Wood Deck Staining questionsAsk Questions on Stains for Exterior Wood, Decks, Fences, etc. Questions can be on what is the best deck stain for your deck? Application help, etc.

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I have a ceder deck that has been coated with ADM 2000 ceder tone, I liked the product but can't get response from supplier to purchase more. What other oil based stain sealer would be compatible after I clean deck to reseal?
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Quoting Cal:
I'm installing a new deck it will be made with custom cut 2x6 Douglas fir.i live in Canada and was wondering what would be the best stain for my wood the defy extreme or twp 200 or the armstrong clark thanks for the info.

Any of those would work well but since it is brand new, you cannot do this until next Spring. Prep first as well.
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I'm installing a new deck it will be made with custom cut 2x6 Douglas fir.i live in Canada and was wondering what would be the best stain for my wood the defy extreme or twp 200 or the armstrong clark thanks for the info.
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Quoting Gaby:
My question is how close is the DEFY cedar to the TWP in color. I have just stripped and brightened my 20 year old pressurized wood deck of TWP cedar tone natural and preparing to stain it with DEFY. I have a swing, glider and cupboard stained with the TWP cedar. I’m debating between matching as close as I can or stripping them all and staining with the DEFY driftwood gray as I do like the natural rustic look.
Thanks for your help.

Close in color but not the same. Might be best to strip all if you want a gray.
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Ms
My question is how close is the DEFY cedar to the TWP in color. I have just stripped and brightened my 20 year old pressurized wood deck of TWP cedar tone natural and preparing to stain it with DEFY. I have a swing, glider and cupboard stained with the TWP cedar. I’m debating between matching as close as I can or stripping them all and staining with the DEFY driftwood gray as I do like the natural rustic look.
Thanks for your help.
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Quoting paul williams:
hello,

looking to stain a new cedar shed. I'm looking to retain the cedar look and color but want to protect it. It's about 2 months old and currently still looks original.
What product(s) do you recommend? IE: cleaner or stain only etc.

See this article about new wood:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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mr.
hello,

looking to stain a new cedar shed. I'm looking to retain the cedar look and color but want to protect it. It's about 2 months old and currently still looks original.
What product(s) do you recommend? IE: cleaner or stain only etc.
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Quoting Marybeth:
Hi,
I'm trying to decide best sealer for my new front porch that include cedar timbers and ceiling. The wood is rough on beams and posts, the ceiling is smooth planks. Virgin wood...would like to keep as natural looking as possible while protecting it. Can you please recommend product. I'm dizzy after reading oil based vs water based. Would prefer to have "least amount of maintenance". Live on a very wooded lot. Not a lot of direct sunshine in front. Thanks

Try the Defy Extreme Stain:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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in the woods
Hi,
I'm trying to decide best sealer for my new front porch that include cedar timbers and ceiling. The wood is rough on beams and posts, the ceiling is smooth planks. Virgin wood...would like to keep as natural looking as possible while protecting it. Can you please recommend product. I'm dizzy after reading oil based vs water based. Would prefer to have "least amount of maintenance". Live on a very wooded lot. Not a lot of direct sunshine in front. Thanks
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Quoting Don K:
I need to remove the garbage Behr stain I applied last year to my deck at our northern Oregon coastal home. What do you suggest I use and which stain is best for our area. The deck gets full sun in the summer and of course lots of rain in the winter. Thanks for your help!

What type of Behr stain is it?
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Coastal deck
I need to remove the garbage Behr stain I applied last year to my deck at our northern Oregon coastal home. What do you suggest I use and which stain is best for our area. The deck gets full sun in the summer and of course lots of rain in the winter. Thanks for your help!
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RE: Wood and Deck Staining
Quoting Mike Horvath:
Quoting TheSealerStore:
Quoting Mike Horvath:
Wanting to remove existing stain (Cabot semi transparent) from our 12 year old cedar deck, posts, and window/door trim. We have about 3 applications that were applied over the 12 years. Find the Cabot does flake and goes on "gummy". We live in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada. For the removing of existing stain was going to sand but seems like a lot of work. Was think I g the Armstrong Clark semi transparent cedar tone 5gal oail. We will be travelling to Tonawanda N.Y. on August 24th to August 26th and picking up some other items shipped to FedEx Store at 1060 Niagara Falls Blvd, Tonawanda N.Y. 14150. Can you please advise on both recommended products and delivery of items to meet that date.

When the stain is flaking, that means it is over applied and filming on top of the surface. It alos means it may be very hard or impossible to fully strip off. You can strip some, but you may need to sand as well to remove all. Look at the Restore A Deck Stripper Kit:
www.opwdecks.com/.../

We can ship products to NY. Takes about 2-3 days.

How do I go about ordering product?

On the website.
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RE: Wood and Deck Staining
Quoting TheSealerStore:
Quoting Mike Horvath:
Wanting to remove existing stain (Cabot semi transparent) from our 12 year old cedar deck, posts, and window/door trim. We have about 3 applications that were applied over the 12 years. Find the Cabot does flake and goes on "gummy". We live in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada. For the removing of existing stain was going to sand but seems like a lot of work. Was think I g the Armstrong Clark semi transparent cedar tone 5gal oail. We will be travelling to Tonawanda N.Y. on August 24th to August 26th and picking up some other items shipped to FedEx Store at 1060 Niagara Falls Blvd, Tonawanda N.Y. 14150. Can you please advise on both recommended products and delivery of items to meet that date.

When the stain is flaking, that means it is over applied and filming on top of the surface. It alos means it may be very hard or impossible to fully strip off. You can strip some, but you may need to sand as well to remove all. Look at the Restore A Deck Stripper Kit:
www.opwdecks.com/.../

We can ship products to NY. Takes about 2-3 days.

How do I go about ordering product?
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RE: Wood and Deck Staining
Quoting Mike Horvath:
Wanting to remove existing stain (Cabot semi transparent) from our 12 year old cedar deck, posts, and window/door trim. We have about 3 applications that were applied over the 12 years. Find the Cabot does flake and goes on "gummy". We live in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada. For the removing of existing stain was going to sand but seems like a lot of work. Was think I g the Armstrong Clark semi transparent cedar tone 5gal oail. We will be travelling to Tonawanda N.Y. on August 24th to August 26th and picking up some other items shipped to FedEx Store at 1060 Niagara Falls Blvd, Tonawanda N.Y. 14150. Can you please advise on both recommended products and delivery of items to meet that date.

