What is the Longest Lasting Deck Stain Brand and Sealer is a common question that a residential homeowner may have. Tired of trying all of the stains that are available locally, homeowners are looking towards the Internet for deck stain reviews and help to find a better alternative for the exterior wood. Let us look at what makes a stain or sealer last longer than other brands.

Penetration Into The Wood

This is very simple to explain. The better a wood stain penetrates into the wood, the longer it will last. This is even more important on a horizontal walking deck surface. When a stain soaks into the wood pores it is less likely to peel or wear.

Prepping of the Wood Prior To Stain Application

This is the number one reason why deck stains may fail. The better the wood is prepped the more porous the wood will be. This is then related to penetration. If the wood is prepped and is more porous, then the better the stain penetrates and the longer it will last. Key mistakes that homeowners make is applying a new stain over top a different brand or not prepping new wood with a wood cleaner and wood brightener.

Transparency

In general, the more pigment or darker color a stain has, the longer it will take to fade away. We prefer semi-transparent stains as they offer UV protection and still show the natural grain of the wood.

Now the most important question, which stain brand lasts the longest? Hard to say since stains perform differently based on where you live and your overall weather exposure. Feel free to ask below in our comment section about which deck stain or sealer would last the longest for your deck.

Be sure to include:

  • State you live in
  • Previous coatings that were used and why they failed
  • Any other information that may be useful

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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
Quoting Js Finch:
North Carolina, direct sulight

Try the Armstrog Clark in a semi-solid color:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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North Carolina, direct sulight
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
Quoting FTalen:
Baltimore, Maryland
I have used CWF-UV Flood semi last two treatments. The deck has not been stained in 5 years. The deck is 15 years old. My plan is to strip, clean, then sand the deck before applying stain.

Sounds like a good plan except you do not need to clean if you use the stripper. You will need the brightener though. Use the Restore A Deck Stripper Kit:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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Mr
Baltimore, Maryland
I have used CWF-UV Flood semi last two treatments. The deck has not been stained in 5 years. The deck is 15 years old. My plan is to strip, clean, then sand the deck before applying stain.
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
Quoting Kyle:
I am located in Hilton Head, SC and have an IPE Mahagony deck which after 10 years has faded back to its natural gray. After 10 years, I am now preparing to restore it to its former appearance and I am very curious what is the best stain and procedures to use and follow for the best outcome and longest lasting result. Your advice would be greatly appreciated. Is sanding OK for IPE in the clean up stage? Please advise, Thank you, Martin

No need to sand. Use the Restore A Deck Kits for the prep with pressure washing:
www.opwdecks.com/.../

Once prepped, stain with Defy Hardwood Stain or Armstrong Clark in Amber or Mahogany colors.
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Quoting Cheryl Sammons-Schwa:
Full sun in Franklin, TN wood shutters to be stained

Try Defy Extreme Stain or TWP Wood Stains.
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
I am located in Hilton Head, SC and have an IPE Mahagony deck which after 10 years has faded back to its natural gray. After 10 years, I am now preparing to restore it to its former appearance and I am very curious what is the best stain and procedures to use and follow for the best outcome and longest lasting result. Your advice would be greatly appreciated. Is sanding OK for IPE in the clean up stage? Please advise, Thank you, Martin
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Shutter wood stain
Full sun in Franklin, TN wood shutters to be stained
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
Quoting Lysa graham:
I have a deck that was completed about a month ago it northern Georgia. My contractor said it is ready to be sealed. It gets sun for 8 to 10 hours a day. What would be the best product for it. I want very little color added to the natural wood tone. I want something that will be long lasting. I also want to know what kind of prep work do I need to do?

See this article: www.opwdecks.com/.../
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
I have a deck that was completed about a month ago it northern Georgia. My contractor said it is ready to be sealed. It gets sun for 8 to 10 hours a day. What would be the best product for it. I want very little color added to the natural wood tone. I want something that will be long lasting. I also want to know what kind of prep work do I need to do?
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
Quoting Wendy:
I have a 3 year old deck and I live in North Carolina. The deck hasn't been sealed or stained before. Its turned gray and it in some places its a tint of green. I'm wondering the brand of stain and sealer that I should use for my deck. I would like to have semi transparent, but not sure if it would work. The deck is in direct sunlight.

Try the TWP 100 Series for this deck. Prep with our Restore A Deck Prepping kits.
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Deck Help
I have a 3 year old deck and I live in North Carolina. The deck hasn't been sealed or stained before. Its turned gray and it in some places its a tint of green. I'm wondering the brand of stain and sealer that I should use for my deck. I would like to have semi transparent, but not sure if it would work. The deck is in direct sunlight.
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
Quoting Martel Zeldin:
I have an ocean front home. The decks are exposed to sea air and rain. How best to preserve a new deck?

See this for tips:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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dr.
I have an ocean front home. The decks are exposed to sea air and rain. How best to preserve a new deck?
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
Quoting jerry goettig:
Re- covering an existing old deck. pressure treated pine, Live in NE Georgia was stained 6 years ago. need something to cover after a thorough pressure washing.

Did you remove all of the previous stain?
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
Re- covering an existing old deck. pressure treated pine, Live in NE Georgia was stained 6 years ago. need something to cover after a thorough pressure washing.
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
Quoting Pete Waldon:
I'm looking for the best stain for our cedar sided cabin in NW Wisconsin.
Also looking for best deck stain for treated lumber deck.

Look at the TWP stains for both:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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I'm looking for the best stain for our cedar sided cabin in NW Wisconsin.
Also looking for best deck stain for treated lumber deck.
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
Quoting Jim Witeck:
I am having a pergola built soon near Raleigh, North Carolina.....using premium pressure-treated lumber. Full sun exposure during most of the day. What stain should I use on this bare lumber and how many coats?

See this about new wood:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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I am having a pergola built soon near Raleigh, North Carolina.....us ing premium pressure-treate d lumber. Full sun exposure during most of the day. What stain should I use on this bare lumber and how many coats?
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
Quoting Shelly Oslie:
We live in NW WA right at the Canadian Border. We have an existing cedar deck that was painted with a very thick deck paint that has peeled. We are in process of removing that (Not fun!). The deck is on the NE side of the house and needs to be pressure washed every spring to remove the algae. Any suggestions on how to remove the remnants of paint, how to prep and what to use as a final product would be most helpful! Thank you!

You have to sand off all of the paint to use any of the stains we offer. After the sanding, try the TWP 100 Series.
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
We live in NW WA right at the Canadian Border. We have an existing cedar deck that was painted with a very thick deck paint that has peeled. We are in process of removing that (Not fun!). The deck is on the NE side of the house and needs to be pressure washed every spring to remove the algae. Any suggestions on how to remove the remnants of paint, how to prep and what to use as a final product would be most helpful! Thank you!
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Quoting Clint robertson:
I am putting a pine fence around my pool. This is in a wide open area that gets beat with sun and weather. I live in central Louisiana where humidity levels are very high. Any suggestions on the best oil based stain and sealer to use would be great.

