About - Thompson's WaterSeal Advanced Waterproofer
The Thompson's WaterSeal Advanced Waterproofer is part of the wood stain
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, wood stain
models like the WaterSeal Advanced Waterproofer are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Appearance after 1 year:
Appearance after one year summarizes performance after one year of our accelerated weathering.
About This Brand
With an effective advertising campaign that includes television spots over the last decade or two, Thompson's WaterSeal has become a recognizable brand leader in deck treatments. Thompson's signature product is a clear waterproofing finish, and the company has expanded its line to include oil and latex stains. Thompson's is available nationally through home centers and major retailers such as Walmart.
Features & Specs - Thompson's WaterSeal Advanced Waterproofer
Resists cracking Capability to expand and contract with the siding without cracking.
Resists color change Capability to resisit fading and /or color or gloss changes.
Resists color change
Resists dirt Capability to keep dirt from adhering to the surface.
Resists mildew Capability to resist mildew growth.
VOCs (grams/liter) Indicates the level of volatile organic compounds stated on the can.
After letting dry for 3 full days, someone walked across deck surface with slightly dirty shoes and the dirt from the shoes became imbedded in the coating. Thompsons says the cure is to clean the deck with Varsol. We wanted a deck that was sealed, not one we'd have to put dangerous solvents on every time someone walks on it.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from New York
Outstanding Water/Mildew Protection
I agree with the reviewer below from NC. The Thompson's advanced formula is the best clear deck sealer I have used in over 30 years. Their other regular water seal is garbage. This one is perfect for maintaining the new look of a pressure treated deck. I applied it to a new deck over a year ago and water still beads up like crazy and deck still looks brand new. It will add a bit of a honey tone to your wood, however. It is not really clear.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Cape Breton, NS, Canada
Don't waist your time!
Finally, we decided to stain our six year old deck. We went to several hardware stores for info, and the consensus was to use Thompson's Advanced. We fallowed the product label instructions to a T. We wanted the ultimate result. At first, the job looked amazing. But, soon after the project was complete, we noticed the finish was breaking down and coming off the wood. Then winter hit. By spring, we had about 30% of the finish remaining. No exaggeration, 70% was gone! Now, what do we do? Yes, Thompson's gave us a refund. In fact, they were quick in doing so. But now I have a mess. Over $2000 to professionally fix the mess or spent another 3 weeks of my valuable time to fix what Thompson's created. Hey Thompson's, NEVER AGAIN will your product or anything associated with you, ever be purchased by us again! Buyer beware!