Oil Deck Stains
Oil deck stains are designed to penetrate deep into the wood fibers which moisturize the wood with oils that create a barrier within and is flexible and keeps moisture out. The oil naturally repels the water or moisture and it’s pigments attempt to shield the sun’s ultraviolet rays from creating damage. These differ from acrylic stains in that the barrier is created on the surface for acrylics and is designed to keep the harmful effects of the sun’s ultra violet rays from penetrating the surface.
Advantage of Deck Oil Stains?
Oil deck stains tend to be easy to apply and maintain as there is no cracking or peeling but simply fades over time until you are ready to reapply. Oil stains are also easier to strip or remove if you happen to decide on a different color than before. In many cases, however, you can simply reapply over the old stain if it has faded and lost its protective qualities and oils. Simply check how the water beads (repels water or forms droplets on the surface without absorbing) on your deck and if beading doesn’t exist, it is safe to reapply. However, the recommendation is to always strip or remove old oils out first to optimize a new coating. This will increase your chances dramatically for full penetration and longevity for your new coat of stain.
Protection time? Generally 2-4 years depending on the factors affecting protection. Maybe longer.