I have a 12X50 cedar deck that faces South so it gets a lot of sun.
On recommendations from "those who should know" I put Sikkens on it.
It looked great for 1 year and I applied the finishes as per instructions.
By the second year the finish had lifted in spots and I reapplied the product as per instructions.
By the forth year most of the deck was again peeling and the spots I fixed in year 2 were again looking real bad. I cussed Sikkens and let the deck weather.
By the fifth year the deck was clear of Sikkens and had started to turn a nice shade of grey.
Since then, I have had opportunity to discuss deck finishes with several "pro's".
The consensus is:
1. Varnish, Spar Varnish, Marine Varnish, etc. do not work and need lots of replenishing.
2. Sikkens is a fine product for walls as long as it is not is direct full sun.
3. Nothing works on a South facing deck (except Penofin Oil???? SHMBO says this is next and if it does not work, natural grey will be the choice)
Even the folk from Penofin say their product need to be re-applied bi-annually in my case.
All in all, I like silver grey and am willing to use the oil if it will help prolong the life of the deck.
| > We're having our 22X9 front porch rebuilt by a contractor (who won't be
| > doing the staining/painting/sealing of the wood). The porch is under a
| > roof and has a ceiling; except for a balustrade, its sides will be
| > exposed to the elements.
| > We live in New Jersey, which does get snow. The porch faces east
| > (morning sun); one side has northern exposure (rain and snow), and the
| > other has southern exposure (sun for part of the day).
| > We're having a mahogany tongue-and-groove floor installed. (I'm not
| > sure whether it's true mahogany or another wood that's just called
| > mahogany. It sure is dense, though!) The lumberyard delivered the wood
| > very dusty and dirty.
| > What's the best way to clean the wood and prepare it for installation?
| > Is there a book you could recommend that would instruct us on how to
| > seal and stain the wood? Should that be done before it's installed?
| > Thanks!
| > Anne