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Old 11-14-2007, 11:18 PM   #1
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The absolute worst deck sealer award of all time goes to the product with perhaps the most(ironically) advertising, which is...............
"Thompsons Waterproof Deck Sealer".
This is a parafin wax based sealer that actually peals off towards the end of the first season it is applied. I recommed avaioding this at all costs.
Anyone else have a painfull experience with this?

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Old 11-15-2007, 06:39 AM   #2
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I've never had very good results with Thompson's. I always thought it was me.

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My dad is the Midwest Sales Manager for the company that produces Zar stains and Drylok among other things and he's told me as long as he's worked there that the Thompsons stuff was junk. Don't even get him going on Minwax.
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Old 11-15-2007, 08:05 AM   #4
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Previous owner had sealed our front deck with a product that did the exact same thing. It looked awful and we wound up replacing the deck.
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I wish that SWP, now that they own Thompson's, would reformulate the product to actually work.

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Oh, no...SWP isn't going to make it (thompsons) or anything
Just own it
Same factory, same formula
SWP's mission is market share
Thompson's still sucks

It is truly terrible, and has been for decades

The joke 20 years ago was "Thompson's...to make your new deck look five years old ...and you have to recoat it every year"

Nothing has changed
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Thats why they advertise so much... Every other year ya have to buy it...

Thats why I have West Virginia Expoxy.... [concrete]
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The absolute worst deck sealer award of all time goes to the product with perhaps the most(ironically) advertising, which is...............
"Thompsons Waterproof Deck Sealer".
This is a parafin wax based sealer that actually peals off towards the end of the first season it is applied. I recommed avaioding this at all costs.
Anyone else have a painfull experience with this?
This is well known with professional painters.

The only thing Thompson's is good at is marketing.
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Yep. Thompsons' has no bridging capabilities and first hot cold/cycle it starts to break down. Garbage.....

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If not Thompsons, what do you folks recommend?
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I'm rather bias, but the Zar Deck Stains are nice.
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If not Thompsons, what do you folks recommend?
We use Cabot semi transparent stains a lot and have good results. Sikkens products are even better if you can get them. They are are hard to to get out here in CA...

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We use Cabot semi transparent stains a lot and have good results. Sikkens products are even better if you can get them. They are are hard to to get out here in CA...

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I second the Cabot recommendation. It's what we use on all our deck jobs.
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Cabot or Sikkens
The Ben Moore alkyds aren't bad either
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The number one reason a deck sealer fails prematurely is because the wood was not prepped properly, but with that said Thompson's is still junk as is Behr. You want to stay away from anything with silicone or anything synthetic in it. More information on Deck Stains.

I recommend a penetrating oil based semi transparent sealer. As far as products sold at the professional paint stores, I've had good luck with Deckscapes at SW and Olympic Max. On the other hand I've also used some contractor grade sealers like Wood Tux and Ready Seal with good results.

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