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Old 02-24-2008, 03:50 PM   #16
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WEll since your in Ill Olyipic is good but you have to take into consideration the extream weather your deck will have to hold up to and then all the ware and tare from walking not to metion you high traffic areas and always keep in mind that you always want to have some tint in your stain or sealer to reflect the UV it's pretty hard on your wood. most people don't know this I personally would get Olympic just get the highest grade of stain you can.


A drop cloth isen't to catch paint, It's to protect what is under so wipe the drips as you go and don't track.
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Old 04-11-2008, 11:35 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by AAPaint View Post
You need a quality penatrating oil finish. One of my favs is It's a top notch semi-trans stain that will outlast most any deck product.
I see a lot of people recommend Readyseal. I sure do hope their product is as better than their ability to answer email. Ive sent them a number of requests and even pictures of a project to get an idea of what they recommend for color. and still nothing.

So, I'm going to keep looking for other recommendations here and then go into a brick and mortar shop. ( unless someone from readyseal reads these posts and gets on a computer and checks email!
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Old 05-28-2009, 08:34 PM   #18
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Recommendations... For a pier?

Well, this thread has been inactive for a while, but I'm wondering if anyone has recommendations for treatments for a pier (i.e. over water). I put Flood on in the Fall of 2008, and it seems to have done OK, but I'm sure I'll be doing this again in the Fall of 2009. So, if anyone can provide advice specifically for the weather conditions of a pier, I'd appreciate it. I'd LOVE to not have to do this EVERY year

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Old 07-31-2010, 08:08 AM   #19
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plastiron stain

Hi... I've been doing decks for 14 years. We originally started with olympic water guard then progressed into the other olympic products. Then we moved into the superdeck products by ducks back. Next we went into the behr products and now... we use plastiron products. Along the way, we have used (for special situations) cwf flood, sikkens, penofin, thompson's, cabot products, etc. I have to say that solid stains are no bueno because of peeling and the flood and penofin products create a shell that although they appear semi-transparent - it's a solid shell. And it will end up peeling. And what a nightmare that is to remove! no fun! a deck stain will weather. it will wear out. So the issue is, when it wears out, what will have given me a good amount of time before it wears out and then will be easiest to clean and restain with.

that's why we use plastiron. lasts a really long time and is easy to re-do. the reason it lasts so long is because it contains dye which are extremely small particles and then iron oxide pigments which are much bigger. So the dye sinks into the wood deeper and the iron oxide is closer to the top. So its deeper uv protection.

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Old 09-02-2010, 06:01 PM   #20
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Guys, I live in San Jose, CA. I have recently installed a Redwood fence. I am planning to solid stain it for max protection so that it can last some time. Fence is just 5 months old.
Can someone recommend which brand of stain should I go with.
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Old 09-02-2010, 10:25 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by dumbfungus View Post

Can anyone recommend the best (in your opinion) stain to use on wood decking? I purchased an older home a couple of years ago, and have been pouring money into it ever since – now it’s the deck’s turn.

When we had the fence built last year they put “Flood” brand stain on it and it was looking real good so I put the same thing on the deck. Well, the fence is still looking good but the deck already needs to be refinished.

I am now looking to re-stain the deck and I need to know what I should use that’ll last more than a year. Any and all suggestions are welcome. I rather stain it again than have to take a loan out (it’s a good sized deck) to put up that plastic stuff.

Thanks in advance,
WELL, first of all, what type of wood is your deck made of, and what condition is it in? A transparent stain is more for looks, like a nice redwood deck, while a semi solid stain would be used in more practical situations, like a doug fir deck, or an old redwood deck you don't want to show off. I would recommend the best oil stain company in the market, CABOT. But, only get their 550 voc stains if you can. If you are not able to get a 550 voc stain from Cabot, then I would suggest Superdeck 250 voc stains. For some reason, it's the low voc stains giving Cabot a bad name. So, if you want longevity over cosmetics, get the cabot 1400 semi solid stain series. IF YOU SHOVEL THE SNOW OFF YOUR DECK IN THE WINTER, it should last two to three years. If you want beeauty, go with a transparent stain, IF YOU SHOVEL, you will get one to one and a half years before refinishing. I hope this was helpful.
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Yeah...since that post was from OVER 4 years ago I think we can call it case closed


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