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Old 06-17-20, 12:13 PM
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It's time to stain my cedar siding and my wooden deck. In the past I've used Cabot Semi-Transparent Deck & Siding stain, which is oil-based. I like that I can use the same thing for everything. Question: Is this the best product for protecting my house and looking good as long as possible before having to do it again? I see that they also have a Semi-Solid Deck & Siding stain. Is one better than another? Or is something else better?
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06-17-20, 04:32 PM
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Once you use the semi-transparent you really can't go back to semi-transparent.
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Once you use the semi-solid you really can't go back to semi-transparent.
 
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The biggest difference between those 2 is the semi-solid is more paint like - less grain/texture will show thru the stain. The semi-solid might last longer than the semi-transparent but at lot depends on the look you want. Once you use the semi-transparent you really can't go back to semi-transparent.
 
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Once you use the semi-transparent you really can't go back to semi-transparent.
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Once you use the semi-solid you really can't go back to semi-transparent.
 
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For me, either look is fine. I'm looking for protection and saving on maintenance. I was told that the semi-solid might last a little longer and protect the wood a bit better, so I think that makes sense.
 
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Solid body stains tend to last the longest. As mentioned, they then tend to show the least grain through them.
 
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