Wolman DuraStain Stain Review

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5.9 Total Score
  • Maintained color
  • Eco-friendly
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Manufacturer Description: Wolman® DuraStain® One Coat Semi-Transparent Stain is a one-coat, water-based exterior wood stain designed to provide excellent color retention; adhesion; and protection against UV graying, water damage, and mildew. It delivers superior beauty and protection in one coat. In addition, it offers semi-transparent hide coverage over new or previously coated and weathered wood.

5.9 Total Score
Wolman DuraStain Stain Review

Wolman’s DuraStain looked terrible when applying. It literally looks like orange paint. The product also has a strong odor. Initial appearance is not really a semi-transparent look, but more “thin paint” semi-opaque, hides quite a bit of the look and grain of the wood. 14 month weathering did show good results in maintaining color and appearance and this would be expected based on the paint-like consistency of the product. Bottom line, the results were disappointing for a stain that has 6 year guaranteed performance on decks.

5.9Expert Score
Ease of Application
3
Ease of Penetration
3
Odor (Strong Odor=0, No Odor=10)
3
Initial Appearance
4
Resistance to Graying (After 1 Year)
8
Resistance to Peeling
8
Resistance to Mold & Mildew
8
Darkening
8
Ease of Cleanup
6
Eco-Friendliness
8
5.9User's score
Ease of Application
6.5
Ease of Penetration
6.3
Odor (Strong Odor=0
8
No Odor=10)
7.3
Initial Appearance
4.8
Resistance to Graying (After 1 Year)
5.1
Resistance to Peeling
4.8
Resistance to Mold & Mildew
6.3
Darkening
7.1
Ease of Cleanup
3.6
PROS
  • Maintained color
  • Eco-friendly
CONS
  • Initial application looks terrible
  • Resembles thin paint
  • Did not penetrate well
  • Strong odor
  • Not semi-transparent
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    Wilson and Lisa Duncan March 19, 2022 at 7:27 pm
    1.85
    Ease of Application
    20
    Ease of Penetration
    20
    Odor (Strong Odor=0
    100
    No Odor=10)
    60
    Initial Appearance
    10
    Resistance to Graying (After 1 Year)
    10
    Resistance to Peeling
    10
    Resistance to Mold & Mildew
    40
    Darkening
    40
    Ease of Cleanup
    60

    We used this product on our deck in 2021. The stain was thick like paint. As of today, 3/19/2022 the Stain is
    PEELING off! WOULD NOT RECOMMEND

    + PROS: Price
    - CONS: Thick, peeling within 9 months, hard to apply with sprayer
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  2. 2.3
    Ease of Application
    70
    Ease of Penetration
    60
    Odor (Strong Odor=0
    100
    No Odor=10)
    90
    Initial Appearance
    10
    Resistance to Graying (After 1 Year)
    10
    Resistance to Peeling
    10
    Resistance to Mold & Mildew
    10
    Darkening
    100
    Ease of Cleanup
    0

    We stained our deck last year in August with Wolman Duralast and now this year the stain is coming off in numerous places and looks like _____.

    Need help? Would not recommend at this point

    + PROS: None
    - CONS: Tools hours you stain our very large deck by myself and now it looks like ______. I bet Walmart’s cheap stain would work better. We need to work on a resolution for this matter immediately. Thanks
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  3. 3.85
    Ease of Application
    60
    Ease of Penetration
    60
    Odor (Strong Odor=0
    40
    No Odor=10)
    80
    Initial Appearance
    100
    Resistance to Graying (After 1 Year)
    100
    Resistance to Peeling
    100
    Resistance to Mold & Mildew
    100
    Darkening
    80
    Ease of Cleanup
    50

    I applied Durastain to natural cedar clapboard siding as a way to preserve the wood, eliminate the graying that usually occurs and retain the original color as best as possible. It was also necessary to stand up to the harsh winters of the Mass. Berkshires. For best results, it had to be applied with a brush for maximum penetration and coverage and must be stirred regularly to insure the pigments are effectively mixed with the oil base.
    The product has outperformed my expectations. After 7 years the color is still like original and continues to effectively shed water. There has been no graying, darkening, peeling or mildewing. It has not been adversely affected by strong sunlight exposure. I would highly recommend this product

    + PROS: Long term durability Excellent weather resistance Good color retention
    - CONS: Must be applied w/ a brush for maximum coverage and penetration
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