Armstrong Clark Stain for this:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
I am putting a pine fence around my pool. This is in a wide open area that gets beat with sun and weather. I live in central Louisiana where humidity levels are very high. Any suggestions on the best oil based stain and sealer to use would be great.
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
Quoting Toni:
Which products do you recommend for ipe? In the Northeast USA

On this link:
www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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Which products do you recommend for ipe? In the Northeast USA
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
Quoting Mark-n:
Hi

Looking for the best stain to put on a new cedar deck on a south facing side of house. We live in winnipeg Manitoba canada. What can be shipped to winnipeg? If the product can not be shipped to winnipeg I can drive to the states to pick up.

Thanks

See here about new wood: www.opwdecks.com/.../

Look at the Armstrong Clark or TWP 200 Series.
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Hi

Looking for the best stain to put on a new cedar deck on a south facing side of house. We live in winnipeg Manitoba canada. What can be shipped to winnipeg? If the product can not be shipped to winnipeg I can drive to the states to pick up.

Thanks
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
Quoting Corey L:
We have just sanded our 20 year old pressure treated deck in Central Oklahoma and have removed most of the many layers of Cabot semi-solid stain that we applied every 3-4 years. Still trying to get all of the old stain off, which may not be possible. We are also using RAD Stripper and Brightener, with mixed results in removing the left over stain in some areas. In many areas, we have to pressure wash very close to the deck (breaking the rules, but nothing else works) to remove much of the old stain. Deck is on the east side of the house and gets full sun most of the day. We are wanting to stain with something that will require minimal cleaning and maintenance with maximum protection, as replacing the whole deck (2,000+ square feet) is not an option. I realize I will have to count on cleaning and reapplying each year, but I don't ever want to strip and sand again! We are trying work around an erratic rainy forecast for the next 10 days as well, not to mention high humidity during Oklahoma summers. After much confusing online research, I have narrowed it down to either TWP 100, Armstrong Clark (Semi-transparent or semi-solid,) or Ready Seal. Another site recommended AC semi-solid, but can this be reapplied each year without a completely solid look eventually? Would the semi-transparent be okay? Which brand is your recommendation for our situation? Also, will leaving some spots of the old Cabot affect adhesion (not too worried about the appearance, we can live the "distressed" look.

Use the AC semi-solid colors for this when done with the prep. It is not a solid stain and can be cleaned and reapplied every 2-3 years.
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
We have just sanded our 20 year old pressure treated deck in Central Oklahoma and have removed most of the many layers of Cabot semi-solid stain that we applied every 3-4 years. Still trying to get all of the old stain off, which may not be possible. We are also using RAD Stripper and Brightener, with mixed results in removing the left over stain in some areas. In many areas, we have to pressure wash very close to the deck (breaking the rules, but nothing else works) to remove much of the old stain. Deck is on the east side of the house and gets full sun most of the day. We are wanting to stain with something that will require minimal cleaning and maintenance with maximum protection, as replacing the whole deck (2,000+ square feet) is not an option. I realize I will have to count on cleaning and reapplying each year, but I don't ever want to strip and sand again! We are trying work around an erratic rainy forecast for the next 10 days as well, not to mention high humidity during Oklahoma summers. After much confusing online research, I have narrowed it down to either TWP 100, Armstrong Clark (Semi-transpare nt or semi-solid,) or Ready Seal. Another site recommended AC semi-solid, but can this be reapplied each year without a completely solid look eventually? Would the semi-transparen t be okay? Which brand is your recommendation for our situation? Also, will leaving some spots of the old Cabot affect adhesion (not too worried about the appearance, we can live the "distressed" look.
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
Quoting John Traylor:
Will stain my deck that has been previously painted. Do I have to strip it completely to bare wood? Live in Spokane WA. Deck is mostly in shade.

Yes, you will need to remove all the paint first.
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Will stain my deck that has been previously painted. Do I have to strip it completely to bare wood? Live in Spokane WA. Deck is mostly in shade.
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
Quoting Adrianna:
I live in southern Wisconsin. I have a newly built deck with pressure treated lumber, never been stained. The deck is in full exposure of the sun. I'm looking for a semi-transparent stain that will last as long as possible.

Hello, see this about new wood: www.opwdecks.com/.../
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Best Deck Stain
I live in southern Wisconsin. I have a newly built deck with pressure treated lumber, never been stained. The deck is in full exposure of the sun. I'm looking for a semi-transparen t stain that will last as long as possible.
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
Quoting Luc Bertrand:
I live in Montreal, Canada. I have a 500 sf deck made with treated Lumber previously stained. I just sanded all. What would be the best semi-solid stain to apply on my deck exposed to large scale temperature and weather variation.
The product must complies with canadian regulation (low voc)
Thank you in d'avance

Armstrong Clark in a semi solid. You should final prep with a deck cleaner to remove the sand dust and open the grain of the wood.
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Best suitable semi-solid stain for my deck
I live in Montreal, Canada. I have a 500 sf deck made with treated Lumber previously stained. I just sanded all. What would be the best semi-solid stain to apply on my deck exposed to large scale temperature and weather variation.
The product must complies with canadian regulation (low voc)
Thank you in d'avance
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
Quoting Michael L Petrick:
What is the best stain to use on a cedar deck in San Antonio, Texas. Full sun mid morning until mid afternoon.

Try the Defy Extreme Stain or the Armstrong Clark.
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Best Deck Stain for Cedar Deck in San Antonio Texas
What is the best stain to use on a cedar deck in San Antonio, Texas. Full sun mid morning until mid afternoon.
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
Quoting Kristine Dorazio:
I live in Powhatan, VA and am looking for a deck finish that will hold up a long time. What are the recommended finishes for this area??

Look at TWP 1500 or Defy Extreme Stains.
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
I live in Powhatan, VA and am looking for a deck finish that will hold up a long time. What are the recommended finishes for this area??
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
Quoting Robert david morgan:
I bought house in North Central Arkansas. The house has a neglected gray pine deck and railings going around entire house. House (and deck) built in 2004. Deck has no coatings. I washed, scrubbed, repaired deck. What semi transparent stain should I use?

Look at the Armstrong Clark stains.
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What to use on old neglected deck
I bought house in North Central Arkansas. The house has a neglected gray pine deck and railings going around entire house. House (and deck) built in 2004. Deck has no coatings. I washed, scrubbed, repaired deck. What semi transparent stain should I use?
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
Quoting MarkS:
This is a new pine fence in central Pa. The fence is newly installed and it has not been previously treated.

Look at TWP 1500 Series or Defy Extreme.
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This is a new pine fence in central Pa. The fence is newly installed and it has not been previously treated.
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
Quoting Jennifer Hitchens:
Hi, I need a stain for a brand new dock (treated pine) on the lake. I live in middle Georgia where it is hot and humid! The dock is mostly in full sun but there are some areas of shade. These shady areas tend to breed mildew or mold. Any suggestions? Also, how long do I let the wood dry before staining?

