Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 44
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by GRUB Seems to do the job as advertised
Decided to replace wood pickets of fence, then decided to add some protection. Positive feedback came from wife when she said "I accidently watered the fence, and you know, the water bounced off". Seems the product is working as advertised!
September 29, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mark Pump-Sprayer Issue Resolved - Thicker formula DOES spray!
This is a detailed review which contains information on the project, preparation, difficulties encountered and a resolution. To bypass the lengthy review please scroll to view the summery.
After studying feedback and comparing prices, Thompson's Wood Sealer appeared to be the best bang for the buck. Negative reviews were read concerning Thompson's thicker formula and its inability to be sprayed via pump sprayer. However; it was decided to give the product a try based on the good-to-bad review ratio.
The project: Sealing 250 lineal feet of a 6' high shadow box fence. 1500 square feet total.
For preparation, Berh All-In-One Wood Cleaner #63 was used the weekend prior. The directions were followed on the back. It took (5) 1 gallon jugs of cleaner and 8 hours of pressure washing. This made the wood look new. The fence dried beyond the 48 hours recommended by Thompson's. Doing so ensured the fence did not contain moisture.
The initial sealing test:
To start, (1) five gallon bucket was purchased from The Home Depot. Additionally, a Flo•Master 885-021 2 gallon pump sprayer was obtained. The gentleman at the paint desk machine-shook the bucket since the pour outlet did not support traditional stir-sticks.
The first usage took place around 6:00PM on Thursday September 22, 2016. The temperature was about 77 degrees Fahrenheit. The product sprayed smoothly; no uneven build-up or runs. Excess material unnoticeably made its way to the bottom of the pickets and dripped off effortlessly.
NOTE: Additional passes were needed for complete coverage because of the "fuzz" formed on the wood. The fuzz was created by pressure washing. The fence would have consumed less product and the application would have gone faster had an electric orbital sander been used on the pickets prior to sealing. A couple passes up and down with 120 grit sandpaper would have done the trick. It probably would have taken about 2 hours to sand the face of the pickets.
After 35-40 minutes of filling, pumping and spraying, 5 gallons of sealer had been used. (6) 8' sections of fence were sealed and completed. That's 288 square foot of coverage. As mentioned above, more area would have been covered had the pickets been sanded.
With coverage expectations in mind, (5) more 5 gallon buckets of sealer were purchased Saturday evening after work. These five cans were machine-shaken as well. The cans were stacked on the porch Saturday night to be used Sunday morning. Work began the next morning at 9:00am. The temperature was 62 degrees Fahrenheit, which was also the night-low. Filling the sprayer container, the sealer was thicker and poured more slowly than the bucket from the days earlier. When Spraying began, a huge problem was immediately encountered; uneven coverage, inconstancy, building-up and thickening. The product had to be evened out with a paint brush. Even after inconveniently brushing, the fence section still looked gooey.
Thinking back on the negative reviews, the cans were searched for a production date; the batch number was located. The first can was 200xxx and the other cans were 130xxx-160xxx. A different Home Depot was contacted (store #4115) since all but 1 can were purchased from the first store. Unfortunately, all their stock was the lower batch number as well. The woman's name who gave assistance over the phone was Yvonne. She was extremely helpful, patient and determined to find a solution. It was agreed that contacting Thompson's on Monday was the best way to get accurate information on the batch numbers.
Strapped for time and lack of work-days-off, another solution had to be found. "How can this stuff be thinned without ruining it"? The directions clearly state "do not thin". Then an epiphany!! The main ingredient is mineral oil. Oil gets thicker when cooled and thinner when heated. The directions mention the workable temperature is 50 degrees Fahrenheit and higher. That morning it was about 62 and rising. The cans were placed under the sun for about 2 hours. This brought the temperature above 70 degrees. The result was remarkable. The product once again flowed like water. The thick and gooey clear transformed into the beautiful workable product from days earlier. The fence was finished 3 hours following the increase in product temperature. There were 2 gallons leftover upon completion. The end result was beautiful, glowing natural-looking wood. This was very pleasing.
So the issue is not with the mixture but with the operational temperature. The other folks who experienced a problem over the last few years most likely would have benefited from an increased temperature as well.
