Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 7
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by goodreason One Coat Waterproofing
The deck that the stain was to be applied to was previously stained, it was worn, peeling, and dull looking. After prepping the deck the Thompson's was applied, being a semi-transparent stain it kept most of the original color. It was easy to apply using a roller and brush for the tight areas. We were surprised at how far it went and only one coat was needed. Cleanup was a breeze using just soap and water. Drying time was about two hours.The pictures tell more of the story than I could tell.
May 3, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Daniel Time to renew finish on shed and fence.
Five years ago I used Thompson's WaterSeal and I was satisfied. It time to do again and Thompson's is the way to go. I have four gallon to do my small fence, large shed, and small deck! may have to make another run to Home Depot.
February 27, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by trogo Outstanding Results and Easy to Apply
My wood deck needed to be restored and after much research I decided to use Thompson’s Waterproofing Stain with Semi-Transparent Harvest Gold. I am very pleased with the results and my deck has never looked better.
Preparation consisted of pressure washing and sanding the deck surface. The application process was very easy using a 9” Deck Painter’s Pad and extension pole. The product is water-based and applies very smoothly. It requires only one coat and dries in 2 hours. The Semi-Transparent Harvest Gold color enhances the natural wood tone, yet still allows wood grains to be visible.
Overall I am very pleased and highly recommend using Thompson’s Waterproofing Stains for any deck restoration.
July 5, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LosRubios Very easy to apply with pleasing results that lasts a couple of years here in So Cal before needing a recoat
We rebuilt our deck a few years ago and have used Thompson's Waterseal religiously to protect it every couple of years. Our redwood deck is exposed to the Southern California sun year round and each coat of Thomson's will last about 18-24 months before a re-coat is needed. If we leave it the four years that Thompson's recommends, then we find that the wood goes grey and we need to bleach the wood and spend more time on the prep work so we prefer to recoat every couple of years as less effort on the prep is needed.
We really like the semi transparent finish as it lets the wood grain show through while allowing us to keep the natural redwood color that the deck had when it was freshly installed several years ago.
We hit a small snag recently when Thompson's changed the names of their shades however we found that this Harvest Gold semi transparent stain was a very close successor to the Thompson's Honey Gold shade of tinted wood protector plus that we had previously used. This new labeling approach that Thompson's has adopted makes it a little easier to figure out how much colored pigment the stain/sealer will have.
Preparing the deck for re-staining/sealing was simple enough using a pressure washer to get what remained of the previous coat of Thompson's Waterseal off the deck planks. In some places where the deck wood had been protected from the sun, the previous coat was more stubborn so we hit it with the pressure washer and then simply painted over the old coat without too many issues.
For application on the deck planks we used a pump sprayer and a 3" chip brush which works well. For the deck railings and uprights, we used a plastic bucket and a 3" chip brush. For a 350 square foot deck we used just over a gallon and it took both of us about an hour and a half to get the sealer down.
A couple of words of advice would be to apply the sealer early in the morning or later at night if you're doing the job in the summer as Thompson's recommend not to apply the sealer in direct sunlight or when the temperature is warmer than 90 degrees. That being said, working in 70-80 degree temperatures results in the sealer drying very quickly and it is safe to walk on after about an hour.
Secondly, it doesn't seem to store very well. We keep it in a metal cupboard in our garage however the heavier tint will fall to the bottom of the can over time (if you coat every 18-24 months) and the design of the can doesn't make it easy to agitate the heavier pigment which has settled on the bottom.
September 15, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mark Covered and mixed well with another color!
I needed 6 gallons of stain to complete my deck project. I took a chance and ordered both maple brown and harvest gold and planned to mix them to achieve the color that I wanted.
I used a Home Depot ½ inch nap-high density roller, and mixed three gallons of each stain with a drill motor mixing device and got the color that I wanted. I power washed my deck, and applied this semi-transparent stain with the roller. It was exactly what I was looking for. After 2 days of sun, a complete drying, my deck looks new again.
The stain adhered well, easy to clean up, and the deck wood is well protected!
May 5, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by steamenginesteve easy rolling, soaks in fast
I have used Thompson's Water Seal for over 40yrs! It seals concrete slabs very well. Back east it rains a bit more than here in the west and we had to use Thompson's every year or two. I've treated fences and wood plywood siding here in the dry southwest several times with good results wishing to retain the wood grain look. This new Thompson's has a tint in a semi-transparent color. It lets most of the wood texture show through and I like the effect of it covering a lot of shaded dark weathered areas in the wood. The particulates should hold up much better to weathering and sun than the clear stuff.
June 17, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jayhawkfan Thompson's is a name you can trust
I have been using Thompson's waterseal products for years on decks, fences, and outdoor furniture and it has always passed the test of time. It does seal the deck so water beads up and runs off and provides great protection from the elements. I really love this transparent color and look on cedar decks and fences. Goes on easy and soaks into the wood.
July 12, 2014