hydraulic oil for staining pt wood?

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hydraulic oil for staining pt wood?

Recently heard a rumour that hyraulic oil can be used to stain pt exterior wood on a deck to give it an appearance of cedar.
Any truth to this?
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You could probably do that but why would you want a slippery, smelly, and footprint tracking substance on your deck? Probably against EPA rules also.
 
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Not to mention a gallon of hydraulic oil will cost more than a gallon of approved stain any day. And eeewwww what a mess!!!
 
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If it were good for this purpose, it would be marketed for it. Stick with actual deck sealing products other than Thompson's.
 
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A Big Thanks

Well I had similar thoughts about this oil stuff as a wood preservative and stain. Thank you all so much for keeping me off that slippery smelly slope...Enjoy this spring day all.
John
 
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I treated a shed ramp with bar oil the one time. Wasn't my idea though. I left the 1gal jug open and my dog knocked it over and it ran down the ramp. It worked extremely well as a waterproofing. But it also attracted dirt and was slippery as ice when wet.
 
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Used Hydralic oil as stain.

Hi all,

I am a mechanic in New Zealand and have used hydraulic oil to stain deck and fence timber.

Note: This was used hydraulic oil.

Its very good to recycle old oil and hydraulic oil is a good one to use. It is a very light oil and if you add certain things, you can change its colour to suit e.g adding drawing charcoal to the oil will turn it a nice dark colour.

Using this oil will not only protect the wood but give it a nice colour. This oil will not be slippery as long as you let it bake in on a hot sunny day.

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KiwiDIY
 
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recycling & re-purposing's good,,, we used to sprinkle used oil on the driveway & road to keep dust down,,, what a nitemare when it was time to sell the property however, it was perfectly legal to use tackcoat on dirt when we were paving - never quite understood that logic

didn't know hydraulic oil ever ' wore out ', tho - maybe it just does that down near oz
 
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stadry, you're letting your age show I remember the county trucks that used to oil down all the dirt/gravel roads .... and we all thought it was a good thing

Farmers often apply used oils as a cheap preservative for wood. I have a section of fence behind the barn that I apply a mixture of used motor oil and TWS to every year or two - cheap and effective
 
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