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Old 04-17-2013, 02:03 PM   #1
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Is twp brand stain better then Cabot stain? Someone told me all the stains you can get at lowes and hd are crap. Is that true?

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Stains are like paints and those with better resins, binders, solvents, UV blockers, and pigments are going to be more expensive and availed in paint stores, not box stores. You are better off buying paint and stains in a store dedicated to selling them and with people knowlegable about the products.

That said, Cabot's and even Olympic used to be great products. I wouldn't touch Olympic now. I don't know if the Cabot stain sold in box stores is packaged for that market or if it is the same as the high end of the line. My guess is no if there is a dramatic price difference.

Maybe I am tired but I do not recognize "twp" initials so cannot comment on that brand.


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Is twp brand stain better then Cabot stain? Someone told me all the stains you can get at lowes and hd are crap. Is that true?
No of course not. I think Cabot is a quality product. Also, Sikkens.
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Given the choice, TWP has many quality advantages. Be sure you get the right series for your job and above all, read and understand the directiions thoroughly before applying. TWP is a great product but it is rather unforgiving for errors.
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BRAND usually doesn't mean SQUAT if incorrect/little prep is done!!

At work, I always ask about a decks' AGE, EXPOSURE, TRAFFIC, HEIGHT-OFF-GROUND, PREVIOUS TREATMENTS, WOOD SPECIES, EXPECTATIONS, etc.

One of my MAIN questions:
Depending on AGE mainly...."Has the deck ever been sanded"?

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Thank you all for the input
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I have had great success with SW's Woodscapes waterbourne solid color stain. I have jobs that are going on 10 years that still look great........might need a little cleaning, but, still looking good.
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I think using solid stains on deck surfaces is tempting fate but Woodscapes is pretty amazing stuff. Many solid stain products advise against not using them on deck surfaces. Just remember your attention and maintenance with a solid product on an exposed horizontal surface is probably going to be greater than with a semi-transparent or semi-solid product.

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