Look at Defy Extreme Stain. See this about treating new wood:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
Hi, I need a stain for a brand new dock (treated pine) on the lake. I live in middle Georgia where it is hot and humid! The dock is mostly in full sun but there are some areas of shade. These shady areas tend to breed mildew or mold. Any suggestions? Also, how long do I let the wood dry before staining?
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Quoting Emily Blauvelt:
I currently have a solid stain on my deck which is peeling. I plan to sand it off and apply a semi-transparent stain. I need something for high traffic...I have two large dogs that have assisted with the solid stain peeling in the middle. I live in Indiana and the deck is usually in full sun. Also, do I still need to clean and brighten after sanding?

Yes, you should clean and brighten after sanding. Make sure to remove all of the solid stain. Try the TWP 1500 Series or Armstrong Clark.
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Quoting Kaye Joannides:
Live in Southeastern MI. Deck was built in 1988 of treated pine. Was last stained 5 years ago. Used quality semi transparent stain. The stain I last used needed to be reapplied in 2 years.but was not able to do to health concerns. Need to refinish deck but want to apply long lasting semi transparent stain. Any suggestions.

Try TWP 100 Series. FYI, you can pick up at our store in Bloomfield Hills, MI.
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mrs
Live in Southeastern MI. Deck was built in 1988 of treated pine. Was last stained 5 years ago. Used quality semi transparent stain. The stain I last used needed to be reapplied in 2 years.but was not able to do to health concerns. Need to refinish deck but want to apply long lasting semi transparent stain. Any suggestions.
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Quoting Jeffr0:
Looking for the best stain to limit sun exposure and constant moisture from the ocean. Just put up the deck 3 months ago. Thanks for any suggestions.. not concerned about the look as much as having the deck last as long as possible

Try the Defy Extreme or Armstrong Clark decking stains.
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New PT Pine Deck Oceanfront
Looking for the best stain to limit sun exposure and constant moisture from the ocean. Just put up the deck 3 months ago. Thanks for any suggestions.. not concerned about the look as much as having the deck last as long as possible
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
Quoting Randy jackson:
I live in summerville, sc. New number 2 pressure treated pine deck. 2 months old. Bestain?

See this about new wood:
www.opwdecks.com/.../

Look at the Timber Oil Brand:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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I live in summerville, sc. New number 2 pressure treated pine deck. 2 months old. Bestain?
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
Quoting Anne:
Installed a new deck in July of 2016. Prepped kiln dried cedar and applied 2 coats as directed with Sunfrog deck sealer cedar tone.

Was already fading so we re coated in Oct of 2016.

It is now April and the deck is faded and showing signs of black mildew. It gets western exposure in Portland OR. The underside is still okay, the vertical areas still have color but getting black stains. No tree cover.

Hoping you can recommend a product that will last a full year. We like the transparent cedar tone.

Thank you.

Prep by removing the Sunfrog with the Restore A Deck Stain stripper and brightener kit. Stain with TWP or Defy Extreme Stains
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
Installed a new deck in July of 2016. Prepped kiln dried cedar and applied 2 coats as directed with Sunfrog deck sealer cedar tone.

Was already fading so we re coated in Oct of 2016.

It is now April and the deck is faded and showing signs of black mildew. It gets western exposure in Portland OR. The underside is still okay, the vertical areas still have color but getting black stains. No tree cover.

Hoping you can recommend a product that will last a full year. We like the transparent cedar tone.

Thank you.
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Quoting bk:
We live in Austin TX and are looking for choices on best water proof long lasting wood stain. Our deck is about 15 years old and stain/paint is beige and peeling off now, we will be sanding it down removing paint and repainting thank you

The paint you have must be removed 100% if you want to use one of our stain brands. Look at TWP or Defy Extreme stain once you remove the old coating.
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best water proof long lasting wood stain for backyard open deck
We live in Austin TX and are looking for choices on best water proof long lasting wood stain. Our deck is about 15 years old and stain/paint is beige and peeling off now, we will be sanding it down removing paint and repainting thank you
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
Quoting Heath Hinkle:
PT pine deck board. No evidence of any stain or sealer. Appears previous owner should have done something about 3 years ago. My hope is to clean and seal. What would be best? Thanks!

Prep with a RAD Kit:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
Stain with TWP 100 or 1500 Series.
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Deck sealer NE Alabama
PT pine deck board. No evidence of any stain or sealer. Appears previous owner should have done something about 3 years ago. My hope is to clean and seal. What would be best? Thanks!
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
Quoting Bt:
We are in Vegas, NV area, new deck ,(new wood), is in the sun, would you recommend porch paint verses a semi transparent stain, if we could use stain, which would you recommend? Thanks!!!

Semi-transparen t stains are best. Use the TWP or Defy Extreme decking finishes. See this article on new wood though as you cannot stain it right away:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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Desert,
We are in Vegas, NV area, new deck ,(new wood), is in the sun, would you recommend porch paint verses a semi transparent stain, if we could use stain, which would you recommend? Thanks!!!
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
Quoting Geof:
Cedar deck - Ontario cedar (Canada). Some sections 2' off ground, others 4' and 5'.
Have tried Sikkens cetol deck, behrs premium, thompsons silicon stain and others. All have failed. Initial application on 6 sides while building. Live outside Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
All semi transparent to accent the cedar

Remove the coatings that are on the wood 100% before applying a new stain. Try the TWP 200 Series or the Armstrong Clark stains.
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
Cedar deck - Ontario cedar (Canada). Some sections 2' off ground, others 4' and 5'.
Have tried Sikkens cetol deck, behrs premium, thompsons silicon stain and others. All have failed. Initial application on 6 sides while building. Live outside Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
All semi transparent to accent the cedar
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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
Quoting Don Hook:
Live in Texas just north of Houston, I have put at least 3 coats of thompsons water seal on it in the past year. The deck is 8'x8' with 2x6"s I have a cover over the top only the sun still hits it different place at time of day I'm thinking about a darker stain and possibly using polyurethane to coat it Your help would be appreciated

Quoting Don Hook:
Live in Texas just north of Houston, I have put at least 3 coats of thompsons water seal on it in the past year. The deck is 8'x8' with 2x6"s I have a cover over the top only the sun still hits it different place at time of day I'm thinking about a darker stain and possibly using polyurethane to coat it Your help would be appreciated

