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nbtqh61 08-13-2012 04:06 PM

Which exterior semi-transparent stain is best
My deck needs to be restained and I want to know which exterior wood semi-transparent stain is best - I used Flood and am not at all satisfied with it.

joecaption 08-13-2012 04:21 PM

Sherwin Williams Deck scapes, Cabit and Olympic are also top rated stains.

Gymschu 08-13-2012 04:42 PM

Let me say this about decks...........they are a CONSTANT maintenance issue for any homeowner.........some decks require yearly restraining, some can go 2 years. No matter what high quality product you use, you are going to be maintaining it on a regular basis. Like Joe said Deckscapes from SW is good, Cabot is good, Sikkens is good...........stay away from Thompsons and any other cheap box store brands.

CaptRandy 08-13-2012 07:16 PM

Whatever product you go with you will need to strip off all the old sealer and use a neutralizer/brightener before you seal it. I prefer Ready Seal an oil based sealer that is easy to recoat once applied. You may also want to check on Wolman's Durastain semi trans.

Faron79 08-14-2012 12:06 AM a way....BRAND doesn't matter!

The previous posters are on the right track.

* Your results depend largely on your prep, age of decking, previous coatings, etc.
* If it's an older deck, and never been sanded...DO IT.
* There does come a point where decking needs to be sanded. If your surface is 20yrs. old, you can strip & brighten all you want, but the wood itself is still waaaaayyyyy to degraded to hold S/T stain EVEN REMOTELY as good as a sanded deck.
* The final call is yours obviously, but I can pretty much guarantee that if you did the stripping/brightening/drying on half your deck....and did a thorough sanding on the other'd be doing more sanding.
* I have a 16y/o Redwood deck, and have sanded the floor twice. I've taken my steps off 3 times (18 Redwood 2x6's) and sanded them too.
* Since you can't buy Redwood anymore (unless you pay DEARLY for it), I'm DAMN fussy.
* That's exactly why I sand.

It just depends on YOUR priorities!


chrisn 08-14-2012 03:52 AM


Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 987744)
Sherwin Williams Deck scapes, Cabit:huh: and Olympic are also top rated stains.


user1007 08-14-2012 05:38 AM


Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 987744)
Sherwin Williams Deck scapes, Cabit and Olympic are also top rated stains.

Olympic was my go to brand for semi-transparent stain in California to the point I had the complete color chart memorized. I wouldn't touch the box store crap it is now. Greed has ruined it.

Expert Paint 08-15-2012 11:22 PM

Rymar xtreme weather. best on the market. Sikkens SRD would be 2nd place

henrylarry6 11-05-2012 05:28 AM

I agree, I think Sherwin Williams and Olympic (especially) are overrated for the price. California Paints just introduced a new line of exterior finishes called Storm System .They have a really nice semi-transparent stain at an affordable price.

shasta37 11-05-2012 02:10 PM

I use Messemers on my Ipe front deck, primarily because that's what the builder recommended.

Not often mentioned, but I also do the sides of the deck boards, and the top of the joists that show between the board gaps. For that, disposable foam brushes, maybe 1.5".

I use Olympic on another redwood deck covered with an overhang. It's OK, but caution that its "semi-trans" is closer to "barely trans".

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