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What are some types of stain suitable for a cedar wood deck?

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Cedar wood decks can be treated with a latex or oil-based stain. According to Consumer Reports, neither type of finish performs better than the other, but latex finishes are easier to work with.

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Both latex and oil-based treatments perform similarly in regards to durability, but latex application allows for easy cleanup with water. Cedar deck stains come in a variety of opaqueness and colors. Desired wood grain visibility will help determine finish choice.

A semitransparent stain allows most of the wood grain to show through while still providing protection. The average life span of semitransparent stain is two years. A clear wood stain will showcase the grain but will need to be reapplied yearly. A solid or opaque stain completely obscures wood grain, making it a poor choice to showcase cedar.

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