Semi-transparent Deck Stain And Sealant.

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  1. mtm105

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    I took out some old boards and flipped over others on a very large deck. ALL OF THEM. Sun and weather beaten wood.

    I stained with Cabot Semi-Transparent stain (Australian Honey Teak). Oil based.

    Now I've got sealant ready to apply. Do I need it? Does it alter, or ruin the nature my work staining the wood?

    I'm thinking I may have to apply sealant every other year. I'm OK with that. It beats pulling nails and replacing boards. When I bought home, the deck was totally neglected for years. Rest of home beautiful. I don't see how people would let it go like that.
     
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    Or Afterhours, if you meant Semi-transparent Dick Stain...
     
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    I called stain company and told Thompson seal is opposite of their stain.
     
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    Yes, you still need something to protect the wood.
    Thomsons is OK, I use boiled linseed oil every few years.
     
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    So, the stain company said Thompson is not compatible?

    Did they say whether their stain needs any sealer? Some stains contain their own sealer, and every few years you reapply the stain/sealer. An oil-based stain like you used would likely provide some measure of sealing.

    Or did they recommend some other brand of sealer?
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    Just like finishing a guitar, you can often mix brands/types with good results. But you can also mix stuff that seems like it should be compatible and end up ruining all your hard work.

    So in general, it's safest to follow the manufacturer's recommendations. If they have a full "system" of products, use their sealer that's designed to work with their stain.
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    Decks are kinda like pools. Some people imagine how wonderful it would be to have one, get it installed, then they never use it much as they thought they would. And then discover the upkeep is more than they expected and just neglect it.
     
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    If its in the budget, rip off the top deck and replace it with the manufactured plastic wood. You’ll never touch it again.
     
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    Sounds more like a strain than a stain.

    The ideal sealer is urethane.
     
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    I have a deck next to my pool. I used Trex for walking surface, it needs nothing after it is installed.
    I use boiled linseed oil on everything else, no stain. Natural looks best to me, and the oil darkens it a bit.

    My pool pump is a different story... It needs TLC all the time. But it all sure is nice on 90 degree days like today...
     
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    Sorry buddy but urithain is not for outdoor use it is for indoor furnishings outside it will flake and peel from the suns uv and moisture or rain
    Trex is the way to go just make sure you get the good stuff because I have seen it crumble then again I live in a desert and the heat was probably the issue
     
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