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Top Rated Deck Stains for 2020

Best Semi 1 DEFY Extreme Wood Stain Review
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8.7
DEFY Extreme Wood Stain Review
We find that the Defy Extreme Wood Stain to be the best performing water-based deck stain on the market. The zinc oxide nano-particles do double duty in preventing UV fading and preventing mold or mildew growth. The Defy Extreme penetrates into the wood grain extremely well for a water-based stain, resulting in a non-filming coating that is not prone to peeling or wear from traffic. Utilizing nano-technology, Defy Extreme is one of the best stains on the market when it comes to preventing UV graying. (This product, performed the best and was the top rated stain/best stain ranking.) Product was easy to work with, penetrates well and looks great. 14 month exterior exposure testing showed very little color loss.  Overall great product. Note: Product label design has changed since test was initially conducted.
Ease of Application
9
Ease of Penetration
9
Odor (Strong Odor=0, No Odor=10)
8
Initial Appearance
8
Resistance to Graying (After 1 Year)
9
Resistance to Peeling
9
Resistance to Mold & Mildew
9
Darkening
7
Ease of Cleanup
9
Eco-Friendliness
10
PROS:
  • Longest lasting deck stain
  • Water-based
  • Low Odor
  • Easy to maintain
  • Doesn't darken or peel
CONS:
  • More expensive
  • Wood must be cleaned & brightened first
Best Solid 2 DEFY Extreme Solid Color Wood Stain Review
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8.6
DEFY Extreme Wood Stain Review
DEFY Extreme Solid Color Wood Stain was released in the spring of 2019, but has been in testing for the last 5 years. The results are pretty impressive. This product has outstanding resistance to peeling as well as color fade. Where most solid or opaque wood stains are just thinned down paint, this product is a premium grade wood stain that hides extremely well. Additionally, it applies very smooth. We don't recommend applying most solid color stains on horizontal surfaces due to peeling issues, but this product can be used on both vertical and horizontal applications and will be resistant to peeling even on surfaces that get foot traffic. It only comes in 4 base strengths, and can be tinted to any color you like, but the only place you can get it is at Do it Best hardware stores.
Ease of Application
9
Ease of Penetration
6
Odor (Strong Odor=0, No Odor=10)
9
Initial Appearance
8.5
Resistance to Graying (After 1 Year)
10
Resistance to Peeling
8
Resistance to Mold & Mildew
8.5
Darkening
10
Ease of Cleanup
8
Eco-Friendliness
9
PROS:
  • Hides extremely well
  • Easy to apply
  • Lasts at least 5 years
  • Can be tinted to any color
  • Requires little prep
CONS:
  • Only available in-store (Do it Best hardware stores nationwide)
  • No pre-packaged colors available to buy online
  • More expensive than semi-transparent stains
Best value 3 #1 Deck Stain Review
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8.4
#1 Deck Stain Review
Easy to apply, easy clean up and the color of the stain looks excellent. *Weathering Testing: In-Process
Ease of Application
8
Ease of Penetration
8
Odor (Strong Odor=0, No Odor=10)
9
Initial Appearance
8
Resistance to Graying (After 1 Year)
8
Resistance to Peeling
8.5
Resistance to Mold & Mildew
8.5
Darkening
7.5
Ease of Cleanup
9
Eco-Friendliness
9.5
PROS:
  • Easy to apply
  • Moderately priced
  • Water-based, low odor
  • Can be applied to damp wood
  • Excellent penetration
  • Easy-pour container
CONS:
  • Only available in 4 colors
  • Not available in stores, online only
4 Restore-A-Deck Stain Review
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8.3
Restore-A-Deck Stain Review
Easy to apply, easy clean up and the color of the stain looks fantastic . *Weathering Testing: In-Process
Ease of Application
8
Ease of Penetration
7.5
Odor (Strong Odor=0, No Odor=10)
9
Initial Appearance
8
Resistance to Graying (After 1 Year)
7.5
Resistance to Peeling
8.5
Resistance to Mold & Mildew
8
Darkening
7
Ease of Cleanup
9.5
Eco-Friendliness
9.5
PROS:
  • Easy application
  • Great penetration
  • Natural looking colors
  • Can be applied to damp wood
  • Eco-friendly
CONS:
  • Limited color selection
  • Only available online
5 #1 Deck Advanced Solid Color Wood Stain Review
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#1 Deck Advanced Solid Stain Review
Maximum protection against color fade & UV damage, easy to apply and clean up, excellent coverage and nice color selection. *Weathering Testing: In-Process
PROS:
  • Maximum protection
  • Completely hides wood grain
  • Great for old and new decks
  • Can be used on horizontal and vertical surfaces
  • Comes in 6 ready to use colors
CONS:
  • Only available in 6 colors
  • Only available online
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