deck staining the green way with penofin aquafin

Seattle got two sunny days in a row, and we jumped at the opportunity to stain the the railings around our deck and stairs. (Our insurance company was sort of insistent that we build railings when we bought the house.) As I don’t want to use any product that has a risk of spontaneously combusting — for both environmental and personal reasons! — we decided to give water-based Penofin Aquafin a try. We were not disappointed! The stuff is kind of amazing: It barely smells at all, gives off almost no VOCs, covers great, washed out of the brushes in seconds, and dries in three hours (though you’re not supposed to walk on it for 24). You can even use it on wood that’s damp! Best of all, today it rained, and the water is beading up quite nicely. The only slight difficulty was finding it; we ended up calling around and getting it from a local lumber yard. So do your reseplace before heading out to get some of your own. –Mary T.

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Angela M.

Thanks for this tip, Mary. We have a deck in Catskill that needs some help. First we need to sandblast it clean and then we’ll re-stain. This sounds worth hunting down.


Can you post where you found it? I’m in Seattle with a deck in desperate need.


Mary T

Hi, Rosanne! We got ours at Crosscut Hardwoods in SODO. However, we called them to see about getting more and they’re not sure they’re going to get it in! I would try Alki Lumber in West Seattle — they have large signs outside promoting Penofin so it seems to follow they’d have Aquafin, too. I think if you called ahead and made a special request, many places would be willing to order some in. A note that Alki Lumber is not open on weekends. Good luck!

Let us take care of your deck for you. We will clean it, strip it, reatain it,for a long lasting look you can be proud of. Using green products and currently offering 15% off.

James L

How did the Aquafin hold up? I was considering using, but was unsure of how the waterbased sealer would hold up over time.


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