How to Stain, Seal, Preserve & Protect my Exterior Natural Wood Surfaces?
Getting oils into the surface of your outdoor woods helps that wood repel water, since oil and water don’t mix and the oil got there first. Oiled wood keeps water out! Wood swells when it gets wet and shrinks as it dries. This causes strain on the yearly bands of the wood which can cause warping, twisting and cracking. Keeping your wood oiled helps keep it “dimensionally stable”. This also means nails aren’t “lifted” and screws aren’t broken. Also, your boards stay straight!
One of the oils we use turns into “solid” when exposed to air. Since this happens slowly, the mixture acts like a liquid when applied, so it can penetrate the wood, but once there, this solidifying oil keeps the non-solidifying oil from evaporating back out of the wood, or being washed out by water, as fast as just a loose non-drying oil alone would. It also plugs the surface of the wood, so water is even less capable of getting into the wood. Your oils last longer!
Oils also improve the natural color of your wood. Red becomes deeper red. Pines and Cedar become more golden. The wood just looks better!
The other major element your outdoor wood suffers from is Ultraviolet Sunlight Exposure. We don’t get sunburns when we stay indoors or protect our skin when outdoors with clothing. Our sealer uses Transparent Oxide pigments, which are tiny, sunglass-like crystals that absorb UV energy before it penetrates the wood to damage it and your other seal ingredients (our oils). These tiny crystals also have a “color character” that is very simulative of the color of various woods. Our Redwood sealer makes Redwood Red! Our Cedar Sealer makes Cedar and Pine Golden! Our Brown versions (Mahogany, Dark Teak and Brown) have some transoxides and some non-oxide pigment particles to get a darker color and even more UV Sunlight protection.
We label our Clear version “Least UV Protective” because we use very little Transoxide pigment in it, so as not to “colorize” the wood much beyond what the oils themselves would. We don’t recommend our Clear over our pigmented versions, but so many customers have been disappointed with other Company’s pigmented “stains” that they now only want to use a “Clear”. As such, we make a Clear, though we don’t think it will satisfy you as well as using one of our colored versions would have.
Like a Frog that needs to go in and out of water and BE HAPPY, our Sealer helps keep your wood
“PROTECTED AND LOOKING GOOD WHETHER WET OR DRY”