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Ready Seal Deck Stain

When it comes to deck staining, there are many options. This page will show you how staining a deck with Ready Seal Deck Stain is much better than using a deck paint or any of the other numerous deck stains and deck sealers available on the market today.

 

Ready Seal Deck Stain

General Issues Affecting Decks and Deck Sealers

Every deck needs protection. Decks are subject to high levels of foot traffic, constant sun exposure and the horizontal surface of decking has much higher exposure to rain, as opposed to the vertical surfaces of fences. All of these factors culminate in a shortened life cycle for any type of deck sealant, and this can lead to problems as seen below:

Deck Stain Weathering


When it comes to staining a deck, the two biggest threats to protect against are moisture from rain water and ultra-violet rays from sun exposure. When choosing a deck stain or deck sealant, make sure that the deck stain or deck sealant used provides adequate protection against these threats.


Ready Seal Deck Stains

Ready Seal Deck Stain and Sealer for Wood is a penetrating, semi-transparent stain and sealer in one. It seals out moisture and has a heavy concentration of finely ground pigments that provide maximum UV-protection, yet allows the natural characteristics of the wood to show through. We designed Ready Seal Deck Stain to circumvent the problems associated with all the various formulations of the different coating types listed below:

Goof Proof: NO LAPS, RUNS, OR STREAKS. NO LAPS, RUNS, OR STREAKS.
Durable: No Cracking, Chipping, Flaking or Peeling. No Cracking, Chipping, Flaking or Peeling.
Pigment Protection: Enhances natural look and Protects against UV Rays. Enhances natural look and Protects against UV Rays.
Easy Upkeep: Clean, Dry and Re-apply. No Sanding. No Stripping. Clean, Dry and Re-apply. No Sanding. No Stripping.

 

Problems with Deck Paint and Solid Color Deck Stain

Deck paint, while offering exceptional protection against UV-rays, has many issues that make it a less than desirable choice for staining a deck:

  • Deck paints and solid color deck sealers, often called opaque deck stains, hide all of the natural characteristics of the wood. No grain or knots are visible after application.
  • Many deck paints require applying a primer coat prior to applying the top coat.
  • Application of deck paints or solid color deck stains require careful attention to avoid lap marks or runs; and when spraying, backbrushing is necessary for an even finish.
  • Deck paints and solid color deck sealers sit on the surface of the wood, forming a rigid film that cannot flex with the wood. Over time, small cracks form, and moisture is allowed to penetrate through these small cracks of coating and into the wood. This leads to coating failure, cracking and chipping of paint, as well as rot, mold and mildew issues. 
  • Although deck paint may last 5 to 7 years, maintenance can be very time consuming and costly, usually requiring a total stripping or sanding of the deck back to bare wood prior to re-application.

 

Problems with Clear Deck Sealers

Clear deck sealers are not deck stains, they do not contain pigments and do not change the color of the wood. Clear deck sealers do a great job of sealing out moisture, however, they contain no pigment and allow harmful UV-rays to pass through the clear coating and degrade the surface of the wood. These types of deck sealers include varnishes, lacquers, sealers and various other products that are not pigmented. Even clear sealers that claim to contain clear UV-inhibitors provide little to no protection.

  • Many clear deck sealers may be film-forming finishes, prone to the same cracking, flaking and peeling as deck paint.
  • Penetrating clear deck sealers are not subject to cracking and peeling, but still offer minimal UV-protection.
  • Application of clear deck sealers typically require backbrushing and attention to detail during application, even when being sprayed.
  • Because a clear deck sealant contains no UV-protection, the coating will typically last 6 to 24 months before a cleaning and re-application is required.
  • Deck Cleaning or re-application of clear products may be very time consuming, sometimes requiring a total stripping or sanding of the deck back to bare wood prior to re-application.

 

Problems with Transparent Deck Stains and Sealers

Transparent coating products are deck stains and/or sealers that contains a very small amount of pigmentation, but still allows the natural characteristics of the wood, such as grain and knots, to be seen. This addition of pigment adds color to the wood and provides more UV-protection than clear sealers. Although they contain pigments, these coatings still offer only a minimal amount of protection from harmful UV-rays. Transparent deck stains and/or sealers may be either form-filming or penetrating formulations.

  • Some transparent deck stains may not include a sealer to block moisture and may need to have a clear deck sealant applied on top of the stain.
  • Many transparent deck stains and/or deck sealants may be film-forming finishes, prone to the same cracking, flaking and peeling as deck paint.
  • Penetrating transparent deck stains and/or deck sealers are not subject to cracking and peeling and are a better option than acrylic or latex type film-forming varieties.
  • Application of transparent deck stains and/or deck sealers typically require backbrushing and attention to detail during application, even when being sprayed, to avoid runs, laps and streaks.
  • Transparent deck coatings will typically last 6 to 36 months before a cleaning and re-application is required.
  • Maintenance of transparent deck stain products may be very time consuming, sometimes requiring a total stripping or sanding of the deck back to bare wood prior to re-application.

 

Problems with Semi-transparent Deck Stains and Deck Sealers

Semi-transparent deck stains and/or deck sealers are heavily pigmented to provide exceptional UV-protection. The amount of pigment is not so much that it hides the natural characteristics of the wood. Semi-transparent coatings may come in a pentrating formula or a film-forming type formulation that sits on the surface of the wood.Many of the issues concerning transparent deck stains are shared by semi-transparent coatings.

  • Some semi-transparent deck stains may not include a sealer to block moisture and may need to have a clear deck sealant applied on top of the stain.
  • Many semi-transparent deck stains and/or deck sealants may be film-forming finishes, prone to the same cracking, flaking and peeling as deck paint.
  • Application of semi-transparent deck stains and/or deck sealers varies with the formulation, but typically require backbrushing and attention to detail during application, even when being sprayed, to avoid runs, laps and streaks.
  • Semi-Transparent deck coatings will typically last 1 to 7 years before a cleaning and re-application is required.
  • Maintenance of semi-transparent deck stain products varies with the formulation, but generally will be very time consuming, sometimes requiring a total stripping or sanding of the deck back to bare wood prior to re-application.


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