The next day Thompson's was contacted and the findings were reported. The woman from Thompson's mentioned there was a formula alteration in 2013 which thickened the product. This was due to a change-in-requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency. She also mentioned there shouldn't be a significant difference in consistency between the different batch numbers. The negative reviews were brought to her attention as well. It was suggested to her the usage temperature be increased to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Furthermore, the directions should state: if being applied with a pump sprayer, do not store container in an area where the temperature may decrease below 70 degrees. She mentioned she would immediately forward the information to the marketing department to address the concern.
After speaking with Thompson's, Yvonne from The Home Depot was contacted. She was very happy to learn of the fix. Yvonne said she would educate her staff about the findings which would ultimately benefit the consumer. She represented her employer with utmost professionalism and sincerity; qualities not always found in today's corporate workforce. She is an asset to The Home Depot.
*The product is excellent. It looks great and maintains a darker but natural wet look.
*The price is wonderful compared to other marketed competitors.
*The application is very easy when applied with a pump-sprayer.
**If using a pump sprayer, be sure to store the can(s) in a room where the temperature remains above 70 degrees Fahrenheit or let the cans sit in the sun for 1-2 hours to increase the temperature. (Fall was 2 hours, the summer season may only need an hour).
*If applying after pressure washing be sure to sand off the "fur" created by pressure washing. 120 grit sand paper with an electric orbital sander should work great. Otherwise, more product will be required to cover the desired area.
Finally, enjoy! This product has just enhanced all your hard work.
September 30, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by diy101 Great coverage and easy to apply with pump sprayer!
After reading reviews about product thickness, I was skeptical too, but once I started and saw the results I was impressed!. Had no issues with pump sprayer and it made things faster...initially used roller last year on front side of fence. Sure there may be more expensive stuff out there but this does what I need it to do...no ugly gray fence!
July 22, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Stheo Surprisingly Easy Application
This was my first time doing such a large project by myself. Instructions on the can were easy, the canister to apply the sealant was easy. I hesitated in doing the job, especially in the heat of South Florida. Also, since I am a woman, I was reluctant and kept telling myself, I should have a man do the application. It had to be done and it came out amazingly well! When spraying the surface of my fence, the sealant saturated and covered all surfaces well. The day after I was so proud of myself, especially since it was easier then I thought. My fence looks amazing and a few neighbors came over to compliment me on how well Thompson's Water Seal made a huge difference in the way my fence now looks. One thing, I should have worn a mask, due to the wind blow back during application on that day. Next time I will apply on a windless day. That was the only downside!
June 20, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 123456 Does what its supposed to
To the users that said the product was thick and incapable of being sprayed, you must have gotten a bad batch. I just sprayed 20 gallons of this glorified mineral oil on a 240' shadowbox fence. Its absorbed quickly and provides a deep rich glow. Its oil thats absorbed by the wood so i expect it to wear and to have to do it every year or so. As long as its not going to rain and you follow the instructions on the can it couldn't be easier. This is literally the only product I could find that was clear and reasonably priced. I hope it holds up. Also if you turn the can so the spout is at the 3 or 9 o'clock position it pours well also.
September 16, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mypurrogative Best product out there
Thompson's Water sealer is a fabulous product, it seals and keeps the water on top of the wood. We used it for our enormous deck. I give it a 10!!!!!
May 24, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Curley great deal
By brush,roller or sprayer great. Get it protect it(it works great!!!!!
October 4, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GeoRon I love this stuff.
Apply every three to four years and your fence will look like new forever. I prefer the "new" look. Not everyone does. On the other side of a 10 year old fence the co-owner prefers grey. He does not use a water sealant with UV protectorate or mildewcide. His side is grey, dingy and he must clean it and scrub it to get the mildew off. My side has stunningly beautiful, red/golden/yellow, highlighted cedar wood grain. Like new but prettier. This year I thought I might have waited too long. Mildew was particularly bad at the bottom and above cross members. Amazingly, a week after applying, the mildew is almost gone and nearly all of the wood as returned to looking new. However, you will not get my desired "new" look if the wood has gone grey or stain has previously been used. I tried it on a fence at a rental property. The fence does looks better. Don't expect a miracle. Oh well, I will need to use a penetrating stain there. So, use this stuff about a month after putting up the fence and every few years there after and you will be proud of you fence for ever.
A few quick notes. As previously mention, it is best applied when warm on a warm and sunny day over 75 degrees with a big staining brush. I warm mine in a big plastic trash bag in full sun. Using a sprayer I found is much faster but very, very wasteful. With a sprayer, try to ramp up the pressure and use as misting a spray as possible rather than streaming it on. Be sure to lather the top of the pickets with a brush.
October 17, 2016