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#1 Deck Premium Wood Stain
#1 Deck Premium Wood Stain

#1 Deck Wood Stain

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Wood Stain: Protects Wood From UV Rays

Wood Stain: Protects Wood from UV Rays

Wood Stain: Water Based & Easy CleanUp

Wood Stain: Water Based & Easy CleanUp

Wood Stain: Eco-Friendly & Safe

Wood Stain: Eco-Friendly & Safe

Wood Stain: 3 Step System

Wood Stain: 3 Step System

Wood Stain: Brush Apply

Wood Stain: Brush Apply

Wood Stain: Finished Railing

Wood Stain: Finished Railing

Wood Stain: Finished Floor View

Wood Stain: Finished Floor View

Wood Stain: Finished Steps

Wood Stain: Finished Steps

Wood Stain: Finished Handrail

Wood Stain: Finished Handrail

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  • Protects wood from damaging UV rays
  • Available in 4 beautiful semi-transparent finishes – Natural, Cedar, Light Walnut, & Dark Walnut
  • Wood Stain & Sealer: use on all softwood types
  • Water-based, easy cleanup, dries to a flat, natural looking finish
  • Covers 100-150 sq. ft. (2 coats wet-on-damp)
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Whether you’re looking to increase the market value of your house or looking to make your deck last for years to come, it’s important that you stain your deck. When it comes to wood stain and sealer, there are a lot of options available, and it can be hard to know which one is the best fit for your deck. #1 Deck Premium Wood Stain is a state-of-the-art deck stain and sealer that will keep your deck wood healthy, strong, and beautiful, no matter how tough you and your family are when it comes to BBQs and outdoor recreation.

When choosing a wood deck sealer, you’ll want to make sure that you choose a color that fits with the scheme of your home and landscaping. Our Premium Wood Stain is available in natural, cedar, light walnut, and dark walnut. The most inviting deck is natural looking, and we bring out the original beauty of your deck by making our stains semi-transparent. When you apply our wood deck sealer, it’s not going to look as if you painted or dyed your deck. You’ll see the beauty of the original wood, enhanced to the way it looked when it was brand new.

To make your wood stain last, it’s important that your wood is protected from harmful UV rays. The sun’s rays can speed up the discoloration all too common with older decks. Our sealer acts as a sunscreen for your deck, keeping it safe from deterioration and discoloration caused by the sun.


Product Description: #1 Deck Premium Semi-Transparent Wood Stain

#1Deck Premium Semi-Transparent Wood Stain is an advanced, water-based, semi-transparent stain formulation designed to penetrate deep into wood pores for maximum protection and longevity. #1 Deck protects wood from harmful UV rays and damage caused by water penetration. #1 Deck is safe to use, has a low odor, and is easy to clean up with soap and water.

Different semi-transparent wood stain colors

#1 Deck Premium Wood Stain comes in four beautiful colors:

  1. Natural
  2. Cedar
  3. Light Walnut
  4. Dark Walnut


When to Use Semi-Transparent Wood Stain

Step 1: Clean/Strip | Step 2: Brighten | Step 3: Stain

This product is step 3 of a 3-step process. Before staining, be sure to first clean or strip the wood. Clean if the wood is new or the previous stain is no longer present. Strip if the previous stain is present. Also be sure to brighten the wood to prepare the wood for stain.


Where to Use Semi-Transparent Stain

#1 Deck Premium Wood Stain is intended for all types of weathered, exterior, softwood surfaces including decks, fences, siding, outdoor furniture, gazebos and play sets.


How to Use Semi-Transparent Stain


  1. First, strip, clean, and brighten wood.
  2. Mix solid stain well.
  3. Protect the surrounding area.
  4. Apply using brush, roller, or airless sprayer.
  5. Start with two coats on vertical surfaces and then two coats on horizontal surfaces.
  6. Allow at least 24 hours dry time before use.
  7. Clean all materials immediately after with soap and water.


Full instructions:

New wood?:

Allow new wood to weather for 3-6 months.

Clean wood:

Step 1: Clean wood with #1 Deck Wood Cleaner. Rinse wood thoroughly with a garden hose or pressure washer (max.1200 PSI).

Brighten wood:

Step 2: Brighten and neutralize wood with #1 Deck Wood Brightener and rinse thoroughly with a garden hose.

Note on oily wood types:

For oily wood types, such as cedar or redwood, we recommend allowing the wood to weather for 1 year to improve penetration. Applying stain to these surfaces could result in peeling if the surface has not weathered sufficiently for the stain to penetrate.

Limitations for hardwoods:

This product is ideally suited for softwoods. While it can be applied to hardwoods such as mahogany, ipe, or similar exotic hardwoods, you should plan on annual maintenance coats when applying to these wood types.

Weathered or gray wood:

Step 1: Clean wood with #1 Deck Wood Cleaner and rinse thoroughly with a garden hose or pressure washer (max. 1200 PSI).

Step 2: Brighten and neutralize wood with #1 Deck Wood Brightener and rinse thoroughly with a garden hose.

Previously stained wood:

Do not use #1 Deck Premium Wood Stain over solid stains, painted, or varnished surfaces. These surfaces must be stripped prior to application of the product. If sanding is necessary to remove old finishes, use a coarse grit sandpaper.

Step 1: Strip wood with #1 Deck Wood Stain Stripper and rinse thoroughly with a garden hose or pressure washer (max. 1200 PSI). #1 Deck Wood Stain Stripper is effective on weathered semi-transparent or clear stains.

