to have it sanded and stained without waiting more than a few weeks since all the labor is free. Lumber seems dry and I could do a second coat in the summer.

Contractor recommends I get PPG Proluxe…formerly known as Sikkens. Have you ever rated this stain?

Thank You

Patricia VanOrder
Patricia VanOrder
2 months ago

Western Ma ,new Douglas fir porch deck, southern exposure so a lot of sun in summer, wet/ snowy in winter, never been treated

Jack
Jack
3 months ago
  1. Western North Carolina, mountain rainforest
  2. 3 hours sun, rest shade, Very wet, rainy location
  3. Treated Pine, 12 years old- .
  4. treated most recently, 3 years ago, with solid stain, has been mostly all sanded off, areas solid stain not able to be removed, but is well sanded now. Mold and rot were problems but have replaced those boards. So some new boards, rest well sanded
  5. Believe it may have been Bher or Cabot, unsure, but peeled and wore away whatever it was
Tamom
Tamom
3 months ago

1. Colorado – southwest
2. Parts are in full sun, others get some shade from roof, others get full shade. New, covered patio needing stain for posts and beams
3. I believe it’s cedar
4. None known
5. Previous deck was not covered and solid stain peeled
6. Unsure as was applied by previos owners

Wendy Garnett
Wendy Garnett
3 months ago

live in California, with a full sun brand new redwood deck. nothing on it yet, planning on using penofins transparent oil-based finish. doing this at the wrong time of year, I think, because it is going to be raining quite a bit. thank you so much for any information.
yes, it has already rained on the deck!

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Lisa
Lisa
3 months ago

Location: Chicago brand new deck, full to partial sun, NEW cedar, looking for semi-transparent. Thanks!

Stuart McRae
Stuart McRae
3 months ago

Location. Raleigh NC. Staining new screen porch using pressure treated pine. Looking for oil base transparent or semi transparent with brownish/cedar color

susan
susan
3 months ago

New Hampshire.
Partial sun/shade.
pressure treated pine
mold and mildew issues in areas where puddles collect
prior stain peels quickly
previously used sherwin williams deckscape stain

susan
susan
3 months ago

I had decided on the Defy Extreme Wood Stain in Solid because i have some areas that I can’t get old stain off no matter what we do. However, the Solid version has to be custom ordered. Would the semi-transparent be able to go over some old stain and offer the same advantages of the Solid version?

Blake
Blake
4 months ago

Blake
 4 days ago

I am trying to decide to restore or replace our deck and welcome advice.
Location : western NC
Deck: pressure treated wood? 15+ years old.(Prior owner used screws that break when removing).
Exposed full sun portions are cracking, some deep & wide. Also, some splintering along the wood grain.
Exposed part sun shade develop mildew due to excessive annual rains
Covered deck wood and vertical posts are in great shape.
Prior owner stained with-Cabot Australian Amber oil, Honey Teak. Around 3 years ago I re-stained with Jaharra Brown the exposed areas.
Do i need to strip it, sand it or just pressure wash? Do I re-stain or paint using a deck correct type paint or is it easier to rip out and start over?
Appreciated,
Blake

Carey Wayne Pahel
Carey Wayne Pahel
4 months ago

Dock and deck were painted with solid wood stain, Benjamin Moore, less than a year ago. Results have been poor with peeling and discoloration. This was done by a professional painter. I need to redo it but wonder is there a good solid stain that can be put over top of the current stain job?

Ben
Ben
4 months ago

Hi….I’m in the process of refinishing an old deck and looking for stain recommendations. The previous finish was a solid oil based stain by Cabot

The deck gets partial shade, and some boards have deep grooves which make it difficult to remove the previous stain. Photo shows deck half way through sanding process. The decking material is pressure treated pine and I’m near Boston, MA

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Tom
Tom
4 months ago

Hello! We are getting a new Ipe deck installed around our salt water pool in Austin, TX. Looking for a recommendation on which stain / sealer we should go with!

