Rated 3 out of 5★ by 2reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by TheAssembler Thompson's Water Seal Exceeded Expectations I recently bought a can because I am making an outdoor chair and will use the can also to do some decking and sealing later, a picnic table and some other projects.Initially, I was surprised at the cost, this item is nearly $10 cheaper than that of the colored variety, that may make me wonder how they valuate their items in store. Unsatisfactory valuation in my opinion.Secondly, I shook the can, as suggested, and shook, and shook. Still, even after shaking for 2 minutes the mix looks like curdled milk and yet it is the highest quality I have ever used.It looks like milk, yeah, and has a curdled appearance to it. But, for some reason when I applied it, it all worked itself out to a clear finish. It had sort of an oily like residue I guess, I rubbed it with gloved hands and didn't want the stuff on my skin.The one finer point to the item is the odor!!! The errant stench of chemicals and harsh odors normally in stains and varnishes doesn't exist with this product. I held it fully and directly under my nose, breathing deeply and completely and could hardly make out any strong or highly offensive scents.The plus side is I can dry my work pieces indoors and not outside in the rain. The piece can be in my room with me as I work and there is not strong odor and I didn't have to open a door or window.The drying time for wood is about 24 hours. I will say that because I remember reading that.Didn't however dry with a shiny finish as I had hoped. I was wanting a glassy finish and it just doesn't have that. 04/15/2014
Rated 1 out of 5★ by Squirellydog NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE I've used Thompson's Water Seal for years. I have a 19 yr old cedar fence that when I installed it, I applied Behr semi-transparent cedar waterproof/stain. After that, every 3-5 yrs I apply the basic Thompson's water seal to it. It still looks great today. I apply Thompson's to basically anything outside-works great and makes things last.However, it was time to do it again so I went and bought two 2.5 ga cans at my local Walmart along with a pressure sprayer (my usual method). I noticed it now says "Low VOC" and "shake well". So I did. When I poured it in, I noticed it was milky-unlike in the past when it was clear. Continuously clogged up my pressure sprayer-no matter how much I re-shook it. And when I got to the bottom 1/4 of the can, it was then thick as a milkshake, which made me realize all the work I had just done it most likely didn't get the required ingredients applied since they were sitting at the bottom of the can. Thompson's Water Seal has gone from FIRST to WORST! 08/17/2014