When the stain is flaking, that means it is over applied and filming on top of the surface. It alos means it may be very hard or impossible to fully strip off. You can strip some, but you may need to sand as well to remove all. Look at the Restore A Deck Stripper Kit:
www.opwdecks.com/.../

We can ship products to NY. Takes about 2-3 days.
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RE: Wood and Deck Staining
Wanting to remove existing stain (Cabot semi transparent) from our 12 year old cedar deck, posts, and window/door trim. We have about 3 applications that were applied over the 12 years. Find the Cabot does flake and goes on "gummy". We live in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada. For the removing of existing stain was going to sand but seems like a lot of work. Was think I g the Armstrong Clark semi transparent cedar tone 5gal oail. We will be travelling to Tonawanda N.Y. on August 24th to August 26th and picking up some other items shipped to FedEx Store at 1060 Niagara Falls Blvd, Tonawanda N.Y. 14150. Can you please advise on both recommended products and delivery of items to meet that date.
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Quoting sheila ponsaa:
I live in new Orleans la we just installed a 8 x 10 pre treated pine deck with no hand rails what is your suggestion for the best semi transparent stain to use along with the clearner and brightener

See this article on new wood: www.opwdecks.com/.../
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I live in new Orleans la we just installed a 8 x 10 pre treated pine deck with no hand rails what is your suggestion for the best semi transparent stain to use along with the clearner and brightener
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RE: Wood and Deck Staining
Quoting Florin Popa:
Hi There,
I have a new built deck (1 month old), cedar, and I plan to use Defy Extreme Wood Stain, Semi Transparent /Cedartone:
1. is it too early to apply the stain, do i need to wait more for the wood to dry?
2. since it is brand new do i need to use any wood brightener or directly stain?

1. 3 months after being built.
2. You have to use both the Defy Wood Cleaner and the Defy Brightener for the prep.
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Hi There,
I have a new built deck (1 month old), cedar, and I plan to use Defy Extreme Wood Stain, Semi Transparent /Cedartone:
1. is it too early to apply the stain, do i need to wait more for the wood to dry?
2. since it is brand new do i need to use any wood brightener or directly stain?
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Quoting Aline:
I live in Northern VA And have a previously stained pressure treated deck, covered but with uncovered steps. Front door is accessed by walking across the deck so gets a lot of use. Steps get morning sun. Plan on stripping it, but undecided between Armstrong Clark semi transparent, Defy, or TWP 1500. Most important is durability. Less important is ease of application.

All three will last about the same. Not one is going to be more durable than the others.
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Homeowner
I live in Northern VA And have a previously stained pressure treated deck, covered but with uncovered steps. Front door is accessed by walking across the deck so gets a lot of use. Steps get morning sun. Plan on stripping it, but undecided between Armstrong Clark semi transparent, Defy, or TWP 1500. Most important is durability. Less important is ease of application.
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Quoting DiAnne Adams:
Quoting TheSealerStore:
Quoting DiAnne Adams:
My nephew used a stain stripper on my sister's deck 2 yrs ago and did not follow-up with a deck brightener. Now, anytime they walk on the deck, barefoot, their feet get black. Should she just use a cleaner/brightener and then stain the deck again or is there something she should do first?

Feet getting black has nothing to do with not using a brightener. Most likely it is dirt or mildew. Clean and brighten with Restore A Deck Kits and then stain.

Quoting DiAnne Adams:
My nephew used a stain stripper on my sister's deck 2 yrs ago and did not follow-up with a deck brightener. Now, anytime they walk on the deck, barefoot, their feet get black. Should she just use a cleaner/brightener and then stain the deck again or is there something she should do first?
After speaking to my sister about this some more, I'm told that after he used the stain remover, he just restained the deck without using a cleaner/brightener. Does she need to remove the stain again and then use a cleaner/brightener to restore the Ph balance?

Strip, brighten, and start over.
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Quoting TheSealerStore:
Quoting DiAnne Adams:
My nephew used a stain stripper on my sister's deck 2 yrs ago and did not follow-up with a deck brightener. Now, anytime they walk on the deck, barefoot, their feet get black. Should she just use a cleaner/brighte ner and then stain the deck again or is there something she should do first?

Feet getting black has nothing to do with not using a brightener. Most likely it is dirt or mildew. Clean and brighten with Restore A Deck Kits and then stain.

Quoting DiAnne Adams:
My nephew used a stain stripper on my sister's deck 2 yrs ago and did not follow-up with a deck brightener. Now, anytime they walk on the deck, barefoot, their feet get black. Should she just use a cleaner/brighte ner and then stain the deck again or is there something she should do first?
After speaking to my sister about this some more, I'm told that after he used the stain remover, he just restained the deck without using a cleaner/brighte ner. Does she need to remove the stain again and then use a cleaner/brighte ner to restore the Ph balance?
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Quoting Halsey L Washburn:
I live in Helena, Montana. I recently bought a house that has a 15 year old pine deck that was originally treated with “Lifetime Wood Treatment/ Preservative” (from Valhalla Co. in Canada), which is really just ferrous sulfate, i.e., iron sulfate. The decking has not been touched since its original “bath” in Lifetime Preservative 15 years ago, and it still looks great. (Lifetime Preservative actually works.) And—as it is supposed to with Lifetime Preservative—the decking now has that silvery, grayish look of old barn wood, which is great if that’s the look you like. But I don’t like it. I want to stain the deck and get it back to its original golden pine color. Valhalla says that you CAN stain over wood that’s been treated with Lifetime Preservative but that they “don’t recommend it.” I think I’m going to go ahead and try staining the deck (after cleaning and brightening) but I don’t know what stain to use. I’m leaning toward Armstrong Clark after reading a bunch of internet stuff on wood stains. What would be your recommendation for a stain??

The AC would be a great choice for this deck.
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RE: Wood and Deck Staining
I live in Helena, Montana. I recently bought a house that has a 15 year old pine deck that was originally treated with “Lifetime Wood Treatment/ Preservative” (from Valhalla Co. in Canada), which is really just ferrous sulfate, i.e., iron sulfate. The decking has not been touched since its original “bath” in Lifetime Preservative 15 years ago, and it still looks great. (Lifetime Preservative actually works.) And—as it is supposed to with Lifetime Preservative—th e decking now has that silvery, grayish look of old barn wood, which is great if that’s the look you like. But I don’t like it. I want to stain the deck and get it back to its original golden pine color. Valhalla says that you CAN stain over wood that’s been treated with Lifetime Preservative but that they “don’t recommend it.” I think I’m going to go ahead and try staining the deck (after cleaning and brightening) but I don’t know what stain to use. I’m leaning toward Armstrong Clark after reading a bunch of internet stuff on wood stains. What would be your recommendation for a stain??
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Have a 10 year old massaranduba deck, partially covered. Have used Messmers UV Plus for hardwoods, natural color. Seems to lose color quickly, within 6 months. Overall it's pretty grey now. I'd like to get back to the original Massaranuba color. Reading reviews I'm thinking Armstrong Clark, mahogany? Should I first use Restore A Deck Stripper/Bright ener? Comments or suggestions on stain manufacturer, stripper, application appreciated!
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Quoting garydhill:
Quoting TheSealerStore:
Quoting garydhill:
I rebuilt my deck last year with #1 Pine. Trying to decide between Defy and TWP 100.

Either works very well. Where fo you live?


In Northern VA.

FYI, TWP 100 is not allowed in northern VA due to VOC laws.
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RE: Wood and Deck Staining
Quoting TheSealerStore:
Quoting garydhill:
I rebuilt my deck last year with #1 Pine. Trying to decide between Defy and TWP 100.

