Australian Timber Oil — Hardwood Stain & Hardwood Oil

Timber Pro’s Deck & Fence Formula”, is a transparent fence and deck stain that is naturally tough but different from other typical wood sealers. I’m in southern California and had a stack of unfinished kiln-dried western red cedar sitting in my driveway (in preparation for a fence) for a mere 2 days when lo and behold termites showed up and started making holes in it. The wood was about 70% heartwood (ie, the bug- and rot-resistant part of the wood), and the bugs targeted only the sapwood portions.

My personal preference, though it limits the architectural coloration possibilities, is ground-contact rated copper compound treated wood (NOT the Wolmanized brown product), which comes green initially but can be retreated with either green or brown solution or can be liquid colorized darker (though not easily to a specific tone) using either of those as a base.

For example, nearly 50 users post feedback for the solid color version in slate, resulting in an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Most reviewers say it offers excellent coverage, though a few detractors reporting flaking and peeling, primarily when this deck stain is used in areas prone to direct sunlight with little protection from the weather.

Depending on where you live and the size of the deck you want, you may need to get a permit Check with your local building department. Just think a bit about the difference in the structure of wood and concrete and you will realize that the all-purpose combined water repellents that claim to do all surfaces will in fact be a bit of a compromise. Seasonal changes in the moisture content of wood affect the durability of finishes.

Then I bought Ronseal Dark Oak woodstain from my local DIY store (he said the one for exterior wood will be more durable etc) and applied it on one flap. In Williams’ study, wood that had been painted before being exposed to UV maintained its integrity for well over 20 years. Keep in mind that there is absolutely no deck cleaner that plants actually like. A common issue power washing professionals see is homeowners who get a bit overzealous with the amount of pressure they use and cause splintering and other damage to the wood. Also, some woods may turn darker in color when using Problem-Solver Wood Stripper.

You’re allowed to just open a can of wood stain — and there are legitimate reasons for staining mahogany, such as making the color of a whole project look even and homogenous. Well, according to me you have stain your deck because it is better than just paint it. Staining is a process which will protect your deck internally and capable load heavy traffic without any inconvenience. Left to right: Zar oil stain Merlot” color; Old Masters Penetrating Oil Stain ‘Dark Mahogany” color; Old Masters Gel Stain Cherry” color. Be sure to keep the wand moving so you don’t blast softer wood away from the surface and leave a rippled effect on the deck.

The reason it is important to understand that semi-transparent stains are actually thinned out paint pigments is that if the wood grain has not been opened by cleaning and possibly sanding, or if some other finish is already on the wood, the paint pigments will just sit on top of the wood like ordinary paint and wear off rather quickly. They open up the surface of the wood to improve penetration, neutralize any stain strippers that were used, and restore the appearance of old, weathered wood to look like new again. For optimum results, first treat the wood with a paintable water-repellent sealer/preservative.


It’s essential to strip a deck back down to bare wood to open up the pours so the new deck stain can dive deep into the wood and provide lasting protection. You should be able to find stains specifically designed for treated wood decks at most home centers. Working from the top down splatters the cleaning solution onto dry wood where it can double-bleach the surface, leaving marks that don’t go away when the lower area is washed. This is not a piece of living room furniture – it needs the water repellent to flow into the wood fibres. If you fail to maintain outdoor wood, it will eventually rot and crack to pieces.

They also include compounds designed to protect the wood from harmful UV rays, which means less of the awful sun damage that can ruin exposed wood decks. Give the sealer coat a light sanding, and then apply a minimum of three coats of varnish with light sanding between each coat. Although the manufacturer claims it will protect wood from the elements for up to six years, a more realistic estimate would be one to two years.

Whether or not you intend to paint the wood, pressure- treated exterior trim should be sealed with a water- repellent preservative as soon as the surface is sufficiently dry. A semi-transparent stain that came in 3rd place in the 2005 July issue of Consumer Reports, Wolman Durastain is ideal for decks exposed to intense sun with protection lasting two to three years. We believe that solvent free One TIME® Wood Protector is a good choice with respect to environmental issues and ease of maintenance. Best practices include using kiln-dried wood and coating every exposed surface of the board.

Over time, with UV sunlight and rain, these chemicals are brought to the surface of the wood and eventually washed away. Ideally, the wood should be painted at its average moisture content for that climate—about 12% for most of the United States, 9% for dry southwestern states. If you’re unsure of the type and condition of the wood, have its moisture content tested by the dealer (less than 12 percent is ideal) and use an oil-based, semi-transparent exterior stain. Annually, clean thoroughly with deck detergent from a home center or hardware store.

The best deck stain or best deck sealer that is neither water or oil based is OneTime Wood Protector and it also happens to be our all-time favorite. The semi-transparent Cabot Express Deck Wood Stain claims you’ll need no dry time between cleaning your deck and applying the stain. For the acrylic based stain, it is recommended to first put Cabot® Problem-Solver primer on before the stain.

They are recommended for exterior wood products found in California — cedar and redwood — as well as the cementitious materials common to the region. The wood is placed inside a locked cylinder then vacuum and pressure are both applied to force the preservatives into the wood, thus pressure treated.” Again, it’s all to deter bugs and some types of fungal decay but there is no protection at all from the sun’s UV rays or moisture. In new construction, the FPL recommends that siding and trim be coated on all sides with a paintable WRP such as DAP Woodlife® or Cuprinol’s Clear Wood Preservative, preferably by dipping or with a brush, roller, or pad.

Paint has quite a few benefits over the other finish options such as stain or sealer, but it may not be for you if you want a natural looking wood deck. A deck brightener was used to remove most of the gray and even out the wood’s tone, then a semi-transparent stain brought life back to the wood with a rich color, adding protection from the sun’s UV rays (bottom). Doug Fir can take stain a little unevenly so I would recommend wiping the wood down with water first to open up the grain. See PAINT SURFACE PREPARATION for details about wood surface preparation before painting.

Timber Pro’s Deck & Fence Formula repels water and stabilizes your wood without the hazardous chemicals found in a wood preservative. We think many people underestimate this fact and just go with an oil based sealer that penetrates deeper and lasts longer. In the past, people waited 6 months or so before finishing projects that use pressure treated wood.

The pores of the wood need to be ‘sanded’ open – which allows the stain to penetrate and bring out the grain patterns. In response, experts recommend applying thin coats, which makes it easier for the stain to penetrate fully into the wood. You need to have the pores of the wood grain open for proper anchoring of the sealer. The more absorbent that you can make the wood, the more stain the wood is going to absorb.