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stain of choice

Damaris Sutton

New member
What oil based penetrating stain would ya'll use on a deck? I am going to use the woodzotic on hardwood, but what about the rest of the different kinds of species of woods?
 

Terry Miller

New member
There are quite a few good oils out there. Just as paint, sometimes it is the region of the country that determins the product. BM paint is superior on the E. Coats. Others in Mid West and W. Coast. All very good yet advertising, stores and the power of the sales force determins who controls the area. That is why we have so many good Manufacturers and Vendors to supply us with these great products. Thank you.
 

Mathew Johnson

New member
READYSEAL HANDS DOWN!!!

I have tried woodzotic, Armstrong Clark and most others. I was unable to strip all of the Armstrong Clark Semi Solid off my deck when my wife decided she wanted ReadySeal back on it, 5 Strips later and I still found my employee using a sander to get the stain off.

I am not saying that it is a bad attribute for the AC stain, it is some tough stuff. I have had great luck with ReadySeal.... The only complaint I have is this.....We have it on Cabins and Cedar Houses from 4 years ago and it still looks like I put it on yesterday.... I was banking on a maintenance coat application sale by now.... but the customers are thrilled.

A maintenace coat application of Readyseal to a deck that I have done in the past is one of the highest profit margin contractes I write.
 

Rick Petry

New member
I concur with Matt Johnson. We have been using Ready Seal stains for 8 years.

Have done a few jobs over the years with Wood Tux stain, and last year with Armstrong-Clark stain. But have not used any stain that offers the benefits of Ready Seal.

Maintenance profit margins are terrific.
 

Florin Nutu

New member
We use IN-WOOD brand stain on 95% of our decks. Very easy to work with, looks great, long protection and maintanance ease.
 

Ken Fenner

Fuckhead
Florin, my competitor used to use that product. They won't ship to PA anymore. I wanted to try it out. When I spoke to them last year, they were working on a VOC compliant version.
 

Florin Nutu

New member
Florin, my competitor used to use that product. They won't ship to PA anymore. I wanted to try it out. When I spoke to them last year, they were working on a VOC compliant version.

You are actually the one that turned me on to it a couple years ago when I was looking for an alternative wet wood friendly stain other than WTW. I love it. I am having a few comp troubles but will try and post pics of some of the decks I have done recently.
 

Ken Fenner

Fuckhead
You guys that speak of high margins in maintenance work. How does your pricing schedule work? Do you use maintenance contracts?
 

Damaris Sutton

New member
Thus far, the homeowners have beat me to the punch. I have 9 set for a annual washing and house washing for next year with a re coat of the stain in 2 years for their decks.


Now i need to start marketing for the interior re-paints for the Fall. I have not had any exterior painting this year yet. I think when people see Power Washing before painting they think I am a professional power washer that also paints and it kills me. The problem is vice versa also.

How can I fix the problem to get a good mix of both types of work? I want some paint jobs.
 
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