wprager wrote:tim1_2 wrote:Anyone have any opinions on the best deck stain?
Consumer Reports says Behr Solid Stain is the best, but everything you read online contradicts this. Seems like TPW and Defy are the best products, but neither are available in stores in Canada...I can order "Defy Extreme" online, which looks like the best bet.
Thompsons, Rez, CIL, Olympic, etc, all seem to be second rate.
I assume it's a cedar deck. Former co-worker who had a woodworking side business said that he much preferred the natural grey that cedar turned (he used the term "patina"). Too bad I didn't listen to him because after spending a lot of money and time, our fence is pretty much where it would have been without spending all that time and money.
Taking to another (current) co-worker, the stuff you can get here is useless, but what you can get in the US (or online) -- possibly "Defy" that you mention -- will give you a great color that won't fade.
In any climate? I use a so-called "stain" that looks more like a paint and I would realistically have to redo it every year. As for a true stain, I wonder if the trick would be to find a really good sealant rather than be preoccupied with the stain itself?