  1. Deck Location State: Austin, TX
  2. Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade: Full Sun
  3. Wood Type: Ipe
  4. Mold or Mildew Issues: N/A – New Deck
  5. Reason for Previous Stain Failure: N/A – New Deck
  6. Previous Stain Brand and Type of stain (Solid, Semi-transparent, Transparent, etc): N/A – New Deck

Thanks!

Blake
Blake
4 months ago

I am trying to decide to restore or replace our deck and welcome advice.
Location : western NC
Deck: pressure treated wood? 15+ years old.(Prior owner used screws that break when removing).
Exposed full sun portions are cracking, some deep & wide. Also, some splintering along the wood grain.
Exposed part sun shade develop mildew due to excessive annual rains
Covered deck wood and vertical posts are in great shape.
Prior owner stained with-Cabot Australian Amber oil, Honey Teak. Around 3 years ago I re-stained with Jaharra Brown the exposed areas.

Do i need to strip it, sand it or just pressure wash? Do I re-stain or paint using a deck correct type paint or is it easier to rip out and start over?

Appreciated,
Blake

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Blake
Blake
4 months ago

Hope this helps. The close up shows grain issues, but the color is washed out due to the sun angle.
Thanks,
Blake

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Blake
4 months ago

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Andrew
Andrew
4 months ago

Hello! I am doing some research on restoring my deck as it is the next home renovation project on our list.

Location: Colorado
Full sun/partial shade/full shade: Full sun
Wood type: Unsure, most likely pressure treated lumber
Mold/mildew issues: No
Reason for previous stain failure: Peeling
Previous stain type and brand: Unsure, appears to be either painted or perhaps a solid stain. Areas where the coating is in good shape, the wood grain is barely visible.

Background: The last time the deck was coated or resurfaced is unknown, the deck is approximately 20 years old. In the past 3 years of living in this home we have seen mild degradation to the existing coating; it was in pretty rough shape when we moved. Now the deck is next on the to do list.

Present: The railings are in decent shape, but the rail caps and balusters in full sun exhibit some moderate splintering. A few of the deck slats could be replaced that have splintering, and holes where the knots were. I’m unsure if it’s best to try and strip/sand/brighten and stain the horizontal deck before winter, then re-do the railings next spring, or try and tackle it all before the cold weather comes. Looking for either a semi-transparent or semi-solid stain to still show some of the natural wood. Trying to stay away from any solid colors, while understanding that it is an older deck so that may not be possible? The dark amber color is less than desired for the new house color, so wanted to go with more of a cedar colored look.

Thank you in advance for any advice!

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Andrew
Andrew
4 months ago

Thanks for the reply. I have been interested in the TWP 1500.

If I sand everything will the grain still be open after a few weeks, or will the wood only accept the stain within a few days of being sanded, cleaned and brightened?

Sharon
Sharon
4 months ago

Hi.
Chicagoland area
Part sun, part shade
Not a deck but a soffit of front walk up to house, mailbox, and wood slats applied horizontally (think mid century mod) to house
Brand new clear western red cedar (some tongue and groove and some 1.75” x .75” slats)
Just need to get this right out the gate because restraining each and every slat that is applied to the house will be a nightmare!
Thanks!

Milo
Milo
4 months ago
  1. Central Minnesota
  2. half is full sun and half is partial sun
  3. Pressure Treated Southern Yellow Pine
  4. No mold or mildew issues
  5. Peeling
  6. Behr Deckover Solid Coating< I will NEVER make this mistake again!

History: The deck is at least 15 years or older to my knowledge. Original coating was solid white and peeling when I moved in. the deck was sanded with 60grit to remove 70% of the paint, I then used Behr all in one cleaner\brightener then coated with Behr Deckover. less than 6 months in, it started to fail and peel(surprisingly where it was covering the old white paint lasted longer than the stripped and cleaned wood).

Present day: I have now removed 99% of all coatings back to the wood using 7″ angle grinder with 60 grit flap disks as well as fed some boards through a planner and palm sanded with 60 grit. I have replaced a hand full of bad boards(rotten, split, warped) on the deck surface as well as all of the hand rails(meaning I now have to consider weathering the new wood). There are still some boards with natural surface cracks but I really can’t afford to rebuild the entire thing.

