As the surface of wood is exposed to sunlight, dirt, mildew, rain or snow, it eventually deteriorates in appearance. This phenomenon occurs very rapidly to unprotected wood. An essential first step in refinishing/ maintaining wood decks is proper cleaning. Using Deck Tech’s very own DT-1000, a wood-penetrating sealant, can prolong the life of wood within its first application.
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What is DT-1000 and why is it better than other wood protection products?
DT-1000 is a penetrating sealant, containing a fungicide and mildicide. Because of its oil base (Paraffin Oil), it penetrates deeply into the wood fibers, replenishing the natural oils lost in the wood, subsequently minimizing wood rot, mold and mildew growth, cracking, splitting or cupping of the wood. (See Diagram)
The following are other wood stains/sealants which do not share the properties listed above:
Wood Sealant Containing Water Bornes
This quick-drying, surface level sealant does not control cracking, splitting or cupping as effectively as paraffin oil-borne preservatives.
Wood Sealers, Waterproofers, Linseed Oil, Vegetable Oils, Stains & Film Formers
These frequently offer only temporary wood protection. Tests show this classification tends to be an ineffective controller of problems associated with wood decay. Also some are thought to be a source of food for fungi, mold, mildew and wood rot.
These are film forming finishes and will not perform like a true penetrating sealant. The common problem associated with using semi-transparent stains is that they must be chemically removed prior to reapplication for a proper finish.
To create a deck that’s just right for your home you can select from a wide variety of attractive colors designed to complement fine homes of every style. Click on the image below to see a larger sample.