Well, without much fanfare, I’m back. I just couldn’t stay away. I won’t be posting nearly as often as I used to because I have very little free time on my hands now. Maybe once a week. Maybe once every two weeks. Maybe once a month. Maybe once a week for three weeks and then not for another month. I don’t know. But I missed this creative outlet. I hope you didn’t move on while I was gone. 🙂 So without further ado…
My Review of Ready Seal Wood Stain and Sealer
I’m going to kick things back off with a product review of Ready Seal Wood Stain and Sealer. I want to try to do more of these. This post is NOT sponsored, and I bought the item with my own money. The company did not send it to me for free. I’m just hoping my review helps someone quickly and easily make a decision about whether or not they want to use this product. (This post does contain affiliate links, though. Holla! Do people still say that? No? OK.)
So I found Ready Seal because I was looking for a quick and easy solution for the outdoor table and benches I am working on. There was once a day when I would do a normal stain to get the perfect color and then several coats of an outdoor sealant. Not now, folks. I’m working during nap time, so I needed an all-in-one solution. Ready Seal Professional-Grade Wood Stain and Sealer is that solution.
I read some reviews online, and they made it sound pretty easy. The can says no laps, streaks, or runs. UV blocking, water proofing, and mildew resistance. So I ordered a can of Dark Walnut, the darkest color it comes in.
(Note on Prime, I ordered it via Amazon because neither Lowes nor Home Depot carried it in stores, but it took a few days over the normal Prime shipment time to get here.)
Applying Ready Seal Wood Stain and Sealer
So for the table and benches, I was working with non-pressure-treated pine. It wasn’t terrible looking, but it wasn’t the good stuff, either. Here’s what it looked like before:
And here is what one coat of the stain looked like on the bottom of the table:
And half on the top.
I applied the stain with a chip brush on the benches and with a small foam roller on the table since it had a bigger surface area. Both are equal options, in my opinion. The roller was faster, but I did end up having to whip out the brush to get in to some of the nooks and crannies.
Since I’m cheap, I use brushes and rollers multiple times for one project. I like to avoid washing out things that don’t just have an easy soap and water cleanup. To keep the brushes and rollers from drying, I wrap them in aluminum foil.
Here’s what the table looked like with the stain fully applied (still wet on the top, dry on the legs, so you can see there isn’t a big color difference at all).
What I liked about Ready Seal…
- One coat for stain and sealer with a decent variety of colors.
- I can order it on Amazon and it’s a pretty good price for a gallon can. The can goes a long way, too. I used it for a large table and two benches and barely made a dent in a can. I’d imagine if you were doing a deck or fence, one gallon would actually go a very long way.
- Easy application. Much easier than a water- or oil-based polyurethane. You can have absolutely no painting or finishing skills and use this without messing it up. It really is goof-proof.
- Not a terrible odor like some stains and finishes have.
…and what I didn’t love
- The Dark Walnut color wasn’t really a dark walnut. I picked the darkest color they had because I wanted a darker stain for this set. But Dark Walnut had a much more golden brown tint to it than I’d expected. A second coat didn’t make a difference.
- The first coat sunk in and was dry to the touch within a few hours. The can says to wait at least 45 minutes for a second coat and 48 to 72 hours to dry completely. But the second coat took days to dry at all and was still a bit oily. At first I thought I’d put it on too thick, but I don’t think I did. I ended up wiping the piece down with a cloth and putting it outside in direct sun/breeze to speed up dry time. That did help a lot. Considering this stuff is really made for fences and decks, I didn’t mind setting the pieces outside as long as there wasn’t rain or snow in the immediate forecast.
The verdict? I definitely recommend it. The ease of acquiring it and applying it made up for the fact that the color wasn’t exactly what I’d hoped for and that it took longer than I’d expected to dry. I’m happy with it—what do you think?
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