Either works very well. Where fo you live?


In Northern VA.
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RE: Wood and Deck Staining
Quoting Bryan03:
i just power washed my cedar fence and now want to SEAL it. i am thinking about using Polyurethane for super protection.
ideally i need something with strong UV protection and mildew prevention.
what product should i use?

Hello, polyurethane will not work on exterior wood. It films on the wood and will blister/peel. It also will not provide UV protection or mildew protection. Use an exterior wood stain like the Armstrong Clark:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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i just power washed my cedar fence and now want to SEAL it. i am thinking about using Polyurethane for super protection.
ideally i need something with strong UV protection and mildew prevention.
what product should i use?
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Quoting Kevin D:
I have an ipe deck that used restore-a-deck on. It looks amazing when wet, dark red tones but when dry it yellows. What stain or sealer would give me those nice dark red tones? I was leaning towards Armstrong Mahogany but was t sure if that would darken it too much.

The Mahogany would be more red. If you want brown tones, look at the Armstrong Black Walnut or IPE Oil has a brown tone.
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Ipe deck stain
I have an ipe deck that used restore-a-deck on. It looks amazing when wet, dark red tones but when dry it yellows. What stain or sealer would give me those nice dark red tones? I was leaning towards Armstrong Mahogany but was t sure if that would darken it too much.
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RE: Wood and Deck Staining
Quoting garydhill:
I rebuilt my deck last year with #1 Pine. Trying to decide between Defy and TWP 100.

Either works very well. Where fo you live?
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New Deck
I rebuilt my deck last year with #1 Pine. Trying to decide between Defy and TWP 100.
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RE: Wood and Deck Staining
Quoting DiAnne Adams:
My nephew used a stain stripper on my sister's deck 2 yrs ago and did not follow-up with a deck brightener. Now, anytime they walk on the deck, barefoot, their feet get black. Should she just use a cleaner/brightener and then stain the deck again or is there something she should do first?

Feet getting black has nothing to do with not using a brightener. Most likely it is dirt or mildew. Clean and brighten with Restore A Deck Kits and then stain.
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What to do now?
My nephew used a stain stripper on my sister's deck 2 yrs ago and did not follow-up with a deck brightener. Now, anytime they walk on the deck, barefoot, their feet get black. Should she just use a cleaner/brighte ner and then stain the deck again or is there something she should do first?
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RE: Wood and Deck Staining
Quoting jkm49.us:
I have a mahogany deck with cedar railings. I have used your Armstrong Stain for hardwoods. This will be the 3rd time I will be applying stain. It is in direct sunlight most of the day. The past two times I used the Stripper and Brightener which really did the job. Is there any appreciable difference in the Cleaner or Stripper? The deck looks dirty, no peeling noted. Each time I applied 2 coats. Any recommendation on which product would be durable for the job. Armstrong Hardwood/Ipe or Ipe Oil or Cabot Australian Timber Oil.

The stripper does a "deeper" cleaning so we would suggest staying with that. As for the stain, nothing will last longer on Mahogany then the AC. The IPE Oil may be about the same, but not longer.
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I have a mahogany deck with cedar railings. I have used your Armstrong Stain for hardwoods. This will be the 3rd time I will be applying stain. It is in direct sunlight most of the day. The past two times I used the Stripper and Brightener which really did the job. Is there any appreciable difference in the Cleaner or Stripper? The deck looks dirty, no peeling noted. Each time I applied 2 coats. Any recommendation on which product would be durable for the job. Armstrong Hardwood/Ipe or Ipe Oil or Cabot Australian Timber Oil.
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RE: Wood and Deck Staining
Quoting Darrick Lamb:
I have a cedar deck that is 10 years old and still in good shape. Looking for a good semi-transparent stain that will show the natural beauty of the wood but also hold up well in our climate without peeling or fading prematurely. I understand that restaining is needed every 2-3 years. I have used Superdeck on the last 2 applications and I am looking for recommendations.

Start by removing the SuperDeck with the Restore A Deck Stripper and Brightener Kit. Stain with TWP or possibly the Defy Extreme.
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I have a cedar deck that is 10 years old and still in good shape. Looking for a good semi-transparen t stain that will show the natural beauty of the wood but also hold up well in our climate without peeling or fading prematurely. I understand that restaining is needed every 2-3 years. I have used Superdeck on the last 2 applications and I am looking for reccomendations .
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RE: Wood and Deck Staining
Quoting Rick W:
Hi,
We're laying down a new hardwood meranti deck . We're planning to use TWP 1500 series stain. We understand that one does not need to stain the undersides of the boards, but what is the best way to make sure that the sides of the boards are stained? Should this be done before the deck is laid down, or after?

Hello, no need to stain all sides with TWP. Just stain the exposed areas after install.
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RE: Wood and Deck Staining
Hi,
We're laying down a new hardwood meranti deck . We're planning to use TWP 1500 series stain. We understand that one does not need to stain the undersides of the boards, but what is the best way to make sure that the sides of the boards are stained? Should this be done before the deck is laid down, or after?
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RE: Wood and Deck Staining
Quoting Steve Nordquist:
Is wolman F@S cedar deck Stain a good product .I pressure washed deck with deck cleaner/ brightner. I am now ready to stain my 20 yr old cedar deck.

Not anymore. They changed the formula. Try TWP 1500 Series:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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RE: Wood and Deck Staining
Is wolman F@S cedar deck Stain a good product .I pressure washed deck with deck cleaner/ brightner. I am now ready to stain my 20 yr old cedar deck.
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RE: Wood and Deck Staining
Quoting Angela Lininger:
My deck is old and weathered. What stain would be long lasting as possible. The weather here in Dallas, Tx is hot, but the deck is in shade 90% of the time. The last stain I used lasted about 2 years and I hope to find a stain that lasts longer than 2 years

Try Defy Extreme
www.opwdecks.com/.../
or TWP 100 Series.
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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Mrs.
My deck is old and weathered. What stain would be long lasting as possible. The weather here in Dallas, Tx is hot, but the deck is in shade 90% of the time. The last stain I used lasted about 2 years and I hope to find a stain that lasts longer than 2 years
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RE: Wood and Deck Staining
Quoting JANE BOUCHER:
BEST STAIN FOR DECKING AROUND SALT WATER POOL?

What state are you located in?
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PURCHASING
BEST STAIN FOR DECKING AROUND SALT WATER POOL?
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RE: Wood and Deck Staining
Quoting Sylvain:
I have a 500 square feet Cedar deck (floor) that needs to be restored and stained. What do I need to purchase? I want he best stain for our weather here in Ottawa, On.
Thanks.

Has it been stained before? Makes a difference on the prepping. As for the stain, look at TWP 200 Series or Armstrong Clark.
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RE: Wood and Deck Staining
I have a 500 square feet Cedar deck (floor) that needs to be restored and stained. What do I need to purchase? I want he best stain for our weather here in Ottawa, On.
Thanks.
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RE: Wood and Deck Staining
Quoting Irena:
Looking for a charcoal (nearly black) stain to fix our deck, which we did 4- years ago with semi-solid stain. The covered area is okay, the exposed area of old PT lumber needs redoing. Armstrong Clark oil-based was recommended for our needs but I don't see the colour we need, not even close. Any other suggestions? Thanks.

