I have sort of a "love hate" relationship with this Thompsons Water
sealer for my deck. I use it every year to seal my cedar deck boards and
cedar deck walls. It looks absolutely fantastic! It brings out the wood
grain to make everything new again.... problem is the beautiful look is
freaking gone a year later...I am buying the UV protected stuff that is
supposed to not allow any greying/weathering.... sooooo my question is
this.... Is there a product that will make my deck look as nice as Thompsons
water sealer THAT WILL LAST?....at least more than one summer! Thank you...
Consumer Reports and many posts in this NG have shown the poor
performance of this product. Apparently, you never bothered to check
it out, and like many of us, simply buy it because the container is so
pretty. Obviously, Thompsons is an inadequate product. So head off to
your library and dig out Consumer Reports as a starting point. From
there, use Google for more info. Then the archives of this NG. Ask at
your local real honest-to-gosh paint store for advice. Find a store
that sells building maintenance products and check their products.
Finally, why did you persist in not allowing the cedar to weather
gracefully? It looks fine on 200 year old dwellings in New England.
Preserving the new cedar appearance might be possible with some very $
$ marine finishes, but using Thomsons usually means nothing else will
ever adhere to the wood again. FWIW, it might just be best to let it
all age and concentrate on other matters.
Yeah- but our gr-gr-gr-grandpa had more sense than to use it as a
floor. Cedar is way too soft to walk on, IMO.
My brother does a lot of work on an upscale ski slope 'development'.
When the cedar craze hit, everyone had him tear out their PT decks and
replace them with cedar. A few years later they had him tear out
the cedar to put Ipe in. Then the Ipe craze passed and he tore out
a few to put some sort of plastic stuff in.
He has a nice barn framed in PT, sheathed with 8/4 cedar, with an Ipe
floor. All from lumber that was headed for the dump.
replying to Ed Pawlowski, Hammer N. Saw wrote:
Yes, Ordinary Person. Your statement goes to show that ignorance can be cured,
but stupidity is forever. Please take the cure before returning. BTW, did you
realize you were replying to a six year old post?
I feel the same way. I prefer their sealer with stain but only color
remains after a year. I think the active ingredient is wax and a few
years ago, engineering for low VOC's crystals were precipitating
preventing me from using a tank sprayer.
Little googling shows something with silicone would be better:
but on bare wood, you'll still get graying. May not look as bad on
cedar as it looks on my pressure treated deck.
For clear coat nothing lasts, the CR review shows 6 stains which
Thonpsons makes 3 types and one of them CR says looks better at 3
years than top rated behr and the other Thompsons with same name, is
poor, so you have to read the review, I dont understand the review as
Thompsons water seal deck and house seems to have two listings
together, and one is poor. But clear coats are a yearly ordeal, CR is
confusing and many companies are not listed like Sikkens, Ben moore,
Sherwin Williams, Olympic , so its a crap ass review. I bought a JD
single stage snowblower on their bad rating, it clogs in wet snow, my
neighbors have Toros, they dont clog so the idiots at CR didnt test it
in heavy wet snow, My Toro lawnmower bogs in damp stuff bad, my old
Lawnboy doesnt but the toro is rated higher and I think had a rod
knock from new. CR dosnt seem to work or test Midwest conditions, but
they cant figure that out, They would rate a B&D battery drill over a
Dewalt or Bosch, Miwaulkee from run time and balance alone, so beware,
they dont use the stuff or rate things right.
buffalo ny: years back, i read the can, and consumer reports, and
learned that it was at best a temporary rain/snow repellent; i didn't
want the dogs tracking the oil ingredients back into the house.
our 10x25 second floor deck of 1990 pressure treated pine wood has a
half roof and a dog door. but your brain against all common sense
wants to put something on it because you want to repel the urine etc.
and make it so it can look new again. so i tried one of the latex
type stains in a lighter color one year and it looked uneven and worse
by the year as i am letting it blister off over several years.
depending on your climate and the wood and its surface condition, i
would now try to have it gently sanded after you carefully pressure
wash it and let it dry out completely for a couple of weeks. another
early mistake was i applied urethane to the top wood of the
surrounding railing where you park your picnic plates. that peeled
after a year and looked bad. right now i have rubber-back janitor mat
and a rug over wintertime which will help to self-peel off the old
latex stain on the surface.
Once I applied Cabot Decking stain, never looked back.. Thompson's
anything was crap. The decking stain I used was driftwood grey, and
the deck really does look like driftwood. Got several complements.
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