I am curious what the best coating for me would be, given that I never want to have to sand a deck to this point again. I don’t know if the product exists but I am looking for the least maintenance when it comes to re-coating and longest lasting. I can handle pressure washing but I never want to sand anything to this point ever again.

My other concern, now that I know I have to weather the new boards, and with winter soon approaching; Do I leave the entire deck uncoated over winter, or just coat the old wood and follow up once the new wood is weathered in the spring, or just hope the new wood weathers before the weather turns?

Ken
Ken
4 months ago

1. Maryland
2. Full sun
3. Pressure treated pine-19yrs old
4. Mold/mildew issues: No
5. Previous stain failure: Peeling
6. Previous stain brand: Behr Deckover coating

Deck is in rough shape due to Deckover stain peeling and allowing water under to damage wood. I’m just trying to prolong the life of the deck and put off a full replacement.

Deck has been completely stripped by diamond grinding wheel and sander to remove all deckover coating. (Terrible stuff – peeled off on half the deck and stuck on like concrete on the other half.)

How should I proceed?

Thank you!

Ken
Ken
4 months ago

Pictures are now attached. I’m working on removing the Behr coating still. Some obviously is left in the grain/cracks and edges of the boards.

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Briana
Briana
4 months ago

1. Location state: East TN
2. Full sun for 2 sets of stairs, third set of stairs in partial shade. Railings mixed between full and partial sun.
3. Wood Type: pressure treated pine
4. Mold or Mildew Issues: Yes
5. New stairs and railings. Only the 6×6 porch posts aren’t new — those were painted white and sealed with vinyl wrap (I’m still sanding them, but they’ll be the same stain as everything else).
6. Previous Stain Brand/type: none, except previously painted porch posts. New stairs and railings were installed April 2021.

I’m unsure if oil or water-based stains are the way to go. I’ve heard water based has come a long way and that a benefit of water-based is that it will “move” with any crack in the wood vs. oil which will just open with a crack. Any advice on pros/cons of water-based or oil? Hoping to go with semi-transparent to keep the wood grain. Lighter stains are preferred.

I’ve also read your new wood staining guide, and since it’s been almost 6 months since installation of our stairs/railings, I’m curious if I could consider TWP 100 over Restore a Deck and Armstrong-Clark? Or which would be best for East TN (high humidity and sun, lots of rain, occasional snow, lots of mold/fungi)? I plan on using the Gemini cleaner/brightener before staining.

Finally, we have A LOT of pine 4×4 vertical fence posts (holding wire fencing) that transition off the porch into our yard (also installed April 2021). I’ll have to stain these too, ideally in the same stain as the porch area. I’d love to use a sprayer on these…and skip the cleaner/brightener step. Thoughts on this and if there’s an ideal stain for both porch and fence posts or if they should be different stains?

Thank you!

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Christine
Christine
4 months ago

What would you recommend for new cypress furniture? We live in SC, and the glider and rockers will be in a covered, screened patio. They are unfinished, and the manufacturer uses SW Super Deck. After reading your reviews, I think I would like to try something else. TIA

Christine
Christine
4 months ago

Thank you, appreciate the speedy reply!

Dewey
Dewey
4 months ago

Please help me out!

1. California
2. Full sun
3. Redwood
4. Mold/mildew issues: No
5. Previous stain failure: graying after 2 years
6. Previous stain brand: Valspar Transparent One Coat Seal and Stain

Dewey
Dewey
4 months ago

I know I want a fresh coat of sealer so I started sanding the deck down already. I’m halfway through. It’s a lot of work :(. Do I need to do anything else? I wanted something transparent or at least semi transparent so I can still see the wood grain. I was looking at the TWP you recommended and kinda like the “Redwood” or “California redwood” colors. What do you think?

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Dewey
Dewey
4 months ago

Appreciate it!

Quinndara Woodworth
Quinndara Woodworth
4 months ago

Quinn here again. Ignore the wood fillers. What stain would you recommend for my area? I have 1″ X 5.5″ redwood, 24 years old which has been painted twice. I am currently sanding off the paint (deck remover didn’t work). What stain should I use when
I am done?

