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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    John · 10/14/2020
    I live in CT and just built a 1000 sq ft pressure treated pine deck over the summer. I plan to stain/seal in the spring after the deck has properly dried out. I will do whatever prep necessary. I’m looking for the longest lasting semi transparent stain sealer that I could potentially stain every 3 years if possible. Deck gets a lot of sun in summer and lots of snow that I shovel off in winter. Cost is not a concern as we all know you get what you pay for. I do the work myself so I hope a few extra bucks buys me a year or two if lucky.
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    Rick · 10/10/2020
    Building a new deck in Raleigh NC
    Gets full sun. Looking for the longest lasting deck stain. Something semi-transparent teak
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    Jobn · 09/30/2020
    John new deck i live in Chicago what is a good stain for me
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    Michelle Valentino · 09/23/2020
    I have a few hundred feet of weathered red cedar fence in coastal southern Oregon. I believe it is untreated (just purchased the house). There is lichen, algae, and some kind of dry fuzzy moss that I've been scrubbing and scraping off with a hydrogen peroxide based cleaner (Scotts with Oxi-clean). What would be the next step, and what stain would hold up the longest....different parts of the property have different exposures?
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    Erin · 09/12/2020
    i just got this house a year ago in upstate New York deck stairs were falling apart i took them down and found out the deck is framed with wood that is not pressure treated it had a little mildew on it and there are beams butted up to beams with no flashing. I cleaned the wood with a mold and mildew killer cleaner. What can I seal the wood with. I don't have to worry about looks just something to block moisture and decay
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    Mark · 08/17/2020
    Also would I need to apply a sealer after staining?
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    Mark · 08/17/2020
    I live in upstate New York. Built my deck 2 years ago with pt pine. Plan to clean and brighten before I stain it for the first time. Looking for a semi transparent stain that will last the longest with our harsh winters and full sun exposure. Any suggestions?
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    Luanne · 08/14/2020
    We are redoing a 10 yr old pressure treated deck.first used Behr lasted 5yrs.Second time used Olympic elite .did not last 1 yr.called about it was told we put on too much recleaned and recoated.2yrs later I Am trying to redo again.What do you recommend to use?we have been using semi transparent. I LIVE IN Ohio..Thank you
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    Kirsti · 08/13/2020
    We're building a new deck for a patio in our front yard and we're using Douglas Fir. We live in southern California so it's very hot during the summer, but we live near mountains so it does snow and rain during the winter. The deck will be in direct sunlight almost all day every day. What's the best stain for us? Also, you've mentioned it's ok to stain without waiting the 3 month period, as long as you follow the proper steps but in most comments you say to wait for the wood to weather. Am I ok to do it immediately? My goal is to have it finished before winter.
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      The Sealer Store · 08/14/2020
      Best to weather and prep. Works better this way. Look at the TWP 1500 or Armstrong Clark stains.
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    Gabrielle · 07/30/2020
    We are staining our new deck next week. Weather forecast is for at least 4 clear days with temps in the mid to high 70's. We would like your recommendation on the best stain to use for our area. We are in Omaha, NE. Summers are hot (90's) and very humid!!! Winters are below freezing with intermittent thaws. Our deck is north facing and gets a lot of direct afternoon and evening sun. We stuck with a solid stain on the old deck but are considering a semi-transparent on our new deck. Please let us know what you would recommend. Thank you!!!
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    Debbie · 07/19/2020
    Looking for a stain that will not scape off in the winter when using a shovel. Live in Michigan up north. I redid my deck. We got over 2400 sq ft of deck. It wraps around the log cabin. Upper and a lower level. That not including the staircases. I used colbot stain the last time. I did clean, and I rented a deck sander so I prepared deck correctly. The rails has silken and they are peeling we had someone else do the new rails on the new part if deck.

