Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 8
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rick Makes the old fence pop!
I've used Thomson's before but never for this purpose. I've used it as porch and deck sealant and coloring and thought I would try it on my old weathered Cedar fence that had been up for twenty years but never painted or treated, just turned the old beaten natural gray. I had started at one time painting the back but thought it looked ugly and frankly difficult for the paint to adhere. I decided to go with a deep more solid red that still allows the natural grains to show but really makes the fence pop when you approach the house. Living in Washington we are known for our rain but going through a bit of a drier spell right now so what rain we have had seems to not have caused any change in color or the sun any bleaching out of the brightness of the finish.
June 3, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by dmcc280z Solid Color Stain-Very much like paint.
This stain is very much like a water-based paint. It applies like paint and has a similar coverage characteristic. The product, in this shade, is a bright red when applied, but will tone down as it dries. This was applied to a freshly cleaned cedar fence and there was no problem with adhesion. I cannot say that this is the color I anticipated. It goes on a bit bright and is quite red.
April 13, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by dutchgirl Excellent coverage!
I finally got a chance to use this Thompson's WaterSeal waterproofing stain on a picnic table I wanted to redo. I had to sand off the previous stain completely before applying this stain. Anyway, I'm happy with the result and the table looks nice again (see pictures). This solid waterproofing stain is very thick, gelatinous stuff and looks pinkish-red when you pour it out of the container, but it applies very easily. You might be a little concerned that your surface is going to look pink when you apply the stain, but trust me, when it dries up it becomes the pretty sequoia red color. I used a good quality paintbrush to apply it, but you can also use a roller or pad. The container says only one coat is needed to, at least, waterproof the surface you're staining. I didn't really like the result after one coat (see picture) and I ended up applying three coats. As a result, my picnic table is quite bright red with an orange hue (see pictures) which matches the bricks on our house quite well. The stain dries very fast; the container says in 2 hours, but I found it to be faster. I did apply it on a mostly sunny day in low 70 degree temperatures. The next day it rained quite hard and so the picnic table got tested as to the waterproofing quality of this stain and it's been holding up great. Also, for three coats I only used about one third of the gallon container, so I have enough left for another project. Hopefully, I'll get that privacy fence I've been wanting, so I can match my picnic table in the same color!
June 27, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DIYinUT Great Sealant
We picked this up to add some water-proofing to our kids new swing-set. As we found out that most of the time the "treatment" coating is only for color, not for weather-proofing.
you only need to apply 1 coat of this product to the wood surface you need to treat. It dries to the touch within 20 minute. we let it set for 24 hours before turning the sprinklers on and it worked wonders. if you try to apply a second coat, after the first has completely dried, the stain will bead up and not have a uniform look. I found this out by trying to do some touch ups on missed spots and small chips found.
the color is more solid and not very transparent, however you can still see the wood grains through the stain. it's been working very well and the water just beads right up and does not adsorb.
we used a little over half a gallon on the play-set and used a 3 inch brush to apply. overall it took about 3 hours to coat the entire thing from top to bottom. cleans up with water (when still wet)
June 30, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Autobroker Covers up flaws in the old surface
This is the first time I've used solid waterproofing stain from Thompsons. The first thing I noticed is that the liquid has a lot higher viscosity - you can tell by picking up the container.
It pours a lot thicker than the regular Thomspons. I actually applied this with an old roller vs a sprayer. The roller did a great job - it's quite a bit slower than spraying. The results are interesting. I could tell that it dried much thicker than regular Thompsons. It covered up the flaws in the surface - did a great job of doing that. It also covered up most of the grain. Since my deck had some prior damage, I actually like the look. It sure came out looking like a new deck!
If covering up old material, pressure wash it first, to get rid of any loose stuff and to make sure you have a good base for the stain to stick. Let it dry thoroughly, before staining.
Put the stain in a roller tray and using a medium grade roller, roll it out in nice even lines. Don't let this stain puddle.
Make sure you don't have debris fall on your stain job.
May 2, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JStendor Thompson's WaterSeal Waterproofing Stain Solid Sequoia Red
Got excited when I got the stain to refinish my son's playset. Having seen betters days Thompson's is the perfect stain to rejuvenate the Rainbow playset. Once received I immediately started to mix the contents in side the gallon canister. Some vigorous shaking and I was ready. Dispensed into a paint tray and I was off and refinishing the playset. Application was a piece of cake and the finish completed a new look for the wood components. Word for those that use the stain, make absolutely sure you have a prepped surface, clean and dust free. Prep is paramount with any application of stain/paint/varnish and that is definitely the case here. Thompson's stain is highly recommended when you want a professional looking finish.
June 16, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by John Best of all I used before
Very easy to apply. The best color on my deck ever.
September 15, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by redwitch23 Good coverage
This is a great product, however, we don't care for the color. What I thought would be reddish is actually more of a salmon pink.
June 1, 2014