Quinndara Woodworth
Quinndara Woodworth
4 months ago

THANK YOU!!

Quinndara Woodworth
Quinndara Woodworth
4 months ago

What is the best deck stain to use on my old redwood 1″ X 5.5″ boards? Installed in 1994.
I am removing the boards, sanding off the paint, decay and lichens in the sides. Patching the holes a decay with wood putty and then oiling them. What is the best stain to use that will penetrate deeply and won’t flake off? I live in Norther Idaho where I get lots of sun in summer and snow in winter,

Vin
Vin
4 months ago

Love your website. Pictures of deck attacked. Please help! 🙂

– its an outdoor covered porch deck in Northeast/tri-state area. Most of it is covered/shaded except for couple feet on edges
– Edges receive *a lot of* UV and water/snow abuse. Porch gets a lot of foot traffic
– T&G fairly hard wood. I believe it’s untreated. Best guess is Ipe.
– deck was sanded down as you can see halfway in one pic. I then sealed (temporarily) with Olympic waterguard which has (as expected) been terrible.

Do you still recommend the TWP or Armstrong Clark in this case for a semi-transparent?

Do these address wear/tear scratch resistance by any mechanism? Do you recommend anything with a urethane or similar for resistance?

What do you recommend for prep? Clean and brighten? Should I strip given how little waterguard sealer is left?

Any idea on the type of wood?

Thank you!!

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Barry H Neumann
Barry H Neumann
4 months ago

I live in Houston, TX, I am staining some new cedar, all applications are exterior, vertical, some areas will be exposed to sun, some areas will be shaded. I want to use a semi transparent stain. What brands would you recommend?

Terry
Terry
4 months ago

New pressure treated deck completed in April. Wisconsin located in partial shade

Ramy Agadi
Ramy Agadi
4 months ago

I already bought a can of Cabot Gold stain. How does it compare to your recommendations?

Ramy Agadi
Ramy Agadi
4 months ago

That bad? The truth is I was planning on using the stain for a wood playground set, not a deck. Attached is a picture before power washing. Will all your stain recommendations work well for a playground set?

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Ramy Agadi
Ramy Agadi
4 months ago

Do you recommend oil based? I want something that will also be a good sealant. I live in New York, btw (unfortunately).

Ramy
Ramy
4 months ago

I just ordered the TWP 1500. Take a look at a picture of my playground after pressure washing. Do I still need a cleaner/brightener? Most spots look clean but there still are some stubborn patches. Any product that does both in one easy application?

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Ramy
Ramy
4 months ago

One more thing: if some spots have loose wood fibers, which type/grit sandpaper should I use before staining?

Ramy
Ramy
4 months ago

Thank you for your help! I think it came out pretty nice actually (see pic)

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Matt m
Matt m
4 months ago

A little different than average deck. 2 posts that will be fully covered by an overhanging awning then get sun on the west face. Then 2 posts and a cross beam that will hang a swinging bench.

Looking to retain as natural as possible juniper wood look with the least maintenance (realize these two desires may be in opposition)

  1. Deck Location State: Portland, Oregon
  2. Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade: Partial Sun/late afternoon/evening sun
  3. Wood Type: Rough #2 Juniper
  4. Mold or Mildew Issues: No
  5. Reason for Previous Stain Failure: No prior stain
  6. Previous Stain Brand and Type of stain (Solid, Semi-transparent, Transparent, etc): Looking at Defy Extreme or RubioMonocoat Exterior Hybrid Wood protector (enjoy the indoor version of product for use on floors/table slabs)

Thanks much!

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Rachel Burlingame
Rachel Burlingame
4 months ago

Hello,
I’m looking for the best treatment and stain plan for my 17 year old deck. It was last stained in 2014. The wood still seems strong (not rotting).

