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I want to know what the opinions of the professionals here of what the best deck stains are? I've been having trouble with decks for a couple of years now that I haven't had in the past.
 

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I have been painting custom homes since 1986. We started our own company 2012. On decks I've been using Olympia deck wash and pressure washing on low pressure and staining mostly with Cabot semi transparent. Staining the decks when it is shaded when possible. Two cases it has fail within a year. I've switched to S.W. Deckscapes and am having better results so far I havn't been called back on those yet.
 

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Scrub the decking and rinse thoroughly to restore the original wood color. If the stain on your deck is weathered and peeling, the first step in renewing your deck is to remove all the stain. Solid-color stains protect wood decks and look great when new, but even the best eventually flake and wear away.
 

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Not a real helpful comment, guy. I have the same question. Ya know, with all the EPA regulations imposed upon us, some real crap has been put out there. Also, nothing has a long-term track record. Consumer Reports and other review websites are all over the board with deck coatings recommendations. Who really knows what to believe? I feel like there is no winning with decks. You do all the prep and application like you should and the product fails too soon. So I'm wanting to hear what everyone else is having good results with. Anything with a long running track record?
 

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Well, if you ask almost anyone on here JR, there is really not a good, LONG-LASTING product for decks. Personally, I use Flood Co's CWF-UV which is a toner rather than a stain. It's cheap and lasts as long, if not longer on decks than anything else on the market. Sikkens used to be the benchmark for long lasting deck stains but all six sides must be coated for them to honor any type of warranty and I've found that it isn't any better than anything else on the market.

To add, deckstainhelp.com is a really good website for DIYers because it gives well-written overviews of almost every product on the market, so I think referring that site to the OP (Dave) was a good call. We later found out that Dave is indeed a contractor. That wasn't obvious in his original post which indicated that he was possibly a DIY homeowner. I wasn't being harsh or cruel, but, if homeowners ask a bunch of questions on here, the site bogs down for the pros. Just sayin'
 

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Armstrong Clark products are the best that I've found. I get 5ers delivered to my door from the Stain Shop in Michigan (I live in the Deep South). If you decide that's too much trouble--good luck finding something decent locally.

The Ready Seal products (now carried by HD) are just okay. At least it's a real oil stain that penetrates wood fibers. Olympic, Cabot, Flood, etc. once had decent products--all are crap now IMO. Don't personally care for anything BM or SW carries for decks.

Clears, toners, etc. are a complete waste of labor. They have little to zero UV protection (the death of deck boards). Use a real oil, semi-transparent stain. Semi-solids and even solids have their place, but do your research--don't just "assume".


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Well, if you ask almost anyone on here JR, there is really not a good, LONG-LASTING product for decks. Personally, I use Flood Co's CWF-UV which is a toner rather than a stain. It's cheap and lasts as long, if not longer on decks than anything else on the market. Sikkens used to be the benchmark for long lasting deck stains but all six sides must be coated for them to honor any type of warranty and I've found that it isn't any better than anything else on the market.

To add, deckstainhelp.com is a really good website for DIYers because it gives well-written overviews of almost every product on the market, so I think referring that site to the OP (Dave) was a good call. We later found out that Dave is indeed a contractor. That wasn't obvious in his original post which indicated that he was possibly a DIY homeowner. I wasn't being harsh or cruel, but, if homeowners ask a bunch of questions on here, the site bogs down for the pros. Just sayin'
That goes for designarinas, too.
 

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Anyone have suggestions on a decent solid stain for decks? I was going to try Arborcoat but it does not receive good reviews. This is actually for my own residence and we are getting ready to list the house. I don't like doing shoddy work on homes going up for sale and passing it on to the next unsuspecting homeowner. I don't do it for my customers and I won't do it to the future owners of this house.

That said I'm not willing to pay $50/gallon on Arborcoat when I can get something at a big box store for almost half where the performance differential is negligible.

What about SW Superdeck? Retail is $35 so my price would probably be around $25-30.


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Anyone have suggestions on a decent solid stain for decks? I was going to try Arborcoat but it does not receive good reviews. This is actually for my own residence and we are getting ready to list the house. I don't like doing shoddy work on homes going up for sale and passing it on to the next unsuspecting homeowner. I don't do it for my customers and I won't do it to the future owners of this house.

That said I'm not willing to pay $50/gallon on Arborcoat when I can get something at a big box store for almost half where the performance differential is negligible.

What about SW Superdeck? Retail is $35 so my price would probably be around $25-30.


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California Storm stain with Enduradeck.
 

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Stop recommending Cali. Most people can't get it.


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you should be able to get it in Virginia.
 

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If I want to drive 90 minutes one way.


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I guess I missed the geographic requirement. And fyi, I have quite a few customers driving more than 90 miles each way to buy paint. Painting contractors too. Just had one last week as a matter of fact. He said he was tired of repainting his customers log home every other year with SW or Behr so he decided it was worth driving an hour and a half to buy the paint that lasted 8 years when he used it on that same house the last time. His customer was more than happy to pay him for the trip.

In fact i sell Storm stains to customers from 3 surrounding states.
The distance is quite irreverent to them it seems.
 
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