This is a great product.
1. We bought it thru Home Depot and it was delivered to our door. The day we did the staining, we took the 2 5gallon cans into Home Depot to shake them up.
2. The cans have a ingenious spout system. You never have to take the lid off. We would pour from the can into a 1.5 gallon pail that had a pouring lip on it. From there we could fill the sprayer or the rolling pan with ease.
3. the stain self levels. I never used an electric sprayer before but Ready Seal made me look like a pro. I would spray a 6 foot fence board starting at the top and move down vertically. We then followed with a roller immediately.
Neighbors would stop by as we were doing the 120 feet of fence and comment how beautiful it looks.
Great product - look no further.
P.S. The fence is 25 years plus...we power washed first, waited a week or so for the fence to dry out. then did the whole job staining job in about 3 1/2 hours....including breaks, lol.
I recently put some of the pecan stain color on my fence and it didn't come out as expected. I emailed Customer Service and immediately was contacted by them. They went over and beyond to find a solution. He also sent samples because you can get different results with different wood. I should've ordered the samples beforehand so it was in no way a bad product. It was a lesson learned and it's good to know that there are companies still around such as Ready Seal that go beyond the norm to help their customers! Thank you!
Just got through staining 2900 square-foot deck and probably the best stain product I've ever used . I will definitely purchase this in the future
I don't leave many product reviews, but after using Ready Seal on our cedar deck today, I just have to assure anyone who has had a bad experience with deck stain that this product is the one to use. I applied the natural light oak color in direct sunlight, with lots of time spent on balusters. I was really concerned about drying too fast, lap marks, etc. Turns out that the Ready Seal truly performs as advertised - perfectly consistent color, no lap marks or blotchiness, easy to apply and low odor. Don't waste all of your prep work on some other product, use Ready Seal and you won't regret it!
This product is everything it advertises to be and more! Having never sealed a fence before, I asked a couple of fence contractors what they would recommend. Every time the answer was Ready Seal. This product lived up to its "goof proof" claim. It was easy to apply (I used a pump sprayer) and the finished result looks great. Please believe me when I say that if I can do it, anyone can use this product successfully.
I also want to say that the company's customer service is outstanding. They professionally, patiently, and courteously answered all my questions. I would highly recommend Ready Seal.
Looked at all the reviews and bought 3 gal of Cedar Ready Seal at Home Depot to use on our approx. 600 plus sq. ft cedar plank ceiling back porch. Also used it on the 4 large cedar posts on the porch. We have used many brands of stains over the 40 years of home ownership and by far this is the highest quality and easiest to use. Ceilings are more of a challenge but even stopping each day over 3 days there were no signs of overlap, light or dark spots etc. Mostly used a small roller and brush on the project to get a good deep coat in a 1 coat application and to get in the rough texture of the cedar between the boards. Not too thin and not too thick of fluid for easy application. Highly recommend others to use this stain. Also called their tech support and got some excellent advice on a few questions I had with quick answers and very friendly and knowledgeable information.
I never use anything else. We are staining a deck today with dark walnut. Ready Seal is the absolute best product on the market. I tell my clients, if you want another stain, you also need someone to apply it for you.
Replaced my deck in June 2018 using treated pine lumber. After three months I cleaned and sanded the deck surface and applied Ready Seal "Pecan" semi transparent stain. I used a pump sprayer to get between the boards and then a paint roller to finish the surfaces. For the lattice and vertical sections I used a HVLP spray gun. The product was easy to apply and I had no issues with lapping even after leaving stain footprints on other sections of the deck. After several hours, the finish was even and looked great. What I really like about Ready Seal is once I need to recoat in the future, I will only need to clean the deck and reapply.
I just stained my cabin with Ready Seal Golden Pine by myself from setup to cleanup in 4 hours what a fantastic product. When you say goof proof that is exactly what it is , temperatures was mid 30s to mid 40s it flowed perfectly no runs clean up easy. Ill try and send pictures thank you for a great product !!!
