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Sansin Dec and ENS Natural

Sansin Dec is designed as a rugged two-coat formula that penetrates deeply, protecting your wood from within. Dec enhances wood tissue with lasting protection from rain and UV exposure. Perfect for cedar, exotic hardwoods, Southern pine, pressure-treated lumber – whatever your deck is made of, Sansin Dec’s deep penetrating solids will protect its beauty and character.


ENS Natural is a powerful, exceptionally clear UV top coat that can be applied to almost any finish.


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If your outdoor deck is looking tired, it may be high time to give it a “pick me up” in the form of a new deck coating. And there’s no better time to refinish a deck than spring, when you can enjoy the fruits of your labor all summer long.

In years past, many homeowners used oil-based or “alkyd” deck stains, but these products have some major shortcomings: for one, they soon become very brittle; and second, they absorb the sun’s harmful UV rays. As a result, oil-based coatings quickly degrade, wear away, and must often be re-applied as often as once a year.

Fortunately, technology has come to the rescue, and manufacturers now offer some far better options in the form of water-based 100% acrylic deck coatings. These products share none of the shortcomings of oil-based coatings, so they not only make a deck look great . . . but, thankfully, they also last much longer.


Unlike oil-based deck coatings, water-based 100% acrylic coatings form a very flexible protective film that is also highly resistant to UV rays. So, acrylics are really the perfect ‘antidote’ for what ails oil-based deck products.


The proof is easy to see on the hundreds of wood test decks at the Paint Quality Institute’s outdoor exposure locations. Time after time, the acrylic coatings outperform oil-based coatings, and that’s true on every type of wood, from redwood, cedar and pine, to pressure-treated wood and wood composite deck materials.


If you like the idea of stretching out the staining cycle on your outdoor deck, then a water-based 100% acrylic coating is the way to go. You can even choose from three popular options, each one offering some specific advantages:


Semi-transparent acrylic stains are lightly pigmented coatings that permit you to either maintain, or change, the color of your wood or composite without hiding its grain or texture. These coatings are water-repellant and contain special ingredients to keep mildew in check. Semi-transparent coatings typically last about 18 months.


Solid color acrylic stains – sometimes referred to as opaque stains — have more pigment than semi-transparent products, so their color tends to obscure the grain of the wood. At the same time, that added pigment provides extra UV protection and better durability, so solid color stains last longer, typically, three to five years.


Wood restoration acrylic coatings are the product of choice for severely weathered and some habitually neglected decks. These are basically super-thick acrylic coatings that actually fill in and conceal cracks and crevices up to ¼-inch deep. Plus, these coatings create a slip-resistant finish that resists future cracking and peeling. As with the other acrylic products, these come in a wide range of attractive colors and offer some mildew protection, too.


All of these acrylic coatings have excellent adhesion to wood decks and other surfaces, which is another reason they last so long. And unlike oil-based or alkyd coatings, which require solvents for cleanup, you can clean up after applying water-based acrylics with plain soap and water.

~Courtesy of the Paint Quality Institute:




Well, it’s that time of year again! Time to consider whether or not this is the year to spruce up your deck for maintenance or just get a new deck all together!

Siding and Deck Maintenance Tips

Your deck is a rustic, natural addition to your home. All decks need protection from the damaging effects of moisture and the sun no matter your wood selection, whether it’s redwood, cedar, pressure-treated* pine or fir, or exotic hardwoods.

The appearance of your deck’s wood will change over time. Don’t expect the uniform look of a newly constructed deck to last indefinitely. Varying degrees of exposure to ultra violet rays from the sun, water and heavy foot traffic patterns will alter the appearance of all wood.

Protecting your deck with a quality finish will lessen the negative effects of these elements and keep your deck’s surface looking its best for years to come.