You must remove the semi-solid old coating first. The brands that we carry and you can use in Canada do not have a black color.
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Ontario Canada
Looking for a charcoal (nearly black) stain to fix our deck, which we did 4- years ago with semi-solid stain. The covered area is okay, the exposed area of old PT lumber needs redoing. Armstrong Clark oil-based was recommended for our needs but I don't see the colour we need, not even close. Any other suggestions? Thanks.
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RE: Wood and Deck Staining
Quoting Ben s:
Which type of stain is best for pressure treated pine wood fence in Virginia? The fence was built a month ago and it gets about 10 hours of direct sun. I want to protect it from further splitting and warping. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Try the Armstrong Clark Wood Stain or Defy Extreme Wood Stain. These are penetrating semi-transparen t stains.
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Best stain for fence
Which type of stain is best for pressure treated pine wood fence in Virginia? The fence was built a month ago and it gets about 10 hours of direct sun. I want to protect it from further splitting and warping. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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re: STAIN RECOMMENDATION FOR RAILING
You cannot use the Defy Extreme or the TWP without removing the current stain that is already on the wood. This will need to be stripped or sanded off first. Either of these 2 stains would work very well for this application.
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Stain recommendation for Railing
Earlier this summer we completed a renovation of our deck. Flooring is Synthetic (Zuri) but he top railing is clear cedar. The contractor stained the raw cedar with 2 coats of a product (supposedly good) that in one summer of exposure in the Chicago suburbs has failed. Some top rails still look OK (partially shaded) and others more in direct continuous sun are graying and showing the start of deteriorating wood surface. These are 6" wide rails that have a lot of surface exposure.
After researching, I found 2 products that seem much better than what I have and you carry both. Defy Extreme Stain and TPW 1500 (since it live in IL). Which product would you recommend for this application and can I just go right over the boards in the condition they are in? I think the dark oak of the TPW series is the color we are trying to achieve.
I tried to call, but it was after your new hours indicated you were closed.
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re: GRILL WHEEL MARKS ON NEWLY STAINED DECK
Wheels marks are from prior to staining. This happens by the wheels denting the wood when rolling the grill, making the stain absorb differently there. He is correct in that they were there prior to staining so technically it is not his fault. Adding more stain will not fix this and there is nothing more that can be done to fix this.
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Grill Wheel Marks on newly stained deck
We recently had a professional seal our deck with Ready Seal and there are some fairly significant wheel marks from the grill on the deck. Apparently he did not remove it from the deck and he claims they were there from before the deck was sealed. His attempted fix was to put another coat of sealant on the deck but the marks are still there. He says there is nothing else he can do. Is there anything I can have him do about this?
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Try the TWP 1500 or Defy Extreme stain. Prep is key to longevity. Look at Restore A Deck products.
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We live in Middle Tennessee just outside of Nashville. We had our deck rebuilt two years ago with pressure treated pine. One third of the deck is screened in and the rest is exposed to the sun all year. The wood on the screened in portion is still new looking with the exception of a little mildewing. The exposed part of the deck is graying. The deck is at least 4-5 feet off the ground. We have only sprayed linseed oil on it a couple of times so far. We are looking for the most durable stain that won't require complete stripping every two-three years, and will give a uniform color to both covered and uncovered parts of the deck. The house is cream colored vinyl with white trim. Covered part of deck is wood and white trim. Any suggestions on type of stain, product brand, and color?
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re: MAHOGANY DECKING
Prep with a Restore a Deck cleaning kit and stain with Defy Hardwood stain or Armstrong Clark in Mahogany color. Make sure your customer understands that Mahogany needs to be redone annually.
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mahogany decking
I have a customer with new mahogany decking could you tell me the best product and prep tips you have? We are located in New England four seasons!!!
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re: SHELF LIFE OF A PAIL OF STAIN ALREADY OPENED
About 12 months if opened, Try to extend by making sure the container is completely closed so there is not any evaporation. You may need to transfer to new container(s). Also store in a temperature controlled room.
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Shelf life of a pail of stain already opened
I bought from you a 5 gallon pail of ArmstrongClark stain, Amber colour, and I used only about a gallon. Can you tell me what is the shelf life of the remaining stain in the pail? Also, what I should do to extend its shelf life? I intend to use in the future if it has sufficient shelf life.
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Spraying as opposed to brushing stain on my new fence
What type of stain will spray easiest with a pump type sprayer, I am using cedar and not having much luck. Would clear be better?
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re: REQUEST FOR STAIN ADVICE
The TWP 100 series would be your best option for this. Make sure to prep by stripping and brightening the wood.
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Request for Stain Advice
I have a pressure treated wooden dock on Lake Toxaway, NC and wanted to avoid mold as well as protect the dock from sun. I have utilized Cabot natural stain in the past and wanted to inquire about the TWP 1500 Series pecan stain. Can you kidly offer a suggestion? Thank you, Ed
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re: OIL BASED STAIN
Here are some oil based stains that we sell and that are allowed in MA:

TWP 1500 Series
Armstrong Clark Stains
Timber Oil Brand
Penofin Red Label
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Oil based stain
Is your stain oil based and if so can you ship it to MASS?
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re: USE OF SEALANT AFTER STAINING A DECK
You cannot apply a sealer on top of a deck stain. It will not work and would create issues.
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use of sealant after staining a deck
I hired a painter to sand our cedar deck and he is advising to apply a water sealant after staining (we purchased the ArmstrongClark stain from you). We live in Alberta with a harsh climate (long, cold and snowy winters, hot summers with a lot of sun on the deck). We searched on your and other web sites and couldn't find anywhere anything about applying a sealant.
1) Could you please advise if to apply or not the sealant on top of the stain?
2) If we apply the sealant, when we'll need to reapply a coat of stain in a year or two, we will have to remove the sealant, i.e., sand the deck again?
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re: RAINED AFTER SANDING DECK.
No you will be fine once dry.
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re: BROKERAGE OR ADDITIONAL FEES FROM COURIER TO CANADA
No additional fees when delivered. All charges will show during the checkout process. Both the Amber and the Cedar Semi will last about the same on vertical wood. Hard to say which will be less orange as it really depends on your wood and prep. Amber is probably a little lighter in color.
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Brokerage or Additional Fees from Courier to Canada
I would like to order 2 gallons of AC stain to be shipped to Ontario, Canada. Will the courier company charge me any additional fees such as brokerage fees after they deliver the product?

