I know that your probably looking for brand name deck coating reviews in relationship to the best coating to put on your deck.

In all honesty I would gladly give you a list of every top quality paint and coating manufacturer.

The problem is that I have yet to find any product that works well on a decks surface other than metal or vinyl capping and manufactured synthetic deck materials.

With that said, a deck can still be stained or painted.

Just keep in mind that getting three years out of a deck coating is probably the maximum.


Let's say you have a deck with little traffic, gets no snow or moisture, lacks direct sunlight and is covered with grass mats over all of the high traffic areas. Such a deck would also be coated, under the right conditions onto raw wood, using a top of the line product and has the best deck coating review.

A deck with all of the above conditions will then probably give you the recommended 5 years of coating durability.

Of course in most cases the product you apply will break down long before the manufacturers warranty wares out. How do they make money you ask, well most people will not implement the guarantee which usually consists of replacing the product you applied not your labor

Warranty given are also in most cases pro rated. Pro rated meaning if the coating lasted 2 years, you the home owner will wait 3 or more years (in most situations) to tell the manufacturer the product failed. Manufacturers will then give you the same product back less a gallon or two.

As an example if you used five gallons of coating and it lasted two years out of five and you waited three years to tell them, they might give you 2 gallons of the same coating back.

Those companies that reimburse your money will repay you but only by the amount you purchased the product for minus the time you phoned and said it failed.

The morel of the story, the longer you wait to contact them the less you get back. Either way, most coatings that have a warranty charge quite a bit more than those that don’t. So! even if you do contact them on time they will still not lose any money.

If you find a product for your deck and the manufacturer gives you full reimbursement for the entire duration of the warranty, no questions asked, (cash money) then that’s the coating I would use. Even if the coating cost twice that of its nearest competitor.


For those who can't afford to cover there deck in metal cladding, vinyl, or manufactured boards made specifically for decking, then applying a coating of some type to your exterior wood might be the next best choice.

I say might because if your deck is made from cedar, redwood or is pressure treated you would probably be better off leaving the wood uncoated so that it can age naturally.

On the other-hand, if your not fond of the idea of leaving your deck uncoated and don’t mind re-coating your deck every few years, or want your exterior decking to be a certain color then you will need to apply a coating of some type.

Sealers are usually clear in color and probably your best choice for raw wood due to there ease of use. A sealer needs to be reapplied every year or two but most sealers are easy to spray on (with a garden sprayer) and won’t leave you with a lot of scraping prior to re-coating each year. Sealers do have there limits though, such as reapplication on a more regular bases, and lack of color. If you do decide to use a sealer, don’t forget to protect the siding of your home and vegetation (if needed, read the label instructions) with cardboard, masking and coverings from the sealers over-spray.

You can use a sealer over stained wood, some people swear by it but I have yet to see a sealer add extra years to a top quality stain. In most cases a good quality stain will give you two to five years depending on environmental conditions with or without a sealer.

Oil, latex, transparent or solids are decisions that you will need to make. If your deck has been previously protected using a certain coating, then it's probably best to apply the same product to re-coat. When the deck is raw wood then a top quality alkyd semi transparent coating is probably best, not because it will last longer but because it will be less work in the long run. Most semi transparent stains will only fade and loose there color leaving you with little or no scraping after two or three years has transpired. If you want some color a solid stain of the best you can afford is my recommendation.

Latex stains also work fine and are less trouble during application than oil or alkyd stains (due to clean up) but will add a little more elbow grease (scraping) when reapplication is required.

A number of deck coating reviews endorse elastomeric as the best product to use and is more than likely the only way to go if your painting a deck. With that said, even if you use a top of the line elastomeric on raw wood, painting is not recommended. Elastomeric will more than likely give you the longest time between coatings but like spar varnish when it’s all said and done ends up being so much more work to re-coat. Even so, if the deck has been previously painted (no matter what kind of paint) then scraping, cleaning, and sanding (if needed) along with repainting with an elastomeric product is your best bet.


If your applying a sealer then a garden sprayer will work just fine. Other products on the other hand will require a paint sprayer and back rolling or brushing. Stains in most cases need brushing (or brushing soon after spraying) for the best results. Other coatings can be easily sprayed on with good results. If you are spraying be sure to cover all areas that you don’t want coated and have a good understanding of how your sprayer works along with the coating being sprayed.

Most people will brush and roll there decks. When using stains, some manufacturers and deck coating reviews recommend brushing only, in the case of solid stain I have had no problems using a roller ( one that is as wide as the planks) as long as I'm careful not to splatter and I work the solid stain into the wood using a low nap roller cover, (talk to your coating dealer regarding the best tools to use, with the project being done).

When using a brush on your deck, you should buy one that is as wide or a little wider than the deck planks being painted/stained, as this will save you some time. Some people find a wide brush cumbersome, if so then use what’s comfortable for you, just make sure you paint a little faster (with the wood grain) and be sure to brush out ridges or marks left by the stain, as stain dries quickly and can leave imperfection in your finish.


In the end, when it comes to deck coatings, environmental conditions and proper manufacturer application procedures will give you the longest lasting coating.

So! what I’m saying is, just be happy if you end up with a deck coating that lasts longer than a favorite pair of shoes.

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