we have large wood decks; what kind of stain?

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Old 06-12-11, 08:44 AM
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we have large wood decks; what kind of stain?

We have large wood decks. Wx has worn the finish down. I'd like to refinish with cedar.

Does oil base or latex stains like this work best? I'd like to use latex. Just not sure if it'll "hold" as well as oil base.
 
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Not sure if I understand is the wood cedar? or do you wish to use a cedar colored stain?

Basically there are 3 types of deck stains; oil base, waterborne and latex. For the most part latex stain is only available in a solid color [looks similar to paint] Both oil base and waterborne can be had in a toner or translucent [almost see thru], semi-transparent and solid stain. Latex stains dry the quickest, waterborne dries on the surface as quick as latex but often needs 24-48 hrs before it can withstand high traffic or rain. Oil base stains dry the slowest but are usually ready for wear/rain within 24 hrs.

I'm a little partial to the waterborne deck stains but there are times when one type of stain is better than another. How old is your deck? what type of stain is currently on it?
 
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Cedar wood. I'd like to stain it cedar.

Latex was last stain.

I'd like to use waterbase stain simply for cleanup. We have a huge amount of deck space (all around house, about 15' out). I will be doing restaining almost all the time. If it holds fairly well, I'd think water base would be the way to go
 
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Cabbot's and Sikkens get the most recomendations here as far as brands

The better the product you use, the less often you'll have to recoat
 
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I see you live in fla. Because of the intense sunlight, oil base coatings don't hold up very well. Latex or waterborne would be your best bet. You'll usually find the best coatings at your local paint store - not a big box paint dept. Price is usually a good indicator of the quality.
 
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Thanks for all the good advice. I'll get stain at a paint store.
 
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