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This post was updated on May 1, 2024

Paraffin Oil Based Decking Stains

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Paraffin Oil-Based Stains

Most deck stain manufacturers today use both synthetic and natural oils in their products. There are several types of oils that are used in oil-based deck stains. Paraffin Oil is one of the more common types of oil used today.

Pros of Paraffin Oil-Based Stains

Paraffin is an excellent penetrating oil. Deck stains containing paraffin oil penetrate deep into all wood types. It conditions the wood while preventing UV fading and water damage.

Paraffin oil penetrates so well that it is recommended for newer wood decks. The newer the wood the denser it is. Some deck stains will not penetrate the newer dense wood and will remain on top of the surface. Paraffin deck stains are able to penetrate newer more dense wood for optimal absorption and outstanding protection.

Paraffin oils are user-friendly and easy to apply. Paraffin oil wood stains are an excellent choice for the DIY project. They apply very easily with little to no overlap marks and with little back brushing due to the superb absorption rate.

The paraffin deck stains also maintain fairly easily. They won’t peel or flake off like some stains. They simply fade over time and can be easily removed with a deck stain stripper before a new coat is applied.

Another great advantage of the paraffin type oil stains is that they are more natural-looking. They penetrate so well that they actually enhance the beauty of the wood as opposed to covering it up or hiding it.

Cons of Paraffin Deck Stains

One of the downsides to paraffin oil wood stain is a strong odor. You will definitely notice a stronger odor with paraffin stains than some other stains. But once the stain cures the smell does go away.

Some paraffin deck stains can take a little longer to dry and cure than other stains. This means staying off the deck a little longer once it’s applied. Read the manufacturer’s suggested drying times. Be careful to not walk on or place items back on a deck that hasn’t met those recommendations.

Paraffin stains can be more prone to mold and mildew and may darken over a period of time. Regular deck maintenance can prevent this occurrence from happening.

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As an article and comment contributor to the site, Scott has been around the pressure washing industry since attending college. In 1993 he started his first company called Oakland Pressure Wash specializing in exterior pressure washing and deck staining. That company evolved into OPW L.L.C. shortly thereafter concentrating more on exterior wood and deck restoration. Scott and his Deck Cleaning Michigan company have restored over 10,000 decks in the Metro Detroit area since the early years. He has become an authority in the deck restoration industry and has contributed to numerous wood restoration forums and informative sites. All the products he suggests through this site are sold through online sites and in retail stores, allowing the consumer to choose their own means of purchase. Scott’s eCommerce sites do sell many top brands he endorses and if you appreciate any of the help he has offered then feel free to purchase from one of them.

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Walter
Walter
2 years ago

Oh yea we used 1 gallon of paraffin oil & 4 gals of mineral spirits. That is a 20 5 solution. The best I have seen maybe 3% solution.

Walter
Walter
2 years ago

When I was building decks in the early 2000. My partner did a fence around the yard. He told me he used Paraffin oil on the fence 5 yrs previous. The fence looked brand new compared to the next door neighbors fence. Anne Arundel County MD banned the use of certian oils & even pressure treated wood early in the 2000’s to build deck & fences. chromated copper arsenate, or CCA was the chemicial used in presure treated wood. Does pariffin oil have any effect to the water shed or plant life where it is going to be used.

Wallison
Wallison
2 years ago

So no test have been done?

Ben
Ben
3 years ago

Are there good tung oil based stains/sealers that are recommended?

Craig
Craig
3 years ago

Is there a gloss clear coat you can put on top of paraffin?

B.S.
B.S.
4 years ago

Brand new cedar siding,the non damaged cedar is darker, want to protect and go darker ,being new wood what color,brand,type should I use? More shade than sun ,and it is mostly covered by overhang.thanks.

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Al Traxinger
Al Traxinger
4 years ago

I live in Washington State on the Olympic Peninsula, my deck is on the East side of my house. (lots of rain, clouds, and minimal afternoon sun). All older cedar wood deck. Biggest concerns are rot, mildew, moss, and pealing. Would prefer a semi transparent to transparent stain. Based on your article solid color stain is prone to pealing? Washington is NOT a low VOC state. What is your recommendation for the most durable stain for my Northwest environment?