We went with Ready Seal in the redwood color, the fact that we can reapply with no sanding or stripping was the biggest selling point. Also, the ease of application and the beautiful color provided us with amazing results. I can't recommend Ready Seal highly enough.
"We searched for someone to stain the fence at our new home when we moved to Texas in 1998, and found someone who used Ready Seal. It looked amazing. Our fence outlasted fences built years after ours in the still-growing subdivision, and still looked fantastic. We moved to a new home in 2009 and again chose Ready Seal for our new fence. Happily, our fence looks far better than many in the upscale neighborhood. We absolutely LOVE this product. When you spend a lot of money on a beautiful wooden fence, you must protect your investment with this product."
This is an amazing product!
I just did the inside of my fence since the sides facing out still look good and this is the first time in 3 years.
I did the top quarter two weeks before by hand so I wouldn’t get overspray on my neighbors house’s and just finished spraying the bottom today and it blended so well you can’t tell, and to just have to power wash the fence and not strip it like with so many other products is a big plus.
Workability is great, easy to spray... Ready Seal has an average spread rate with a heavy spraying application at about 100-125 sq. ft per gallon. Penetration is the high point I think, with a massive absorption rating... Ready Seal has deeper penetration than anything I have used thus far. I liked the initial color and the color now after it is starting to settle. In comparison to other sealer/stains I would say Ready Seal has the most furniture like finished look that I have encountered with really beautiful grain accents. Think I might be moving towards Ready Seal exclusively.... Another thing I liked was that even with a really heavy wet on wet application there was no matting or sheen at all, unlike a linseed oil that is very easy to see an over-application. 2 thumbs up for Ready Seal from me.
I've been in the deck restoration business over 17 years, and for 14 now have been using Ready Seal. It truly is a breeze to work with, has a very low odor, and is easy to clean up. The color palette is great and my customers always love the final look. Ready Seal is very competitively priced, and the customer service is second to none. Why use any other product?? Two thumbs up to the team at Ready Seal !!
We just applied Ready Seal mahogany stain to the decks of our lakeside cottage in Northern Ontario. The 3 year old decks decks are built from sienna brown pressure treated spruce. They were sun faded and very dry.
As advertised, the product is goof proof. Pressure washed deck 48 hrs before application, and sun dried. Application was easy-we used with paint pads, and brushes for small areas and between deck boards.. Used a few rags to wipe a few small puddles and black aluminum spindles. No runs, streaks..nothing. tried 5/8 nap roller, but found it too thick. Deck surface would be easier/neater to do with 3/8 nap roller, IMHO. Regardless, it goes on super easy.
Talked to Ready Seal folks on phone re questions and tips. Their advice was spot on. No sanding. A light pressure wash 2 days before applying, and sunny conditions made it a simple process. Deck was completely dry in 48 hours, with water beading on wood surface. Our deck looks like it is ensconsed in rich mahogany velvet. It is truly beautiful.
Multiple neighbors have commented on the rich color, and asked for product details.
2nd coat to be applied in summer of 2023. Will do further review then, but right now, our rating is "wow".
I highly recommend.
We used Ready Seal natural cedar color on our dock that probably hadn’t been touched in 10 years. My wife pressure washed it down we let it dry 2-3 days. We used rollers on it and
Everyone that sees it swears we replaced the wood!! It looks Great!!
Highly recommend this product!
This stuff is awesome. It spreads itself. And it’s true, there is no overlap marks showing and no back brushing. Just spread it on and it spreads to where it is needed. The easiest stain/sealer I have ever worked with. And you can walk on it in an hour. I used it on two large porches that were built 2 years ago and ready for sealer. And I had them both done in 2 days. I used the Golden Pine stain and the treated wood was back to its natural color. I am very pleased.
The best stain ever. I will always use this product. I'm so happy with how my deck turned out. I used bear on my back deck and it was horrible after a couple months. I used ready seal Dark Walnut on my pool deck and it is truly goof proof and beautiful. I will be using on my fence next. I have before and after pictures that are just amazing.
