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Old 10-05-2012, 12:50 PM   #1
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Durable Deck Stain

A friend has his cedar deck stripped and re-stained every 2 years. He asked me if I could find a dark stain that is more durable than whatever he has been buying at Home Depot. Where could I find the best stain for the job?
The deck is in San Diego and is subject mostly to bright sunlight and occassional rain.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:59 PM   #2
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Re: Durable Deck Stain

I think sikkens is the best, and if he goes with a solid stain it will last longer that semi-transparent and clear stains. A good quality solid stain should last between 4 and 5 years.


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Re: Durable Deck Stain

A solid stain is closer to paint then stain. If he no longer cares to see the grain in his deck, use a solid stain.

We generally use Penofin or Superdeck, primarily because they are readily available and I haven't found anything better.

You still can't expect much more then 2 years with any transparent stain. Semi transparent might give you another year and solid stains, a couple of more years.

I will say that I have seen solid stains peel, which is the worst situation you want a deck in.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:58 PM   #5
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Re: Durable Deck Stain

Anybody who puts a color on the floor of a deck should be shot at sunrise. thats why there are lots of composites and cellular pvc with color. If they must use wood for the floor than a clear sealer is the only thing that makes sense.
Using a solid color stain on the railing,however, makes sense as it stays there, for at least 4 years and requjires little work to redo it. We have been doing the solid color on the rail for 15 years and it works great. Now that we make our own vinyl rail, I see little sense to a cedar rail as the real cost of vinyl, from the manufacturing side, is close to the cost of cedar.

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Re: Durable Deck Stain

Our company uses Cabots (http://www.cabotstain.com/) on our fences.

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We applied Cabot’s Wood Toned Deck & Siding Stain – Clear & Translucent - Natural to the inside and the outside. Application methods used were by spraying, rolling and brushing in the stain. We only use Cabot's products, which can be found at Lowes. The product lasts 4 years whereas other brands need to be applied every year.
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Floodco offers a 5 year warranty on their solid hide stain for decks and 7 for siding. Best I have ever seen.


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