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 Margaret:
We have very hot summers (many days of triple digit and near triple digit temperatures), and very wet winters. This is for a footbridge over a seasonal creek. The bridge is made of red cedar, with pressure treated wood support beams. We just had it built, but plan to wait a year for it to weather before staining it. Thank you!

Try the TWP 100 Series:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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Longest Lasting Stain for a footbridge in Southern Oregon
We have very hot summers (many days of triple digit and near triple digit temperatures), and very wet winters. This is for a footbridge over a seasonal creek. The bridge is made of red cedar, with pressure treated wood support beams. We just had it built, but plan to wait a year for it to weather before staining it. Thank you!
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Quoting dbne:
Omaha, Nebraska. New cedar deck/pergola which has weathered 12 months. Southern exposure. Looking for info on which cleaner and brightener to use, and which semi-transparent stain. We want the best/longest protection possible while still being able to see some of the wood grain.

Prep with this:
www.opwdecks.com/.../

Stain with Armstrong Clark:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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Omaha, Nebraska. New cedar deck/pergola which has weathered 12 months. Southern exposure. Looking for info on which cleaner and brightener to use, and which semi-transparen t stain. We want the best/longest protection possible while still being able to see some of the wood grain.
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Quoting britta:
I have a brand new redwood deck and was told by my contractor to seal it with Cabot's Australian Timber Oil, but the company says I must wait 2 months for wood to dry out. Another site said not to wait more than a week or two to seal a new redwood deck to protect it. Help!

Yes, you should wait:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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Quoting Steve Kocourek:
I have a rebuilt deck, the railings, stairs and deck surface were destroyed due to lack of sealing and the strong sun we have in tennessee. I am looking for a semi-transparent brown/red stain / sealer than will cover some mold strains, hold up the direct sun (80% of day exposure to.sun) and potentially be useful for refreshing my picket fence.

See this about new wood: www.opwdecks.com/.../
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I have a rebuilt deck, the railings, stairs and deck surface were destroyed due to lack of sealing and the strong sun we have in tennessee. I am looking for a semi-transparen t brown/red stain / sealer than will cover some mold strains, hold up the direct sun (80% of day exposure to.sun) and potentially be useful for refreshing my picket fence.
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shoot! I forgot to say that I live in southern california! The redwood is new so it has no coating.
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Quoting sheila ponsaa:
we just installed a new deck (8 x 10 with no railings). would like to know what cleaner, brightener, and stain to use. we leave in new Orleans Louisiana. the wood used is pressure treated lumber. your assistance is appreciated.

Hello, see this about new decks: www.opwdecks.com/.../
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staining new deck
we just installed a new deck (8 x 10 with no railings). would like to know what cleaner, brightener, and stain to use. we leave in new Orleans Louisiana. the wood used is pressure treated lumber. your assistance is appreciated.
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Quoting William Gilmore:
I live in West Virginia and have previously used Olympic Maximum Semi-Transparent in Cedar. I have one deck that is full shade and it has held up fine. I have two others, one around the pool, and one off the back of the house that are full soon from sun up to sunset. Both of these have been giving me serious trouble, I can't get the lumber to last more than a couple years. Please point me in the right direction of something that will last.

Try the Armstrong Clark in a semi-solid color for this. Max UV protection and will help to replenish the woods lost oils.
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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Help
I live in West Virginia and have previously used Olympic Maximum Semi-Transparen t in Cedar. I have one deck that is full shade and it has held up fine. I have two others, one around the pool, and one off the back of the house that are full soon from sun up to sunset. Both of these have been giving me serious trouble, I can't get the lumber to last more than a couple years. Please point me in the right direction of something that will last.
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Quoting Jody Seward:
Deck on the north side of a ridge near Clyde NC.
Rain, wind and snow. Old deck. Looking for long lasting stain, not too dark and would still like to see grain.

Look at TWP 100 series:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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cabin deck
Deck on the north side of a ridge near Clyde NC.
Rain, wind and snow. Old deck. Looking for long lasting stain, not too dark and would still like to see grain.
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Quoting tim 2:
best stain for new deck I want a semi-transparent stains no color live in Rochester ny. harsh weather

No color means no UV protection from graying. See this about new wood:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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best stain for new deck I want a semi-transparen t stains no color live in Rochester ny. harsh weather
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Quoting Bill Savitz:
I live in s/w Ohio. New pressure treated deck. Full sun, southern exposure.
What would be the best choice for the longest lasting stain?

Hello, see our article on new wood: www.opwdecks.com/.../

Once the weathering and prep takes place, look at TimberOil:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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I live in s/w Ohio. New pressure treated deck. Full sun, southern exposure.
What would be the best choice for the longest lasting stain?
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Quoting Donna Jones Jones:
Southern California - New redwood fence that was stained and treated with a white milky sealer. I want to know what is the best product to put on a Redwood Fence that will last the longest?

