Sikkens Cetol SRD Semi-Transparent Stain
Exterior house and deck stain
After the equivalent of three years of weather exposure, deck wood treated with Sikkens Cetol SRD Semi-Transparent Stain looks better than wood treated with semi-transparent stains from Olympic, Sherwin-Williams and Wolman in one professional test. Professional contractors also recommend this stain, which penetrates wood to preserve it and repel water without flaking or peeling like a solid stain or paint can -- especially on horizontal surfaces such as a deck (which suffer more weather abuse than siding or other vertical surfaces), or on rough wood such as cedar shakes. Still, on smooth, vertical surfaces, experts say most paint will outlast even the best stain.