Wood Deck Stain and Cleaner Manufacturers 5/5 (3)

by Deck Stain Help

We have compiled a full list of all of the 2019 manufacturer websites who make exterior wood and deck stains, cleaners, brighteners, strippers, etc.

The list is for all brands that we have currently tested and reviewed:

Armstrong Clark Wood Stain

Bakers Gray Away

Behr Wood Stains

Benjamin Moore

Cabot Exterior Wood Products

Defy Exterior Wood Products

Extreme Solutions

Flood Company

Gulf Synthetics Deck Revive

Gemini-Coatings

IPE Oil

Messmers Wood Products

Olympic Decking Stains

OneTime Stain

Padco Stain Pad Applicators

Penofin Stains and Cleaners

Ready Seal

Restore-A-Deck Cleaners

SaverSystems

Sherwin Williams

Shurline Stain Pads

Sikkens PPG ProLuxe Wood Stains

SuperDeck Wood Care

Thompsons Water Seal

TimberOil Brand

TWP Stain Dealer

Wolman Products

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Sal Messina
Sal Messina

Where do we buy RAD products

Ken
Ken

I don’t see SEAL ONCE reviewed or mentioned on your site.

John Montgomery
John Montgomery

I don’t see the Woodrich Timber Oil review…

mike
mike

Thank you!

mike
mike

We have pressure washed the paint off the deck and plan to use RAD products (if we can find them) and complete project in one day as you recommend. Can we omit the cleaner and start with the brightner then stain?

mike
mike

Where do I purchase RAD products in central IL?

Shirley Hanna
Shirley Hanna

How can I preform a do it yourself moisture test for the deck a just sanded from stripping 2 layers of paint. I think I read something about applying a plastic sheet/membrane over a portion of an area?? Any information help will be appreciated. Thanks

Ric Schug
Ric Schug

I uses an exterior stain many years ago called “In-Wood” and it had been great. I can not find it anywhere. Any idea where I can get this brand of stain for my home?

Gregg
Gregg

No longer available. GAF bought United Coatings and stopped production on the in-wood stain line.

Ric Schug
Ric Schug

Gregg, thanks for the info. Bummer because I thought, in my opinion, it was the best stain one could buy.

Carol Wenzel
Carol Wenzel

Applied Restore in 2012 to my concrete porch. Satisfied with product on concrete, time to refresh with same color. After seeing terrible reviews for Restore/Rustoleum, I am afraid to use. What do you recommend for repainting concrete over the Restore product.

Mariann Hansen
Mariann Hansen

I am looking to redo our composite decking…what brand of stain is recommended for that and where can it be found??

Len Miller
Len Miller

Where can I purchase the Wolman Woodwox Deck Brush?

elliott lauter
elliott lauter

can i stain over a trex deck

Walter Sorrenti
Walter Sorrenti

Are their stores near Staten Island N.Y. 10312

Larry
Larry

After using 30 second cleaner do I need to use a brighter

Also should I rough up serface before I start

Linda
Linda

We first used a bear product that was semi-transparent and it just peeled a week after we used it be called up to company it was called deck over they gave us another product to use which actually covered the peeling cuz they told us to put it right over to peeling now the deck is colored but the pop-up of old appeal is obvious we spent a lot of money on it for nothing never never used as product or anything from there I posted another picture of the deck on asking what to do with it because we can’t figure it out

Linda
Linda

Do not use any Bear products

Aaron
Aaron

I am a painting contractor. We have “peeling decks” over the entire area I live/work (Wisconsin) primarily because of the prominence of Sherwin Williams, and the mis-information they are dealing out through contractors. Most of the contractors will use whatever SW is selling, including whatever they offer for decks, and they will tell their customer’s that SW sells the best products (SW has a powerful marketing campaign and ridiculous ‘40% Off’ sales, monthly). They have hedged out the competition who are quietly selling equally good-or better-products). The trouble is, SW only seems to offer water-based Deck stains (paints). I usually get a call in about 2 years, asking if I can fix a deck that another contractor painted. I am asked about a dozen times (or more) a year if I know anyone that can re-finish decks. (So, if anyone is looking for work re-finishing decks in Northeast Wisconsin, there is a lot of work here!) The floor sanders will not sand the decks, because it wrecks their machines, and the painting contractors don’t want to do it either, because there is better work available. The customer’s are just switching to Trex Decks (or similar) because they don’t know what to do. It’s a mess. Wood decks are vanishing at a rapid rate, only to be replaced with plastic (non-recyclable, non-biodegradable decks that are destined for a landfill). I no longer offer stripping services for many reasons, among which is that I don’t enjoy fixing others mistakes. I have 2 main approaches when dealing with my customer’s decks. New wood is treated with a semi-transparent oil stain (brushed-in with a 4-6″ china bristle Deck Brush on a pole). Aged wood is cleaned/brightened and treated with Cabot’s semi-solid oil based Stain. Cabot’s semi-solid is my bread-and-butter stain, and have good success with it. It covers well so it looks good, and because it is semi-solid it still penetrates fairly well, and cosmetically it enhances aged, grey, weathered, and small splitting in wood decks. It is easy to re-coat, and will only mildly peel if over-applied before it is ready to be stained. I consistently get three years or more in direct sun, and up to five years in sheltered locations (although mildewcide needs to be added). Previously stained decks, that have been stained (by someone else) with a water-based stain is pressure washed and the peeling areas are scraped. They are then re-finished using existing product with a strong disclaimer. I usually only take these “problem” decks when I am painting the rest of a home. Otherwise it is not worth the effort, knowing it will inevitably peel again. I tell them that it is an approach that will need to be repeated every 2-3 years. I will occasionally fix these decks by stripping and re-staining, but have been moving away from that line of work. — For new decks: I have avoided Sikkens (although I think it is a good product) because it seems to develop a sheen in parts… Read more »