Hello, you cannot stain over a sealer. It will not soak in.
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Redwood Fence
Southern California - New redwood fence that was stained and treated with a white milky sealer. I want to know what is the best product to put on a Redwood Fence that will last the longest?
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Quoting Roger Griffis:
Live in Columbia, SC. Previous coating on new deck was Sherwin Williams transparent stain after preparing with deck wash. It did not last more than a year.

Remove the SW fully and stain with TWP 100 Series:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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Mr.
Live in Columbia, SC. Previous coating on new deck was Sherwin Williams transparent stain after preparing with deck wash. It did not last more than a year.
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Quoting Baucum:
I just bought a new house in southern Maryland (Gaithersburg) with a fence that needs cleaning and finishing. It is probably pine, but I don't know. I also don't know the finishes may have been used on it. The local HOA says only clear finishes, but my neighbors have used fence stains with a little color. My thought is to pressure wash the fence and then use a quality oil based semi-transparent finish that looks somewhat close to clear. Your thoughts on the plan and recommendation on particular product? Thanks

You should use a stain stripper while pressure washing and brighten the wood after:
www.opwdecks.com/.../

Stain with the TWP 1500 Series:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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Mr.
I just bought a new house in southern Maryland (Gaithersburg) with a fence that needs cleaning and finishing. It is probably pine, but I don't know. I also don't know the finishes may have been used on it. The local HOA says only clear finishes, but my neighbors have used fence stains with a little color. My thought is to pressure wash the fence and then use a quality oil based semi-transparen t finish that looks somewhat close to clear. Your thoughts on the plan and recommendation on particular product? Thanks
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Quoting Darrel:
Cabin at 7000 ft, covered with snow all winter. Using redwood construction heart. Project is in California, I would like to see the grain but want to protect.

Thank you for your advise

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

Look at Armstrong Clark:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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Owner
Cabin at 7000 ft, covered with snow all winter. Using redwood construction heart. Project is in California, I would like to see the grain but want to protect.

Thank you for your advise
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Quoting Deanna Rozzell:
Best deck restorer product to use in east central Mississippi. Very humid and prone to mildue and mold.

Try the TWP 100 Series or Defy Extreme.
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Best deck restorer product to use in east central Mississippi. Very humid and prone to mildue and mold.
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Quoting Elizabeth Seitz:
Best paint or stain for treated wood rails on ocean front NC coast

Armstrong Clark or TWP 100 Series.
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Best paint or stain for treated wood rails on ocean front NC coast
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Quoting L Brown:
What should I use on newly installed Douglas Fir for a covered front porch. Chicago area. I would like to stain it.

See this about new wood: www.opwdecks.com/.../
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What should I use on newly installed Douglas Fir for a covered front porch. Chicago area. I would like to stain it.
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We have a new tongue-and-groo ve front porch installed; looking to stain it. Live in Chicago area where it can be hot and humid, and freezing in winter. Looking for suggestions. The wood is new (but untreated), so also how long should we wait?
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Quoting LeNae Williamson:
I live in St. Paul, MN - Have a wood cedar deck that - bought the house 2 years ago so I'm not sure what was used previously but it looks completely bare. I was told it they used Thompson Water Seal on it 3 years ago but not certain. Gets quite a bit of sun.

Prep with the Restore A Deck Kits. Stain with TWP 1500 Series.
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Ms.
I live in St. Paul, MN - Have a wood cedar deck that - bought the house 2 years ago so I'm not sure what was used previously but it looks completely bare. I was told it they used Thompson Water Seal on it 3 years ago but not certain. Gets quite a bit of sun.
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Quoting Dennis Brown:
forgot to ask you to notify me of follow-up comments. Please do so.
Thank you

Prep with this to remove the old sealer:
www.opwdecks.com/.../

Stain with Armstrong Clark:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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forgot to ask you to notify me of follow-up comments. Please do so.
Thank you
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Chicago Il area
Treated 2 years ago with a transparent sealer.
Deck is 4 years old.
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Quoting Alison Coulter:
We live in southern MN. Lots of snow, rain and sun. We have large wrap around treated wood decks that are about 20 years old. We have tried multiple products that don't last. What should we do to clean them first and what product would be expected to last the longest? Thanks

To start you will need to remove any remnants of the old coatings. How to do this depends on the brands and type of stains you used previously. Do you know this?
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We live in southern MN. Lots of snow, rain and sun. We have large wrap around treated wood decks that are about 20 years old. We have tried multiple products that don't last. What should we do to clean them first and what product would be expected to last the longest? Thanks
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Quoting Barb lacognata:
I have never sealed my deck wood. It's been on there at least 15 years it's dry looking and needs some life. I live in Springfield Missouri. Deck faces north. Looks good when we power wash but still dry and dull.