I want to stain a horizontal PT wood fence. Which of Amber or semi-transparen t Cedar is lighter and less orange? Which one will stand up better to harsh Canadian winters?
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Rained after Sanding Deck.
After using the Gemini restore-a-deck kit to prep my deck and waiting the mandatory 48 hours of drying time, on the third day, I sand my pressure-treate d deck using an orbital sander with an 80 grit sandpaper. It then shower overnight. Do I have to start all over again and use the Gemini wood cleaner and brightener and re-sand before I stain my deck?
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re: I have 3 questions
-Yes we ship to Canada
-No you cannot add a semi-solid over a solid stain. We do not offer solid colors.
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Hello,
I have 3 questions:
- do you ship to Canada (Ontario)? You seem to do based on the previous comment but I want to check. I would need at least 10 gallons of stain.
- the exterior walls of my house have been stained with an opaque/solid oil-based stain for many years. Is it OK to re-stain with an Armstrong Clark semi-solid stain? They do not seem to carry solid/opaque stain.
- could you send me color samples for the mahogany, sequoia and woodland brown stains (I find it hard to decide on color based on the small color squares on your site).

Thank you.

J. Chesnais
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What 3-4 months and then clean and brighten for prep. Use the AC if you want UV protection. Need a total sq footage that includes all flooring, rails, steps, etc. Please add together for a total amount. No duty, but you have to pay shipping and province taxes to Canada.
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Have a new deck using Micropro sienna pt lumber . Wondering if I should use defy extreme clear or Armstrong Clark natural tone ????. Also how many gallons would I need 2 decks 1) 22x10 2) 16x10. Is here duty to paid when shipped to Ontario Canada .also how long to wait before staining micropro sienna pt . Your help would be greatly appreciated thx.
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re-finishing a deck done in Cabots Australian Timber Oil - Armstrong to replace it
1. Add to cart and it will shipping and taxes in checkout. No duty or additional costs when it arrives.
2. Yes it is legal for Canada
3. 2 Years is normal. You can clean and reapply as needed. TWP and Defy are both very good. TWP is not legal in Canada so you cannot use it there.
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re-finishing a deck done in Cabots Australian Timber Oil - Armstrong to replace it
Folks

Since the Cabot formula has changed - I am looking at using either Armstrong semi-cedar or semi amber to replace the Cabot's. My other option is Sansin but it look like you dont carry it. I will likely sand the deck using an 80 grit to make the deck as clean as possible and open to stain. A couple of questions
1. Any idea of the shipping cost (and duty) of Armstrong to Toronto area Canada - likely 2 gallons. 2. Will they let it come across the boarder 3. Can i anticipate 3 years with the Armstrong subject to light to moderate traffic. Is re-application of Armstrong merely a brightener/clea ner then re-apply? I hear that Armstrong is better up in the Northeast versus Defy or TWP - is that correct?

Thanks
Kent
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re: TWP AND DEFY DECK STAIN SHELF LIFE
Both say about 6-12 months. It may last longer, but no guarantee.
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re: recommend for new treated wood
See this about new wood: www.opwdecks.com/.../
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Which would be best for new wood, some old wood, northeast, Michigan, 49759 zip,
TWP1500 or Defy Extreme, or Defy original
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Which would you recommend for new treated wood, northeast, Michigan, 49759 zip
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Can I use Defy Extreme over Original Defy.
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re: I have a pier in Maryland
Try the Defy Marine Stain.
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re: I intend to sand and stain a cedar deck
Wait until a few days before staining to clean and brighten.
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I intend to sand and stain a cedar deck. Because of the weather conditions here I foresee that I will sand the deck one day when it will be sunny, and then I'll have to stain it after several days or even weeks if it rains daily until it is sunny again and the deck is dry. My question is when I should clean and brighten the deck, immediately after sanding, regardless how long I'll have to wait for staining, or just before staining (of course, after the deck is dry)?
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I have a pier in Maryland non-tidal waters but in critical area. What would be your recommendation for a cedar tone stain on old PT that EPA or some other non informative GOV agency would require that won't affect wildlife, fish, or other indigenous populations without a $10,000 fine?
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re: What colorant can I add
You cannot add colorant into the TWP stains according to the manufacturer.
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President
I have 5 gallons of TWP Dark walnut stain. It's not dark enough for the clients.
What colorant can I add to get it much much darker almost a redish black?
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re: DO I NEED BRIGTHENING?
Yes you should lightly clean and brighten after sanding.
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Do I need brigthening?
I have a cedar deck which i am going to sand and stain using your Amstrong Clark stain. Do i have to brighten the wood after sanding, before staining? Thank you.
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re: FREQUENCY OF STAINING THE DECK
1. Typically every 2 is the norm. Transparency and color makes a big difference in longevity. Meaning lighter colors/tints will fade faster then a darker tint.
2. When reapplying you should prep with a deck cleaner and a light pressure washing. No need to sand.
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frequency of staining the deck
I am inclined to purchase from you the Armstrong Clark deck stain. How long it will last considering the harsh climate in Alberta (long, cold winters with snow, long summers with strong sun (the deck is exposed to the sun for some 8 hours/day). This year I'll apply the stain after sanding the deck. My questions are:
1) Do I have to apply a coat of stain every year, every two years, or some other time interval?
2) Do I have to sand the deck each and every time, or it is sufficient sanding it now and then apply successive stain layers on top of the previous one at the frequency indicated by you?
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re: new deck in northern Quebec
Us the Armstrong Clark. TWP is not allowed in Canada.
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I am looking to stain a bran d new deck in northern Quebec. I have a new 800 foot deck. It was put up last October before the snow fell. It is made pressure treated pine (brown color). Some of the planks already have splits in them and some of the posts have large splits in them already. Which stains wood you recommend. I am currently looking at Armstrong-Clark rustic brown and TWP 1500 Cedar color. Which of these 2 products would protect the wood better and last longer.
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re: applying 2 coats of Preserva wood
Most likley you will need to remove all by stripping and sanding and start over.
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Hi! We made the mistake of applying 2 coats of Preserva wood on our deck and now it is sticky. Any thoughts on how we can remove the tackiness?
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re: STAINING DARKER OVER LIGHTER FADED STAINED DECK
Strip it off and start over is the proper way. Use TWP in Dark Oak or Armstrong Clark in Oxford Brown for the stain.
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Staining darker over lighter faded stained deck
I used a slightly tinted semitransparent behr stain years ago. There is no peeling just spots where it's worn off. I would like to just pressure wash deck and then put a cordovan semitransparent behr stain over top of old stain. Can you tell me if it will take without sanding? I would even rather just go to a solid stain if that would work better. Just don't want to have to sand deck and would like to change colour to a dark brown.
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re: STAINING NEW ALASKAN YELLOW CEDAR DECK, SEATTLE
Due to the potential for mold, look at the Defy Extreme stain.
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staining new Alaskan Yellow Cedar deck, Seattle
I live in Seattle and just completed a 13 ft x 14 ft deck using Alaskan Yellow Cedar, AYC, very smooth surface, 3/4 by 6 inch wide boards, all same length, no splicing.
It gets lots of full summer sun, when we have it, until about 3 pm, its SE facing. It is also not sitting very high off the ground, highest height off ground about one foot. There is no over hang or awning. It's full exposure.

I wanted it flush with a pathway of pavers next to it to walk easily from pavers to deck.
I placed weed control fabric under it, on top of soil where a garden used to be.

