Rated 3.4 out of 5 by 10
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by RG Use a different product.
I'm a New Jersey contractor and was hired in May 2015 to apply this stain to a customer's deck. Deck was prepared and lightly power washed. Resulting surface was bare wood. Here we are, April 2016, less than a year later and the customer called me out to look at her deck and tell her what I was going to do about it. Went over and looked and saw that the stain is peeling off on most of the deck. Note that we did the deck in TWS Sequoia Red first. Customer didn't like that color so we came back and put on Maple Brown. Both color stains are peeling off. Now I will need to strip and redo the deck at my expense. DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT!
April 21, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by jms0211 Waste of money
I purchased 3 cans of the solid maple for my deck last June. ( i accidentally reviewed on the acorn color so this is my correction) I power washed the deck, dried it for a few days, it needed 2 coats, and 3 in some areas.(dried completely before each coat) Looked great last spring/summer/fall. Water beaded and it looked so good that I no longer needed an outdoor rug to cover my deck. Well here it is spring and winter over in Illinois and this is what it looks like now that the snow is all off of it. I don't recommend this product. Try something else. Now I have to restain this spring again. I live by myself and no one was on the deck all winter.
March 20, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by HDKevin A good 2 in 1 product with one exception
I was very impressed with the product with one exception I will discuss first:
Make sure that you use it in a inconspicuous area first to see what color looks like.
I used it on a picnic table and it looked different than it did on plywood. It looked more clear on the picnic table and more solid on the plywood. Please see photos
Other than that it went on easily, and dried quickly. Odor was low and saves you a lot of time between staining and waterproofing. It's a great way to freshen up old wood or preserve new wood.
I did a 10x10 shed floor and a 6 foot picnic table and used less than a gallon
September 4, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MeCzech Very satisfied with coverage
My gate and short lattice fence looked really ugly. Pressure treated lattice fence and 4x4 posts were here more then 10 years, without any sealant or paint applied ever. Lately we added to posts DIY gate from any possible material laying around the yard. The look of this combination is on picture 1. Thompson water seal came for rescue. I just brushed all dust from surfaces and painted. When I opened the can, the paint looked much lighter then on the final product. Consistency of stain is just slightly thinner then a yogurt. No stirring needed, just shake the can well as is said on container. I used ordinary cheap brush. Since I am not professional, I was not too consistent with amount of stain I applied on. While the stain was still wet, I was seriously worried about the outcome. To my surprise, when the stain dried my job looked good. The stain covered even the old dark wood with only one layer of stain well beyond my expectation. I just made on them few touches with second layer. Also black leeching stains from screws had to be touched with stain again. Otherwise, I could not be more satisfied.
Manufacturer promises, that the color will not fade and stain will protect the fence for 15 years, decks for 5 years. All that with one single stain coating. Coating resists mildew and UV damage. 1 gallon container covers 150-400 sq. feet, dry time is 2 hours. For applications can be used paint pad, brush, sprayer or roller. No any thinning of stain is recommended. Stain should be applied in temperature range between 50-95 deg F on either dry or wet wood. For better (slower) penetration do not apply in direct sunlight, do not store below 32 deg F or do not freeze. All detailed instructions including safety instructions are printed on the can. If you are not completely satisfied, mfr offers phone number to call with possibility get money refunded.
May 26, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Termie Easy to apply, but thicker than other stains
I ordered this product to re-stain my deck, which had been stained in a semi-solid maple color, from another company.
As it turned out, the color of the Thompson's stain really didn't match - perhaps it's because this is solid versus my existing semi-solid stain, but honestly I wouldn't call this maple so much as coffee. In fact, the color looks a lot like chocolate milk (see pictures).
The first thing I realized was that I had no idea how to open the container. Thompson's really should provide instructions on how to do so on the container itself. In the end, I punched a hole through the metal seal using a knife, but it wasn't the easiest thing to do, nor the safest.
The next thing I noticed was that Thompson's stain was really much more like paint than other stains I'd used. It's quite thick, maybe not quite as thick as paint, but I wouldn't actually call this a traditional stain.
Once I poured the Thompson's into a bucket and realized it wouldn't match my deck's maple stain, I decided to just use it on the board ends, which unfortunately had already experienced some rot. The application was very easy - Thompson's runs a bit more than paint, so I had more drip off my brush than I expected, but the coverage was excellent, getting into all the nooks and crannies of the worn deck boards and staying there.
The product looked about the same color on the boards as it did in the bucket, maybe slightly lighter. I was a bit surprised that five days after I applied it, it was still wet and rubbed off on my fingers. Granted, it had rained during that time, but not for at least 24 hours after application.
Time will tell if it prevents further rot of the ends of my deck boards. I do think it will work better than traditional stain, which is just too thin to really perform a serious water-proofing function.
One thing I really did like about Thompson's was how easy it was to clean the brush after use - easier than with paint and much easier than with traditional oil-based stains. Water and just a touch of soap did the trick.
March 17, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Judson Great Product!
So far, I’m pretty impressed with this product. It is much thicker than Thompson’s products I’ve used in the past, but not as thick as normal outdoor paint. It was also not so thick that it was difficult to apply. I applied it with a Wagner Flexio sprayer and actually had to turn the sprayer speed down to avoid over-applying.
I was using this product on a deck that had a lot of discoloration and a few burned areas where embers fell out of the fire pit, so a solid color was exactly what I wanted. I applied two coats (the second coat I applied more thinly) with the Flexio, and I have to say, the color is pretty even throughout. You can still see a little variation in some of the darkest parts, but overall, I’m quite pleased. The color is good & is true to what’s advertised on the container.
Having been burned a couple times in the past by not stirring Thompson's stains enough and having the bottom of the container be much darker than what I started out with, I was very skeptical of the “no stir” claim. It’s true though – it was thoroughly mixed throughout. That was a huge bonus since I could just pour directly from the container into the Flexio and not use a separate bucket to stir it all up.
As far as its 5 year claim goes, only time will tell, but so far, it looks great and is doing an excellent job protecting the deck.
Compared to the DeckOver I used on my upper deck – this is SO much easier to work with. It’s not nearly as thick, so it’s easier to apply, you get 2-3 times more coverage out of a single gallon, and it dries faster, so you can apply a second coat in 2 hours instead of 5. Also, as long as your'e happy with the color, a second coat isn’t necessary with this product, whereas it’s required with DeckOver. DeckOver claims to last for 5-10 years on flat surfaces (fact: at least on my deck, it’s not going to make it nearly that long – some areas have already started to peel), and this product only claims to last 5, so it is on the lower end of the scale. However, for how much easier it is to apply, I can live with reapplying a little more frequently. I will definitely be applying this product to the upper deck as well when it’s time to replace the DeckOver.
So far, it’s a great product. As long as it continues to hold up, I’m a huge fan!
June 26, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by astonman I Wouldn't Use Any Other Product
I'm going to use this stain on the front of my fence that faces the street. I got the idea from a neighbor. Staining the front area adds to the curb appeal. Of course it would be better if I stained the entire fence but I'm simply not up for that task at the time. Unless you're in the backyard you have no way of knowing that just the front is stained. I've yet to stain it because I need to power wash it first. I did stain the rails on my back patio and it turned out excellent. Thompson's WaterSeal goes on quick and easy. One gallon goes a long way. It dries fast and seals like a champ.
June 18, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by clevershamrock Will not purchase again
I used this product on my deck 2 years ago and very little is still on the deck. We didn't even get through one entire summer before noticing significant wear to the middle of the deck. Two years later, I have to redo the entire thing. I'm very disappointed and will not purchase again.
July 29, 2014