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PT Wood Deck Finshes?
« on: July 13, 2021, 08:32:58 AM »
I have an existing, exposed, PT pine wood deck that I need to apply a new finish. It's been around a good while but doesn't need a solid stain or paint as yet given the woods in great shape. I've got it cleaned up yet since it rains daily here I'll wait until drier times. FWIW, we are yet again seeing rains that never stop here. We are @ over 150% of normal rainfall for this summer so far-that after two years in a row of 100 year record rains. Been nice weather to use my pressure washer on a stone patio and concrete slab as I'm wet anyway and so I just keep on working... :D

I see that there's a new product for sale by Thompson's called Timber Oil. My last deck finish was Cabot's Australian Timber Oil, non low VOC and been a good finish but it looks like Thompson's is trying to compete given the similar name. It's also an oil finish, mineral spirits cleanup. The Thompson's cost less.  Honestly I have a great dislike for the older Thompson's products of the past and found them not much good. 
 
Has anyone used their timber oil? Ideas? 
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Re: PT Wood Deck Finshes?
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2021, 08:43:30 AM »
I will follow along and see what people are using.  :P
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Re: PT Wood Deck Finshes?
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2021, 06:18:41 PM »
If you can pull up an MSDS on it, it might tell you something.
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Re: PT Wood Deck Finshes?
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2021, 06:48:41 PM »
I like Sherwin Williams super deck.
You can get it from transparent to solid. Holds up well here in sunny Florida. 
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Re: PT Wood Deck Finshes?
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2021, 07:27:23 PM »
Back when I was staining our dock, the most years came from Sikkens, but I forget the exact product.

I finally quit putting anything on it, and just pressure wash it every few years, and after it dries, run a sanding screen over it with the flooring buffer.

With anything you put on it, it looks good for some amount of time, but then that is followed by some period of time where it looks terrible.

Sorry, no experience with that Thompson's product, but I have the same opinion about their old stuff as you do.

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Re: PT Wood Deck Finshes?
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2021, 08:18:20 AM »
This is gonna be sort of anti-climactic... 

I dug out two gallons of Behr Premium clear oil I had from a HD clearance sale and ~ 2/3 gallon of Lowe's miss-tinted/marked down Olympic Elite cedar transparent oil and decided this go around that would become my finish.
 I have similar experience over the nearly 20 yrs this decks been built to Tom King. The deck is heavily shaded by a large Buckeye tree that actually grows up through the deck thru a small hex bench built around the tree of ~ 24" dia at 6' above grade. It looks good for a yr or so then goes darkish black/green from algae, etc..
 I pressure wash it lightly and it looks great for now but wood needs some goodie in it if it ever stops raining? It rained so many times yesterday I lost count! Seriously. 
I took some empty gallon cans and spread the oil I had on hand equally among the three with equal amts of the cedar tone in them. I then took a qt of Red Devil golden oak and southern pecan interior/exterior stains I had on hand(also from bargain buys when Walmart stopped carrying them as they often do-they did that with Helmsmans Spar varnish recently and I bought it up!). I experimented until I had an oil/colored satin mix ratio that looked like a cedar honey tone to me and then I took a bit of leftover Honey Teak Cabots Australian Timber oil left from redo on my log house and mixed in enough to create three gallons of cedar tone deck oil finish. Tightwads do that sort of stuff? My woodshop and a barn have a multi branded finish on the now-I forget what all went into that one but it was all from markdowns. FWIW, Lowes seems to have jumped up there miss-tint pricing? Once it was common to see a giveaway but not lately? I did get a pint of Minwax neutral color wood filler for $2 recently though and it had been opened and all there still-saved like 7-8 bucks. 
I ended up reading a bunch of bad reviews on Thompsons Timber oil as people found huge color variations showing up as they did a deck. The CS of the mfg would reply each time saying they should always test each container for color match thus disowning the issue in a CYA maneuver.  :D
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