Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 17
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RickyN29 This stuff is great, super easy!
I've never stained or done deck refinishing before and I was really nervous how this would come out.
I cannot believe how simple it was. I couldn't mess up even if I tried. Prep your surface, brush it one...done. Looks great, really helped cover up issues and blended mismatched boards well.
No odor, easy application, easy cleanup. I highly recommend this stuff!
My deck was TERRIBLE (see photos). I gave it a good sanding with 36, them 60, then 120.
May 3, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ClaireS Great Coverage - Good Color
I've stained the fence and some other furniture and decided I would tackle the picnic table. I wanted to get this done before there was too much weather damage to it.
The table is plain old generic pine. I got the table from a flea market vendor.
My only problem was coverage. That was my fault. I did not let the first coat dry before I started the 2nd coat and one of the benches looks like I was wiping it off, more than wiping it on. I LOVE the color. It contrasts so nicely with the plain cedar fence color. I am attaching the color grid to provide an instant comparison.
The brush was easy to clean and the fumes were not overwhelming.
December 1, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Powergroove Started coming off after 1st winter.
I washed my deck with soap & water. Pressure washed it after that. I then allowed it to dry for a week. No rain during that week. I applied it to my deck, took about a week to finish the whole thing. No rain during the week I was applying it either. It looked really good when I was done, I was very pleased. The next summer I started noticing spots that it was coming off. I put a lot of time and work into this and was very disappointed that it didn't last as long as the can claimed it would.
April 27, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by hpiguy Quality Stain and Waterproofer All In One. Great Color Coverage
I've been using Thompson's stains for years and this Sequoia Red is the latest color I've tried.
I like this color quite a bit. The tone is deep and rich, and being Thompson's I don't have to apply a separate sealer after I'm done staining.
I used this to stain and protect a new window box and a cactus garden planter I built. The planter was old grey oak wood and the window box was brand new pine. Application was fast and easy with a small roller and the stain covered fast and soaked into the wood as it is supposed to.
Both turned out great.
I'll keep recommending Thompson's Waterseal products for all outdoor wood stain and protection. They work well and they apply easily.
May 3, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by freelyelee High Quality Stain with a Beautiful Color
This is a great, thick stain that offers really rich color while still allowing for some of the wood to show through.
Application: I used this for a recently installed fence and applied via paint sprayer (followed by brush). For the smoother sections of fence, one good coat was enough to provide coverage. For the rougher sections of fence, I did need to use 2 coats. The finish is indeed semi-transparent with a slight satin finish.
I also applied to a small, older deck. (The wood had grayed). I don't think the stain looks as good on the older wood- it looks more like a paint with a heavier shine to it.
Don't be alarmed by the application color: It goes on a thick, almost opaque pinkish red. It's not attractive. But when it dries it appears semi-transparent and a much richer sequoia red.
All in all this is a great, thick stain that adds a rich color to wood. Highly recommend.
April 1, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MomtheBuilder Playground Looks Brand New!
This stain is very simple to apply. I used brushes and rollers to re-color and seal the (redwood and pressure treated) playground I built for my kids. The color goes on evenly, it makes the wood look brand-new. We will see how it weathers the Las Vegas heat and sun over time. I'd definitely use it again based on the finished product.
March 31, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Revrichie First Rate
As part of this Home Depot Program I received this product and it could not of come at a better time.
We have this wood deck with peeling redwood paint. So we wire brushed an area and tested this product.
Our findings were impressive. Came out really nice and beautiful color. Now I got to sell the customer to do the entire area.
We intentionally poured water and beaded right off and with personal use of Thompsons Sealers
in the past, they have never let me down.
September 29, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by TomO Thompsons Semi Transparent Sequoia Peeling!
Tried this with high hopes, as I've had trouble in past with several water based (latex) sealers for my deck. As mentioned on several prominent sealer review sites, SW Deckscapes, Olympic, and Behr have had peeling on horizontal surfaces. Despite proper prep - clean, remove mildew, sand peeling areas as needed.
Well, after an admittedly harsh winter for Northern Virginia, the Thompson's has performed just as poorly for me.
I know there are very high ratings for this product, but it seems nothing latex water based can compare with the penetration of oil based stains.
May 8, 2015