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How do you compare different deck stains?

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Deck stains should be compared based on properties such as weather protection, finish and opacity. While all stains may provide protection for deck materials, stains may differ drastically in terms of their ingredients, application and quantity of product needed to stain an area.

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Before comparing deck stains, perform a water test to ensure that the wood is able to properly absorb sealers and finishing products. Issues such as drying, time, cleanup time and the appropriate number of coats should all be considered when comparing different stains. Staining test boards can allow for a more effective comparison of the finished results. The opacity of a staining product may differ depending on whether a transparent, semi-transparent or semi-solid is used.

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