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Wood Deck Finish

Vista Deck

One-Coat Deck Finish
Now, from the world-renowned expert in wood finishing, comes the ultimate solution for your deck care, the newest Vista Deck finish.

VISTA Deck is a state-of-the-art, high-performance waterborne alkyd stain designed to penetrate into the wood while creating a strong bond with the substrate that highlights the appearance of beautiful wood. Vista Deck can be applied to decks, rails, and fences.

This comprehensive formula works in synergy with the wood's natural elements to defend against UV-exposure, moisture, mold and mildew, peeling, fading and discoloring and provides unprecedented wood protection benefits. Apply 1-2 coats of Vista Deck to develop the desired color richness and appearance.

Vista Deck makes the restoration process easy. Once the initial coat of Vista Deck is applied to bare wood, a future maintenance coat applied to a surface previously coated with Vista Deck is easy - clean and recoat, no mechanical or chemical stripping required.

Vista Deck simply requires soap and water for clean-up.

  • Long-lasting beauty
  • Excellent weather resistance and color retention
  • Highlights wood texture
  • Protects against mold and mildew
  • Waterborne penetrating exterior wood stain
  • Easy application
  • Environmentally friendly, low VOC

Pecan #920 Spruce #930 Cherry #940 Mesquite #950 Cape Cod #960

Q&A for Vista Deck

  • Do I have to remove old finish?  In order to get the best life from Vista Deck, any old finish should be removed regardless of brand or type previously used.
  • Can I put on more than one coat?  Up to two coats may be applied initially, allow four hours between coats.
  • Does it need a top coat?  No, do not apply any sort of top coat, as it will interfere with maintenance coats later and create a slip hazard.
  • Can I use something for carpenter bees like NBS-30? We would say no to this, as it is water-borne oil rather than regular type oil.  There may be compatibility issues.
  • Do I need to add additional products for mold?  If you live in areas that have high humidity and dense tree cover, an additive like Stay-Clean™ would help reduce the chances for growth of algae and mold.
  • Can I tint this to make a different color?  Vista Deck is formulated with universal colorants; other forms of tint may not be compatible and could cause shortened life of the finish.
  • Can I add UV Boost™ to Vista Deck?  No, the addition of UV Boost to Vista Deck will negatively impact the drying and curing properties.
  • I just finished building a new deck; can I apply Vista Deck right now?  The general answer would be no.  If you built with new pressure treated wood, it needs to dry out or season a bit before any stain application is done.  Four to six weeks as a rule of thumb, and then clean with Log Wash™ to open up surface and remove any mill glaze that still may be present.  If you built with one of the conifers (fir, cedar, any of the pines) you will want to wash the deck with Cedar Wash™ and allow to dry, prior to applying the Vista Deck.
  • How long does it take to dry?  Vista Deck will normally dry to the touch in about 30 minutes, and tack free in 4 hours; depending on temperature and humidity.  We suggest allowing 24 hours before placing furniture or allowing heavy traffic on surfaces, as dry does not necessarily mean “cured”.  Make sure rain is not in the forecast for at least 6 hours after application and applying in direct sunlight should be avoided as this can interfere with the drying process. Also as earlier stated if a second coat is to be applied, allow four hours between coats.
  • Some manufacturers say you have to sand the deck, is this necessary with Vista Deck?  As a good preparation of any surface is paramount to the success of any job, sanding would greatly enhance your chances for a better job.  The credence for this amounts to the following; a properly sanded surface makes more surface area being exposed that will promote better penetration of the stain as well as allowing more stain to be deposited which promotes better adhesion and color development.  You will also be removing any mill glaze and improving the general condition of the surface making it more uniform.  This will help to reduce any blotchiness and color differences due to areas that may absorb more product than others, especially in one coat applications.
  • If I am going to sand, what is a good choice of paper?  As this is an exterior application that lends itself to a lot of traffic and other abuse from Mother Nature, we recommend using 60 grit sandpaper.  Using the heavier grit sandpaper will make the job a lot quicker and will also do a better job if any old finishes are to be removed.  After sanding is completed wash the surface thoroughly with Log Wash™ on pressure treated wood, or Cedar Wash™ on any of the conifers (fir, cedar, any of the pines) to remove the residue left from the sanding before applying Vista Deck.
