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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Jeaneen, depends on the band and type of paint that it is.
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?
re: Is there a safe stripper to remove old paint from a dock
No, strippers will not remove paint from a deck or dock.
Is there a safe stripper to remove old paint from a dock
Look at the Defy Marine Stain or Defy Extreme stain:
resident owner
I want to know what stain is recommened for fresh water docks.
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 ?