Best Semi-Solid Deck Stain

Deck stains come in different transparency levels. The more transparent or the less opaque a stain is, the more the natural wood grain shows through. This category is referred to as the semi-transparent deck stains.

The more opaque less transparent deck stains are commonly called the semi-solid deck stains. So basically the transparency scale in order starting with the least opaque would be clear sealer, semi-transparent stain, semi-solid stain, and solid stains.

All stains are designed to be water repellent but not all will protect against graying UV rays. Pigment in the stain is what provides UV protection. With that said, a clear sealer would provide zero UV protection while a solid stain would provide the most. Ultraviolet rays are what cause a wood deck to turn gray. Because of this, many deck owners stay away from clear sealers.

The solid deck stains completely mask the beauty of the wood and are much harder to maintain. Therefore, the semi-transparent and semi-solid deck stains are the popular choices. They are easier to maintain, provide adequate water and UV protection, and do not hide the wood but rather enhance its appearance. For those looking for an enhanced look with exceptional UV protection, the semi-solid stains are the ticket.

The best semi-solid deck stain is going to be an oil based penetrating formula. A reputable deck stain like Armstrong Clark is a popular choice. They offer several semi-solid deck stain colors such as Mountain Cedar, Sequoia, Woodland, and Oxford Brown.

This stain is a unique blend of both nondrying and drying oils. These oils separate to perform specific tasks. The nondrying side of the formula penetrates the pores to replace the wood’s lessening natural oils. The drying oils provide a surface barrier to trap in the conditioning oils and keep out moisture. This process revitalizes the wood while providing protection. Using the best semi-solid deck stain available will ensure you get much use from your deck while keeping it looking great.

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    Bob B · 10/05/2017
    Hello ,any dealers in New Jersey or Philadelphia?
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      Armstrong · 10/05/2017
      There is not. Shipping from our website takes 2-3 days to arrive.
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    phyllis freeman · 09/29/2017
    Best color of semisolid stain for rewoood
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    Armstrong · 09/16/2017
    Margaret Merkow:
    is there a dealer in Minneapolis MN

    There is not. Shipping from our website takes 2-3 days to arrive.
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    Margaret Merkow · 09/15/2017
    is there a dealer in Minneapolis MN
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    Armstrong · 09/09/2017
    Bob Janiszewski:
    My pine-sided home was previously stained with Sikkens oil based Cetol stain. I has deteriorated over the past 5 years with some areas peeling, and I want to re-stain. I plan to sand the entire siding area (2500 sq ft est.) and then apply Armstrong semi-solid to closely match my new garage stain. Is this a good plan? How much stain will this job require? I live in Hunter, NY. Where can I get retail suppoort for your product? Thanks!

    As long as you remove the Sikkens, you can use the AC. You will need about 15 gallons for this amount. We do not have dealers in NY but we can ship there from our site and help with any questions you may have.
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    Bob Janiszewski · 09/09/2017
    My pine-sided home was previously stained with Sikkens oil based Cetol stain. I has deteriorated over the past 5 years with some areas peeling, and I want to re-stain. I plan to sand the entire siding area (2500 sq ft est.) and then apply Armstrong semi-solid to closely match my new garage stain. Is this a good plan? How much stain will this job require? I live in Hunter, NY. Where can I get retail suppoort for your product? Thanks!
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    Armstrong · 09/05/2017
    Patrick Castelluccio:
    I previously ordered samples of sem-transparent cedar and redwood colors. Both of them do not cover any greying from the sun of cedar shingles and redwood furniture. I assume the semi-solid transparent is the best choice for me; but I'm curious to know why you say the solid stains are difficult to maintain. Why is that and don't you get a better coverage with a solid stain? Please reply.

    Before applying the AC you need to remove the grating first with your prep. Use the Restore A Deck Kit and pressure washing.