Step 2: Brighten wood with #1 Deck Wood Brightener and rinse thoroughly.


45ºF and 95ºF. Avoid application of product when the daily low is below 45 or when rain is expected within 12 hours. Do not apply in direct sunlight or if boards feel hot to touch.

Damp wood:

#1 Deck Premium Wood Stain can be applied to damp wood that has been rinsed after the cleaning and brightening process. While damp boards are ok to stain, ensure the boards are not completely saturated with water. We recommend allowing the wood an hour or two to dry out after cleaning/brightening, and rinsing before proceeding to the staining application.

Mix well:

Stir well before and periodically during use. Do not dilute.

Protect adjacent areas:

Use plastic, cardboard, and/or drop cloths to protect all adjacent non-target surfaces such as siding, windows, masonry, plant life, etc. from overspray/runoff. Immediately remove overspray from non-target areas with soap and water before it dries.

What equipment to use:

Hand brushes should be high quality nylon or polyester. If using an airless sprayer, use tips between .011 and .015, and use the lowest pressure that achieves a uniform spray pattern to minimize fogging and overspray. When spraying, always back-brush. This ensures a uniform application, and breaks the surface tension of the wood for better penetration of the stain.


Apply stain to vertical surfaces, such as railings and posts first, and protect horizontal boards from drips or overspray. Stain horizontal surfaces last. Using the #1 Deck Staining Push Brush (or similar type car-wash brush), apply stain along the full length of the board. Never break in the middle of a board. Apply two wet-on-damp coats, waiting approximately 20-30 minutes between coats. Do not over-apply stain. Brush product into surface, working out all drips, puddles, or areas of overspray before product dries. To avoid the possibility of peeling, only apply as much stain as the wood can absorb. Thoroughly coat the ends of boards to prevent water penetration.


100-150 sq. ft. per gallon (for 2 coats) depending on surface porosity & application method.

Dry time:

Stain will be dry to touch in 1-2 hours. After 8 hours at 68º F the newly coated surface is safe to walk on. A complete cure of the coating for walked-on surfaces is 24 to 48 hours at 65º F and less than 50% humidity.


As the wood begins to look weathered or at the first signs of graying, clean the surface with #1 Deck Wood Brightener and then apply a single maintenance coat of #1 Deck Premium Wood Stain.


Clean tools immediately after each use with soap and water.


Advantages of #1 Deck Semi-Transparent Stain

  • Both a stain and sealer for your wood
  • Protects wood from damaging UV rays
  • Available in 4 beautiful semi-transparent finishes – Natural, Cedar, Light Walnut, & Dark Walnut
  • For use on all softwood types
  • Dries to a flat, natural looking finish
  • Water-based, easy cleanup
  • Low VOC content (<50 g/L)


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: What’s the best way to apply a deck stain?

A: You’ve got options. Some people prefer to use a brush, others use a paint roller, while others prefer a low-pressure sprayer. It’s all about what makes the most sense for you with the equipment you have available. We have found the easiest and fastest way to stain a deck is with a car wash type brush. Here’s a video showing  the process.


Q: How often should I stain my deck?

A: No deck stain lasts longer than three years on a horizontal surface. As a rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to re-stain your deck every two to three years, to ensure that the wood does not get damaged by UV rays, or mold and mildew.


Q: How many coats of deck stain should I apply?

A: With #1 Deck Wood Stains, we recommend applying two coats.


Q: Does weather affect how or how often I should stain my deck?

A: Harsh weather conditions can shorten the life of a deck stain. Our stains are made with high quality resins to last longer than competitive products, but you should keep an eye on your deck if you live in an environment subject to extreme weather conditions. When you start to notice the first signs of wear, it’s time for a maintenance coat. Applying maintenance coats is an easy way to keep your deck in top condition.


Q: What can I expect the first time it rains on my newly stained deck?

A: After you’ve applied your stain to your deck, you’ll notice that water doesn’t sink in like it used to. Water droplets will sit right on top of your deck stain- no more water soaking into your deck, creating mold and mildew in tough to clean areas.


Specific Projects


Thinking about using wood stain on a fence? We recommend using a pump-up sprayer, or airless sprayer, followed by back-brushing. Back-brushing helps even out the stain and absorb better. It breaks the surface friction and allows the stain to penetrate evenly and more completely. The stain is water based, but it’s still important to protect grass and any other plants nearby or underneath your fence. Cover up plants and be sure to rinse away any excess stain when you’re finished.


Brand new wood

If you’re working with brand new wood, it’s important that you wait 3-6 months for the wood to dry out before applying a stain. Applying too soon can interfere with the wood’s ability to absorb the stain. If your brand-new wood is an oily wood type like cedar, you may want to wait even longer- up to a year. Oily wood takes a long time to dry out and applying a stain to a wood that isn’t dry won’t let the stain set into the wood.


Wood furniture

Working on a deck or piece of furniture that has been previously stained? While it’s completely possible to give old wood a brand-new look, it’s important to make sure that you’re working with only the old wood- not the old stain. A stain stripper is an important part of preparing old wood to be stained again. Be sure to remove all traces of the old stain before beginning the new stain process.


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For more information, see the data sheet for #1 Deck Premium Semi-Transparent Wood Stain.

Note: Due to variations in computer monitors and printers, the colors shown may not match the actual color. Additionally, the actual and perceived color of stain that has been applied to wood surfaces may be affected by factors such as absorption rates, application techniques, and the wood’s natural color and grain tones.

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