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Question DetailsAsked on 9/6/2014

What is the best solid stain for a new deck- sherwin Williams or other?

Out deck is one year old and we need to stain it before winter comes. Which brand, and should we go oil or latex?
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I can only say the MY experience with Olympic deck stain was less than stellar. It did not wear well. It could have been due to other factors or a bad batch but color retention was not good.

Answered 6 years ago by Guest_9684478


OK - time for conflict between commenters here, which is useful for you but maybe not as helpful as you would like. I prefer (aside from my favorite solvent-based copper napthelate/napthenate ground-contact preservatives like Copper Green or Copper Care or CopperCoat) Olympic deck and cedar stains for exposed outdoor wood. My least favorite is Behr, and heavy-build products which trap water in the wood as it penetrates through cracks and pinholes but then ncannot evaporate back out, resulting in rapid rot of the wood. And in my opinion always use solvent based (paint thinner cleanup), not latex stains - as latex deteriorates rapidly in sun contact, and traps moisture under it. Be sure when double coating that the first coat is TOTALLY dried out before recoating,or it can stay gummy almost forever if the secondcoat traps damp first coat stain under it. This may mean tarping the deck with airspace under it for a week or more to protect it from sporadic rains - and of course do not do this in the rainy season.

As the other commenter said, his problem could have been with failure to use a clear or light colored same-manufacturer compatible sealer first so the colored stain "took" evenly, or may not have double-coated it if first stain application. Might also have had a soft sappy wood like pine that does not "take" the stain evenly, and also wears faster so you get exposed wood sections soon that look lighter than the still fully stained pores and recesses. Could also have been just an issue with application procedure - fo ra stain you typically need to let it sit, surface saturated, for 5-10 minutes to let it soak in and "take" in the harder grain wood - just a roll or brush on with a thin coat or immediate wipe off of the excess allows stain penetration into only the open pores not into the harder annual winter growth, resulting in striping or uneven runs of stain along the grain.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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