Favorite deck stain

In the past I've used "Cuprinol", and it's time for a new gallon (small deck), and I was wondering if any of you folks have a brand you think really works well. This one is alright, but nothing to write home about and I need to recoat every year. I see Home Depot is advertising "Behr", and saying it is guaranteed for 5 years. I don't think it will last that long, but if it holds up for two, it will cut my labor in half.
Thanks for your comments!
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toolmiser


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My favourite deck stain...
....well, Suzy and I were both 16 and had raided Pop's liquor cabinet....
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On 6/28/2005 9:29 PM US(ET), toolmiser took fingers to keys, and typed the following:

Consumer Reports consistantly rates Cabot's opaque stain at the top of the list. I used it on a deck two years ago and it is still the same color.
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Sikkens

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I would look seriously other than Sikkens. I had a new cedar deck build last summer and used Sikkens SRD. It peeled over the winder and also has allowed mildew to grow under it. I followed the prep instructions to the letter. Sikkens rep states that one would have to stain all SIX sides of each board to attempt to prevent my situation.
GOod luck.
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Horse poop!! The crap they think people will believe is incredible! bob
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Five years ago, I got tired of the crappy jobs done by various deck treatment companies around here (MD) so I did it myself.
Since the vast majority of the work in treating a deck is prep, I made damn certain I followed all that prep up with the best stain I could find.
Did a _lot_ of research online and finally decided on Wolman's F&P Cedar.
First coat lasted a full 3 years. Each of the last two years, I've only given the deck a good scrubbing with Murphy's Wood Soap, let it dry and then laid down a VERY LIGHT coat of Wolman's F&P, using a BRUSH and not a roller. Lay it down too heavy and it won't be absorbed.
Looks beautiful and the prep for these subsequent coats is all of an hour. No big deal.
Bob
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