Prep to remove the Thompon's with the Restore A Deck Stripper and Brightener Kit. Once prepped, use a penetrating semi-transparen t stain like the Defy Extreme or the TWP 100 Series. You cannot apply a poly over a deck stain. It will peel and blister.
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Boss
Live in Texas just north of Houston, I have put at least 3 coats of thompsons water seal on it in the past year. The deck is 8'x8' with 2x6"s I have a cover over the top only the sun still hits it different place at time of day I'm thinking about a darker stain and possibly using polyurethane to coat it Your help would be appreciated
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Try the TWP or the Defy Extreme.
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Which stain would be best on a vertical fence in Charlotte, NC? It is a new fence constructed with pressure treated pine and is in full sun.
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re: new deck
See this please:

www.opwdecks.com/.../
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Owner
I will be installing a 650 sq ft porch with redwood decking. It will have western sun exposure in the PM. Site is at 5000 ft in central Idaho and will have heavy snow in winter. What stain/sealer would you recommend and is any prep required with new wood?
thanks
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re: Siberia Washinton D.C
Unfortunately you made a mistake with the wood filler. It will not "stain" with the deck stain to blend. It will look really bad if you use a semi-transparen t as it will show through. You may need to cover with a solid stain and we do not sell solid stains. As to best semi-trans, TWP 1500 is a very good stain for you area.
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Home owner
I live in Siberia Washinton D.C. With south facing Deck that gets full sun between 8-10 hours a day. The deck is pressure treated pine(I think) and has cleaned with deck cleaner. Then pressure washed, cracks filled with wood filler and finally sanded. I am now looking to stain it with preferably an oil based semi-transparen t stain because I have heard that oil base soaks in deeper and therefore lasts the longest. I plan give it as many coats as it will soak up to better protect the softer grains and would like to get opinions on what is considered the longest lasting semi- transparent stain out there. Any and all feed back is welcome.
Thanks, Dave
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Prep with the Restore A Deck cleaning kits. Stain with a penetrating stain. TWP 1500 Series.
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I have a pressure treated ramp that leads into a garage. A car is driven across the ramp on a daily basis. It is about 5 years old and never been cleaned or treated. I live in Maine, so relatively harsh winters and hot, humid summers. The ramp/deck receives sun for most of the day.

Do you have any recommendations for cleaner, brightener and stain?
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re: Stain for new Alaskan yellow cedar deck
See this article:

www.opwdecks.com/.../
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Stain for new Alaskan yellow cedar deck
Just purchased Alaskan yellow cedar for deck in Portland, OR. 50% under sun screen cover/50% direct morning sun. Lots of Douglas Fir and other trees in the yard.
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re: Canadian stain for 5 year old deck
Try the Armstrong Clark for the stain. For the stripper, most use the Restore A Deck Stripper. How effective depends on the stain brand you are removing.
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Canadian stain for 5 year old deck
deck is located on east coast of Canada, in Central New Brunswick.... heavy snow build up during the winter, in summer the deck is used with a salt water pool....sunligh t is 6-8 hrs per day....Current stain as served us well but, stain is fading off rapidly and the formula as changed, tried new formula no longer as good, peeled ... looking to strip and re-stain ...wood is Western Canadian or British Columbian Cedar.. need product that is suitable for Canada looking for semi transparent stain, brightener, stripper...can you suggest?
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re: RE:8 YEAR OLD DECK, MN
Using the tinted versions of the Defy extreme will give you 2-3 times the UV protection over the Clear version.
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RE:8 YEAR OLD DECK, MN
DEFY Extreme Clear Wood Stain
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re: 8 YEAR OLD DECK, MN
What color of Defy are you using? The Clear grays after a year, but the tinted colors should not.
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8 year old deck, MN
Hello, We have a 8 year old cedar deck. It was left untreated the first year and then cleaned and treated with Defy transparent products every year after. Wondering if there is a product that would last a little longer. Every other year I use deck brightener in addition cleaner, but it starts turning grey around fall and is completely grey by the following spring. The deck is shaded 50% of the time. Our front deck which is completely covered lasts for years. Thank you
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re: Old large decking
You need a tint for UV protection. Try the Defy Extreme in Natural Pine or TWP 115 Honeytone.
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Mrs
Old large decking, power washed in Houston, Texas. Need a wood stain that would make the deck look as natural as possible and give good protection from sun and rain. Thanks
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Strip it all off and use the Armstrong Clark stain in a semi-solid color as it will give better UV protection.
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mrs.
HI, I live in NJ, our cedar deck of 12 years in August faces the south. With that what would be the best stain/sealer to use. I've used Olympia semi-transparen t, rails still looks good but the deck floor is my concern, 2 years ago a professional deck guy sprayed Thompsons on both the rails & floor which didn't last at all! I would appreaciate any help on what to use! Remember the deck faces the SOUTH!
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re: Which stain should we use...
See this about new wood: www.opwdecks.com/.../

Wait, prep, and try Armstrong Clark Stains.
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Which stain should we use...
We just resurfaced our deck with premium treated cedar. What is a good stain to use in MN. To protect from winters. We are thinking semi transparent. Should it be Oil???? Would appreciate your help...Thanks
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re: looking to clean old cedar deck in Minnesota
Try TWP 100 Series for this deck in MN.
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looking to clean old cedar deck in Minnesota and stain with a long lasting stain. located in area with some sun but mostly shade.
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re: What deck stain should we use in Indiana
Prep by removing all old coatings. Try the TWP 1500 Series in a semi-transapren t stain.
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What deck stain should we use in Indiana. We are having to redo deck every year it is just coming off wood and looks like we have not done it forever. What are we doing wrong. The deck gets lots of sun in afternoon and is slippery when it rains or snows. We have used thompsons sealant in past and does not last
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re: several years if possible.
You need a stain. Look at the TWP 100 Series or the Defy Extreme Stain.
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We live near the coast in southern Rhode Island. Husbnd has been sanding and painting the outdoor wooden deck and picnic table yearly with Thompson's Water Sealer. It needs to be redone at least yearly. We would rather pay a little more for a sealer that lasts longer, several years if possible.wjrbf
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I live in Louisiana and have a pine deck that is covered from sunlight most of the day. It experiences extremely high traffic and lots of food/grease staining. Solid stain seems too slippery when food is spilled but other stain didn't keep grease stain out. Any suggestions?
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I applied an acrylic semi-transparen t stain to a new pressure-treate d lumber deck, then covered that with 2 coats of spar urethane. Everyone said it was the the most beautiful deck finish they had ever seen. But just 2 years later, it looks weathered in the area exposed to sun and rain. I've sanded and re-stained that area but I would like a transparent protection material that lasts longer than the urethane. Any suggestions?
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Some splitting of exterior wood is normal, even when it is stained. See this about new wood:

www.opwdecks.com/.../

Try the Armstrong Clark or Defy Extreme Stain
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We are replacing our 1,600 sq. ft. deck less than four years from when it was installed. The old wood was treated and stained, yet all the boards began to split. The deck gets full sun all year long and is over salt water. We live in Tampa, FL. We are looking for the best deck cleaner and stain that will preserve the wood and ensure we are not replacing the deck wood again in four years. Can you please advise? Thanks.
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re: Refinishing old deck
1. TWP 100 Series or Armstrong Clark
2. Does not matter
3. Just clean when needed. Use the Restore Deck Kits we sell.