  1. Deck Location State: Ames, Iowa
  2. Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade: Full Sun until evening
  3. Wood Type: AC2® pressure treated pine thick deck decking
  4. Mold or Mildew Issues: a little mildew
  5. Reason for Previous Stain Failure: stain faded within a year
  6. Previous Stain Brand and Type of stain: Transparent Sherwin Williams Deckscapes Oil base toner Natural

Thanks for the recommendation!
Rachel

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Dac
Dac
4 months ago

This is for an outdoor grilling station, 7′(L) x 2′- 4″(W) x 3′(H) made out of k.d. cypress.

The goal is to keep the wood as close to the natural color as possible. A clear stain would be the choice if there is one that fits this condition. If there is not a clear stain that works here any recommendations on stain color that would be as close to the natural color would be greatly welcomed.

1) Northern Florida
2) Full to partial sun, 75 full – 25 partial
3) Kiln dried cypress
4) Mold and mildew: yes
5) No previous stain issues.
6) Never been stained.

Dac
Dac
4 months ago

I did read the article on new wood and KDAT prior to sending this. I do understand the concerns with the new wood and have shared this with the owner of the table. However, they want to move forward and stain this now. So…should I use the Restore A Deck cleaner/brightener prior to the stain?

Thanks for the recommendation of the Restore A Deck in natural. I did say a clear stain, and that was the wrong word there. Does anybody else offer a natural stain, or is Restore A Deck the only option? If there are other options and they decided to pick a stain color that is close to the natural color of the wood, what other brand or brands would you recommend that would provide the UV protection needed?

Thank You!

Dac
Dac
4 months ago

Given the conditions here which one would be the best fit? Restore A Deck or Armstrong Clark?

Thanks again.

Vicki Floyd
Vicki Floyd
5 months ago

Hi,
I forgot to say say I have no mold/mildew issues. Sorry
Took opportunity and sent a couple more pics from today. Last is from past I mentioned. It shows how I found the deck had sagged. Notice the big heavy planter. It was one of five, not to mention the smaller veggie plants, flowers, and mums. (I was deck-gardening) Blessed it didn’t collapse before I noticed.
Vicki

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Vicki Floyd
Vicki Floyd
4 months ago

Thank you so much for responding so fast!!!!!!
Can you please clarify which TWP? 103 dark oak or 1503 dark oak
Can vertical square footage be more than horizontal?
I calculated 379 horizontal (floor, ramp, & stairs) plus verticals; 599 for a whopping total of 979 square feet of surface. Does this seem right to you?
I was going to get five gallons but not sure now. I may need six based on my calculations if they are correct. How much stain and brightener would you suggest
I appreciate your help, it is such a relief to get this part behind me.
Thank you,
Vicki

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Vicki Floyd
Vicki Floyd
4 months ago

I have 84 feet of railing with 3 different heights. [45.5’ x 3.5’ plus 8’ x 3’ plus 30’ x 3’.08 equals 276].
Deck 320, ramp 48, and stairs 11 totals 379
379 plus 276 equals 655.
I was trying to calculate all sides of boards in railing system that are stained. I will defer to the expert on this because in my head there is still surface unaccounted for.
I chose TWP 103. The stain says 100-200 sq ft per gallon. That alone makes ordering stain a best guess scenario.
Thank you for answering all my questions and concerns. You have been an enormous help. This deck has been overwhelming and I was at a standstill. I still have a lot to do but I will send a picture when I get done.
Best regards,
Vicki

Vicki Floyd
Vicki Floyd
5 months ago

The rest of the story.
Thank you,
Vicki

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Vicki Floyd
Vicki Floyd
5 months ago

