Deck Finish That Soaks Into Wood Without Skinning


Old 09-25-18, 07:03 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 4,068
Received 75 Votes on 69 Posts
Deck Finish That Soaks Into Wood Without Skinning

I am looking for suggestions on a stain or preservative for a (currently bare wood) deck that does not require periodic stripping with the attendant chemical mess or scraping/sanding dust.

I think I want something that soaks into the wood versus form a thin waterproof layer that could puncture and let water go under it.
Sponsored Links
Old 09-25-18, 07:31 PM
Group Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: WI/MN
Posts: 19,570
Received 94 Votes on 83 Posts
Deck stain. What you don't want is paint.
Old 09-25-18, 09:23 PM
Gunguy45's Avatar
Super Moderator
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: USA
Posts: 21,119
Received 3 Votes on 3 Posts
Oil based stains are absorbed, water based are often more of a my experience.

Thompsons Water Seal specifically says you need to check for absorption of a few drops to ensure the wood is dry enough to finish. Most people detest Thompsons as it doesn't last as long as some others...depending on conditions. The nice thing is that there's no stripping or removal involved when it needs redoing. Yes, you have to clean with a deck cleaner or soap and oxalic acid to make it ready for recoating...but the old stuff won't whiten and flake and peel like some types. You just clean, let dry completely, and reapply. Solvent clean up of equipment as well I believe.

I've also used some (thought it was Olympic, but maybe not) that has no real oily type smell and could even be put on damp wood, went on white, dried clear and they cautioned about doing thin coats to prevent a thick film which would peel. Though I didn't have to use it as often, it sure was more work as the deck had to be stripped of any old finish before putting down new. Soap and water clean up.

That'll likely get better advice and products at a paint store. They'll know best what works in your area.

Me? Few wood decks out here...and I just use Thompsons for outdoor wood projects along with the green copper stuff on the ground contact points to keep bugs away. No real rot or mildew/mold problems in 100, 10-15% humidity conditions.
Old 09-26-18, 02:48 AM
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: USA - N.E.Tn
Posts: 47,529
Received 295 Votes on 261 Posts
Oil base deck stains tend to suck into the wood deeper than latex or waterborne stains. In the southeast they don't hold up all that great but that shouldn't be an issue in your locale. I agree with talking to the folks at your local paint store [not paint dept] along with asking friends/neighbors what works well for them.
Old 09-26-18, 07:39 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 4,068
Received 75 Votes on 69 Posts
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Ask a Question
Question Title: