Whether it’s a barbeque with friends and family, a relaxing cup of coffee by yourself, or a glass of wine with your spouse, time spent on your deck is a little slice of paradise. To make sure it stays that way, however, you need to maintain it. If you have a wood deck, one way to ensure it lasts longer and stays beautiful is to use a high quality stain like Penofin.
Penofin stain was designed by a scientist with Ph.D.s in physics and nuclear physics because his friends dared him to make a product that was better than anything on the market.
To meet the challenge, the product “had to penetrate, seal, dry quickly, have minimum odor and bleed back, and be easy to apply. It also had to be stable enough to allow lacquers and varnishes to be sprayed over it if wanted.”
The rest is history and now Penofin (PENetrating Oil FINish) is well-regarded as a top-notch deck stain–one that we’re happy to distribute.
If you’ve stained before, staining with Penofin might be slightly different than with other stains. If you haven’t stained before, staining your deck is a rewarding project–but like any project, it goes more smoothly when you take your time and follow the directions!
How to Stain Your Deck with Penofin
- Make sure your deck needs staining. You can sprinkle some water on the deck and see if it absorbs immediately (you should stain your deck) or beads up on the deck and just sits there (your deck probably doesn’t need sealing just yet).
- Make sure you have everything you need:
- Deck cleaner
- Hose (if pressure washing)
- Brushes and rollers
- Paint roller pans
- Mask (if sanding)
- Sandpaper / sanding tool (if sanding)
Prepare yourself. Be patient and read the directions on every product you use. Check the weather and make sure you have several days of sunshine so your deck can dry out. Make sure it’s not going to be below 45 or above 80 degrees when you stain.
Prepare the deck for staining. Clear everything off the deck. The manufacturer recommends that you use Penofin Pro Tech wood care products. The cleaner and brightener both come in powder form and are easily mixed with water. They take just minutes to apply and are environmentally safe. (If your deck is really in disrepair, you may need to sand it. Sand with the grain and wear a mask to avoid inhaling wood.)
Stain the deck. Apply Penofin to a clean, dry surface, making sure the wood is not hot to the touch. Penofin can’t be applied over another stain, so make sure you’ve prepared the deck for staining.
Brush on, use a stain pad, or spray on using a pump up sprayer equipped with plastic tip.
After the stain has sat on the deck for 30 minutes, wipe off the extra stain with a cloth–don’t let the stain dry on top of the deck or it will get sticky and tacky.
Wait at least 12 hours.
Throw a party!
Not only does Penofin make your deck look great–and help it stay that way–the company strives to be socially responsible, promotes volunteerism, and strives for sustainability. Good values with great products are a win-win.
Check out our Penofin Penetrating Oil selection, available now at DIY Home Center.