Hi, I live in south central Kentucky. Deck built 10-10-17 Stained first time 08/2019 Pressure treated wood 50/50 shade and sun Deck 16’ x 20’. Ramp 16’x 36.5”, 4 steps; 3’ x 11” and railing 83,5’ (181 balusters!) Help on square footage please, unsure about railing calculation I used Behrs transparent water based cordoba brown This was my first staining project. My husband was sick and it was way past time to be done. I used a BV diy homemade cleaner and pressure washed before staining. It took me forever and I swore I would never touch those 181 balusters again. They were a nightmare as was the stain. It dripped, ran and was uneven. Dark was the worse choice for a newbie like me. September 2020, one year later, I was contemplating re-staining the floor because it was not looking too good and found the deck had sagged two plus inches! My wise Uncle jacked it up and leveled it in a manner that only experience will give. He did it surprisingly fast too. (My knowledge comes from internet and I was still trying to figure how to dig a footer under a deck). The shyster that sub-contracted off the dealership took advantage of my then 70 year old Mom. He only put screws in the header attached to foundation and NOTHING else! The deck was done with no-head nails that were overshot. Held together literally with “straight pins”, it’s a wonder it didn’t collapse and hurt something or someone. My Mom “sold the farm” and this was my early inheritance gift I needed desperately then instead of later. We never had a deck before in our defense. She has very recently been diagnosed with suspected cancer and it breaks my heart she has to watch me work so hard on her gift. She lives next door. My husband died in March and I was working on this da•• deck then too. I have went into this great detail to express how much I need help and how much I need to do this right. I need this deck out of my way so I can focus on my Mother. I need it to last! Please give your best answer for longevity rather than my need to be done quickly. I do not think I could do this again. I will be 58 in 13 days. I realize there will be maintenance, You know I searched a “forever stain” LOL. There’s no forever stain short of composite decking or concrete I could find. (I would recommend either at this point.). I put bolts brackets and hundred of screws in this deck. I also installed joists hangers. I had to look up the difference between a joist, beam, and header at first. I started out hand sanding the floor. (Can you believe it?). I have bought two belt sanders and still was getting no where. I had no idea just how bad my wood was damaged. I rented the wrong… Read more »

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Nancy
Nancy
5 months ago

Deck Location – North Dakota
Full Sun
Wood Type – Cedar
Mold or Mildew -No (new build)
Reason – New Build (5 months)

Considering an oil based semi-transparent.

Bob Swisher
Bob Swisher
5 months ago

I am seeking your advice for a deck oil type penetrating stain for our new deck. Sore I forgot to add this with my answers to the five questions. Thank you

Bob Swisher
Bob Swisher
5 months ago

Deck location state: Ohio
Full sun
Pressure Treated Pine
No mold or mildew issues
New screened porch with full gable roof
Never been stained
Was built in July 2021

Julie
Julie
5 months ago
  1. Deck Location State: Minnesota
  2. Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade: Partial Shade
  3. Wood Type: Cedar
  4. Mold or Mildew Issues: Yes
  5. Reason for Previous Stain Failure: Peeling, poor adherence, mold, poor stain choice?
  6. Previous Stain Brand and Type of stain (Solid, Semi-transparent, Transparent, etc): Behr semi-transparent

There’s a fair amount of fungus that is growing even on the composite?/plastic? cocktail rail and a significant section of the deck has a large oak tree shading it. There is much more stain remaining on the steps than there is on the main deck. Here are some photos after pressure washing the steps and part of the main deck. Looking forward to hearing your advice, including water-based vs. oil-based and level of stain transparency. Thank you!

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Jaya
Jaya
5 months ago

Deck Location State: oregon
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade: mostly shady
Wood Type: Doug Fir
Mold or Mildew Issues: no (new build)
Reason for Previous Stain Failure: there is no previous stain; new build
Previous Stain Brand and Type of stain (Solid, Semi-transparent, Transparent, etc): no previous stain; deck has not been built yet

Hello! Thanks for the stain advice. This deck is not only under a fairly robust canopy of trees, but will have a shelter above it. The roof of the structure above it will be transparent polycarbonate panels, so some sunlight will make it through, but mostly it’s in the shade and out of direct rain.

Definitely planning to stain all sides/ends of the boards before install. Also I’m curious, besides selecting the best stain for the job, would it be best to sand all the Doug Fir with 100 grit sandpaper before applying the stain? Have heard a couple different opinions about this.

Thanks again!

Marilyn
Marilyn
5 months ago
  1. Deck Location State: Upstate New York
  2. Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade: Full Sun and partical change
  3. Wood Type: Pine
  4. Mold or Mildew Issues: Yes
  5. Reason for Previous Stain Failure: Peeled, green mold
  6. Previous Stain Brand and Type of stain (Solid, Semi-transparent, Transparent, etc): Solid. Unsure.

