We purchased this item because it was listed as one of the top 3 deck stains and of the 3, it was the only water-based stain. However, don't be fooled! We needed paint thinner to get the stain off of our bodies! Soap and water did not work. Also, in retrospect we should have used a foam brush in between the boards in the cracks. I used a regular paintbrush, thinking the stain was covering enough of the inside of the boards, but now that everything is dry, we see that we should have paid more attention to that detail. We will be calling the company to see what their recommendations are for fixing that issue now that the stain is all dried. We were pleased with how the rain water beaded up on the boards after that first rain. It was exactly what we wanted to see.