I have new PT deck, and it seems like everyone recommends
semi-transparent Cabot stain....
Out of curiosity, what color do you guys use?????
I tried Rosewood/Redwood and it looks too like fake red, others seems
to looks like dark brown bombers, and abundance of greys colors....
May be it is just our local store, that has limited selection...
For our fence, which is shaded by hedges and gets little sun and rain, we
use something called clear solution by cabot, a fairly light-duty oil based
preservative. For the deck, last time we used "new redwood". Way too red,
almost orange. Next time we will tone down, perhaps to their "chestnut",
which is a medium brown. Looks good on our neighbor's fence and deck.
Consumers Report says the fully pigmented stains are the longest lasting,
but, alas, they look too much like ordinary paint. We found the
semitransparent stains had good protection, but didnt hide the woodgrain
Olympic Cedar Natural semi-transparent on PT pine gave us a good imitation
of redwood. Looks very good at 1 year. How long it holds up remains to be
seen. Consumers Reports rated it near the top in their ongoing test.
I use driftwood gray. It complements the color of the house siding
and after a couple years the wood truly does look like driftwood. You
paint store can mix up whatever color you select from the brochure.
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