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Old 05-03-2013, 09:09 PM   #1
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Deck Stain Reviews

Are TWP & Defy good stains? The "What is the best stain" link in the article above have some really good info.


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Old 05-04-2013, 02:28 AM   #2
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I don't know that much about deck stains but I would trust that site based on this statement

"Latest Consumer Magazine Reports on Decking Stains is out again this year and we have been getting some questions as to why our ratings differ so much compared to their highest rated products. We have compiled a list of reasons why we believe our reviews and ratings are more realistic and honest examples of how a deck stain actually performs."

Consumer Reports has some notoriously bad review procedures.


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TWP is a good stain. It's on par if not better than Sikkens SRD. I don't have any experience with Defy.
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Originally Posted by chrisn View Post
Consumer Reports has some notoriously bad review procedures.
CR no longer has much credibility. It is beholden to magazine advertisers at this point. A shame I guess. Clearly subscribers no longer support the publication so to stay alive and publish, it has to have revenue from somewhere. All publication editors argue they are not beholden to advertisers but just do the math. One can only bite the hand that feeds so often without a suggestion as to how tests are performed and results published.

The BEHR paint comments, on its own site, are still quite amusing even though they backed off rating it number one based on looking at it for a week and wiping distilled water from the surface two days in a row the last couple years.

Some of the independent industry organization sponsored studies on paints and stains are much more meaningful if you feel like digging for them.

As for the post, I also did not do a lot of exterior work and especially steered away from deck refinsishing unless part of something else.

I did have occassion to use lots of MABs solid acrylic stain product and that of SW who bought them, Woodscapes. I grew up using Olympic stains but would not touch the horrid box store stuff now. Sikkens still seems to perform well from the limited use I have for it. I have not used Cabot in awhile but it too has gone box store so I fear down the same degraded path as Olympic.

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