Question - Is water or oil based stain better?

Answered by: Arthur Morris  |  Category: General  |  Last Updated: 21-06-2022  |  Views: 930  |  Total Questions: 14

Oil-based stains are not easily penetrated by the elements. Oil-based stains dry more slowly than water-based stains and thus maintain a more even finish. Oil-based stains are far more durable than water-based stains and thus require far less maintenance. The better a wood decking stain penetrates the better it performs and lasts. By nature, oil based deck stains are easier to apply than water based. Oils stains are normally more natural looking than water based stains. They enhance the beauty of the wood by allowing more of the wood grain to show through. Oil Based Stain Oil-based wood stains are the most commonly used and they are what comes to may woodworkers mind when they think of wood stain. These stains will have a linseed oil base or a mixture of linseed with varnish which gives woodworkers plenty of time to wipe off any excess before the stain dries. Water-based stains are usually best under water-based finishes because these finishes don't bond well over oil or varnish stains unless you give them a week or longer to thoroughly dry. Unfortunately, water-based stains are more difficult to use because they raise the grain of the wood and they dry fast. Oil-based stain can be kept for 1 year if the cans have been opened, but unopened cans will last 2 - 3 yrs. Water-based stain will last 1 year, if opened, and 2 years, if unopened.

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Sikkens Proluxe Cetol SRD is a one coat, oil-based, translucent exterior wood finish. Sikkens Proluxe Cetol SRD was created for use on a variety of wood surfaces including siding, rails, decks, and logs.

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The following top 10 deck stains are rated from one to five stars, based on the consumer criteria identified above. Sikkens Cetol Dek Finish. Cabot Decking Stain 1480. Sikkens Cetol SRD. Cabot Semi-Transparent Deck and Siding Stain 6300. Wolman Durastain. DEFY Epoxy Fortified Wood Stain. Superdeck Semi-Transparent Deck Stain.

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The Best Deck Stains BEST FOR HIGHLIGHTING WOOD GRAIN: Woodrich Timber Oil Deep Penetrating Stain. BEST FOR SAME-DAY PREP-AND-STAIN APPLICATION: Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain. BEST FOR OLD DECKS: SaverSystems #1 Deck Premium Stain. BEST FOR NEW DECKS: Ready Seal Natural Exterior Stain and Sealer.

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Many brands have gone away from oil-based stains to water-based, but you are still able to use oil-based stains in all US States and Canada. We currently restore about 300-400 decks annually, and our favorites are the penetrating semi-transparent and semi-solids.

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Here are some of the best deck sealers on the market: Thompsons Waterseal Advanced Natural Wood Protector. ECO-SAFE Wood Treatment – Stain & Preservation by Tall Earth. Rust-Oleum Coppercoat Wood Preservative. CabotStain Australian Timber Oil Penetrating Oil. Thompsons Waterseal – Transparent Stain.

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In a nutshell, if you're looking to add some colour to your planks, decking stains offer the widest range of shades in both solid and translucent finishes, while decking oils are best if you're after a colourless treatment that sinks into the wood to protect from within rather than forming a layer on top.

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Solid stains last the longest. Most last at least three years. One by Behr was by far the longest-lasting. It's the Solid Color Deck, Fence & Siding Wood Stain from Home Depot.

https://www.motherearthnews.com/diy/crafting/homemade-wood-stains-ze0z1504zsau

Oil-based Stain You can make oil-based stains with a good-quality gum turpentine or naphtha if you want a longer open time, which comes in handy when staining larger surfaces and avoiding lap marks. 1. Mix pigment with the appropriate medium. Start with 1 ounce or less of pigment per 1 quart of solvent.

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Oil-based wood stain is slow to dry, but once it is fully set, it lasts longer than water-based stains.

https://www.ewg.org/healthyhomeguide/wood-stains-and-finishes/

Oil or synthetic-based stains with acrylic or urethane binders can contain harmful chemicals and release high levels of VOCs. These stains are more water-resistant than water-based stains and are most often used outdoors.

https://generalfinishes.com/faq/can-oil-and-water-based-products-be-used-over-each-other

You cannot mix water- and oil-based products together. General Finishes Enduro-Var Urethane Topcoat can only be used over raw wood or General Finishes water-based wood stains or dye stains. Oil-based finishes amber over time; do not use them over white or very light colors.

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ANSWER: Yes! but the underlying finish has to be absolutely dry. When using a water based topcoat over an oil based stain, allow oil based finishes, such as Java Gel Stain, to dry at least 72 hours before coating with a water based topcoat. - Oil based finishes amber over time.

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Minwax Water Based Wood Stain Burgundy. Cherry Blossom. Coral. Crimson. Daffodil. Green Tea. Hunter Green. Island Water. Navy Blue. Perfectly Pink. Sangria. American Walnut. Cinnamon Toast. Coffee. Desert Sand. Harvest Gold. Honeydew. Natural Beige. Onyx. Oriental Ginger. Spice. Terracotta. Toffee. Antique Jade. Driftwood. Harvest Grain.