AYC is supposed to outlast other cedars against mildew, mold, rot.

I am aware of the need to let it season for one year before staining. I have been looking at the TWP , Defy and Armstrong products recommended here for new decks.
Which stain would you recommend for this deck?

Thank you,
Deb
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Perfect answer. Just the advice/solution I was looking for. I ordered another 5 gallon pail of TWP 100.Thanks.
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re: Product compatibility question on TWP products
Use the TWP 100 for this again. It offers the best mold prevention of the three.
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Product compatibility question on TWP products.
I built an 850 sqft 1x6 cedar deck in Summer 2013. I let it "weather" one year and in summer 2014 cleaned it with restore-a-deck and sanded with a final of 100 grit. I hand-stained it with a brush using TWP 101 Cedartone. Although water still beads up, every knot (and there are many) that is exposed to sunlight are white, so I will clean, sand, and refinish again this summer.
My question is: I used TWP 100 the first time. Do I have to stick with TWP 100 or may I upgrade to TWP 1500 or TWP 200? Are they compatible? Since 99.99% of the cost of deck refinishing is my labor, I certainly want to use the best product out there, even if the product costs twice as much.
What say you? What should I use?
I live in Albany, Oregon, the rain and mildew capital of the US.
Ron Nugent
541-979-8010
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re: Ipe Deck
Prep with out Restore A Deck Kits. Just one coat of the AC. Do not back wipe. Let it dry into the wood. Yes it has a shelf life of 6-12 months after opening, but this varies on how well you close the container. Samples are here:

www.opwdecks.com/.../
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Ipe Deck
Good Morning. I'm about to completely sand down our five year old Ipe Deck that has never had a finish and is naturally the same color as a Silverback Gorilla. I've also just added several hundred feet of new Ipe and would like to do it all at once/ My question is this. On the newly sanded deck, is there any other prep required prior to applying your Armstrong Clark new Mahogany ipe stain? Also, does the product have a shelf life should I elect to go with a five gallon bucket and do you sell a sample? Thanks from the Smoky Mountains of NC.
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re: cypress outdoor swing
We do not sell the Wood Tux anymore. Try the Armstrong Clark or Defy extreme.
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I have a cypress outdoor swing and I want to weatherproof it before I put it out, is the Wood Tux a good product for this?
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re: how do we open a 5 gallon can
You can remove the top easily by prying up the tabs.
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how do we open a 5 gallon can of armstrong semi transparent wood stain we just bought.
It has steel flaps all around the top and I need to stir the stain before starting on our deck....do you have instructions on how to open this can?
thanks
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Yes Natural is very lightly tinted.
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RE: CLEAR SEALER OR STAIN
Great! Is the natural color actually a stain?
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re: clear sealer or stain
You must have a stain if you want protection from graying. A clear sealer will not do this. Use a stain like the Armstrong Clark that we sell.
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clear sealer or stain
I'm looking to treat a 20+ year old, somewhat neglected, 900 square foot deck made of pressure treated pine. The wood's in good shape and my top goals are prolonging its life and mildew resistance. I've used semi transparent stains before and we didn't like how much they changed the color. Suggestions?
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re: SEALER NEEDED OVER OIL BASE STAIN?
You cannot add a sealer over a deck stain. No need.
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sealer needed over oil base stain?
We are ready to order some Armstrong-Clark oil base stain from you for our deck. Will we need to apply a sealer over the stain?
If so, what do you recommend?
THANKS.
T Connell
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re: ARMSTRONG CLARK SEMI-TRANSPAREN T / MAHOGANY ON OLD PT DECK
Yes, but it will not look like the sample picture as that is on a hardwood deck. When you apply it to a pine or cedar deck it will be more reddish/orange.
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Armstrong Clark Semi-Transparen t / Mahogany on old PT deck
Hello,
I'm thinking to use the Armstrong Clark Semi-Transparen t stain in Mahogany color (the type of stain suggested for hardwood/IPE woods decks) on my deck, mostly because I like its color over the other AC stain types.
However, my deck is not made of hardwood, but of pressure treated pine, that was grey and weathered. I fully restored it with pressure washing and sanding.
Is it OK to use the "hardwood" stain on normal pressure treated pine decks?
Thanks
Corrado
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re: Do I really need to strip again prior to staining?
No you do not need to strip. Use the Restore A Deck Cleaner for the prep and reapply.
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6 month after we finished our new pressure treated deck we stained it with TWP1530 natural last spring and it looked just beautiful all summer and winter. It now has some lighter color areas and some knots not covered. We also stained our front porch fur decking and it still looks great. Both deck and porch boards where sanded and stripped prior to staining. What do I need to do this year? Do I really need to strip again prior to staining?
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re: OLD SOLID STAIN AND NEW ADDITION
I am sorry but we do not sell solid stains. You would need a solid stain to blend.
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Old solid stain and new addition
Hi, we are adding onto an older wood deck that was stained with a dark reddish SOLID Olympic stain that is peeling. That older wood deck is in worn and has cracks, etc. What products would you recommend. It needs to blend in the new wood.
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Use stain pads. You can spray most stain on the verticals and back pad to make sure it is even. Spraying will get in the edges.
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Staining tools
Suggestions for staining tools?? I want to do it right - once only. 3,000 feet of new cedar upper and lower deck. Lots of vertical 'sticks'. Rag or mitt for sticks? Expensive brushes? Use pads? Pad on pole with stain applicator release? Stain top surface but what about edges between boards? Thx for all tips.
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re: Light walnut or Butternut?
Light Walnut is a reddish brown color while the Butternut is more of a medium brown.
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Light walnut or Butternut?
Hi Guys, I'm restaining a PT deck and am tossing up between Defy light walnut or butternut - which one is actually darker? Lots of light walnut photos online, can't find any butternut photos though.
Thanks!
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re: Kayu batu wood 6 months old deck
Prep with a Restore A Deck Kit first. Only lightly sand id needed after the prep. Try the Armstrong Clark in Amber or Mahogany colors:

opwdecks.com/.../...
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Kayu batu wood 6 months old deck
Hello. Finally I found your web-site again! Great source for DIY guys, like me.
Last fall I built a deck with kiln dried Kayu Batu hard wood. I let it adapt to the outside conditions for 6 months and now I am ready to apply stain, I guess. Deck is located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, facing south. It looks great even untreated, however it started to obtain a silver-ish patern on grains. I want the deck to keep red colour and to last longer. Your advice on particular stain brand would be greatly appreciated. As well, I am wondering what cleaner (if any) should I apply to prepare the surface. Is it a good idea to sand it a bit (60 grit) before any cleaner/stain application?
Thank you in advance,
Evgeny.
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re: TWP 100 DRY TIME
TWP 100 can typically take a rain anywhere from 4-24 hours after application. Basically the TWP need to absorb into the wood and start to cure. Drying can take 4-24 hours as well. Depends a lot on wood age, amount of coats, etc.
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TWP 100 Dry Time
How long after staining with TWP 100 is it waterproof (i.e. rain won't affect)? How long until it is completely dried? Thanks!
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re: OWNER
The Gemini Kit will not. Try not to get the stain on the tree.
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Owner
Purchase TWP 1500 and Gemini Restore Kit and waiting on rain to STOP so I can apply. My deck is built around a large tree will the chemicals in either of the products damage tree/root.
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re: Are there any coupons currently available for the Sealer Store
We currently do not have any.
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re: Need assistance with large deck!
You will not be able to strip this. If you want to remove completely, you will need to sand. Just pressure wash to remove loose paint, spot sand if needed, reapply another solid stain.
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Need assistance with large deck!
We just purchased this house last year and we have a very large deck (15 years old - wood in good shape) that has a patio underneath. The whole deck including all railing and underneath the deck has previously been stained with SW Deckscapes Acrylic Solid Stain (very annoying). The floor boards are starting to peel and deck in general needs attention. I have a pressure washer and I was thinking about downstreaming light bleach and soap mix and then lightly sanding and applying more solid stain just out of ease of not stripping the whole entire deck. I certainly would prefer to completely strip and apply an oil based staining product, but I think this would be a huge project for me. Would you recommend that I use a solid stain again or strip everything? If stain is recommended I do not want to use SW stain - do you have a recommendation for me and also what are your thoughts on my cleaning process? Do I need to use a brightener as well? Thanks in advance for any information as this is my first deck restoration process and I'm trying to learn as much as possible. I have read many good things about HD-80, but I understand that this product should only be used by the pros which I certainly am not. Thanks again!!
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Coupon?
Are there any coupons currently available for the Sealer Store? I need to order some TWP 100 (5 gallon) and RAD stripper and brightener. Thank you!
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re: Will TWP 100 work in a power sprayer?
Yes it will work with one. Does not matter the brand or model.
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Power Sprayer
Are there any certain brands or models of power sprayer you would recommend for TWP 100 stain application? Any certain features to look for? Will TWP 100 work in a power sprayer?
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re: TWP 100 SHELF LIFE
Hard to say but typically an opened can will last less than a year.
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TWP 100 Shelf Life
How long does a previously opened can of TWP 100 last? I have a mostly full cn left over from two seasons ago. It has been sealed tight during that time. Can it still be used if I use it in the next month or so? Will it still protect as well and look good? Thanks!
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re: Amish built rough pine shed
You cannot apply anything over this. It has to be removed by sanding it all off. Once removed you can use any of our stains that we sell. TWP or Defy Extreme would work well.
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I have a Amish built rough pine shed. I have already applied MinWax Helmsman Clear Stain Spar Urethane, over 1 year ago. Ideally I want to color the shed a little darker, but have been told that any paint/stain will just peel and not stick. My first hope is to protect the wood shed, and ideally change the color, so I can hide some sun discolorations. I'm not sure if you can suggest the best product and/or plan of attack?

Thanks,

Rick
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Try Armstrong Clark or Defy Extreme. As for shipping costs, best to add products to car and add your shipping info. This will tell you the charges prior to paying.
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I am in Canada where it seems all of the deck stains available are poorly rated. I am planning to refinish an older pressure treated deck. What product would you recommend. How much are shipping costs.Thank you
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re: FURTHER TINTING A STAIN
No that is not possible. You can though mix TWP colors together of the same series.
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Further tinting a stain
Is it possible to tint TWP1500 to be a little darker?
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re: Deck staining
Lightly washing after a month should be good.
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Deck staining
I'd like to strip and brighten my deck to remove an old stain and then app,y TWP 100 series. I'd like to prep one month and stain the following month- can I just pressure wash and wait 48 hours before staining or is there additional prep work? Thanks
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RE: STAIN/PREP RECOMMENDATION FOR 6 MONTH OLD CEDAR DECK
It will be close, but weathered and prepped wood is more porous so usually the stain will be slightly darker there.
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RE: STAIN/PREP RECOMMENDATION FOR 6 MONTH OLD CEDAR DECK
If I order a stain sample, should I test it on a scrap of wood cleaned/brighte ned with the kit, or will the colour be the same on an untreated scrap that was in the garage all winter (with mill glaze still on probably). Thanks very much!
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RE: STAIN/PREP RECOMMENDATION FOR 6 MONTH OLD CEDAR DECK
Hi Susan, look at the Armstrong Clark stain:

www.opwdecks.com/.../

Prep first with a Restore A Deck Kit:

www.opwdecks.com/.../
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Re: stain/prep recommendation for 6 month old cedar deck
I had a cedar deck and pergola built last September. It has weathered very slightly through the winter (a very faint grey starting on some boards) and I want to prep and stain this spring. The deck faces west and gets full sun from about 11am through to sunset (full shade in the morning due to the shadow of the house). I'm located in Ontario, Canada, we get severe winter weather from time to time, I want to make sure I'm choosing correctly for the weather conditions. Could you please give me a product recommendation. I appreciate your advice, thanks very much in advance.
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re: Looking for a deck sealer that protects and looks wet when dry.
Look at TWP in Honeytone color or Defy Extreme in Natural Pine.
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Maintenance
Looking for a deck sealer that protects and looks wet when dry.
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re: samples
Hello,

You can order samples on this link: www.opwdecks.com/.../
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samples
I would like to order two gallons of armstrong clark hardwood stain and deck prep. Do you provide samples of a different color to include with the shipment
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re: put up new ceder fence approx 355 lin/ft
Use the Armstrong Clark then. Semi-transparen t or even a semi-solid color. Semi-solids will give better UV protection from fading.
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oil based stain from what Ive read want it to last as long as possible
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re: put up new ceder fence approx 355 lin/ft
Either would work very well for a fence. Do you have a preference as to oil or water based stains?
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hi interested in defy extreme or armstrong oil based just put up knew ceder fence approx 355 lin/ft looking to see which you would recommend for use from langely B.C> so would have order on line.
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re: HOME OWNER
When applying a maintenance coat after one year you need only apply one coat. Prep by lightly washing to remove any dirt, etc with soapy water but do not remove any of the stain.
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Home owner
I applied one " wet on wet" coat of TWP on my deck last summer. Did I need to apply two coats of " wet on wet "? I would like to apply at least one more coat of TWP. What steps do I need to take before applying another coat or two. Please list the products to use and the correct procedure for the whole job.
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re: NEW DECK SEALANT
Please see this about new wood: www.opwdecks.com/.../
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New Deck Sealant
Hi, I am installing a new western cedar deck (300 Sq.ft.). I want to apply the very best sealant to help preserve the deck. I would like to only seal it and not add stain. I've read that a stain actually performs better. What are your recommendations . Since this is a small deck, I'm not concerned about cost of the product. I do have dogs so would need something that "cures" relatively fast (less than 24 hours).