Just used Ready Seal (dark walnut) to stain our deck, i had never used your product but read about it online.
I must say this is the BEST stain i have ever used and my deck looks fabulous. I used a Deck Boss brush to apply and had my deck done in a few hours. The color is beautiful with no lines/overlaps etc.
I am so glad i found out about your product and from here out will always use Ready Seal .. i only wish my local box stores carried it in stock, i had to order from Lowe's but was there in a week.
Thanks Ready Seal, you are the BEST!
We have used this product on numerous projects. From our wedding backdrop walls and decor we built, to the porch swing my son and i just finished. Easy application, great results. I highly recommend this product for new builds to restoration projects. Protects the wood while bringing out its natural beauty. Thank you Ready Seal.
I could go on for days about this product but the short and simple is.... Ready Seal may just be the best product ever invented.
We just completed a remodel on our 70 year old farmhouse and after using over 25 gallons of this stuff on my exterior porches & bead board ceilings I can tell you it performs exactly how they say it will.
We completely rebuilt our wraparound porch which was 80x8 in the front, 40x8 along the side, and 80x10 in the back. We also added bead board ceilings on the entire porch as well and EVERY inch of the new porch and ceiling was stained with Ready Seal.
Easiest product I have ever used. We used a stain pad for the deck boards & a 4” stain brush for the ceiling (and yes there are way easier ways to apply, I’m just a glutton for punishment I think) but the house was already painted so I did not want to use a sprayer.
Doesn’t matter how heavy you apply it...never once streaked on us, never once had to back-brush, self leveled exactly like they said it would. As I said earlier, for a DIY person this might seriously be the best product ever made.
We chose the pecan color to give a cedar feel to the porch & ceiling and it turned out awesome.
Seriously, just buy some and I promise this product will speak for itself and you’ll be glad that you did. After applying over 25 gallons I can assure you it was the best product I used during our entire remodel.
I started a fence project with Tho*****'s. I went back to the store for more and during the pandemic, they were out. I am so happy they were. I ordered Ready Seal online. I am extremely happy with it! I will never use another product and I warm everyone I know about using "the other one". I wish I could post a picture of the difference on my fence.
I just finished my cabin with golden pine ready seal. Only took a hour and a half and it looks fantastic. This is a super product. I don't know why anyone would use anything else.
I just rebuilt my 30 year old deck. Previous rebuilds were coated with Thompson's water seal, Cabot, and Behr deck stain. All of them quickly wore off and had no penetration. I tried Ready Seal on new deck boards. It sunk in deeply and applied easily. It looks absolutely beautiful and doesn't scuff off with every step. It's there for good. It's the best I've used. Outstanding deck stain and it really is goof proof.
I have a cedar stained deck that I've been maintaining for 20 years. Without fail, every stain I've tried has had to be sanded off the next year, cleaned, then carefully brushed on yet again. Every year, I'd try a different brand, and they were all horrible. At wits end, I tried Ready Seal. That was 2 years ago. I'm reapplying it for the first time (instead of once per year) and I didn't have to sand ANYTHING. I simply cleaned the deck, and now I'll wait till it's dry to stain again. It absorbs quickly, there is ZERO back brushing, no lines, no fuss, and no muss. It just eventually fades and then you reapply. It's amazing.
I recently cleaned and stained my 40 x 50 rough cut cedar shake home. I could not be more pleased with the way it turned out, it probably hadn't been done in the last 20 years. I used the natural cedar color. It went on as advertised no drips and no lap marks. I applied it using an airless sprayer, right after I put it on it appeared to be fairly dark but lighten up over the following 2 days to a beautiful natural cedar color. The cedar shakes absorbed a lot, applied two coats with 45 minutes between the two, used 20 gallons ended up with a nice even color distribution. Love this stuff.
