What is the best solid stain for decks?

Asked By: Lleir Jepsen | Last Updated: 12th March, 2020
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We'll end with a snapshot of 3 of the best solid deck stains 2019 has seen so far.
  • #1 Deck Advanced Solid Color Stain.
  • DEFY Extreme Solid Color Wood Stain.
  • Restore-A-Deck Solid Color Stain.

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Similarly, it is asked, which deck stain lasts the longest?

Solid stains last the longest. Most last at least three years. One by Behr was by far the longest-lasting. It's the Solid Color Deck, Fence & Siding Wood Stain from Home Depot.

Additionally, can you put solid stain over solid stain? You can use solid stain over existing solid or semi-transparent stain, but semi-transparent stain over solid stain will look strange and won't last. It's designed to penetrate wood and won't adhere well to a solid coating. You may also choose between water-based (acrylic) and oil-based stains.

Likewise, should I use a solid stain on my deck?

Solid color stains hide wood grain, the same way paint would. Solid stain will also build up a film, especially after several coats, which can peel, chip, and crack. You should not use solid color stains on your decking area, because they will not protect it against weathering and wood rot.

What is the best deck sealer and stain?

The Top 8 Best Deck Sealers for 2020 are:

  • DEFY Extreme Semi-Transparent Exterior Wood Stain.
  • Thompson's WaterSeal Advanced Natural Wood Protector.
  • #1 Deck Premium Semi-Transparent Wood Stain.
  • Tall Earth Eco-Safe Wood Treatment.
  • DeckWise Ipe Oil Hardwood Deck Finish.
  • Ready Seal Natural Cedar Exterior Wood Stain and Sealer.

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What is the most durable deck stain?

The following top 10 deck stains are rated from one to five stars, based on the consumer criteria identified above.
  1. Sikkens Cetol Dek Finish.
  2. Cabot Decking Stain 1480.
  3. Sikkens Cetol SRD.
  4. Cabot Semi-Transparent Deck and Siding Stain 6300.
  5. Wolman Durastain.
  6. DEFY Epoxy Fortified Wood Stain.
  7. Superdeck Semi-Transparent Deck Stain.

How often should you stain your deck?

Most pros recommend you restain a horizontal surface every two to three years. That said, properly preparing, cleaning and drying the surface before applying a stain will yield the best results for the stain to last at least that long. You want to make sure there are no traces of sealant present on the deck.

Is oil or water based deck stain better?

The better a wood decking stain penetrates the better it performs and lasts. By nature, oil based deck stains are easier to apply than water based. Oils stains are normally more natural looking than water based stains. They enhance the beauty of the wood by allowing more of the wood grain to show through.

What type of deck stain should I use?

What are the best deck stain types & brands?
  • Cabot Decking Stain 1480.
  • DEFY Epoxy-Fortified Wood Stain.
  • Penofin Red Label.
  • Sikkens Cetol Dek Finish.
  • Sikkens Cetol SRD.
  • Superdeck Semi-Transparent Deck Stain.
  • Wolman Durastain.
  • Wolman F&P.

What is the best quality deck stain?


BEST FOR OLD DECKS: SaverSystems #1 Deck Premium Stain
SaverSystem's #1 Deck Premium Stain, available in four rich, semi-transparent colors, will give it a fresh new look. SaverSystem is easy to apply with a brush or a sprayer, and it protects wood from UV rays, mildew growth, and moisture damage.

What is the best deck stain for pressure treated wood?

Best Deck Stains For Pressure Treated Wood In 2020
  • Thompsons Waterseal Transparent Waterproofing Stain.
  • DEFY Extreme Deck Stains.
  • Valspar Cabot Semi-Solid Stain For Deck.
  • Restore-A-Deck Solid Color Best Deck Stain.

Should I seal or stain my deck?

A: It's really up to you. Just staining the deck will give you the color you want, although in high-traffic areas the stain could wear away quickly. The advantage of this, they say, is the sealer provides additional protection against water and weather damage, while the stain helps reduce fading from UV rays.

Is solid deck stain the same as paint?

Both deck paints and deck stains are available as oil-based and latex-based mixtures. While traditional, penetrating wood stains soak into lumber, solid color deck stains contain solids that cause the stain to form a permanent film on the lumber's surface, similar to paint.

Is solid stain better than paint?


Solid color stain looks like paint, but soaks into wood instead of sitting on top of it. As it ages, stain breaks down by fading rather than peeling. Older layers of solid color stain tend to look better than paint does over time. Solid stain provides a flat finish, which showcases wood grain.

Should I use solid color or semi transparent on deck?

Semi-Solid - Semi-solid deck stains will almost completely hide the wood grain and natural color. These stains provide more UV protection than a semi-transparent and are a better representation of the stain's actual color. Solid color stains will “film” on top of the wood, masking the grain, while looking like paint.

What happens if you stain over stain?

If the object you're hoping to stain has been sealed with a topcoat, you won't be able to restain it, but you can go over it with a coating or a colored stain blend. As an alternative, you could color the wood with an oil-based paint, but the opacity of the oil-based paints can hide the grains.

Does Decking Stain peel?

Deck stains will generally peel for two basic reasons: over application and poor adhesion. This is simple — too much stain on the surface of the wood. If there is too much stain, it restricts the moisture from evaporating away, so peeling can occur.

Do you sand a deck before staining?

Sanding the Deck
Sanding your deck before staining strips the outer layer of sealer and stain, and removes damaged wood and smooths away splinters. The deck must be very dry and you must wash off the dust afterward, so you may want to sand before cleaning if your deck is not particularly dirty.

Do I need to remove all stain before restaining?


You don't need to remove all of the old stain to apply darker stain. But you do need to remove all of the lacquer, varnish or anything that will prevent new stain from absorbing into the wood. Your sanding block will initially glide over the old lacquer before it begins to cut into it and remove it.

How many coats of deck stain should I use?

The general rule of thumb is to apply only as much deck stain as the wood can absorb. Typically this will be 2 coats, unless your dealing with extremely dense hardwoods which may only be able to absorb 1 coat of wood stain. Watch this video to see more tips on how many coats of stain to apply.

What wood stain lasts the longest?

Solid stains last the longest. Most last at least three years. One by Behr was by far the longest-lasting. It's the Solid Color Deck, Fence & Siding Wood Stain from Home Depot.