What type of exterior stain should I use - Latex or Oil base?


I have a new deck/screened porch made of pressure treated wood that needs to be stained and/or sealed before winter. What type of stain(latex or oil based) would be best for new wood. I plan to apply a semi-transparent stain/sealer to initially see the wood grain, but don't know the benefits and disadvantages of each type of stain/sealer. I was informed that latex based stains need to be stripped off when applying future applications. What is the recommended maintenance frequency to keep your deck and porch looking good?

q what type of exterior stain should i use latex or oil base
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  • Gk Gk on Aug 21, 2018

    This is the product I use. It is a linseed based product that soaks into the wood rather than lying on top of the wood. It has been on my deck now for three years--no blistering, no peeling, and it still repels water. It can be purchased in different colors and transparencies. If it is not available in your area you can order it directly from the company. It is the best product I have ever used and I will never again have to fight deck products that don't last in my extreme weather climate: www.armstrongclarkstain.com

    • Cyn13672705 Cyn13672705 on Aug 22, 2018

      Thank you for your informative response and recommendation for the benefits of an oil based stain. Back in the 50s - 60s before pressure treated wood was widely used, my Dad often used linseed oil in his outdoor wood projects. I will look into the Armstrongclark stain. Thanks for sharing your experience

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Aug 21, 2018

    The pros on "This Old House" recommend that you use semi transparent stain if you must paint a deck. Do not use a solid paint or stain or you will be forever trying to clean up the mess because it tends to peel.

    • Cyn13672705 Cyn13672705 on Aug 22, 2018

      Thanks Joy, you reaffirmed my decision to use a semi transparent stain for the 1st application . If this posting is still available in September, I may show the "After" picture of my deck/porch. Steve

  • Dana Dana on Aug 22, 2018

    I agree with the linseed based product. I would stay away from latex it peels and cracks.

  • Kenneth Payne Kenneth Payne on Aug 22, 2018

    This is what I did with my new cedar fence - First after staining my fence with a good brand of water based stain , it soon faded . I did this every year for several years. After reading about other ways to stain a fence , well this year I used a mixture of motor oil and diesel and the fence looks great and repeals water. A added plus is it makes the wood last longer.. Just a idea .. you might want to check it out.. Good luck

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    • Kenneth Payne Kenneth Payne on Aug 22, 2018

      It's my wood fence which I stained , sorry if I implied it was a deck. I mixed 50/50 used motor oil and diesel. If you would like to se what it is like on your deck just mix a pint of it up and brush on a out of the way spot.. It does turn the wood darker.

  • Jen Jen on Aug 22, 2018

    All I know is that I will NEVER ever again use Behr stain again. I swear by their paints..but had a miserable fail on 3 different decks. So bad in fact that after 2 months it was wearing off...And the company acknowledged its downfall. We are getting ready to redo our Port Orford cedar decks now....and YES..oil based..and also learned its NOT best to do them when its hot and dry..but cool and cloudy out. So...here we go stripping and sanding yet again...remember, prep is 99% of the job! (picture is after 2 months with just me and my husband) Yup...decks from hell..and I have 2 of them!