Ready Seal Stain Review

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4.4 Total Score

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  • Looks good initially
  • Penetrated the wood easily
  • One of the more inexpensive stains (Under $35)
  • No lap marks
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Manufacturer Description: ReadySeal wood stain and sealer contains all the essential elements of a quality coating for exterior wood projects. Ease of application was in mind throughout the formulation of ReadySeal to ensure all consumers a hassle-free application, saving time for the contractor and promising a Goof-Proof process for homeowners.

Ready Seal 112 1-Gallon Can Natural Cedar Exterior Wood Stain and Sealer

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Last update was on: December 7, 2019 1:06 pm
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$33.97 $38.95
4.4 Total Score
Ready Seal Stain Review

Stain looked good after initial application. Ready Seal has good penetration and applies easily. The product has a very strong odor, would not recommend if the user is sensitive to smells. After 14 months of weathering the product has completely weathered away. The test board has darkened significantly and small black spots of what appear to be mold have shown up. Bottom line: although this was one of the cheaper stains on the market, unless you want to redo your deck every year, stay away from Ready Seal.

4.4Expert Score
Ease of Application (Difficult = 0, Easy = 10)
8
Penetration (Didn't Penetrate = 0, Excellent = 10)
8
Odor (Strong Odor=0, No Odor=10)
3
Initial Appearance (Terrible = 0, Great = 10)
8
Resistance to Graying 1 Year (Gray = 0, No Graying = 10)
1
Resistance to Peeling (Peeled = 0, No Peeling = 10)
8
Resistance to Mold (Mold = 0, No mold = 10)
2
Resistance to Darkening (Dark=0, No Darkening=10)
1
Ease of Cleanup (Hard = 0, Easy = 10)
3
Eco-Friendy (Not at all = 0, Very Friendly = 10)
2
5.6User's score
Ease of Application (Difficult = 0
8
Easy = 10)
7.7
Penetration (Didn't Penetrate = 0
6
Excellent = 10)
6.5
Odor (Strong Odor=0
4.2
No Odor=10)
6.7
Initial Appearance (Terrible = 0
5.2
Great = 10)
6.5
Resistance to Graying 1 Year (Gray = 0
6
No Graying = 10)
0
PROS
  • Looks good initially
  • Penetrated the wood easily
  • One of the more inexpensive stains (Under $35)
  • No lap marks
CONS
  • Doesn't last more than a year
  • Strong odor
  • Mold growth present
  • Boards turned very dark
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  1. 1.9
    Ease of Application (Difficult = 0
    80
    Easy = 10)
    70
    Penetration (Didn't Penetrate = 0
    0
    Excellent = 10)
    50
    Odor (Strong Odor=0
    0
    No Odor=10)
    80
    Initial Appearance (Terrible = 0
    40
    Great = 10)
    30
    Resistance to Graying 1 Year (Gray = 0
    30
    No Graying = 10)
    0

    Ready Seal is very easy to apply and that is the only good quality that it has. The stain does not dry and tracks on carpet and rubs off on clothes. Lost all color in 9-12 months. Very poor UV resistance as it was gone in less than a year.

    + PROS: Ready Seal is very easy to apply and is the only good quality that it has.
    - CONS: The stain does not dry and tracks on carpet and rubs of on clothes. Lost all color in 9-12 months. Very poor UV resistance as it was fone in less than a year.
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  2. Is a second coat needed so soon just being nearly 3 months of staining?

    • Ken, on the initial application, 2 coats were applied. The weathering photos show how it ended up 14 months later.

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