Those who extended their paradise beyond the back door with a deck may have used ipe, tigerwood or one of the extreme hardwoods. These breeds of lumber usually don’t need anything done to them, post installation. When they age, they’ll turn a nice shade of gray. If you want them to retain the same color as when you purchased them, apply a coat of stain that closely matches the original hue and a clear sealant.
But we’ve got an even better alternative. Forget the sealant. Grab a bucket of this stuff called Penofin. It’s a stain. Match the color of the hardwood when taking this path.
The way it’s made allows Penofin to sink more deeply into the surface of the wood. This means it will allow the lumber to breathe as well as have the individual fibers lap-up the coat.
Penofin contains Brazilian Rosewood Oil. In other words, the seeds from like trees are harvested to make this flexible, strong, mildew and water resistant covering. That’s it. Just the seeds. No trees were harmed. And when applied, no gooey film remains on the surface. That is if you follow our final direction at the end of the article.
Get a gallon to coat up to 200 square feet for rough surfaces. If the wood is smooth, you’ll get around 300 square feet with the same amount. Follow directions and you’ll be able to put sanding or stripping in the rear-view mirror for the life of your deck. For heavy traffic areas, if you need to reapply, clean the area in question. Let it dry. Reapply and it will blend in with the unworn spots.
What to Expect
On a vertical plane — like a fence, Penofin will last (on average) about 4-years. On your deck, reapplication should be done every year-and-a-half. As with all outdoor products, the sun and Mother Nature set the timers.
You want to buy as close to exactly the right amount. Reason being that it’s not recommended to store it for any length of time.
A note: Since this product penetrates the surface so well, you’ll want to apply it to naked wood and not over an existing stain. That is unless you used Penofin in the first place. In that case, have at it. It’ll handle a touch-up just fine.
Like most substances you’ll use in an outdoor setting, try to pick a day when it’s between 50-to-80 degrees. This range of temperatures is really important. Anything outside that window could leave you with problems. It may not penetrate the wood as it’s supposed to. Could lead to peeling and chipping in the near future. If you can wear shorts and a t-shirt outside without breaking into a sweat, probably the right moment to slap a light coat onto the woody surfaces.
Planning a party on the patio? You can slap-on a coat the day before. In 12-hours, it’ll be ready to handle the footprints of your guests.
One last thing. You will need to wipe-down the wood after applying Penofin. Use a nap-free cloth. You want to make sure that none of the material sits on the surface. It’s doing its work under the surface.