Can I apply a sealer over acrylic latex deck stain?

Questions & AnswersCategory: Wood Deck QuestionsCan I apply a sealer over acrylic latex deck stain?
J.Lemay Staff asked 4 years ago

I stained my deck with an 100% acrylic latex deck stain. Can I apply a clear sealer over the deck stain or a low sheen varnish?

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JT Creations, LLC Staff answered 6 years ago

From your question it seems you desire a sheen to the finish. Acrylic deck stains have no inherent sheen. There is a good reason for this. It makes them slick when wet. You can apply an acrylic varnish and it will stick. Two problems. One is that clear finishes usually have poor performance and durability on exterior surfaces due to low solids and poor durability due to sun exposure. Second is a sheen added to rain makes for a slick and dangerous floor.

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