    AC does not come in a solid stain. Solid stains are not penetrating like the AC products are and are prone to peeling.
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    Patrick Castelluccio · 09/04/2017
    I previously ordered samples of sem-transparent cedar and redwood colors. Both of them do not cover any greying from the sun of cedar shingles and redwood furniture. I assume the semi-solid transparent is the best choice for me; but I'm curious to know why you say the solid stains are difficult to maintain. Why is that and don't you get a better coverage with a solid stain? Please reply.
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    Armstrong · 09/01/2017
    Justiniano Campa:
    I need a 5 gallon Semitransparent Drifwood_Gray. Same I purchase on Ma7 2016 order 35897
    I cannot find it on your site now
    Did you d/c the product? What other could be compatible for a paint over old
    Will yo offer free shipping
    Please respond before 9/5 to use the code
    Justiniano Campa Charlottesville Va

    It is a color option on this page:
    https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/armstrong-clark-stain-5-gallon
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    Justiniano Campa · 08/31/2017
    I need a 5 gallon Semitransparent Drifwood_Gray. Same I purchase on Ma7 2016 order 35897
    I cannot find it on your site now
    Did you d/c the product? What other could be compatible for a paint over old
    Will yo offer free shipping
    Please respond before 9/5 to use the code
    Justiniano Campa Charlottesville Va
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    Armstrong · 08/21/2017
    Joe Z:
    Our cedar deck is in complete sun and is exposed to tough Illinois winters. Had to replace a bunch of boards so I have a mix of old a new wood. Old wood was stripped as well as possible but some of the old stain remains. Would your semi opaque product work?

    You will need to remove all of the old stain so it blends correctly. Shoot for 95% removal or more.
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    Joe Z · 08/21/2017
    Our cedar deck is in complete sun and is exposed to tough Illinois winters. Had to replace a bunch of boards so I have a mix of old a new wood. Old wood was stripped as well as possible but some of the old stain remains. Would your semi opaque product work?
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    Armstrong · 08/18/2017
    mona lee:
    Hi :

    I live in Toronto Canada . We can not buy this product in Canada . I will be travelling to Buffalo New York near the Canada USA border crossing at the end of the month. Can you advice me about the location of store that carry Armstrong-Clark deck stain ?

    Thank you !!!

    Mona Lee

    There are not any stores in NY. If you have an address to ship to there, you can buy off the site and we can ship it there for you to pickup.
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    Armstrong · 08/18/2017
    Mike Scearce:
    Can your stain be applied to a deck that has another brand of oil base stain without stripping the old stain? The existing stain is very faded and water soaks in without beading. Thanks

    No. You should strip it off first so the AC can properly soak in and adhere.
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    Mike Scearce · 08/17/2017
    Can your stain be applied to a deck that has another brand of oil base stain without stripping the old stain? The existing stain is very faded and water soaks in without beading. Thanks
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    mona lee · 08/17/2017
    Hi :

    I live in Toronto Canada . We can not buy this product in Canada . I will be travelling to Buffalo New York near the Canada USA border crossing at the end of the month. Can you advice me about the location of store that carry Armstrong-Clark deck stain ?

    Thank you !!!

    Mona Lee
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    Armstrong · 08/16/2017
    Jim Lenardon:
    I have a 1700sq ft redwood deck that had a latex semi solid stain of another brand.
    We have stripped the previous stain off and are interested in your semi solid oil base stain.
    Snow sits at times on the deck during the winter and caused the previous stain to peel off the horizontal surfaces.
    Is there any other prep I should do, and do you think your stain will withstand the snow.
    I expect to have to re stain after a few years but not every year like have in the past.
    Any other suggestions?
    Thanks
    .

