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Tips for Finding the Best Stain for a Wood Dock

Though newer plastic and synthetic decking is common for docks and piers, wood dock's are still widely used. Wood is a very durable and sound material used for decking. It makes for a useful and beautiful wood dock and if maintained correctly can last many years.

Cleaning a wood dock is the same as cleaning any exterior wood surface. This is an important step that should be done properly prior to staining. Proper wood prep is the key to a lasting stain finish.

The best stain for a wood dock is going to be any wood stain that penetrates well. Form filming wood stains or paints that remain on the wood's surface should be avoided at all costs. These form filming stains are prone to peeling and flaking and with the moisture that is present around a wood dock, it is a bad combination.

Besides a stain for a wood dock that penetrates well, find one that is also resistant to mold and mildew. Again, because of the high moisture, mold and mildew are almost unavoidable. Wood dock stains that resist these natural contaminants are highly recommended as mold and mildew can cause wood rot and decay.

Another benefit to look for when choosing the best stain for a wood dock is one that can handle full sunlight. Most docks and piers are subjected to full sun which makes fading and wood graying very likely. Use a wood dock stain that has excellent UV protection.

Wood dock stains that penetrate well, resist mold/mildew, and have outstanding UV protection are stains like Defy Marine Stain or TWP (Total Wood Preservative). There are other wood dock stains out there but these are two good examples of wood dock stains that have all the necessary attributes for maximum and lasting protection in a harsh environment.


If you have any questions as to which stain is best for your dock, please ask below.

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I have a boat dock in central NC
Wood is about 6 months old
What would be my best sealer choice?
Joe Knysak , February 24, 2017
what is the best stain for a new redwood deck on the central california coast?
gary stoner , February 09, 2017
I need to apply a sealer/preservative to a pier, stairs, deck, etc. located in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Since labor is so expensive I want to get a product that will last as long as possible. The wood is what looks like pressure treated, but is referred to as "salt treated" - not sure if there is a difference. I would prefer a clear sealer as opposed to one with stain or color. The pool deck at the clubhouse where our property is located was sealed using a color sealant or stain of some sort and every time it sustains a scratch you can see the difference in color.

What would you recommend?
CATHY DROSOS , October 28, 2016
What sealer should I use on a older/previously sealed dock? This product says not to use on previous sealed dock.
Bill Maples , October 12, 2016
Jeaneen, depends on the band and type of paint that it is.
TheSealerStore , September 18, 2015
Paint safety
I am wanting to paint the dock in my pond. My pond is fully stocked with fish. If some of the paint drops into the water as I am painting, will that hurt my fish?
Jeaneen , September 17, 2015
re: Is there a safe stripper to remove old paint from a dock
No, strippers will not remove paint from a deck or dock.
TheSealerStore , May 31, 2015
Is there a safe stripper to remove old paint from a dock
Joyce Gilly , May 31, 2015
Is there a safe stripper to remove old paint from a dock
Joyce Gilly , May 31, 2015
Look at the Defy Marine Stain or Defy Extreme stain:
TheSealerStore , May 19, 2015
resident owner
I want to know what stain is recommened for fresh water docks.
James Masters , May 19, 2015
residential wood deck
My natural wood deck is 5 years old. It has been about 3 yrs. since we stained it and we intend to stain it again this year. Deck is in Md. about 50% sunlight during the day. Do u have some recommendations?
Darrell Ryan , May 18, 2013



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