best deck stain you have used?


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Old 03-14-20, 08:34 AM
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best deck stain you have used?

Have new pressure treated deck, it has weathered for the winter. I was planning on cleaning it with Olympic Deck Cleaner. I wan to seal or stain it with either a clear or semi clear type stain What would be the best ype/brand of stain to use that you have had experience with?
 
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Old 03-14-20, 08:43 AM
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The more transparent the stain is the shorter it's life is. I've always had decent results with SWP's DeckScapes. I really like the look of Flood's CWF clear but it's hard to get it to last more than 2 yrs. SuperDeck has a good reputation although I've not used much of it.
 
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Old 03-14-20, 08:56 AM
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The olympic deck wash is the best I have tried.

Was just commenting this morning that I needed to touch up the stain on the top of the bottom rail surfaces (top rail has a composite cap). Wife commented why it wasn't holding up so good, I reminded her the deck is now 10 years old so I'd say that is a pretty good recommendation for Sikkens stain!
 
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Sikkens, Cabot and Benjamin Moore have all gotten a lot of recommendations over the years here. Personally, I haven't found anything that will go more than about two years between coats.
 
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Old 03-15-20, 03:16 AM
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Sikkens - I knew I was leaving one out

Location/environment plays a big part in how well a deck stain will hold up. I've seen a few no matter what you do/use, the stain is toast after 1 yr. I've seen a few that will last 5 yrs or more but the norm is 2-3 yrs. It is very dependent on the type/amount of exposure it gets to the elements.
 
 

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