Sadolin Wet Wood Decking Stain Review

Updated Jun 12, 2024 | Posted Jul 20, 2022 | Paints, Product Reviews | 1 comment

I’m a decorating geek at the best of times, so I genuinely get excited when paint chemistry takes a leap forward. Sadolin Wet Wood Decking Stain is a water-based product, designed to perform well in wet conditions. Meaning you can still use it on a deck, even after it has rained!!

This stain is available online by clicking here, or any Crown Decorating Centre, in a handful of pre-mixed colours. The current shelf-price is around £40 for 2.5L, which means you’re paying roughly £16 per litre. The coverage per litre is good, so a 2.5L tin goes a long way.

Sadolin Wet Wood Decking Stain has a recoat time of around 4-6 hours, but this depends heavily on conditions. You should apply generous coats when using a stain, as it is designed to penetrate deep into the timber to protect it.


My Sadolin Wet Wood Decking Stain Review


To say I was a little bit dubious about this product would be an understatement! I didn’t have much faith in water-based decking stains anyway, let alone one which claims to penetrate the timber in wet conditions!


Straight away I tested this product to the max by wetting tanalised decking with a hosepipe, then applying a generous coat of the Sadolin Wet Wood Decking Stain. It glides on when you’re applying it to a wet surface and still has great opacity. I was still dubious, but pleasantly surprised.

I still assumed it wouldn’t penetrate the timber. How could it if the wood was already saturated?? I waited a couple of days and then tried to scrape it off with my keys. I can confirm it adhered to the deck brilliantly by penetrating deep into the wood.

Sadolin Wet Wood Decking Stain Review
Sadolin Wet Wood Decking Stain Review

Since I first tested Sadolin Wet Wood Decking Stain, I have used it on a few jobs. I find the performance of this stain extraordinarily good. It is very easy to use and leaves a lovely rich deep finish. It contains plenty of UV protectors and it sticks like sh*t, so I have complete faith when it comes to longevity.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking this stain compromises performance to obtain adhesion in wet conditions, because it doesn’t. This is genuinely the best water-based decking stain I’ve ever used. The “wet wood” application is just a party trick.

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Review summary

Sadolin Wet Wood Decking Stain Review - Decorator's forum UK

A water-based wood stain used to protect exterior decking.

Product Brand: Sadolin

Editor's Rating:


  • Eco friendly.
  • Quick and easy to apply.
  • Great colour.
  • Nice finish.
  • Reasonably priced.
  • Readily available in different colours.


  • I’m not sure how long the finish will last, simply because I haven’t been using it very long.

Updated Jun 12, 2024 | Posted Jul 20, 2022 | 1 comment

About the Author

About the Author

Mike Cupit has been in the decorating industry since 2002 and has mostly worked as a Trade Decorator in the domestic sector (peoples’ homes). Self-proclaimed “product geek”, Mike has a passion for paint and decorating tools. Mike now spends most of his time testing paint products and tools, comparing them to similar products on the market, and blogging about the industry in general.

1 Comment

  1. richard

    Sadolin always delivers great products.
    Worth the extra cost in my view.


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