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.

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  • State you live in
  • Previous coatings that were used and why they failed
  • Any other information that may be useful
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    Sophie · 10/15/2018
    Hi. Yesterday we used the restore a deck strip and brightener kit to prepare our 18 month old redwood deck that had been sealed once with oil based stain that had failed We used a brush and spray nozzle on a garden hose.
    The results are prety good. But certain boards are now extremely fiberous, almost fuzzy. How should we deal with this before we stain next weekend? Should we try to scrub off? Sand? Leave it alone? Thanks
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      The Sealer Store · 10/15/2018
      Post a picture. Does it show when wet with water? If so, it typically does not show when stained.
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        Sophie · 10/15/2018
        Here's he close up of the fiberous wood
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        Sophie · 10/15/2018
        It does show when wet, and feels sort of mossy.
        We were not sure if we scrubbed too hard, or not enough. Lots of it came off along with the mold, stain and dirt. But when dry it appears to be this way on a quarter to a third of the deck.
        Would we have had different results with a power washer? Might it wear off on its own over time? Next step? Thanks.
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          The Sealer Store · 10/15/2018
          You should sand this. Rent a floor buffer and use 80 grit sanding pad. It will be fairly easy this way.

          You over stripped this. Too much chemicals or concentration caused this.
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    Ernie Ferguson · 10/04/2018
    We live in SW Missouri. I am replacing the deck floor boards with cedar decking. The deck faces south and gets east and west sun. How long should I wait to stain? What would be the best semi-transparent stain to use?
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    Phil · 09/27/2018
    My deck was installed December of 17 in mid Michigan. I will clean and Brighton just wanted some input on the best stain to use in this type of climate. I have two decks one faces East and the other to the West
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    Sheryl Bowles · 09/19/2018
    We live in MidMissouri and the deck faces direct West. The five quarter pine is brand new. The stairs are 2x10 and 2x8
    what is your recommendation?
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    Arabella · 09/17/2018
    We have a home in north Texas made of cedar log siding. I have tried Sherwein Williams semi-transparent stain, Behr semi transparent and nothing lasts in the Texas heat. What would be your recommendation? Thank You
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    Bob · 09/09/2018
    Brand new deck installed in April 2018 with pressure treated wood. Location is in Louisville KY. Portion of deck is enclosed in a screened in porch while the remainder is fully exposed. When do I stain/seal the deck and what is the best semi transparent product to use?
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    Caroll · 09/07/2018
    Best deck stain for a 4 year old cedar deck with high UV protection (up to 16 hour day length) and harsh weather endurance (temps from -30 degs to 110 degs). One that can be easily reapplied without stripping off old applications (of same product)?

    CJ
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    Ryan · 09/03/2018
    Hello, I built my pressure treated deck in May/June of this year in Philadelphia, PA. The lumber was from a yard and not a big box store. I have an HVLP sprayer that I want to use to apply my stain, but there are way too many options! Since this is PT Pine, I was looking to go with an opaque stain. Any recommendations that are good to apply with an HVLP sprayer? I was looking at TWP, Sherwin Williams, and Benjamin Moore. It has been three months and I am pressure washed and ready to go! Thanks!
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      The Sealer Store · 09/04/2018
      I am sorry but we do not sell any solid stains and TWP does not come in a solid sain.
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    Richard · 09/01/2018
    I have a 30 year old cedar deck in Seattle, WA. Lots of traffic. Wood in good shape. Used a water based stain last year with terrible results (dull appearance, poor adherence, peeled in areas). I've sanded all of it off, have prepped with 2 part restore a deck kit. Would like a semi-transparent stain so we can see some of the nice wood texture. Considering TWP 100 series, Storm or Messmers UV plus but open to all ideas. Do you have a recommendation for one with the best longevity/performance?
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    Jill · 08/25/2018
    We are building a new cedar deck in northwestern Washington near Puget Sound. The deck will get full sun in the morning into the early afternoon during the summer, but it will be dark and damp for much of the fall/winter/spring. We are considering a semi-transparent stain but keep seeing conflicting viewpoints on oil vs water based. I saw you recommended Armstrong Clark to another WA State poster. I keep seeing recommendations for that as well as the TWP 100 series, Defy Extreme or Restore-A-Deck. Due to some time restrictions, we do not plan to clean, brighten and seal the deck until next summer. What would you recommend? I appreciate any advice you can provide.
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      The Sealer Store · 08/25/2018
      Any of these brands would work very well with not one actually being the "best" for your area.