    As long as you removed the old coating you should be good to go. Do a final prep with a deck cleaner and light pressure washing.
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    Jim Lenardon · 08/16/2017
    I have a 1700sq ft redwood deck that had a latex semi solid stain of another brand.
    We have stripped the previous stain off and are interested in your semi solid oil base stain.
    Snow sits at times on the deck during the winter and caused the previous stain to peel off the horizontal surfaces.
    Is there any other prep I should do, and do you think your stain will withstand the snow.
    I expect to have to re stain after a few years but not every year like have in the past.
    Any other suggestions?
    Thanks
    .
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    Armstrong · 08/08/2017
    joe b. hudson:
    Have washed and brightened 1,000 sq ft treated pine deck that was severely weathered and grey. Cleaned up well but nervous that stain will soak in and need 2nd coat but don't want to order more stain if not necessary. Also deck size requires multi-day application, so if I did need second coat would it need to be applied in sections that could be completed in 3- 4 hours. Should I test a small portion for the need for a second coat? If second coat needed, any suggestions on how to get 2 coats on wet on wet successfully over 1000 sq ft.

    Are you doing the semi-solid colors? If so, one coat should be enough but it would be best to test a small spot first.

    If doing two coats wet on wet, apply to the entire deck and then repeat within 30-60 minutes. Not sure why you need a multi day application. A good floor stain pad, and you can stain the entire floor in an hour or two.
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    joe b. hudson · 08/07/2017
    Have washed and brightened 1,000 sq ft treated pine deck that was severely weathered and grey. Cleaned up well but nervous that stain will soak in and need 2nd coat but don't want to order more stain if not necessary. Also deck size requires multi-day application, so if I did need second coat would it need to be applied in sections that could be completed in 3- 4 hours. Should I test a small portion for the need for a second coat? If second coat needed, any suggestions on how to get 2 coats on wet on wet successfully over 1000 sq ft.
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    Armstrong · 07/22/2017
    christa:
    Hello,
    Can you tell me if your semi solid stain is avail at any Michigan retailer?

    The Sealer Store
    2388 Franklin Rd
    Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
    248-858-8900
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    christa · 07/21/2017
    Hello,
    Can you tell me if your semi solid stain is avail at any Michigan retailer?
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    Armstrong · 07/16/2017
    Patty Tate:
    New T & G Southern Yellow Pine on Covered Porch in central W,V Had hard rain right after install, some cupping has occured - How long to wait before staining? 1 or 2 coats? Which would be best semi solid or semi transparent?

    See this article about new wood:
    https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/new-decking-and-armstrong-clark-stain

    Thanks
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    Patty Tate · 07/15/2017
    New T & G Southern Yellow Pine on Covered Porch in central W,V Had hard rain right after install, some cupping has occured - How long to wait before staining? 1 or 2 coats? Which would be best semi solid or semi transparent?
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    Administrator · 06/19/2017
    Gellian:
    Hello
    Do you recommend staining the underside of the deck/stairs or leave it exposed?

    Also I have a 3 yr old deck and 3 month old deck addition. Do you recommend that I stain the old deck now and do a restain of the old deck when I'm ready to stain the new addition at the 1 yr mark? Would the old deck look darker if I restain again?

    Leave unstained for the undersides. Do it all at the same time is best.
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    Gellian · 06/19/2017
    Hello
    Do you recommend staining the underside of the deck/stairs or leave it exposed?

    Also I have a 3 yr old deck and 3 month old deck addition. Do you recommend that I stain the old deck now and do a restain of the old deck when I'm ready to stain the new addition at the 1 yr mark? Would the old deck look darker if I restain again?
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    Armstrong · 06/04/2017
    Mike Scearce:
    Do you have a stain that you would recommend for a partially covered boat dock that is exposed to both strong sun and some shade? Thanks.

    Use the semi-solid colors for this.
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    Mike Scearce · 06/04/2017
    Do you have a stain that you would recommend for a partially covered boat dock that is exposed to both strong sun and some shade? Thanks.
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    Armstrong · 04/25/2017
    Joe Goldie:
    Will the semi solid stain peel?
    Is the semi solid stain easy to re coat, does it need to be stripped before re coating?

    It is a penetrating stain as long as you prep and apply correctly. No need to strip when reapplying. Just clean.
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    Joe Goldie · 04/25/2017
    Will the semi solid stain peel?
    Is the semi solid stain easy to re coat, does it need to be stripped before re coating?