You can order all products from our online store or at our Bloomfield Hills, Mi location.
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Refinishing old deck
I have stripped, cleaned, and sanded my old yellow pine 650sf deck that turned grey and the wood looks great. This past weekend I applied Sikkens SRD semi-transparen t stain (form Home Depot) and stopped halfway through because of how bad it looked: uneven finish (on same board), all brush marks showing, etc. So I re-stripped, re-cleaned, and re-sanded that half (yes, I'm a glutton for punishment). I'm now stuck as to what to do. After researching the heck out of stain I was sure Sikkens would be the best, but it was horrible. It absorbed right in so I know I let it dry enough after power washing. My questions are:
1) What is the best stain for a yellow pine deck that is in full sun all day in Michigan?
2) Should I avoid water based stain and stick to oil based?
3) The weather forecast isn't looking great for a couple of weeks so will I need to clean the deck again with a cleaner before I stain if it won't happen for a couple of weeks?

Thank you...you have no idea how much work I've put in, only to start from scratch again.
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re: FIRST TIME SEALING & STAINING
We would suggest the Defy Extreme to the TWP 100 Series. You will need to prep first. Use a RAD 300 Kit that we sell. It has both a cleaner and wood brightener.
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First Time Sealing & Staining
This is our first deck and we are wanting to maintain it for years to come. We would like to maintain as much of the natural grains and shades of the cedar.
San Antonio Texas
Cedar deck built one year ago with no staining.
250 sqft exposed to the natural element

Thank you in advanced!
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re: Foothills of the Canadian Rockies
Look at Armstrong Clark or Defy extreme stain.
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Foothills of the Canadian Rockies
I live in Calgary, Alberta. Relatively dry, winters can be quite cold but rarely for months months on end. Summers are also relatively dry and can be quite warm/hot. Which brand or even specific stain will last best in these conditions? Two year old, not previously stained, treated lumber. North side of home with a good portion having some direct exposure.
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re: HOME OWNER
Tim, see her about new decking: www.opwdecks.com/.../

Wait a few months, prep and try Defy Extreme Wood stain.
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Home owner
Have a beach home on the texas coast and have just rebuilt 500+ sq. ft. of deck using treated material (yellow wood). Would like to see wood grain, what product would work, for deck and railing, best in this environment? How long should treated wood "cure" before adding stain.

Thank you for your assistance.
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re: NEW CEDAR DECK
See here about new wood: www.opwdecks.com/.../
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New Cedar Deck
What sealer/stain will last the longest on my new cedar deck.
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re: 2 YEAR OLD PRESSURE TREATED DECK - PA
Hi Robert, try Armstrong Clark or TWP 1500 Series for you deck in PA.
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2 year old pressure treated deck - PA
I live in PA outside Philadelphia. I have two year old pressure treated deck that has never been stained. Partial sun. Looking for semi-transparen t. What type/brand would be good?
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re: We have a brand new redwood deck
Hello, see this about new wood: www.opwdecks.com/.../

Look at the Armstrong Clark stain
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We have a brand new redwood deck, full sun in Southern California. What type of stain should be used?
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re: Looking for the long term best sealer for a new Ipe deck.
Try Armstrong Clark in Amber or Mahogany. IPE requires a cleaning and recoating every 9-12 months. This is due to the high density of the wood. No stain will last longer.
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Homeowner
Looking for the long term best sealer for a new Ipe deck. Thinking semi transparent oil base. We are near the ocean in So Cal, no freezing, lots of hot sun.
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Use the TWP in honeytone color for this.
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Homeowner
Looking for a recommendation on what is the best and longest lasting treatment for vertical cedar plank. Have used CWF in the past and the last time I used the UV blend and it starting getting dark after 3 years. Looking for a longer lasting sealer with a natural honey tone. I strip the cedar bare with a pressure washer to remove the old coating and have been doing that for 25 years and although it may seem harsh it works well and gives a good base for re treatment. I clean the wood and lightly sand to remove any roughness.
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re: WHEN TO SEAL AND WHAT BRAND
See this abut new wood: www.opwdecks.com/.../

You can prep and stain now. Make sure to use the Restore A Deck Kits for prep. Stain with Armstrong Clark or the TWP.
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when to seal and what brand
new deck with stairs and railings pine pressure treated. beach house with salt air high humidity. installed august 2015. how long should I wait to seal and what brand would best to use
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re: How long can I wait to seal and protect my new PT deck?
It is best to wait until Spring, prep, then stain. It is too early to apply the stain now. Look at the AC or Timber Oil in the Spring.
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How long can I wait to seal and protect my new PT deck?
I built a new PT pine deck in late October. I live in central Arkansas. The deck faces due east, is uncovered, and is about four feet off the ground. My builder suggested that I wait 30 days to seal it. Well, now that the holidays are here, the weather is very wet. Can I safely wait until it warms up in the spring, or should I try to get something on it while I dodge over night freezes?

I am so grateful that I read your website before choosing a product! I would have made a much less informed choice. I am considering TWP-1500, Armstrong Clark, or Timber Oil brand a this point? Any preference for my situation?
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re: does not alter the natural wood.
DEcked,

