Looking for most durable finish for a new wood deck. Prefer gray look

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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 15, 2017
    do you want to stain it or paint it? What is the decking material

    • Penny Penny on Sep 20, 2017
      Treated lumber aged a year unfinished. I just want the most durable-with the least work needed, to stay nice looking the longest.

  • Dfm Dfm on Sep 15, 2017
    how well it stains or paints depends if it's a treated lumber...do get tester samples of the paint/ stain and try them on a piece scrap lumber left over from the build.

    just finished a paint job for my aunt....and scraped off the remnant of paint on the treated lumber with my fingernails.

  • William William on Sep 15, 2017
    Semi transparent deck stain. will absorb inti the wood and protect the surface. Most decks do need to be maintained at least every four years depending on location and local weather conditions.

  • Alyssa Alyssa on Sep 15, 2017
    I can recommend Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Exterior Stain. It comes in clear, translucent, semi-transparent, semi-solid and solid, so you can get the coverage you like. Translucent comes in six colors including silver-gray, while semi-transparent and semi-solid come in 75 colors, and solid comes in thousands of colors. We used semi-transparent on our deck and I've been very happy with how well it's held up.

  • Sparky28 Sparky28 on Sep 15, 2017
    CWF-UV made by flood but may be owned by PPG,have it tinted grey or to your preference shade,DONT waste your $$ on Thompsons water seal Ive seen decks I did 15 yrs ago & of all the products Ive used CWF-UV is the best

  • Diana Lewis Diana Lewis on Sep 15, 2017
    Deck Over found in Home Depot. Comes in colors

  • Fix It Jen Fix It Jen on Sep 16, 2017
    I like Behr semi-transparent deck stain, it can be tinted in a variety of colors including gray.