Tips on Deck Care

  • Allow new decks to weather 4-6 weeks. To provide adequate protection, the stain or clear finish must penetrate the pores of the wood and not be allowed to puddle or dry onto the surface of the deck. Wood grains can be very tight as a result of the milling process. Natural weathering wears down the “mill glaze” and opens the pores of the wood allowing proper penetration of the finish. A good way to test if wood is ready to be coated is to sprinkle a few drops of water on it. If the water is absorbed into the wood the substrate is ready for coating. If the water beads up, allow more weathering. If you desire to finish the surface sooner, lightly sand to remove the mill glaze and use a deck cleaner. (Pressure-treated lumber needs to dry out 4-6 weeks before applying a finish). Previously coated decks. If your deck’s wood appears to have been coated and no grain is showing, it has probably been painted or stained with a solid coating. This product needs to be removed and the deck cleaned to bring back the bare wood and grain.
  • All surfaces must be clean and dry. On older decks, use of a cleaner or wood restorer may be necessary. If mildew is present, use a deck cleaner to kill it and at the same time clean the deck. Use the cleaner specified by the brand of deck finish you will be using. Note: before applying the deck finish, the wood must be completely dry. Temperature and humidity affect drying time. Two or more days may be necessary.
  • Use a quality, oil-based deck stain. These stains provide varying degrees of UV protection as well as offers a wide selection of colors. Never use solid siding stain or paint on a deck. In this application, these will usually peel. There are, however, solid deck stains that will perform better. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the label or other product specific literature.
  • Do not apply stain in direct sunlight. If possible, work during shaded hours.
  • Apply the deck finish product with a deck staining brush or painting pad. Apply just enough of the product to satisfy the porosity. Back brush to work into the grain and remove excess puddles of product.
  • Try to maintain a wet edge by staining only a few boards at a time. Avoid lap marks by applying a continuous wet film of stain.
  • Let stain dry thoroughly before using deck. Allow 12-24 hours depending on temperature and humidity.
  • Plan on periodic maintenance. Most decks, depending on use and exposure, will need cleaning and re-staining every year or two to maintain their beauty.


~This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions.


We carry multiple lines of Deck and Siding Stains.  Sansin is one of the most recently added lines of stain that we carry.  They are high quality, environmentally responsible stains for an outstanding finish product.tech_main_bigpic

We believe that with the proper preparation and techniques you are sure to have a successful ending to your project… and perhaps something to brag about!

To see more on staining your deck and/or siding, click here to visit the Sansin website to help you get the most out of your deck and siding!

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It’s that time of year again!  The sun is showing itself more and more often, you’re getting anxious for summer vacations, family barbeques, and just relaxing outside on your deck and enjoying the sweet smell of summer in the Northwest.

Question is… is it time to recoat that deck again?

Maintenance of your deck is the single most important thing in keeping the wood conditioned and protected from the NW winters.  Typically in the Pacific NW, a decks horizontal surface should be recoated every 2-3 years depending on exposure to weather. The vertical rails and such can go a little longer.  Is your deck partially covered?  To keep those uncovered areas looking as good as the others this is crucial to keep up on.


How do you know it’s really time to recoat?  Well, it should be weathered. Visually inspect the surface coating and when it appears faded and spray the surface with water.  If it penetrates and turns the wood dark due to the moisture, this is an indication that it’s time for a new coat. If it still repels water you do not need to recoat at this time.

Keeping up on this ritual is the most important thing to ensure your deck lasts for season’s to come.



Proper Surface Preparation Ensures A Beautiful Looking Deck.

Spring time, Project time!  As it starts to dry out (as much as it can in the Pac NW in Spring), we start thinking of heading outdoors again.  Sitting out on the deck early morning with a cup of coffee watching the sunrise, or heading out for the ever loved barbeque!  We have to take advantage of the good days when we get them!

Now is the time to get your deck spruced up for just those occasions!  Cause what’s better than heading out your back door to enjoy your beautiful, and protected deck?

If you plan to stain your deck, here’s the right way to get the best results. First you may wonder why you can’t just go out and sweep off the dirt and get staining… Well, whether you have new wood or old wood there are 2 things we recommend you do, sanding and power washing. Both are recommended but sanding is always the best method to ensure a clean porous surface.

Dirt, weathering, and Mill Glaze are three causes of coatings failures on wood. They not only prevent good penetration and adhesion, but if you are using a translucent finish it alters the look you are trying to achieve.

The following instructions are for new or weathered uncoated wood…

First: Get yourself a basic garden sprayer.  Apply a solution of 4oz. TSP, 1quart of household bleach, and 3quarts of water to DRY wood, keeping it wet with the solution for 5-20 minutes.

Second: For the most effective cleaning, keeping the wood wet you lightly scrub with a synthetic bristle brush to remove dirt, mildew spores, mill glaze and old weathered finishes.

Third: Thoroughly rinse with a power washer @500 PSI, keeping the nozzle AT LEAST 8-12 inches from the surface. Doing this any closer than that pushes the water entirely too deep into the wood and can cause a lot of damage.

Fourth: WAIT 3 days after cleaning to allow wood to dry completely before sanding. Use an electric sander with 60-80 grit sandpaper for the floor surfaces and 80-120 grit sandpaper for the vertical surfaces. Hardwoods however should be sanded with 60 grit or less. Always sanding in the direction of the grain.

Fifth: Thoroughly remove all sanding dust with vacuum, broom or blower before applying stain. Any leftover will absorb the stain and prevent penetration.

You are ready to stain, so come on down to your local Miller Paint Store & get going!

~Melanie Gibbs