You cannot have lasting UV protection with a clear or buy not altering the wood color. You must have a tint/color in your deck stain for UV protection that will last more the 6 months. The Defy Extreme Clear offers the longest in a clear but that will only last 6-12 months at best.
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stain
I live in Northern VA in higher elevations and receive heavier and more snows than the surrounding area. The back deck receives full sun light while the front porch/deck receives the least and develops mold. Can you recommend a clear or transparent stain which protects against uv..ie graying of wood but does not alter the natural wood. The deck is pressure treated.
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Deck stain suggestions
We have a pressure treated pine deck. 18x14 on south side of house so it gets lots of sun exposure. I built the deck 4 years ago and have to reapply every two years. We were using OneTime but it's a waste of money since we are having to re due the stain every two years there is no point in paying for a stain that won't outlast another brand at a cheaper price. I have prepped the deck. Stripped the OneTime off and brightened. Now just waiting for deck to dry before applying a stain. What would you suggest? I live in the Ohio Valley in WV 2 hours east of Columbus OH. Thanks!
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re: question- which stain brand should I use
Try the Armstrong Clark in Driftwood Gray but read this first about new wood:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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question- which stain brand should I use
I live in Lower NY state. Brand new deck, never been stained. Part of the day the sun is directly on it. It is not covered. I would like to use a semi-transparen t with some grey color.
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SEMI-TRANSPAREN T FOR MOLDY AREAS
In moldy areas it is imperative that you shun oil based stains. Once the mildewcide fades away, mildew will feed on the oil. Not only will it not protect from mildew, it will promote it. Latex stains won't promote mold, but they are film-forming and lack penetration--so they can peel. DEFY is one of the newest resin-based stains that penetrate like oil (it is my observation that is true). Properly applied they don't film over. In all cases, you MUST kill the mildew and spores with bleach or a mildewcide and clean it out of the wood before you stain.
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re: SEMI-TRANSPAREN T FOR OREGON COAST
Defy Extreme or TWP 100 Series.
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Semi-Transparen t for Oregon Coast
Can you suggest a semi-transparen t for this rain and moldy climate? I am currently sanding off the old oil-based solid stain that has peeled and flaked. I want something that will not get black mold and last a long time.
Thanks
Jay
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Semi-Transparen t for Oregon Coast
Can you suggest a semi-transparen t for this rain and moldy climate? I am currently sanding off the old oil-based solid stain that has peeled and flaked. I want something that will not get black mold and last a long time.
Thanks
Jay
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re: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
Harshad, Yes you can use both on a fence and a deck. Prep with the Restore A Deck Kits and stain with Armstrong Clark.
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Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
I have about 15 years old Wooden Deck of 250 Sq. Ft. Which stain Sealer, cleaner, stripper and brightener do you recommend for my home located in Northern Virginia? Can I use the same product on the wood fence?
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replanked ~250 sq ft deck with pressure treated pine
re-planked my deck ~2 yrs ago-time to finally clean and protect it. Was previously Cedar which rotted out way too quickly! Still have Cedar pickets which have some residual faded stain but are otherwise fine. Railing tops and planks are 2 year old unstained ptp. I live in Northern Virginia and back to treed parkland so I get a mix of direct and partial sun. Some mold/mildew issues due to my locale. I prefer the natural wood grain look so I am guessing something semi-transparen t...Thanks for any help
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re: 30 YEAR OLD PRESSURE TREATED WOOD DECK
Yes you could use the Defy Extreme Clear then let the wood gray naturally. I would suggest this.
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30 year old pressure treated wood deck
I have a 30 year old pressure treated (I think) wood deck which is in poor condition. The wood is split all over. It had been stained with a solid stain which I totally removed by sanding. I live in Connecticut and the deck is on the south side of the house which gets constant sun. I just want to preserve the wood as much as possible and my house is grey so I would prefer that the final look be as close to grey as possible. I am thinking of using the Defy extreme semi transparent wood stain in gray but wonder if I should just use the Defy Clear UV or extreme clear as I don't mind if the wood greys, as a matter of fact, that sounds good. What would you recommend?
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re: New doug fir 12x24 deck
See this article: www.opwdecks.com/.../

120 is too smooth. Sand with 60-80 and prep with the Restore A Deck Kits after. You want the grain raised some. Not smooth like a hardwood floor. Look at the Armstrong Clark.
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New doug fir 12x24 deck
All new, fully dried wood in Bismarck, North Dakota, east side of dwelling that shades the deck after 3pm, but no shading other than that. Underneath structure will not be accessible after 2x6 planks attached. Want grain to show, and am sanding all horizontal surfaces with 120 grit. Suggestion/comm ents on best product to use. Thanks for assistance...
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re: New deck in wisconsin
Yvette, Consider the TWP 100 Series or the Defy Extreme.
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New deck in wisconsin
I have a new deck we built last year. Was told to wait a year before staining. Now we are getting ready. It faces south so it receives sun all day. Looking to do it right and use something that lasts and looks great.
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re: Brand and Color Suggestions
Armstrong Clark in Amber or TWP 115 Honeytone.
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Brand and Color Suggestions
We have a 10 year old pine deck that has never been sealed or stained. We live in southeastern Michigan (near Ohio). Would like to keep the color somewhat natural looking (like when the wood is wet). What brand and color of stain would you recommend?
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re: Mid-Missouri,Pr essure Treated Pine, 13months old
Prep well first with a Restore A Deck Kit Cleaner and Brightener. Try the Armstrong Clark in A Rustic Brown color. Any solid color deck stain for the white vertical posts should work. Do the white posts last.
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Mid-Missouri,Pr essure Treated Pine, 13months old
I have a 13month old Deck with Stairs. The deck is covered but is exposed to sunlight during morning and evening hours. The stairs aren't covered and are exposed from morning until about mid afternoon. My deck has never been cleaned, brightened, stained or sealed. I am looking to do this right the first time.

I live it Mid-Missouri where it's hot and humid during most of summer and cold and dry(the air) during most of winter. I am wanting to do a Semi-Transparen t Stain mid-dark brown. I am also wanting to paint the 8"x8" posts with a white to match the window trim on our house. So if you have any suggestions for exterior white paint...

I haven't ever applied stain before so some guidance on application would be helpful to.
Thanks,
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re: Eastern Red Cedar Fence
Victoria, Look at the Armstrong Clark stain for your fence.
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Eastern Red Cedar Fence
Going to have a new eastern red cedar fence installed. Looking for recommendations on a stain that will hopefully preserve and protect the natural colors of the wood. I know the bright red will fade with drying and sun exposure, but hoping to minimize it and be able to appreciate the natural color variation of the wood for quite some time. With our previous fence, we used a water based semi-transparen t stain from Sherwin Williams. There is so much pigment in the SW stain that none of the wood color shows through. After a couple of applications the SW stain became pretty close to opaque. Looking to try an oil based stain if that is what is recommended. Also, the cedar tone stains don't seem to reflect the color of eastern red cedar at all. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Located outside of St. Louis, MO and this will be a standard 6 ft privacy fence.
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re: TIRED OF SEALING
Try the TWP 1500 Series or Armstrong Clark. Both are oil based and allowed in all 50 states.
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Tired of sealing
We put n a beautiful cedar deck. Used oil sealant on it and it lasted two years before we neede to do it again. It was that way until oil was outlawed. Then we put a stain sealant on it and it looked like we painted our deck, horrible. Following spring needed to be done again. Followed manufactures directions to remove old product and Britten before adding a lighter profit of theirs. Even more horrible. Now we sand off products every year and don't know what to use. We want a natural look. Our deck is in full sun year round.
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re: QUESTION: ARMSTRONG CLARK OR DEFY
First thing that you need to do is remove all of the old stain(s). Look at the Armstrong Clark stains but either would work well.
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question: Armstrong Clark or Defy
Hello,

I have a 10 year-old white cedar deck. It has been treated over the years with box store stain with varying degrees of success. Tired of redoing this work year after year, I am looking for a superior stain. Which of the brands above is best suited for Ottawa Ontario Canada winters and hot summers? Thank you in advance.

Anne
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re: new deck pressure treated raw wood
Please read this:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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new deck pressure treated raw wood
Tampa florida What should I do to stain? Seal?
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re: southern pine deck, in southern climate
Prep first with the Restore A Deck Kits. Use the Timber Oil Brand for new wood.
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southern pine deck, in southern climate
PLEASE!
I am seeking recommendations for a semi transparent oil based stain for use on new southern yellow pine - pressure treated, factory applied water repellent. Located in North Alabama, USDA growth zone 7. The deck is uncovered, south facing, near all day sun, humid summers, cold winters, year'round rain, minimal snow.

Also, I know it has to acclimate ~30 days, but do you recommending sanding before staining or not? Lots of contradictory info out there.

