Deck Stain Brands: Limited choice in small town

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Deck Stain Brands: Limited choice in small town

Help! Any advice appreciated.
I am limited to only 3 brands of deck stain in my local co-op store. These are:
-Superdeck Pressure Treated Wood Stain (by Duckback)-oil formula
-Olympic Deck, fence and siding stain, semi-transparent
-Co-op 'Nature's Forest' semi-transparent acrylic/oil Deck stain (soap and water clean up)
We built a new deck with pressure-treated spruce. Deck floor is 2x6x16 boards.
 
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I've used Olympic but never heard of the other two. What are the prices?

Not asked, but you are planning for enough time for the wood to dry out from the treating process before you stain, right?
 
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SuperDeck has a good reputation, I've never heard of Nature's Forest.

As mentioned above the PT wood needs to dry out from the PT process before a stain can successfully be applied. How long it takes to dry depends on several factors; how wet it was when installed and they type of weather it's exposed to - sun and wind will dry the wood out quicker than shade with protection from wind. Normally it takes between 6 weeks and 6 months for the wood to air dry.
 
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We bought the lumber 3 weeks ago. It had been sitting at the lumber yard at least since early spring. The weather has been hot and dry in our area. We've had three good rains all summer, totaling about 4 inches. The wood has a only a very slight green tone to it. It seems way drier than the treated deck boards we used on another deck a few years ago. That time we stained way too soon and it took days to dry.
We are hoping to stain any day now. Too soon??
Also, I went ahead and bought the Superdeck pressure treated wood stain .
 
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Best choice I think...the Oly specifically said fence and siding, so not a good choice for a deck floor.
 
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You definitely want to make sure any stain applied to a deck is a deck stain!! Deck stains will hold up on siding, fences and such but a siding stain will not last long on a deck! A deck typically sees more weather exposure than any other residential lumber.

It sounds like the deck may be dry enough for stain although stacked lumber won't dry as quick as exposed lumber [I'd probably give it a few weeks of air after installation before staining] I assume the lumber felt a lot lighter than fresh PT wood. Dried wood won't shrink like wet wood - did you leave gaps between the deck boards?
 
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The Olympic did say deck in it -
Olympic Deck, fence and siding stain, semi-transparent
 
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We did not leave gaps between the boards However, slight gaps are beginning to show up in places.
 
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Gaps are important and if you're seeing them appear, I would say it too soon to stain.
 
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This morning I applied the Superdeck oil stain. Four hours later it looked like rain, so we covered the deck with plastic tarp. The rain was just a light shower. The forecast is for sunshine now. So we'll uncover it. Sheesh! What a crazy summer we are having.
I must say, the Superdeck went on quite nicely, and the first part was dry to the touch in just 3 hours.
 
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Just saw your post Stickshift. I am definitely an amateur.
 
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