    Thanks

    Debbie
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    Bruce · 07/19/2020
    This is my question, posed earlier, but missing specifics. What would be the longest lasting semi-transparent oil-based stain to use on older, unstained, cypress siding, not on a deck? We use Armstrong Clark on our decks with good results.
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    Bruce · 07/19/2020
    What would be the longest lasting semi transparent (or more opaque) stain to use that will last at least three years?
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    Marta · 07/04/2020
    We re-did our deck with cedar and stained using Sherwin Williams SuperDeck water based semi-transparent stain. During the snows in the winter, the stain peeled when shoveling, but not all over, only in certain areas. We live in WA state, we stained in dry weather (but it was sunny, not hot) and had washed the deck after letting it weather about 4 weeks after install.
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    mike · 07/01/2020
    live in ct. have a 30 year pressure treated deck that I stain every 3-4 years with behr solid stain, this year for first time floors are peeling and stairs going upto garage have sun blisters, never happened before, i have tried stain remover which didn't work, now sanding entire floor with angle grinder and original wood looks good, sanded top rails but leaving spindles alone, in sun 70% of day, new england weather, whats a good step next, deck cleaner, should i use primer first on everything sanded and whats a good long lasting stain that can last atleast 3 years? because spindles are a solid we were thinking maybe a medium semi solid? thanks,
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    Robin · 06/30/2020
    Hi - we have a very old deck that hasn't been well maintained. I'm going to power wash it, sand it, then stain. Looking for a semi transparent stain that will last. We live in Massachusetts so we get all the weather.
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    Joseph - Orcas Island · 06/29/2020
    State of Washington, On Puget Sound:
    Orcas Island
    Mix of bare Yellow Cedar three year old decking with new replacement boards. New Cedar posts and rail.

    Plan to Sand, Clean, Brighten. Create uniformity of old with new. Deck has never been stained before.

    What is best recommendation for Cleaner/Brighter?

    What is the best Semi-Transparent Stain for this area. Goal is keep the Golden Cedar color and provide the longest amount of protection.

    Plan to use bottle sprayer with rag back rub wet on wet two coat application.

    Thanks!
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      Jill Johnson · 06/29/2020
      We are over on Whidbey Island. TWP 100 was recommended for my cedar deck as well. The Restore-a-Deck worked great for cleaning and brightening. I applied the TWP 100 with a pad and used a rag for removing excess. I only applied one coat last year and it repelled water quite well. I plan to clean and brighten again this year and apply a maintenance coat.
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        Joseph - Orcas Island · 06/29/2020
        @ The Sealer Store, Thanks, I like the TWP idea an that brand brought me to your site in the first place. I did see the Defy Marine and Defy Ultra. I see the TWP has the mildew and rot as well as other UV protectants. Can you speak to why you suggested TWP vs. Defy?
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          The Sealer Store · 06/29/2020
          The DEfy Extreme would work just as well. You would not want the Defy Marine.
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            Joseph - Orcas Island · 06/29/2020
            Thank you. @the Sealer Store. One more question, If I like the TWP, which is best the 100 Pro or the 1500? I read the brochures, but can't tell the difference? Suggestions?
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    Jennifer · 06/25/2020
    I have a new Ipe deck, built 5mnths ago. I live in southern WI. It is on the south side of my lake house. It is a high traffic area. I only want a clear finish.
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      The Sealer Store · 06/25/2020
      Clear will not provide protection from graying. Must be tinted. Look at Armstrong-Clark in Amber color.
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    Mike · 06/05/2020
    East facing deck in Northern VA that gets a little more than a half day of sun. Deck is ~5 yrs old, not sure what previous owner stained with, but seems to have maintained it. I plan to strip/brighten with RAD. Trying to decide between TWP 1500 and Armstrong Clark. Goal is to achieve best durability and longevity for the wood, with the expectation that I'd re-seal every couple yrs. Thanks in advance!
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      The Sealer Store · 06/05/2020
      Either the TWP 1500 or the AC will work and last the same as long as you are using the AC in a semi-transparent or Semi-solid. They can be both cleaned and recoated as needed.
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    Ginette · 05/31/2020
    Should I use a stripper to remove faded woodrich timber oil semi transparent stain before applying Armstrong Clark semi transparent. Or can I Just apply AC over top?