David Epstein
David Epstein

What do you think about Defy stains. I do not see any information or comments about them.

Kelly Dempsey
Kelly Dempsey

I think I need a semi sold stain for my upper deck that is exposed to UV 24/7. Paint did not work and absorbed moisture cracked and peeled. What is the best rated oil based semi solid stain? Thanks

Carl DeMarco
Carl DeMarco

New deck built 11/16. Stained new deck 7/17 with olympic semi transparent. Stain now is chipping and flaking. 18/18.
Can I apply a solid color stain over semi transparent without stripping . If so,should I use a Brightner instead of a Cleaner?

Barbara Sawich
Barbara Sawich

Can polyurethane be applied to deck after staining with Olympic Elite Stain to preserve finish

Mike
Mike

Great site guys! Good info for those of us doing research.
A compny I do not see reviewed that has tested their product aginst TWP is called WoodRX. Have you tested this in any way?

Gil
Gil

what best deck stain and sealer for state of MIssouri?

Andy
Andy

I plan to follow your advice to a tee regarding prep for redoing my ipe deck and cedar pergola both 7 years old. Is there any problem using either pentofin hardwood oil or messmers hardwood product as they are kept in stock locally, as is Ipe oil. The pergola is in all day sun, the deck is morning sun. I am located in coastal South Carolina. Appreciate your input and love your site.

Pippy
Pippy

I have Sikkens sealer on my deck and would like to reseal with TWP 100 series, need to know what I need to do if I change productq

Wooddefender

What is your rating of the Wood Defender product line?

John Longman
John Longman

Who in New Zealand the Cobats deck stain remover

Thomas
Thomas

One of the most authoritative sites ON ANY Subject let alone the information I need now – thanks! Have you guys run across Woodrich Timber Oil and if so, what do you think?

Claudette
Claudette

We had to replace the railings and stairs, with brown pressure; after Wichita apply 3 coats of stain. Now we have remove carpet from the same deck and had to replace some wood with pressure
Treated brown would; the older wood was pressure treated , it hadn’t had anything done! Problem is 2 different wood, mew and older, 2 different colors, green ,brown how to do a good job . STAIRS ARE 🆕 ALSO new, would like to apply a transparent stain also this year! HELP!

Claudette
Claudette

The deck is new deck bad pressure treated, railing , stairs are also in brown pressure treat. Would like to apply acrylic semi transparent this what do you suggest ?

kathy
kathy

Hello, do you know where we can find Biowash Natural Deck Oil?

Shelley
Shelley

Do you know where we can buy Armstrong in the Denver area?

mikev200
mikev200

Are the TWP brands, Armstrong AND restore a deck all the same company?…..seems it is all related. All reviews tie into each other and seem to be unbiased “reviews” and tests. Are they real tests? Are you “testing” other products? Also you can’t but the product other than online. I’m NOT saying this is bad or the product is bad, but I feel this entire website is MISSLEADING. All talk is only these products so why have a site labeled deck stain help/ reviews. This site seems to be nothing but a sales tool for YOUR products. No wonder your rated “best”, lol. The ONLY other product I saw mentioned was behr here and there. I was going to switch to twp but don’t like the way this is all marketed……..gonna STICK with Silkens SRT.

Nathan Payne
Nathan Payne

I have a new deck. Do I need to seal my deck before I stain it? If so, What product(s) would you recommend?

SCB
SCB

Hello,

I was wondering if the DeckStainHelp folks have tested the Woodsman brand of deck stains; it's offered for sale at True Value hardware stores. If so, what are your opinions of the product(s)? Please inform. Thanks!