This is a great product because it truly works as advertised. Two years ago we paid big $ to have our deck stained because, after researching stains, I was scared that I would mess it up if I did it myself. This year after talking to a local paint supply company they recommended Ready Seal because it's very forgiving and easy to apply. They were not lying! I did a large deck myself and it looks just as good or better than when the pros did it two years ago. I power washed it and used the Walnut color and it looks great. The next time the deck needs stained I will for sure be using this product again.
I would recommend this product to anyone. The can says goof proof on it. You can't mess this up.
I live in Canada and was looking for a store that sells their product. I called and Thomas was the most helpful person. Not only did he give me multiple store phone numbers, he helped me to find stores on the site which was super easy, I not good with computers. I was very very happy with his service.
Thomas also followed up with an email with extra instructions and to insure I was using the product correctly.
As for the product...it really is Goof Proof. It is super easy to use, neighbors on both sides now want their fences done with Ready Seal.
THANK YOU AGAIN THOMAS
I convinced one of my contractors that had been using CWF on his projects to give Ready Seal a try. He came back the next day and thanked me for the heads up on this product. My contractor applied Ready Seal to some Cabins, he commented that it was easy to use and it did a much better job than the CWF, it saved him almost 60% in labor cost. I highly recommend the ReadySeal products to all ABS members.
"Easy application. Much easier than a water- or oil-based polyurethane. You can have absolutely no painting or finishing skills and use this without messing it up. It really is goof-proof."
Brittany Goldwyn, DIY Project Blogger
I used Read Seal on my cedar fence 6 years ago. I am restraining my fence this year. Great product. Don't think I'd use anything else.
Just finished staining my deck. I love this product! Easy to use and beautiful results!
I used Ready Seal last week on my walkway and I’m so pleased with the way it looks, the ease of applying your product and the beautiful look. I selected the Pecan and it’s awesome. Thank you for a great product. I can’t wait for my new deck to cure/dry out so I can do it.
Wonderful product! You can't go wrong using this product. Easy to apply and the end results looks amazing. Thank you for making a FANTASTIC PRODUCT!
This is by far the best stain I have ever used. I put in 2 new privacy fencing Redwood in front and with a neighbor. One neighbor wanted to stick with the good neighbor fence which was 6 yr old cedar fence. I power washed it used the Ready Seal-Redwood and the fence looks like a piece of furniture...absolutely beautiful!!!
Ready seal is the best stain I have used and its almost impossible to mess up. I have a lot of wood on my property (old and new) and used 30 gallons and it looks beautiful. It really brings the grain of the wood out. I applied 2 coats and just hope it lasts. I like that reapplication is easy and does not require stripping the wood down as well. Clean up is easy and smell is minimal as well. As long as something better doesn't continue to come along I will continue to use this product. The thing to remember is preparation is the most important step to get your best look. If you do a good job cleaning the wood it turns out beautiful and you will think a professional did it.
I just finished applying the clear Ready Seal to my new fence. This product is easy to spray on and clean up was fast. I am very impressed and pleased with the results that this product has given. I have read all of the other reviews and decided to use Ready Seal. I'm glad I did. What a superior product. I recommend it to all my friends.
I loved everything about this product. After extensive research of what stain to use I could not be happier. The price point, ease of application, color and minimal odor are what makes this product great to me. I will use ready seal for life.
I can't say enough wonderful things about this amazing stain! It literally took me the entire summer to strip, sand and prep our 5 year old deck that had approximately 5 coats of solid stain on it. Unfortunately, I had used a pressure washer that damaged our lower deck quite significantly so it was left with some pretty obvious marks that I was unable to remove after hours of sanding! Needless to say, after all the work I had put into getting the deck down to its natural state, I was really nervous as to what product to use. I spent a great deal of time researching online (which can be totally confusing), for the best stain and came across your product. I was still not completely confident in my choice but my fears were completely put to rest by a wonderful salesperson at my local Hirshfields who raved about the product and I am happy to say he was totally right! This product is a breeze to put on (I used both a roller and a brush) and it is truly "goof proof"like they claim! I had no lap marks, no back-brushing required, dried quickly and even camouflaged my damaged deck boards. I chose the dark walnut color but still the beauty of the wood shows through. We'll see how it handles a cold, snowy Minnesota winter, but with the ease of application, I would have no problem reapplying in the spring if I had to! Thank you so much for your incredible product! I can't imagine why anyone would use anything else!
