Bob, I found a much better product. It is called spa & Deck by flood or tropitech. It actually works better if you spray it on. The product is acryllic base, so you can wash off with water. Usually, takes only two coats. Says it will last eight timem longer than convential stains. I have had it on for two years and it still looks new. It forms a sheen after the second coat and gives the appearence of varnish.