Barbsmith
Barbsmith

I have a problem in removing the Behr semi-transparent waterproofing stain that was applied 2 years ago. It didn't last and it is extremely slippery when snow is on the poarch. we live in the snow belt of New York. I cannot remove the stain by strippers since then it needs to be washed off. our shallow well is about 10 feet from the house. I don't want chemicals in our drinking water. will we have the same problem with a brightener? what can we do to prepare the deck for a safer stain? sanding the whole deck sounds like a lot of fun. thanks Barb

cchsbookgroup
cchsbookgroup

Does anyone have any leftover?
They stopped making it and I can only find 4 oz. samples online.
Help!
Thank you.
Annie

Sikkens Cetol DEK Finish 113 Cape Cod Grey Wood Stain

Linda
Linda

where can you buy "Wet and Forget" to clean and prevent mold and mildew on decks?

AAinCO
AAinCO

Defy hardwood stain or Penofin for a Tigerwood deck that just got sanded? I live at 8000 ft in CO so lots of sun and snow exposure.Thanks!

cyndieatsunset
cyndieatsunset

I need to remove the stain that is left on my deck. Most has come off with a powersprayer

Dave
Dave

I used a power spryer, but it was uneven, and I think caused some damage to the wood. I found CitriStrip paste the best way to remove the stain, although it takes a lot of work. It raised the stain, and then I used a scraper to lift it off.

Julie Kirschbaum
Julie Kirschbaum

I'm looking to buy light rescue it. In the heritage gray , I was wondering if it will cover up the old color stain like a cedar

kate Barnes
kate Barnes

i am livibg in high point north carolina, last year @ this year i have painte or stained my deck and both times my deck ie peeling , i ahe never happened before, it is expencive, i just looked @ my deck and peeling all over. now what ; i am looking for a refund or a coupion to purchase a new two gallions . please advise, june iith 2015 @ one P/M . thank yopu !

Judy
Judy

Have you reviewed Messmers oil based stains? If not, why not?

Veronica
Veronica

New deck stainer, Houston, Texas is my location. I used Behr Waterproof Stain, loved the look. However, our above the ground pool (plastics edging) got some of the stain on it and has dried. Any suggestions on how to get it off? Thanks

Candy
Candy

Any reviews on Rust-Oleum® Deck & Concrete Restore® 4X or 10X?

Tim Sanders
Tim Sanders

I have a lot of lattice to stain along with my deck. Can I use twp 1500 in an electric sprayer to be more efficient and speed things up?? North Georgia mountains with a lot of shade from hardwoods.

Mark Kirkpatrick
Mark Kirkpatrick

I am on the SC coast. I have a deck that is 18 months old, it has never been treated. Can I use TWP 100? The deck is 12' x 40' with rails and pickets and stairs going down about 15' with rails and pickets. how much sealer do I need. Can I put a solid stain (white) over TWP 100 or do you offer a white color That I can use on rails and pickets. I would like the floor to be semi transparent olive green, is that possible.

Steve
Steve

I am getting ready to stain my 5 month old pressure treated pine deck for the 1st time. I live in central Florida. I will be wanting a darker stain to match my house and I want to use a stain & water sealer combo to save money and make it last longer. I was told to use a wood cleaning product first even thought the deck is only 5 months old. Any advice on this project or on which brand stain & water seal is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.'

Steve

Marta
Marta

I'm surprised that you haven't evaluated a deck/dock stain call WoodRx Ultra which is manufactured by Inseco, a Fort Myers, Fl. company. Many of the marine lumber companies in SW Florida only recommend this product because of its' performance. I'm not a salesperson. I'm just an environmentally conscious, first time dock stainer who was really impressed by this company's stain and also their all natural eco-friendly paint & stain stripper which I successfully used on two docks. It would be great to see you also do a review on the stain stripper. I really appreciated that it was safe to use in the environment since I'm on a bay with lots of marine life around. It's call P-Strip and it's non-caustic; it's not even harmful if it contacts the skin and cleans up with soap & water.

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any info/links where to buy this stuff I live in FtMyers and need a fence sealer.

Jan
Jan

We had a new deck built about a month ago out of pressure treated pine. I am SO confused about how to care for it. (now I know why we never treated the previous deck:-) It seems that every product has both positive and negative reviews depending on where you read the comment. We had originally planned to use Flood semi transparent based results my neighbor has had. Then the painter we are going to use recommended Sherwin Williams. Both have poor reviews on here. I can't find any of the products that are top rated on here without ordering even though I am in a fairly large city…Birmingham Al. There is a store that carriesTWP about 90min away. Is there a way to protect it without staining? Are there any products that will not have to be "removed" before other applications of stains or sealers in the future. The deck faces the southwest with half of it protected from sun until about noon. There was a slight mildew problem on the original deck in that area.