Model # 525

Internet #204675331

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READY SEAL 5 gal. Dark Walnut Exterior Wood Stain and Sealer


5 gal. Dark Walnut Exterior Wood Stain and Sealer

  • Richly enhances the natural beauty of wood
  • Ideal for protecting wood from mold, mildew, and UV rays
  • Perfect for use in exterior wood projects
$149.00 /each

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Product Overview

The READY SEAL 5 gal. Dark Walnut Exterior Wood Stain and Sealer enhances the natural beauty of wood, allowing the texture and grain to remain visible. This stain is an oil-based, semi-transparent stain and sealer in one, suitable for all your exterior wood projects. It is a unique formula that penetrates deeply to protect and preserve wood from the elements, such as mold, mildew, and damaging UV rays.

  • No laps, runs, or streaks
  • No back brushing required
  • No cracking, chipping, flaking, or peeling
  • Can withstand rain within minutes of application
  • Easy maintenance - no sanding or stripping required for re-application
  • Contains no linseed or vegetable oils that promote algae and fungus growth in wood
  • Low VOC (Compliant in all 50 states)
  • Online Price includes Paint Care fee in the following states: CA, CO, CT, MN, OR, RI, VT
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Customer Questions & Answers

How long do I need to wait to apply stain after pressure washing my deck? Hours? Days? Weeks?

Asked by: Palmyrita
Generally, two to three days. If it's hot and the deck is in direct sun, I'm sure you could get away with 24 hrs.
Answered by: Chris
Date published: 2016-12-13

Why I can't get the online price at my local HD?

This product is available at my local HD but they won't give me the online price or online with not let me pick-up at local store. This item is not an online exclusive in my area.
Asked by: DIYer
I have been told that stores and on-line have different inventory controls which the store manager cannot override. I suggest you contact HD corporate office, customer service.
Answered by: FlippersMama
Date published: 2016-12-27

How to open the lid

Is this lid design recently changed? Mine bought a month ago does not have those convenient tabs.
Asked by: Anna
If you're talking about the 5-gallon bucket, it has a pull-out spout. Pry off the cover, reach in and grab the tab with a pair of needle-nose pliers, and pull it up. Then you can unscrew the cover.
Answered by: Chris
Date published: 2016-12-13


I know it says exterior, but can it be used in interior settings? If so, does the floor need to be sanded first? Thanks!
Asked by: EllieFW
Do you mean like a covered porch, or inside your house? I would certainly NOT use it inside the house, unless you intend to move out for a few days to let the fumes dissipate. In terms of application, you don't have to sand the floor first, but it needs to be clean, and this is oil based, so don't expect it to penetrate old varnish or acrylic stain or something like that.
Answered by: Chris
Date published: 2016-12-14
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Customer Reviews

5 gal. Dark Walnut Exterior Wood Stain and Sealer is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 76.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent! Good choice for the weekend warrior We used the dark walnut Ready Seal on our new pressure treated wood deck. Be sure to follow instructions to remove the mill glaze and allow the recommended dry time (2-3 months) for new wood. We applied 2 light coats. The color was a little lighter than I expected for dark walnut. Good coverage (2 coats on 400 sq ft took about 4 gal). I do not think we reach full saturation. Our plan is to wait for spring (when the wood will be a bit drier) and apply an additional coat or 2. The deck board color differences in the photo are an optical illusion; they are all stained the same color. I think it looks fantastic.
Date published: 2016-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome stain Great product. I used a full gallon to stain my 8 x 12 deck and was amazed on how beautiful it looked afterwards. I sanded my deck before applying the stain and the wood just sucked up the stain. Hopefully it will last for many years . I used a 3" brush to apply the stain and there was no swirl or brush marks, it all blended perfectly. There is no way to screw up this project. Wish I used this when I stained my fence.
Date published: 2016-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy Ready Seal Installation and Value Exactly as they quote no runs. It went on my 12X16 Deck with no issues and looks great.
Date published: 2016-10-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Playhouse stain project I did a lot of research when it came time to re-stain my Rainbow playhouse. Unfortunately, this review probably won't really help anyone because what I really wanted to know was; Is this stain/sealer going to last a long time? Only time will tell. What I can tell you is that this stuff goes on easy. I used a garden weed sprayer for most of it with some brush work to finish. I wiped the over spray off the slide and plastic parts easily as long as I didn't let it dry too long. I didn't worry about drips or runs. Everything just seemed to soak in or even out. I applied two coats. The first was the color pecan and it wasn't as dark as I wanted it. So I applied the walnut color as the second coat and it looks really dark. My store doesn't stock walnut, so I ordered it on-line for the same price. I used a 5 gallon can for the first coat and only about 1/2 of a 5 gallon for the second coat. I noticed the second coat wasn't fully dry a couple of days later, but I really didn't pay attention or worry about it after that. I mostly just looked out the window and thought it looked great. I like that this stuff shouldn't flake or peel. It doesn't seem to build up a film that will come off later. I hope it will last 5 years. This stuff recommends you use the same product when it comes time to re-apply. We'll see how it holds up before I decide if I want to re-use it.
Date published: 2016-09-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Rough saw siding Went to put it on with a brush sucked it up like no tomorrow 5 gallons on a 10X12 shed ate it all up need to buy another 25 or 30 gallons to do the deck wow better be the best ever!
Date published: 2016-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's got good color It has good color. Mixes easily in the bucket (Stirred with wood mixing stick). Clean up is easy. I'm using it on For Ground Contact 6x6 Timbers that have 1 year of outside exposure. The Stain seems to be penetrating the Timbers nicely and giving them a good Rustic look. Time and weather will tell if this product can withstand the elements.
Date published: 2016-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Performance and Coverage 2 coats on a new pressure treated deck - goes on easy, no lines and spreads really well - applied by hand/brush Dried fast and seems to be really great at waterproofing the new wood with water easily sitting on top of the wood Seems to do a great job and has really good color
Date published: 2016-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Met all the claims. Very easy and consistent application with a brush on 1000 sg feet of Deck boa... Met all the claims. Very easy and consistent application with a brush on 1000 sg feet of Deck boards. Uniform color, no back brushing required, absorbs quickly (matter of hours). Hope that it will last through the winter and for more than a couple of years
Date published: 2016-10-25
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