One thing everyone seems to agree on is that decks need to be cleaned, stripped, re-stained,... every 1-3 years. I am aghast!!! My original deck with Olympic stain lasted ~20 years with minimal maintenance. They sure don't make things like they used to. :sad:

THANK YOU!
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re: STRIPPER DIDN'T WORK
Only a solid color stain, not anything we sell or that is transparent.
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Stripper didn't work
I used Behr Wood Stripper on my 20+ year old deck, and it lifted one coat of stain, but lots of old stain still remains, even after 2 coats of stripper followed by power washing. Can I apply new stain on top of the partially stripped deck boards?
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If you want water based stain then use the Defy Extreme.
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plan on staining a treated wood deck (2x6) that is 11 years old but in very good condition . Recently cleaned to bear wood with MD 10 and brushed to remove mildew. Surface is smooth w/ very little raised grain
Which twp, defy or Armstrong products (water based) would you recommend?
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Use the Armstrong Clark and prep first with a Restore A Deck Kit.
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Mr
Installed cedar deck 9 months ago in Northwest Ontario, Canada. Deck has southern exposure. No previous coatings. Thanks.
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re: deck stain
Try TWP 100 Series or Armstrong Clark stains. Darker or richer color will last longer from UV fading.
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deck stain
What is the best deck stain/restorati on for my west facing deck? I live in North Dakota, so we have the weather extremes in the summer and winter. I have minimal shade over the deck. I currently have a tinted deck sealer on now that was applied about 3 years ago. It is worn off in the main usage areas. I will need to strip or sand the rest off regardless. The boards are pressure treated pine. Any help is appreciated.
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re: WHAT STAIN WILL LAST THE LONGEST
Try Armstrong Clark in Sequoia, Mtn Cedar, Oxford Brown, or Woodland Brown for this.
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what stain will last the longest
What would be the best semi transparent stain for my deck in Cincinnati, OH? It gets full Sun for 8-10 hours a day. It is 1000 sf. Half is older wood and half is 2 years old. Thanks for your help.
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Use the TWP 100 Series for the floors.
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We have a wood deck that is covered, but the spindles, rails and stairs get lots of sun. The FLOOD deck stain we've used seems to wear off rather quickly - we're re-coating it for the 2nd time in 3 years. We've decided to use paint on the rails and spindles and stairs, and leave the floor lightly stained. What is the best kind of paint to use?
We live in Georgia - humid much of the time, everything seems to mold/mildew (including the deck!)
Thanks,
Cindy
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re: Managing Member, KerzCasa, llc
You are supposed to apply the cleaner then pressure wash off. Not the other way around. No need to sand

Try TWP 100 Series.
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Managing Member, KerzCasa, llc
I live in Tampa, FL out in the burbs on a small pond next to a woods.
Want to stain a fence, about 1,200 square foot to a side so I'm figuring on 2,500 square feet total.
Fence is about 10 years old and has done well, considering Florida's high humidity, exposure to sun, etc.
STEPS DONE SO FAR:
1. Older, party broken, etc., boards have been replaced.
2. Have thoroughly POWERwashed the side of the fence facing our home; plan to also powerwash side of fence facing neighbor, though I may not be as meticulous on that side.
QUESTIONS:
A. After powerwashing BOTH sides will I still need to apply some type of cleaning solution? If so, what do you recommend (it's humid and mostly sunny in my backyard, so there was some black mold, especially on horizontal surfaces of fence in constant sun.
B. Wiil I ALSO need to SAND since I already will have powerwashed? If so, what do you recommend.
C. Based on Consumers Reports HIGH ratings, was considering using Behr Solid Color Waterproofing Wood Stain from Home Depot. OPEN to SUGGESTION cuz I'm seeing a fair number of bad ratings for this particular Behr product, though the people who have had great success are emphasizing FENCE PREP as critical to their long-term success.
THANKS for ANY help you can suggest.
Mike Kersmarki, Tampa, FL,
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re: 2 YEAR OLD DECK, NEVER STAINED BEFORE
Look at the Armstrong Clark or TWP stains.
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We have a modular home with log siding and a cedar deck, on Anderson Island in western Washington. So it's a damp environment, although in the summer we get quite a bit of sun, facing east. We've use Thomsons in the past, but my husband is currently pressure washing after less than 2 years. And it looks really bad, super dark & mildewy. I'm thinking we should go semi transparent. Can we usethesame product for the siding and the deck? What are your suggestions?
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2 year old deck, never stained before
I have a 2 year old deck, due to various reasons we haven't been able to do anything to it. I cleaned it recently with a generic cleaner "Super Deck, deck wash' from Sherwin Williams. The deck faces the west so gets more than half a day of sunshine with a little shade from a growing tree.

