If your calling us for a quote you have probably come to realize not all deck stains and sealers are the same by now. With so many manufactures out there creating a product for the store shelves there are just as many different blends and formulas. Within this article we’ll cover some of the MAJOR differences you find in sealers, what to avoid and what we suggest you use.
While oils are definitely the preferred product for exterior wood they certainly are not all the same. Within the oil finish market you will find a few options. Majority of the oil finishes of the past have been composed of linseed oil (Thompsons, Wolman, Penofin..). While linseed oils do an okay job of penetrating into the wood the linseed oil base causes another problem entirely… MILDEW! Linseed oil in itself provides a natural environment for mold and mildew growth. Manufactures therefore load their stains and sealers with an enormous amount of fungicides and mildewcides in order to combat this problem. Even then it doesn’t always resolve the issue but does more to simply slow the growth of mildew down. ASK YOUR REFINISHING CONTRACTOR WHAT THEIR STAIN IS BASED WITH.
TimberSeal Pro-UV is comprised of a proprietary blend of paraffin oils, micro ground trans-oxide pigments, a low voc carrier and a mild mildewcide additive. This blend works great on exterior wood to replenish the lost oils and sugars to the wood and restore and protect it’s beauty. Another big difference with TimberSeal Pro-UV is it’s wash and recoat maintenance. With most linseed oil finishes they product fails horribly (turns dark and or even black over 12 to 18 months) and needs to be stripped down in order to finish.