Richard Dranitzke
Richard Dranitzke
5 years ago

We have a 3-4 year old ipe deck. What is the best sealant or stain for it? The wood is in excellent condition and has just been power washed.

Lori Trappe
Lori Trappe
5 years ago

Hi, We are going to be restaining our cabin and will be using paraffin stain however we have had several squirrels chewing on our logs!! Is there a stain to prevent squirrels from chewing or is there something we can add to the stain??
Thank you

Lori

Al Traxinger
Al Traxinger
4 years ago
Reply to  Lori Trappe

I had a problem several years ago with squirrels in my carport and house attic. Tried almost everything to get rid of them but no luck. My wife read in Readers Digest to hang wind chimes where you are having the problem. We did this and no more squirrels.

Matt
Matt
6 years ago

So, which products have paraffin? Thompsons MSDS only states mineral spirits AFAIK

Ken Ridge
Ken Ridge
5 years ago

The MSDS for “Thompson’s WaterSeal Waterproofer and Clear Wood Protector” shows 46% Heavy Paraffinic Oil and 37% Paraffin Oil. They changed the formula about 3 years ago, so look for the number 2180 in the UPC Code on the can.

Ashlee
Ashlee
6 years ago

I meant on the paint of the truck… not in the truck lol.

Ashlee
Ashlee
6 years ago

Hi,
The wind picked up when we were using the stain and it sprayed into our truck. Any suggestions on what we could put on it to clean it off?
Thanks!

Debora Reda Hammerstrom
Debora Reda Hammerstrom
6 years ago

Why is paraffin stain more susceptible to mold and mildew if it has better absorption. Is there a product that both absorbs and seals to better hinder the growth of mold and mildew?

Debora Reda Hammerstrom
Debora Reda Hammerstrom
6 years ago

I was curious with regard to the statement – Paraffin stains can be more prone to mold and mildew and may darken over a period of time- in the cons section. So it doesn’t promote mold or mildew (as linseed oil). Living in Washington State, every spring our decks and hand rails are a new color green. It can be washed off, I was just surprised at the statement in the cons.

Poppy
Poppy
6 years ago

Cheap $15 a gallon Thompson Clear has paraffin oil and mildew and mold prevention. In my experience, petroleum based paraffin is sterile and not a food source to mildew but the wood is still a food source. A deck product without mold and mildew prevention will require some kind of prevention or the deck will get eaten. I’ve replaced red cedar decking because of mold that ate the wood under the deck finish surface. It took over a decade but I now avoid Cabot because their products have a disclaimer that says that mold or mildew is not a failure of the Cabot product. Maybe not, but it is a failure of Valspar/Cabot to provide prevention where prevention is always needed. It would be like Rust-O-Leum claiming that rust is not a failure of their paint…that its the steel that is rusting.
Always check the MSDS for the real contents. I won’t buy a paint or stain without seeing the MSDS. Buyer beware!

Poppy
Poppy
6 years ago

Not my experience. Mildew LIKES water and requires it to grow. Cabot does not contain anything to prevent mildew (read the disclaimer on the cans!) Some products contain effective mold and mildew prevention while others do not. Petroleum based paraffin oils are not “food” to mildew but linseed oil most certainly is food to mildew. If a product has linseed oil (and several other “natural oils” are also food to mildew) make sure it has mildew prevention which are usually pretty potent nasty chemicals. That’s why they advise using gloves, sleeved shirts and a mask. Alternatively, you can use a boron powder solution and/or a benzyl ammonium chloride solution prior to applying a stain. Tri-boro and Wet and Forget, for example.

George Heinze
George Heinze
6 years ago

Do you clean with thinner?

Anne-Marie
Anne-Marie
6 years ago

I just installed a new cedar deck and I was advised to use a stain with paraffinic acid. Is there such a thing? Is paraffinic oil the same thing?

john
john
8 years ago

this article does not state if paraffin solves any of the problems in question as a base of a stain that make up the "ratings" for the products reviewed for the site, and also states no products RELIABLY using %100 paraffin one can go find

Terry
Terry
8 years ago

where can we buy it?

Frank Knight
Frank Knight
9 years ago

How do I make paraffin oil????

Morris
Morris
8 years ago
Reply to  Frank Knight

I'm looking at the same thing

Morris

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