Please recommend the best stain/sealer to last the longest time

Thank you for your input!!
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Prep by stripping and brightening to remove the old stain. Use the Armstrong Clark stain that we sell but use one of the semi-solid colors to get the best UV protection for a dock in FL.
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The dock is in Satellite Beach, FL. The dock belongs to my parents and they are not sure of the previous product that was applied. It has probably been 3 years since anything has been put on the dock. I believe it failed due to sun exposure and weather. Please help me find a suitable product to stain the dock. It is partially in the sun and partially in the shade. Thanks.
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re: WHAT BRAND TO USE?
Look at the Armstrong Clark stain and yes we ship to Canada:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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What brand to use?
I live in province of Quebec,Canada; so we get harsh winters and cold wet weather. I have a new 6 to 7 years old pressure treated wood deck(likely pine) that gets sun only half of the day. Which brand of semi-transparen t stain is the best to use for treating my recent deck to minimize maintenance and maximize longevity. Do you ship that brand of stain to Canada? Thanks for your assistance.
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re: STAINING RECOMMENDATION PLEASE
Marine grade sealers do not last longer on decks and can actually be more of a problem. You want a penetrating stain, not a varnish on your deck. Borates can be applied to the wood first to prevent termites. Not sure where to get them. As for the stain, look at Armstrong Clark stains or Defy Extreme stain.
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Staining recommendation please
We just replaced most of the wood in our deck in southern California. We are 3 miles from the ocean, so salt air is a concern. there is paint on the railings that we did not replace. We are going to strip and sand that wood down to the bare wood. We want to use a semi-transparen t stain a redwood color and then seal the wood. Is there a marine grade sealer that will last longer? Also where we live termites are a huge issue. Is there something we can use to deter termites from eating out deck again?
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re: TRANSPARENT STAIN
Strip and brighten for the prep this time. Stain with TWP 100 Series.
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transparent stain
I live in Oregon Lots of Rain I use superdeck semi-transparen t stain on the horizontal surfaces I get a year. I put this on tight knot cedar boards I power was between coasts clean surface. apply on warm days of 70. I would like a stain that last longer what do you recommend.
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re: 10 YEAR OLD CEDAR DECK
You have to remove the Arborcoat before using any other stain and that will require sanding. Once it is sanded off 100% then you can lena and brighten for prep and stain with TWP 1500.
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10 year old cedar deck
Hi. We live in Central New Jersey and get all kinds of weather - rain, snow, ice, humidity and SUN. Our cedar deck is about 10 years old and has southern exposure. We have used a Benjamin Moore Arborcoat on it without much success. The main walking area has peeled and under the benches has turned green. Although it needs some spot repairs, the wood is mostly in good shape. Can you recommend something for us?
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re: FENCING PROJECT IN NORTH FLORIDA.
Ron, Look at Armstrong Clark Stain in the Mahogany color.
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re: HOMEOWNER
Gary, TWP or Armstrong Clark.
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homeowner
I have a waterfront home in the Pacific Northwest that has mahogany railings that had been varnished by the previous owner. The varnish has deteriorated significantly over the last 2 years so I removed it by applying varnish remover, scraping and sanding. I would like to apply a semi transparent sealer, can you suggest best type for my area ? Thank you
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Fencing project in north Florida.
Hi. We are putting up a fence and bought Behr stain because it's advertised for 25 year life. HOWEVER, the product is junk. We need to know what brand of stain is best for our pressure treated panels for the north Florida climate. We are looking into the TWP 200 series as an option. What are your thoughts?
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Homeowner
I am in the process of getting ready to sand off a Behr Natural semi-transparen t deck stain/sealer and I would like to find the best oil based (or other)penetrati ng semi-transparen t stain to use. This is treated lumber which is in good condition and approximately 8-9 years old. What is your recommendation for the longest lasting finish to protect the deck?
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re: WHAT BRAND IS BEST?
We do not sell solid stains and you will need to stay with a solid stain now that it has already been applied.
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What brand is best?
We bought a cottage recently on the lake. We are in Central Indiana so we get all weather - snow,ice,rain,h ot,humid,freezi ng,etc.
the current deck is approx. 6-8 years old. It had been stained a solid color at one point but most of that is gone. The wood is pressure treated and in very good shape overall. It's just faded,grayed and has mold and mildew. There's a lot of decking. Some in shade,some in sun,some by house and some down by the water. Please advise on longest lasting,most durable,UV protection and mold/mildew resistant. All these things are important. Thank You!!
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re: STAIN FOR CEDAR DECK
Try the Armstrong Clark in a semi-solid color.
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stain for cedar deck
We live in southern Ontario in the snow belt. We have a cedar deck that is 4 years old. It was left unfinished the first year, stained with a semi transparent stain the second year which resulted in significant peeling after the winter. It was then stripped, washed and an oil base transparent stain applied. After each of the next winters, dark patches formed and returned late summer after the initial removal and restraining in the spring. Not sure what to try next! Any advice??
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re; STAIN FOR OLDER GREEN TREATED FADED & MILDEWED DECK IN MINNESOTA
Try the TWP or the Armstrong Clark stains.
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Stain for older green treated faded & mildewed deck in Minnesota
Our deck is approx. 1100 sq ft. It's overdue for restoration. The wood is still in good shape, the appearance is long gone. Harsh winters and southern exposure. Many spindles and 1 story stairs. Looking for a long lasting quality stain. Thanks
Tim
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re: BEST STAIN TO USE ON NEW PRESSURE TREATED PINE IN COLD RAINY CLIMATE
You can use the TO now but you will need to remove it if you decide to switch brands in a couple of years. I would prep and stain now. No need or advantage to wait longer. Look at the any of the stain that you mentioned. All would work well.
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best stain to use on new pressure treated pine in cold rainy climate
My pressure treated pine deck was built in December between 2 snow storms. I live in a snow belt. The snow just melted, but the weather is cold and rainy and will remain that way until July. The deck is located between two trees (ginko and locust) a foot away, mostly shady. The deck faces south. There are no railings. The deck looks beautiful now. I would like to use a light color stain to match my natural oak floors inside the house, or a maple color. Should I wait until August or September to stain? What stain will penetrate the new wood the best. What stain will prevent mold the best? How can I retain the beautiful color of the new wood?
Should I sand or use clorox magic eraser to remove ink stains. Deck is T shaped 20 x 24 with two 10 x 8 areas and 2 steps around perimeter.
TWP 1500, Armstrong, Timber Oil, Defy?
Can I use Timber Oil the first year since it penetrates well on new wood and stain with something like TWP 1500 in 2 years over the Timber Oil?

What do you suggest.

My old deck lasted 30 years and i used red barn paint, which I only painted twice in 20 years of living here!!!!
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Eden, use the Restore A Deck Stripper to remove. You cannot add a marine varnish to it. Use the TWP 1500 or the Armstrong Clark.
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Hi there, We built a large redwood deck in Los Angeles, ca. We let it sit for a few weeks, then we used Penofin red label to stain it and within a few months the entire deck turned a uniform blackish color. Almost like the so. cal smog was stuck to it.
We know it wasn't mold because the weather was in the 80's and dry the whole time. We called Penofin who couldn't help but sent us a cleaner and brighter which we used-made it look great- then used Timber Pro on it. It lasted less than a year and now the deck is dark dirty colored again. I'm thinking the Timber pro failed because while we thought we were stripping the Penofin off-we were just cleaning it....? Also, we have very small dogs, and their nails leave tons of scratches that look like the light raw wood- like they're scratching right through the finish. We are ready to try stripping and brightening to give it another try. We have a brightener but what's the best stripper? And then we're thinking the TWP maybe? Is it crazy to try Marine stain on it? Any help would be hugely appreciated.
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re: Longest lasting best stain for Southwest Florida
Wait for about 3 months to dry out and weather some. Prep first with the Restore A deck Kits. Stain with the Armstrong Clark. Thanks!
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Longest lasting best stain for Southwest Florida
We live on the bay on Pine Island.
We have marine grade brand-new deck and pergola.
The deck is mostly under the pergola.

How long should we let it cure?
And which stain is best to use.

Thank you
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re: HIGH SUN IN CO
No stain will stop or prevent the Trex delamination. It is not possible to fix the core issue which is the Trex. Sorry but it really needs to be replaced as the stain will not do anything for you.
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High sun in CO
I have a trex deck that has delaminated. We are going to try sanding, cleaning, brightening, and staining it before the high cost of replacement with real wood. We live in CO and our deck gets a lot of morning sun. The peeling is worst in the sunniest parts of the deck. So sun is the worst actor on the deck rather than snow. What stain will penetrate into this deck best and what type of stain will protect it from further delamination in the long run? We have had Sherwin Williams Superdeck Deck and Dock recommended to us.
Thanks!
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TWP 100 Series or the Armstrong Clark. Prep first with a deck cleaner and wood brightener.
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I applied Australian Timber oil to decks three years ago. The decks need to be retreated. What oil based stain would you recommend for the outer banks of NC?
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If you are changing brands then you should remove the Cabot AT first. Use a deck stain stripper like the Restore A Deck and a Wood Brightener when done. Stain the deck a couple of days later with TWP or Armstrong Clark. For the new wood, you would need to prep with the Restore A Deck Cleaner.
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