Thanks for your help.
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Prep using the Restore A Deck Kits while pressure washing. Stain with Armstrong Clark or the TWP stains.
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I have a barn made of hemlock boards that I have been spraying with hydraulic oil every three years, after pressure washing each time and letting it dry for a few days. It's time to do it again and I wanted to know what to do to prepare it,stain it (with something that will basically let the wood grain show)and anything that will last the longest. It is starting to turn gray again, and power washing pretty much clears that up.
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re: SEMI TRANS STAINS FOR KILN DRIED DOUG FIR BEAMS
There is not one of those that will last longer then the others in your scenario. If you would like oil based then look at TWP or Armstrong. It may just come down to which color you like better. Samples can be found here:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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re: SEMI TRANS STAINS FOR KILN DRIED DOUG FIR BEAMS
I tend toward oil based, but for no good reason. Of the three (TWP 1500, Armstrong, or Defy Extreme), which is the best product for long term durability and color retention?
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re: SEMI TRANS STAINS FOR KILN DRIED DOUG FIR BEAMS
Any of those products would work well for this scenario. Do you prep oil or water based?
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Semi trans stains for kiln dried doug fir beams
I have overhead wood beam trusses under a covered deck, with 10x10 support posts. Wood is kiln dried doug fir installed about 60 days ago. Looking for a semi trans cedar tone. Want to maintain the wood tone with no greying. Northern CA - no snow. TWP 1500, Armstrong, or Defy Extreme?
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re: What should I do in the spring?
Clean and brighten in Spring for the prep.
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I just finished prepping to apply semi-transparen t sealer and now the weather has taken a turn...looks like winter is coming. I have to wait until spring to finish. What should I do in the spring?
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re: WHICH DECK STAIN?
You must add color if you want longevity in your UV protection. Natural in the TWP is not clear and is pigmented. This will give UV protection. The DEFY Extreme Clear will not provide as much UV protection as a tinted stain.
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re: MUCH CONFUSION ABOUT WHEN AND WHAT TO USE
Look at the Timber Oil Brand for new wood. Clean and prep with the Restore A Deck Kits first.
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Which deck stain?
I have a pressure treated deck on 3 sides of the house. 2 sides is full or mainly sun while the third is shaded and is prone to mildew. I live in higher elevation in Northern VA and receive more than average amount of snow and general precipitation. I would rather not add color to the deck but would like to keep the wood from turning grey. I am considering Defy Extreme stain clear or a TWP 1530 Natural. Any suggestions or other recommendations ? Thanks
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much confusion about when and what to use
Our deck has been up for 2 months now. Yella wood - they say do something now -everything I am reading here says wait 6 months at least - the railings not so much but the "floor" looks like it needs something before winter - have seen 3 different recommendations for brand on here -so which one should I use? leaning towards TWP but have seen Defy, Timber Oil and Armstrong Clark recommended
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much confusion about when and what to use
Our deck has been up for 2 months now. Yella wood - they say do something now -everything I am reading here says wait 6 months at least - the railings not so much but the "floor" looks like it needs something before winter - have seen 3 different recommendations for brand on here -so which one should I use? leaning towards TWP but have seen Defy, Timber Oil and Armstrong Clark recommended
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re: Stain storage
Depends on the stain type and brand. In general it cannot freeze and there cannot be any evaporation of product. All seals must be 100% closed.
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Stain storage
Can you please tell me the best way to store leftover stain and how long it will keep? Thanks!
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re: HAND-SPLIT CEDAR SHAKE SIDING
Strip off the Penning and brighten the wood with Restore A Deck products. Stain with TWP 1500 Series.
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Hand-split Cedar Shake Siding
I'm installing hand-split red cedar shakes as siding. I live in Maryland, near the bay. I want to use a semi-transparen t stain to keep the wood from greying. House is shaded by large Oak trees. What product is recommended. The cedar trim was treated with Penofin Red, but I have read many negative reviews and don't want to chance the mystery darkening problem.
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re: BRAZILIAN REDWOOD
Prep with the Restore A Deck Kits and stain with Defy Extreme Clear.
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Brazilian redwood
I have a large deck that is made of Brazilian redwood. The deck is about 8 years old. It was sealed once, early on, with a clear oil based sealer. My plan was to let it go grey naturally, so I haven't done anything with it since, except a couple of pressure washings to remove the winter slime. (I live in the NW)Now I'm finding that the deck is swelling during the winter to the point where a few of the boards buckle where water pools. So I'm thinking it needs to be sealed again! I don't want a stain, just a clear sealer. What should I use, and how often?
Thanks, Amy
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re: Tigerwood
Allan,

1. Yes about 3 months
2. Prep with the Restore A Deck Kits and pressure washing at low pressure
3. Use the Defy Hardwood Stain or Armstrong Clark in Amber or Mahogany. Ipe Oil is good as well. You will need to reapply every 9-12 months for you wood type.
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re: Samples
LarrlL, the AC comes in transparent, semi-transparen t, and semi-solids. You can see them here: www.opwdecks.com/.../
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Tigerwood
I have fresh tigerwood deck flooring. I appreciate your opinion regarding the following:

1. Do you recommend aging for several months before finishing?
2. Do you recommend cleaning and/or powerwashing before finishing?
3. What are your opinions regarding Penofin hardwood finish versus IPE oil for this product? Will either one require multiple applications during the first year? I live in Colorado: lots of intense sun, and dry climate.

Thank you.
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Samples
I'm trying to order samples of Armstrong & Clark stain and it doesn't say if they're semi transparent. Does anyone know if they are semi or solid?
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re: How would A/C semi cedar stand up to chlorinated pool water on a PT pool deck?
All deck stains will have issues where chlorine (bleach) gets on the wood. It is impossible for it not to be hindered.
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PT Pool Deck
How would A/C semi cedar stand up to chlorinated pool water on a PT pool deck?
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re: REPLACEMENT FOR DEFY EPOXY WOOD STAIN
The Defy Extreme Cedartone:

www.opwdecks.com/.../

Same color but improved version!
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Replacement for Defy Epoxy Wood Stain
What is the replacement for Defy Epoxy Fortified Wood Stain in a Cedar Tone?
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re: homeowner
Charles, look at the TWP 1515 Honeytone or the Armstrong Clark in Amber color.
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homeowner
Hi,
I'm using local hemlock rough cut boards for exterior decking. I will clean and sand before sealing. What is the best stain or sealer to use? I would like to get the golden color one gets from using oil polyurethane on hemlock boards.
Upstate New York site with extreme snow. Thanks for your site.
Charles
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re: WHAT DECK STAIN TO USE
Are you using a clear in the TWP 1500? Darker colors usually will produce better UV protection.
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What deck stain to use
I live in South Louisiana , the deck is over the water and gets sunlight 8 or more hours a day.Summer time heat gets in high 90's I have stained the deck twice in 2 years with TWC 1500. The deck had mildue I pressure washed it and it needs stain again. Is there a better stain for my application?
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re: shelf life of Defy Extreme stain
Lissa, Unopened it should last 2-3 years. Opened and there is no guarantee that it will.
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shelf life of Defy Extreme stain
We recently bought 10 gallons of Defy Extreme and looks like we need a little more to finish our deck project. If we buy more than we need now, will it still be good in 2-3 years from now when we need to reseal the deck? BTW it looks great!
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