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Old 05-13-2014, 11:34 AM   #31
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Well, photos can be deceiving, but that last "red" deck looks in pretty good condition to me.

It's wearing well, doing what it's supposed to do.
The original color was a good bit darker, it has faded in the sun. This is the point that I try to do a maintenance coat before they get too bad.

This is a pic of the same deck, taken at the same time, but under a porch where it gets almost no sun. It still looks almost new.
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So this above picture is Cabot after 2 years?

My deck is 100% sun almost all day - so it looks like every other year for me. Does it need to be sanded each re-coat or only the very first time when the wood is new?

How do I know if the Cabot used is the "original formula" or new VOC stuff?
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I'll post the pics again so you can compare.

Both decks are on the same house, done at the same time (2yrs) with the same Cabbot stain. The first pic is under a covered porch and gets very little direct sunlight. The second two pics are an area of the deck that is exposed to direct sunlight all day.

Yes, it makes a big difference how much sun a deck gets. You can see the fading that has occurred on the exposed deck v/s the covered one.
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Personally and from experience, brushing on is the best way to work the stain/sealer into the wood. Every other year I'd put Cabot Clear Solutions on my deck and fence. It darkens the wood, but doesn't stain it. I'd go with the guy that uses Cabot and brushes.

I'm sure both of them are fine and a 1 yr. warranty is silly on something like this, because that's about how long any product will start to age a bit.

Stain will eventually wear and look like it needs redone more frequently than something like a clear solution or sealer. Sealers are more transparent and they've been said not to protect the wood quite as nicely as a stain would. however....

ANY wood that sits outside and any product that does the same is going to age, wear, and need a considerable amount of upkeep over the lifetime of the deck. That's why some people never want wood decks. If you can do it yourself, you'll save quite a bit of money, because you'll just need a nice day, a brush and some product....no labor charge
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So this above picture is Cabot after 2 years?

My deck is 100% sun almost all day - so it looks like every other year for me. Does it need to be sanded each re-coat or only the very first time when the wood is new?

How do I know if the Cabot used is the "original formula" or new VOC stuff?

It shouldn't need sanding every time. A good cleaning including scrubbing is usually sufficient for the first few maintenance coats.

If the Cabbot in your area has been reformulated, it will likely say 'Low VOC' on the label.
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I found this site online - is this a good guide?

http://www.deckstainhelp.com/categor...stain-reviews/


It seems Flood rated slightly higher than Cabot? I think Flood is available at Lowes?
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I found this site online - is this a good guide?

http://www.deckstainhelp.com/categor...stain-reviews/

It seems Flood rated slightly higher than Cabot? I think Flood is available at Lowes?

Yeah, that looks like a pretty good review site to me.

The Flood that is reviewed in the article is a kind I have not seen yet. They reviewed the CWF-UV5 Oil, sounds interesting. I am only familiar with the regular CWF-UV.

Maybe Gymschu has used this new formulation, I know he uses CWF a lot.

http://www.flood.com/pdf/app-instructions-03.pdf

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