I have purchased over 40 gallons of Ready Seal in Pecan to stain my 6' high fence, and it was the best investment I've made on my home in recent years. It's the most beautiful stain you will use and the application is sooo easy and smooth. I used a staining brush for the entire application and it went on without runs, blotchiness or brush marks. I've driven 40 miles just to get this product and I won't settle for anything less. I only wish I would have stained my decks with it when I first built them. This last application on another fence, I applied 6 gallons in 4 hours and clean up was a breeze. We even had a rain storm 2 hours after application and it didn't affect my beautiful fence stain. 1,000% recommend!
Just stained our front porch. First we sanded it because we wanted to. Then applied Ready Seal which was so easy. It’s still trying but take a look. Almost 200 likes from our friends. So easy when applying. I have pictures if you want to see the before and after.
I can’t begin to sing enough praises about your beautiful stain. It’s everything you advertised. It went on smooth, no lap marks, repels water, and after drying, it looked amazing and I couldn’t be happier.
I did my research trying to find a better stain to work with as I’ve stained many decks in my lifetime with so-so results and constant upkeep. (BTW... I’m a 68 years old woman). I’m so glad I found this product. My porch is beautiful. Thanks so much!
After researching and reading numerous reviews, I decided to go with Ready Seal and it is EVERYTHING it’s hyped up to be! We are super please with the results! We used the Natural/Light Oak on our seven year old fence. The results are nothing short of phenomenal!
This is the best deck stain I have ever used and it’s holding up awesome. Two coats. I would like to send a picture of my deck, how do I do that?
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Oh my. I have no words. Last year we stained our beautiful new deck with Behr water based stain. Lasted less than three months and peeled. We had to power wash strip and sand. I found this product and the reviews were so encouraging. So I took the plunge. The stain is AMAZING. Easy to apply, good proof, amazing color. I had to drive to three paint stores to find gallons but it was so worth it. Five 🌟
OMG, this stuff is phenomenal!
My 950 sq ft deck is 25 yrs old. Yep, it's big, multi-leveled and old, so I called in a contractor for a bid to replace it. After receiving the quote, I thought I might just try to get a few more years out of this deck 😀 That was when a friend suggested READY SEAL. I've power-washed and sealed my deck often over the years and have used many products but none so forgiving and easy to use. You can walk over this product minutes are putting it on. It rained the day after and I was so worried it would have a negative effect on my results, but no, the deck looks beautiful.
The pecan color makes the treated pine look so warm. My deck has a new glow and I am loving it. I will use nothing else going forward.
And btw, the immediate response to my queries from READY SEAL's team didn't hurt either :]
Happy in NYC
I purchased my home in October 2019 and it had a new pine deck. I wanted to let the pine dry for a year or two before staining; I researched and purchased the dark walnut in early 2021. After I pressure washed the deck in late spring it rained a lot the rest of the summer, so I waited.
Last week (Late July 2022) I sprayed the 50/50 bleach as recommended, waited a few days, tested the moisture content, and stained the deck yesterday. I initially attempted to apply the stain with brushes and realized it would take forever, so I broke out the power sprayer and knocked it out in 4 hours. I love the results and now await to see how it looks in the coming weeks. Only thing for me is the power sprayer over sprayed stain mist droplets everywhere within 40 feet, including my house siding. and windows. Magic eraser works great on the windows and vinyl trim, and I will have to touch up the paint in some areas. Very happy; just wish I could post my pictures for you all to see the results.
Bought a home 2 years ago and the fence needed to be pressure washed and stained. Researched many products and found Ready Seal. Best choice ever! My fence looks like a professional did it! Many compliments! Not an overreach when they say goof proof. I have already recommended it to others after they saw my fence! Great product!