      New wood cannot be stained right away though. See this for some advice: https://www.opwdecks.com/when-to-stain-a-new-deck.htm
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        Jill · 08/25/2018
        Thanks for the quick reply. We'll be staining summer of 2019 so it sounds like that's a good time frame. Since we have a few options, I'll order some samples to see which brand/color looks and works best.
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    Helanie · 08/22/2018
    Chicago based deck, west exposure to LOTS of sun and snow! Brand new deck, pre-treated green wood. What is the best prep procedure? What is the best option for stain?
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    mary · 08/09/2018
    Large deck built in western NC that is exposed to morning and afternoon full sun unless is raining. Spring and summer showers occur nearly every day, which can continue all day/night or for several days.

    The deck was built last August with pressure treated wood and had no treatment other than sun and rain, which has been bleached the wood out a LOT.

    I will pressure wash and roll sealant. What product do you suggest I use to protect my investment?
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    Andrea K · 07/27/2018
    Michigan
    Sherwin Williams solid deck stain (completely cleaned of mold, stripped and deck sanded to remove all old stain)
    I want the best stain that can withstand a lot of sunlight (10/11 am to 7/8 pm) that is relatively low maintenance. I have 500 square feet of decking to stain, as well, so cost is somewhat of a factor. I just don't know what to do.
    Thank you.
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    Denise C · 07/18/2018
    Brand new patio deck built of pressure treated pine located in SE Louisiana, partially under cover. Interested in a semi-transparent stain that will offer great protection from the elements while being relatively low maintenance. Recommendations greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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    Shelle · 07/16/2018
    In Mpls MN with south and west exposure. Some shade in morning. Deck is redwood and cedar-some 20 yrs old but in good shape. In fall 2017, power washed all and applied Storm 2-Oil Toned stain with a brush. Was fading and not resisting water by mid-May 2018(and we had snow in April). Looking for a non-film forming deck covering with some color. In the past I have only used transparent stains, mostly CW Flood, which worked very well)
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    Kim · 07/16/2018
    Hi, Just had a new deck installed 7/14/2018 in northeast PA using ecolife II treated wood. Looking for the best, longest-lasting waterproofing/stain to use. The natural wood looks absolutely amazing and would like to keep it as natural as possible. Thanks
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    Chris · 07/12/2018
    Hi! I’m having a heck of a time with all the stains out there and which would be best for my patio cover. I’m looking to stain the posts, beams and tongue and groove ceiling. It will be fully roofed so the only parts that may get wet here and there are the posts and beams. I live in Southern California inland empire area. The patio is all new untreated Douglas fir. We are interested in a medium to dark brown semi trans stain. Please help!
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    Steve · 07/07/2018
    Have pressure treated pine decking that was put down in november 2017. Has it weathered long enough and what is best stain choice for mountains of North Carolina? Upper 80's and humid in summer, wet sometimes snowy winters. Thanks!
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    Mark · 07/07/2018
    I live in Indiana. I am staining new pressure treated wood that has never been stained. It is a pool deck. I will prep the wood first with a cleaner and brightener. What stain would be best for me to use?
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    Kelly · 07/04/2018
    We live in Gander Newfoundland Canada. This is a new deck built last summer with pressure treated lumber. The back deck faces south so has sun for most of the day. The front deck only gets the sun for a few hours in the evening. Our summers are relatively short with lots of rain and moderate temperatures. Our winters ,with snow could be from November to April .