For this one, try the Armstrong Clark stain:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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Quoting Lizzy71:
We need to refinish two decks. Our front porch faces south and gets lots of sun. The back is north facing and gets some sun but not a ton. Both decks are cedar and about 5 years old. We are in Vancouver, BC so lots of rain in winter.

Use the TWP 200 Series for this:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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Deck sealer
I have never sealed my deck wood. It's been on there at least 15 years it's dry looking and needs some life. I live in Springfield Missouri. Deck faces north. Looks good when we power wash but still dry and dull.
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We need to refinish two decks. Our front porch faces south and gets lots of sun. The back is north facing and gets some sun but not a ton. Both decks are cedar and about 5 years old. We are in Vancouver, BC so lots of rain in winter.
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Quoting Al Sorenson:
I have a new 600 Square foot cedar deck that is just about finished being built. I want to go with a semi transparent stain. What do you recommend and do I need a sealer as well. I live in suburban Chicago so harsh winters and lots of sun during the day/summer.

See this:
www.opwdecks.com/.../

Deck stains are sealers and you cannot apply a sealer on top of a deck stain.
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Deck Stain Reccomendation
I have a new 600 Square foot cedar deck that is just about finished being built. I want to go with a semi transparent stain. What do you recommend and do I need a sealer as well. I live in suburban Chicago so harsh winters and lots of sun during the day/summer.
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Quoting Laurie Brown:
Our 500+ sq ft ipe deck is 15 yrs old and has never been stained or otherwise treated. We're in the SF Bay Area, in a warm area and the deck gets pretty much full sun. We've pressure washed off mold and grime periodically, ever couple of years. There are plenty of hairline cracks and larger cracks all over, esp on the rails and stairs (Ends not sealed? Lower quality ipe?) The deck was already here when we bought the house 7 yrs ago. We're thinking we should try a product to protect, and frankly we're tired of the dingy gray. We're ready to do a deep clean, brightener, and then stain/protect. The ipe still cleans to a nice pale brownish tone. Which product would soak in, boost color, and seal the best? Thinking we'll hold off on sanding even though there are some splinters so this first coat of stain will be able to penetrate as deeply as possible. Thanks!

For the IPE stain, try the IPE Oil or the Armstrong Clark:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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Old Ipe Never Stained
Our 500+ sq ft ipe deck is 15 yrs old and has never been stained or otherwise treated. We're in the SF Bay Area, in a warm area and the deck gets pretty much full sun. We've pressure washed off mold and grime periodically, ever couple of years. There are plenty of hairline cracks and larger cracks all over, esp on the rails and stairs (Ends not sealed? Lower quality ipe?) The deck was already here when we bought the house 7 yrs ago. We're thinking we should try a product to protect, and frankly we're tired of the dingy gray. We're ready to do a deep clean, brightener, and then stain/protect. The ipe still cleans to a nice pale brownish tone. Which product would soak in, boost color, and seal the best? Thinking we'll hold off on sanding even though there are some splinters so this first coat of stain will be able to penetrate as deeply as possible. Thanks!
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Quoting Doc O:
I live in Utah. Have a north facing, full sun, redwood deck. Have used behr which was garbage. Used fuller Obrien semi transparent which lasted a year. Looking for something that will last!!!

Remove all of the previous coatings and try the Armstrong Clark in a semi-solid color.
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Best stain
I live in Utah. Have a north facing, full sun, redwood deck. Have used behr which was garbage. Used fuller Obrien semi transparent which lasted a year. Looking for something that will last!!!
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Quoting Bob Moloney:
I have an Ipe deck that is about 15 years old. I have been using Natural Cabot Australian Timber Oil. Prior to applying the deck is power washed and still looks good. This has worked well in the past. Since my last purchase the formula has changed due to VOC laws. The new formula seems to add a brownish color to the finished product. I am looking for something that can go on Ipe and bring out the color of the wood, almost like it is wet. Any thoughts / recommendations?

Try Amber by Armstrong Clark:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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I have an Ipe deck that is about 15 years old. I have been using Natural Cabot Australian Timber Oil. Prior to applying the deck is power washed and still looks good. This has worked well in the past. Since my last purchase the formula has changed due to VOC laws. The new formula seems to add a brownish color to the finished product. I am looking for something that can go on Ipe and bring out the color of the wood, almost like it is wet. Any thoughts / recommendations ?
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Quoting Js Finch:
North Carolina, direct sulight

Try the Armstrog Clark in a semi-solid color:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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Mr
North Carolina, direct sulight
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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- 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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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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Mr
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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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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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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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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Quoting Toni:
Which products do you recommend for ipe? In the Northeast USA

On this link:
www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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Landscape desig Proprietor
Which products do you recommend for ipe? In the Northeast USA
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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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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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Mr
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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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
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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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
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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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
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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RE: Longest Lasting Deck Stain and Sealer
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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mr
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.
Thanks
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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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