After deciding to treat my new fence, I had to decide between a latex based or oil-based product. I thought, the water-based product would be easy to use, but provide less protection than oil-based, but the oil-based would be difficult to work with and clean up. After much thought I decided on the Ready Seal oil-based product and I am happy I did. First, you can tell immediately it is a quality product. The application is easy, and yes as mentioned “goof proof”. I used a deck-fence picket 6-inch roller to apply the product. I quickly adapted to the consistency of the product, it is not a paint, it is a stain. Second, the product covered more area than I thought, and the best part is, clean-up was easy. I simply threw away the cheap rollers and cleaned everything else with mineral sprits and hot soapy water. Here are my tips; save cardboard to place on the ground below the pickets and between fence ends and the house siding. Since the product is thin, it is easy to splatter if you roll too fast. Wear safety glasses and nitrate gloves (if desired). I used gloves for a while, but found the stain is easy to wipe off and ditched them, since they are hot to wear here in Florida. As advertised, the stain will not stain your skin. Clean up was easy. We had a few days of rain which interrupted my project. The completed areas look great and after heavy rains one week in the hot sun, the final color is starting to set in. This is a great product, I recommend it highly.
After reading multiple reviews, and watching several videos, I bought Ready Seal in dark walnut. PROS: No temperature restrictions for application, ease of application, color options, potential protection and final outcome. (I could go on and on!) CONS: The only thing I had to be careful of was, if I applied too much stain, the product would accumulate on the underside of the horizontal board. It dried smooth but was darker/more concentrated than the surrounding stain. (I admit, I got a little overconfident applying the stain halfway through, because it’s so easy to apply!) I just ran my brush over it once to disperse the product evenly. I was initially surprised by how dark the stain was, and questioned my color choice. Then I remembered reading somewhere that the final color reveals itself in a few days. Three days later, the stain had dried and the color lightened some. It was perfect! I live in Florida, so time will tell how well it protects. I will definitely use this product for future projects!
This product was so easy to use and came out great. I had about 950 square feet of cedar fence to stain. I used a Wagner Power Painter that was about 25 years old, and stained the fence with Pecan. When I first started, I was a little worried about some runs in the stain. But I remembered many reviews said to ignore them, that they would blend right in, and they did. So happy I went with Ready Seal. I strongly recommend it
Product goes on easy with no issues whatsoever. My cedar fence looks outstanding. Very happy I found this product.
WOW.. This small word speaks volumes to not only the product, but also to Ready Seal's customer service team. We stained our backyard fence panels in Dark Walnut (525). They came out beautiful and totally elevated the outdoor experience. Everyone who comes over wants to know what product we used. The application of the stain was super easy and it was instantaneous gratification. I highly recommend this product and hope I can find more ways to use it in the future. As I also stated above- they have a top notch customer service department. They care about your experience and are true advocates of the product. Thank you Ready Seal Team.
This product was sold to me and it worked wonderfully....Easy to apply and looks great on the new deck.
Just stained my new cedar fence with Ready Seal and it came out great! Used a airless sprayer and had about 200ft of fence inside and out done in about 4 hours. Used almost exactly the amount calculated from info on this website, three 5gal buckets and I couldn't be more pleased. Product was easy to spray and I just left the runs alone and didn't do any back brushing at all and it came out fantastic. I don't usually write reviews but I researched and read for weeks trying to decide what stain to use and just wanted to let people know if your thinking about using this product just go ahead and buy it, I Promise you you'll be pleased. One of the things that also sold me on it was the fact that later when it comes time to stain it again it will take minimal prep work to get it ready for a new coat of ready seal...
The stain really is goof-proof and the fact that I can use a roller to apply it is an added bonus inasmuch as it reduces time spent staining 1,600 s.f. of upper and lower decking. The finish is perfect and without any indication of overlap marks, etc. this is THE stain to use!!
If I knew how to attach a photo I would!!