12:11PM | 11/07/05
Member Since: 11/04/05
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I have pressure treated lumber decks, about six years old and never treated. Would appreciate some suggestions and/or experience others have had with treating/staining decks. I have about 1K sq ft to treat. I heard about a product SEALRx that has a 25 yr warranty but it is cost prohibitive. Also, have heard that power washing with bleach can cause damage to the wood. Any ideas on best, longest lasting treatment would be very much appreciated.


04:10AM | 11/15/05
Member Since: 10/22/05
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Start with a good quality deck wash product. They can be purchased at the local 'big' stores or paint stores. Check the ingredients. You dont want chlorine bleach on your wood, nor do you want caustic acids. Follow the directions on the package and when finished, rinse well, then rinse again. Any residue left over may cause pre-mature failure of the finish.

After the wood has dried, you want to apply your wood finish, or treatment. The technology in exterior wood treatments is advancing all the time. The best features to look for are emulsified, water-borne, penetrating treatments, with slight toner characteristics. Avoid heavy oil-based treatments with a high content of organic oils such as linseed oils. Synthetic oils are best. Go with a brand that has been around a long time, and offers products exclusively for wood---specialized companies have invested their P.R.$ in wood protection specifically. Follow the instructions.


08:36AM | 11/15/05
Member Since: 11/04/05
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Appreciate any recommendations for products that provide long lasting results. I've read of rhinoguard and armopoxy that have claims of lasting longer than other products. Any info you have on these or other products would be very much appreciated.


02:57AM | 11/19/05
Member Since: 07/28/02
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The most you will get out of a deck sealer/treatment is three to five years and none will last 25 years.

The brands I know about that hold up well are TWP by Gemini, F&P by Wolman and CWF by Flood. You do need a sealer with some color in it, so that it last longer than a year before the wood s turns gray.

You will most likely have to wash your deck twice to get all the gray out of the wood and you will need to scrub the cleaner with a stiff brush for cleaner to work as well.


05:55AM | 11/21/05
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Thank you. Have you heard or know anything about rhinoguard and/or armopoxy?


02:35AM | 11/26/05
Member Since: 07/28/02
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No I have not heard of either one of those products.


10:35AM | 11/27/05
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Curious you have not heard of Rhinoguard or armopoxy. How about Wood Tux and Ready Seal?

Any info you have on these?

Appreciate the help/


01:50PM | 11/28/05
Member Since: 07/28/02
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I went to the web site for Rhinoguard and it sounds like a good product. The armopoxy site showed mostly epoxy for garage floors but the do have a deck sealer but did not give much information about it.

I have not heard of woodtux or ready seal.

There are probably hundreds of deck sealers on the market and some are good and are not but just beware of any that make claims of lasting 10, 15 or more years as they will not last that long. The paint on your car if it is not washed and waxed will not last as long as some of these sealers claim and it is way more high tech than a deck sealer will ever be.


10:34PM | 01/14/06
Member Since: 06/19/04
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As to your deck boards not being sealed, I would use an Oxygenated Bleach to clean and remove any weathering and mold from the deck. I used it on my deck and it worked well. Here is a before photo and a after photo

You can see the whole project here at

And more photos here at http:/

Good Luck,



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