  • Our deck is about three years old and has never had a finish applied and is grayed out in some areas, what should I do?  We would recommend a thorough cleaning with Wood Renew™ to help restore the wood to the natural color before weathering.  Wood Renew™ is a percarbonate cleaner that also has a very effective detergent to aid in removal of stains and algae. Use of a stiff bristle brush will aid in removing stubborn stains. We highly recommend the use of PH Strips as the PH of the wood is extremely important for Vista Deck application or any other Perma-Chink stain for that matter.
  • How often should I clean my deck?  A good schedule would be two normal cleanings per year.  The first should be after the pollen season, removing all the winter debris as well.  The second should be in late fall prior to cold weather as any algae or mold growth will be removed that may have sprung up during hot, humid weather.  Again, do not expect the cleaner to be a “magical” product that will spirit away all that stuff, use a stiff synthetic bristle brush and a bit of good old elbow grease to make the job successful.
  • How long should Vista Deck last?  As decks go, one must remember that a deck is one of the most difficult applications that a finish is used on.  Due to the horizontal application and abuse from the effects of sun, rain, traffic, winter weather; we are asking a lot from any finish.  Especially as decks are also the most overlooked form of construction that we have.  They are usually under maintained, overlooked, and we still think they should look good forever without any maintenance.  Over time Vista Deck will tend to fade and dull out and possibly develop dark areas without any maintenance.  Again cleaning will help extend the life as will a good two-coat application.  We expect time-wise 2-4 years; some will get more, some will get less.  But basically anytime it looks like it needs help, it usually does; and a lot of success depends on proper application the first time around.
  • What about peeling of the finish?   Vista Deck is penetrating water borne alkyd finish; it should not be prone to peeling like paint would.  But as far a depth of penetration goes, nothing penetrates deep into wood fibers so mechanical abuse from furniture or animals may expose un-stained wood fibers below the surface.  Also most decks are made from Pine or Cedar which are softwoods and will suffer from mechanical abuse easier than hardwoods.  Excessive application where pooling of the product is allowed may be prone to peel, so always brush out Vista Deck to prevent pooling.
  • Can I use bleach to clean my deck?  First of all, “bleach” is not a cleaner; it has no detergents or surfactants to help remove dirt.  Second “bleach” is hazardous to humans, plants and animals as well as the fibers in wood.  “Bleach” will destroy lignin in the wood and cause fuzzing and early finish failure.  So we do not recommend the use of “bleach” as a cleaner.
  • How do I apply Vista Deck?  Methods of application are mostly up to the choice of the user; after proper preparation, it may be applied with a brush and bucket method if you choose, or by airless sprayer with a .515 or .517 tip.  Spray application is the quickest and remember; the sprayer is just a tool to get the product on the surface; it doesn’t do all the work for you.  Back brush to work the product into the surface and make sure to cover all the checks and fissures taking care to get stain worked in.  Use good work practices and safety precautions to insure a safe environment.  Boxing of colors is recommended after mixing to help insure color uniformity.  Clean up is accomplished with soap and water.  Follow label recommendations and mix well before and during use.
  • Can I thin Vista Deck?  Vista Deck is thin enough already, do not thin ever.
  • What about maintenance?  Maintenance of Vista Deck should be routine under normal circumstances.  Traffic areas such as stair treads and walk patterns will show up first usually, and these can be touched up after proper cleaning.  In reality usually by then it will be time to re-stain.  Re-stain, clean the deck with Log Wash, allow surface to dry, and re-apply Vista Deck.
  • What is shelf life of Vista Deck?  Shelf life of Vista Deck is three years under proper storage conditions of unopened containers; store in dry, warm areas.  Always protect from freezing.
  • Does Vista Deck have a warranty?  As workmanship, weather, construction equipment, quality of other materials and other variables affecting, results are beyond of our control.  Perma-Chink Systems, Inc. does not make nor does it authorize any agent or representative to make any warranty of MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS for any purpose or any other warranty or guarantee, or representation, expressed or implied, concerning this material except that it conforms to Perma-Chink Systems, Inc. quality control standards.  Any liability whatsoever of Perma-Chink Systems, Inc. to the buyer or user of this product is limited to the purchaser’s cost of the product or replacement of the product at Perma-Chink Systems, Inc. discretion.