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Old 02-17-2015, 10:13 AM   #1
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Recommend me a deck stain please

Built a pressure treated deck last summer, this spring I'll be looking to apply a transparent stain. Something that will hold up to nasty snow and weather. The lumber I got was 20' boards and clear so it looks genuinely beautiful when it rains out, the color just pops.

Regardless I really want to invest and do this right the first time, rather than do it again in two years because I didn't put in the time or effort.

So far Behr Premium has been a popular item and nice because its local at Home Depot, but I fear the big box store brands. Hoping some of you have some tips, suggestions, photos, anything you want to share. Brands? Colors? Methods?

Thanks in advance!

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Old 02-17-2015, 06:04 PM   #2
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Should have built maintenance free... Transparent stains will have by far the shortest lifespan, you might even be reapplying yearly with transparent. The thicker the color and coat, the longer it will last. Solid colors will last 7ish years.

In any case, I have no idea what brands are good so I found this:

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Old 02-19-2015, 08:52 AM   #3
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I used Olympic (at Lowes) and have been happy. I'd go with a semi-transparent.

I'm a fan of Sherwin Williams for paint. I'm sure they have good deck stain products.

Expect to need to re-stain every couple of years (2-3).
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