Apply the deck sealer with a natural bristle brush. A roller is faster, but brushing helps force the sealer into open pores and grain. Make sure to get the sealer into joints where two boards butt together. Apply the deck sealer to three or four boards at once, working their entire length.

Is it better to stain or water seal a deck?

Sealing a deck is best for cedar, teak, mahogany, or other quality woods as it enhances the wood grain and natural color. Staining a deck protects the wood from mold, mildew, moisture, and rot, and UV rays and sun damage.

Can I use a roller for deck sealer?

Rolling on the sealant with a paint roller is faster, but you have much less control. You can even use a garden sprayer to apply the sealant. No fuss, no muss. It’s the quickest and cleanest way to get sealer down on the main surface deck, but it offers the least control for application in those hard to reach areas.

Can you use a roller to apply Thompson’s Water Seal?

All Thompson’s WaterSeal products are DIY-friendly, and most need only a single application on a clean, dry deck. You can apply some products with a garden sprayer or paint roller, but for classic deck stain, a paint pad on an extension pole is best.

What is the best sealer for decks?

Best Deck Sealers Thompsons Waterseal Advanced Natural Wood Protector. ECO-SAFE Wood Treatment – Stain & Preservation by Tall Earth. Rust-Oleum Coppercoat Wood Preservative. CabotStain Australian Timber Oil Penetrating Oil. Thompsons Waterseal – Transparent Stain.

How long does Thompson’s Water seal last?

If applied correctly, Water Seal will last up to 4 years.

Should you put a sealer over stain?

Applying a topcoat sealer is not required, but a finish protects the stained wood from scratches and keeps it from fading over time. If applying a polyurethane finish with a brush, apply one to two coats. If using a spray can, hold 8 to 12 inches from the surface and apply two or three light coats.

What kind of roller do you use to seal a deck?

For staining a deck, go with a standard 9 inch napped paint roller. A napped roller will apply the stain in much the same way as a lambswool pad, but in a much more efficient way. Unless you plan on being on your hands and knees to apply the stain, you’ll also need to purchase a couple of extension poles.

Is it better to stain a deck with a brush or roller?

When applying stain to the deck, we recommend going board by board. When using a roller or airless sprayer, ALWAYS back brush the stain to really work it into the wood grain. Spraying is a great application (just be extremely cautious of overspray), but the magic is in back brushing it into the wood.

Is it better to use a brush or roller to stain a deck?

You should use a roller brush or sprayer to apply a steady coat of quality stain, such as Olympic Elite stains or Olympic MAXIMUM stains. If you see that too much wood stain has been used in an area, use a roller or brush to fix the imperfections.

Is Thompson Water Seal any good?

– Thompson’s® WaterSeal® Clear did not alter or change the appearance of the wood. After full drying, we tested the ability to repel water. Water did bead on top of the finish and did not absorb into the wood. – As far as we can tell, Thompson’s® WaterSeal® does not prevent UV graying at all.

How many coats does Thompson’s Water Seal have?

One coat is enough, but if more color is desired, a second coat can be applied within two hours before the first coat has dried. With Thompson’s® WaterSeal® Waterproofing Stains, you can clean your tools with soap and water.

What temperature do you apply Thompson’s Water Seal?

Be sure that both surface and air temperatures are above 50°F during application and remain above 40°F for 48 hours after application. Do not apply product if rain is forecasted within 24 hours of application.

Can you spray Thompson Water Sealer?

Answer: The manufacturer of Thompson Water Seal recommended that you use their product with a plastic sprayer with a brass wand, such as our Chapin Premier sprayer. Once you are done with the product, it is recommended that you run mineral spirits through the sprayer and then water to clean it.

Should I use Thompson Water Seal on pressure treated wood?

Although the wood is resistant to rot and insect attacks because of the pressure treatment, it can warp, split and develop mildew if not protected from the effects of water. The directions for some, such as Thompson’s Water Seal, specify pressure-treated wood as a suitable use.

How Much Thompson Water Seal do I need?

COVERAGE Thompson’s Water Seal will cover approximately 4 m² per litre. Coverage will vary depending on the texture and porosity of the surface to being treated. DRYING TIME Thompson’s Water Seal should be dry in 2 hours under normal conditions. Dry times depend on the texture & type of surface you’re coating.

How often should you water seal a deck?

A standard wooden deck typically requires annual resealing, but depending on the above factors, you may only need to reseal every 2-3 years. If you’re unsure if its time to reseal your decking, consider trying the water bead test by sprinkling water on various parts of your decking and railings.

How much deck sealer do I need?

If your deck or patio measures up to 550 square feet, you will need to buy 2 gallons of stain. For very large decks and patios, up to 700 square feet, you will need 3 to 4 gallons of stain to complete the project.

What is good to put on a deck to prevent splinters?

When it comes to keeping a deck in top condition, it’s really a matter of two simple things: cleaning and sealing. Choose a good quality sealer, preferably one with a UV filter. Water should bead up on a well-sealed wood deck in much the same ways as it does on a waxed car finish.

How do you clean a brush after using Thompson’s Water Seal?

After waiting the recommended time, use a synthetic, stiff bristled brush to scrub the surface. Then use a garden hose or pressure washer to rinse away the residue.