One of the biggest concerns we are asked about purchasing online is "what does the deck stain color look like"? It is very difficult to view from deck stain color charts and final wood deck stains colors can very drastically when dealing with a pigmented wood stain. Stains will enhance the natural wood color tones base on a variety of criteria.
The main reason colors differ for transparent, semi-transparent, and semi-solid stains and sealers are:
Different Wood Type: Cedar, Redwood, Pressure Treated Pine, IPE, Etc
Colors for stains vary drastically based on the wood type. Redwood will look completely different than a cedar deck and so on.
Age of Wood
Older wood is much more porous and weathered than newer wood. Stains will penetrate differently based on the age of the wood. Stains penetrate deeper and more so on an older deck. This results in a darker color for older wood and a lighter color on new wood even though the same brand and stain was used.
Prepping the Wood For Stain
Colors for a deck stain may also differ drastically based on how the wood is prepped. You will get different results if coating over an older stains compared to if the wood is free of previous coatings.
Get a Sample of a Deck Stain Color
The Sealer Store offers an excellent program for trying a deck stain colored sample on your wood prior to purchase. This program allows you to buy a sample for $8 each with shipping included. In additio, you can get a credit of up to $15 back to a purchase of a 5-gallon pail when you decide on which wood stain color is best for your deck! We are the only online company selling decking stains and sealers to offer such a service.
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