Deck and wood sealant, Costs vary from $13 to $62

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Hello, anyone use wood preservative lately.  I find that costs range from about $13 per gallon to over $60 per hour.  I  need to apply sealant to a tennis club house where the owner wants to save the siding and decks for about 2 or 3 more years when he plans to do a total make over.  The siding is a rustic look barn siding and the wood is beginning to peel and splinter badly.  He doesn't want to spend much,  but just make it last a couple more years.  Any info on your experience with this kind of stuff would be appreciated.  Thanks

Here is something that I did recently. I bought two cans of transparent stain ($19 each) and two cans of redwood stain ($9 each) and mixed the two together in a 5 gallon bucket. I purchased both from Wal-mart. I ended up with a few streaks where I didn't mix it completely. Which may not be a problem since you have a rustic look. Obviously, since the wood is old it will suck up a lot of the stain so you will probably not get the coverage stated on the label. 

In the past, I used Thompson's water seal on a fence. I liked the color and it was easy to apply;however, I was disappointed in the coverage as the aged wood really drew in the stain.

In both cases I used a brush to apply the stain, which was quite a lot of work.

Best of luck!

B. thanks for sharing your experience.  Walmart may have some sealants cheaper than Lowes.  

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