Hi, I already pressure washed the deck and got most of the green algae off. The deck has mostly old solid stain and some bare wood. I’m planning to sand all surfaces to take down the edges and lose any flaked bits. Going down to bare wood sounds overwhelming to me so I’m probably stuck with a solid stain.

What product would I use? Our local Agway has BM Arbor Coat and Zar Deck and siding solid color stains.

Thanks for any advice.

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Jeff Edmunds
Jeff Edmunds
5 months ago

What is the best clear stain for a fresh cut oak tree chainsaw carving on a tree stump ? I would like to maintain the natural color as much as possible, I used Flood CWS UV on the first carving and it turned pretty dark for a clear stain.

Located in Central Florida
Full sun
Oak stump
No previous stain, fresh cut oak tree

Hank
Hank
5 months ago

New Deck with Trex deck surface, pressure treated pine deck rail, stairs, skirt, etc.

  1. Deck Location State: Alabama
  2. Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade: Full sun
  3. Wood Type: pressure treated pine
  4. Mold or Mildew Issues: yes
Norman Hawker
Norman Hawker
5 months ago

I have new, medium, and old cedar dogeared fencing that has never been stained. I don’t want to use an opaque stain, even if it means the 3 parts won’t match – I want to see the wood grain.

  1. Deck Location State: California
  2. Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade: Full Sun
  3. Wood Type: Cedar Dogeared Fence
  4. Mold or Mildew Issues: No
  5. Reason for Previous Stain Failure: Never stained: some 4 months, some 2 years (golden red streaks in sun, light gray in shade), some much older (very weathered, very dark brown)
  6. Previous Stain Brand and Type of stain (Solid, Semi-transparent, Transparent, etc): N/A – never stained

See photos: New – Medium – Old

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Adele
Adele
5 months ago

Hi, putting in a new pressure-treated pine deck and looking for suggestions for a semi-transparent stain with varied color options (want a brownish-grey color). Thanks!

  1. Deck Location State: New York
  2. Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade: Partial Shade
  3. Wood Type: Pressure Treated Pine
  4. Mold or Mildew Issues: Yes
  5. Reason for Previous Stain Failure: none–new deck
  6. Previous Stain Brand and Type of stain (Solid, Semi-transparent, Transparent, etc): none–new deck
Rudy Campaneo
Rudy Campaneo
5 months ago

Will your product remove semi transparent and solid color stains. I thought it was semi transparent but its flaking like a solid color stain. The product is a Behr product. I will send pictures.

Lori
Lori
5 months ago

PLZ delete extra posts, my computer stuck ….sorry
OH, high traffic. I like semi transparent but this(pic) deck is old (we recently moved here). Wanted to upgrade fast and easy. And to make sure the color will last few years.

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Lori
Lori
5 months ago

Here

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Lori
Lori
5 months ago

Hi! What would you suggest for this deck? We moved to this house recently. Not sure what wood used. I like semi transparent / transparent colors but also understand it might be impossible to achieve it with this deck. The railing and deck boards are in different shape. Its a high traffic area, OH. Thanks

Chris
Chris
5 months ago

Massachusetts
Full sun
Pressure treated pine
No mold or mildew
Peeling
Cabot semi transparent

Chris Rose
Chris Rose
5 months ago

Looking for a deck stain recommendation.

Kansas
Full sun (East Facing)
Pressure Treated
No Mold Issues
Last few stains only last 1 year before wearing off.
We have used Thompsons and Cabot Semi-Transparent Stain.

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Chris Rose
Chris Rose
5 months ago

After the deck was initially built we waited 1 year to stain. We used Cabot and it lasted 2 years. Then we reapplied with Thompsons hoping to have it last longer but it only lasted 1 year. Then we totally stripped the deck and went back to Cabot and its 1 year later and it’s totally worn off. All applications have been with semi transparent stain.

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Chris Rose
Chris Rose
5 months ago

Ok, stain transparency aside, what is the longest lasting stain you would you reccomend.

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