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2-month old deck installation, No.2 prime treated pine. Purchased OneTime brand stain and tested one week ago on pine 2X4's. Air temperatures average 45-50 degrees. Test under overhead rigid canopy. Rain 20% of time and 70% overcast skies. 2X4's not contacted by rain.
I need a product that will protect the wooden deck from severe summer heat and sun. Colorant not as important. 50% of deck under canopy, 50 percent in direct sunlight. When refinishing in the future, would prefer a product that would not have to be stripped. You may want to check the 'promo' for OneTime to appreciate why I bought it. If it would fully cure -- I'd be thrilled!

Hi Jay, the first site I found about OneTime, was not very positive about the product, here's that link:

I'm always dubious about the claims these companies make, and just the audacity of naming something "Onetime", leaves me a bit also appears to be a solid stain, which does not hold up well.....I am familiar with and use Flood CWf-UV products on decking, and they are an oil modified penetrating product, with a stain color added if desired. This stuff claims a 4 year finish warranty, but it's documentation is a little more realistic about recoating....(I think they recommend every 2 years). But the stuff penetrates well, and builds to a pretty durable water resistant finish. But asking any product to essentially waterproof wood in the harsh environments that we install it (decks, especially.. in a climate with snow, ice, sun, etc), and when also only applying said finish to the topside of the boards as a a huge job, and not realistic. Wood is a natural product, it breathes, swells, shrinks, mold and mildews, and nothing can totally protect from those qualities...except using Trex, or a similar synthetic material.Another common mistake is to rush to seal a freshly installed deck of Pressure treated wood. This product needs to weather a full 6 months or so, or else whatever one applies to it will not penetrate, or stick properly. Hope this helps the thought process a little- please post back if need be- Regards- Greg


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Questions on Woodworking, wood finishing and refinishing of all kinds, repairing furniture and wooden objects,Architectural details, Woodturning, carving, tool usage, product usage, some chemistry as it applies to woodworking and related interests,cabinet making and furniture construction/design, etc. I have experience with all manners of colorants, finishes, paints, stains, dyes, glazes, and coatings,wood species recognition,usage,etc.


Fine furniture restorer and cabinet maker for over 30 years,serving high end Antique dealers, Interior designers, Collectors in the CT area. Sold, built, serviced, setup Home,Industrial and Commercial stationary woodworking tools for a major tool retailer in CT. for three years, sold hand and power tools, and offered instruction on use and care as well.I even have some Trade show Demo experience.

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Published in Fine Woodworking Magazine (12/97), included on Fine Woodworkings first "Best of Fine Woodworking" CD-ROM (2002)-("27 year compilation of expert know-how"),Multiple times in Family Handyman Magazine, local newspapers as well.

Art School at Silvermine Guild in Norwalk, CT., 9 year apprenticeship in a European run Cabinet and Restoration shop in CT., various classes on subjects having to do with the field. Seminars by Major tool manufacturers, Delta, Powermatic, Performax, Porter Cable, Skil/Bosch to name a few.

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Many varied clients including work on Martha Stewarts' Westport, CT. show house, many fine Antique dealers and private collectors in and around Fairfield County and in Woodbury, CT.(the Antiques capital of CT.)
Consulting for area Painting/Decorating and Building contractors on non painting issues..(staining, wood prep.,clear finishing, floor restoration and architectural detail restoration and repair, etc.), local Museums and Historical Societies.For the last two years I have been employed with Schwenke Auctioneers Inc.- Woodbury Auction LLC., as a staff photographer,IT tech,and doing restoration and repair work as well.

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