Update for 2018: Penofin Ultra Red Label Wood Stain Review
Here at DeckStainHelp.com, we are proud of the fact that we have become the Internet’s number one reference for your deck stain opinions and reviews. We thank you for your continued support. Our customers who have used Penofin Ultra Red Label Wood Stain continue to give mixed reviews. The stain is easy to apply, but is prone to UV damage and turning black down the road. If you have used Penofin Ultra Red Label Wood Stain, we would like to hear what you think, so feel free to leave a comment below and pictures of your completed projects if you have them.
See Here for First Review: Penofin Ultra Red Label Wood Stain Review
Penofin Ultra Premium Red Label wood stain is perfect where rain, wind, snow, or high elevations are encountered. The formula in Ultra Premium Red Label wood stain is the result of extensive testing, and the use of the highest quality ingredients. Penofin wins the “Battle Of The Stains” penetration tests over all competitors and gives longer life to a wood of any species. Easy to apply and simple to maintain.
Penofin Ultra Red Label Wood Stain Scores (1-10)
Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 10
The cedar color on the cedar wood is one of our favorite tints. It does not add too much “orange” as some of the other decking stains we have tested. In our opinion, Penofin stains give one of the best-finished appearances to wood once dry.
Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 5
The Penofin Red Label had lost about 50% of the tint. This was hard to tell as the majority of the stained had blackened in color. The areas that had not darkened (rails and other verticals) showed the most fading.
Wear/Tear and Peeling: 8
Penofin has always had great penetration abilities. This is one of the best characteristics of their stains. Only wearing that showed was water drainage from the gutters above.
Cost Per Square Foot: 7
We used 4 gallons of stain for one coat on the newer cedar decking. The deck sq. footage was a little under 600 sq. feet.
Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 5
The mold was growing in the Penofin Red Label stain. On further inspection, the mold was under “or” in the stain. About 50% of the stain had mold growing even though the deck was in full sun.
Ease of Application: 7
The application is easy with Penofin. The issue is the smell during application. It has a very strong odor and the homeowner complained that it did not go away for a few weeks after we finished.
Color Shifting (darkening) after 2 Years: 2
Turned a dark dirty looking brown color after a couple of years.
Difficulty of Reapplication: 8
One thing we have found as contractors is that Penofin is easily removable with a deck stain stripper. Just apply and lightly pressure wash off. All of the old dark Penofin stain will come off without issues. Apply a brightener when done.
Overall Score Penofin Ultra Red Label Wood Stain at 2 Year Period: 6.5
Looks great and applies easily. Unfortunately, it turns a dark color from the UV radiation. Our test results on this review were slightly lower than the first that was completed in 2008. We have found that Penofin has shown a history of the stain turning black.
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Cost: $47.99 per Gallon, $224.99 per 5 Gallon Pail
Stain Type: Semi-Transparent – Rosewood Oil-Based
Available Colors: Clear, Cedar, Western Red Cedar, Sable, Chestnut, Sierra, Redwood, Bark, Hickory, Mission Brown
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coats Required: 1 Coat.
Coverage Per Gallon: 200+
Application Tools: Sprayer, Pad, Brush, Roller
Dry Time: 4-12 Hours
Cleanup: Mineral Spirits
VOC Compliant: 250 Compliant in all States
Test Deck Stats:
When Tested: Applied 2011 and Reviewed Summer 2013
Deck Wood Type: Newer Cedar Decking
Deck Square Footage: 600 Square feet
UV Exposure: Full sun. South Exposure.
How Many Years Tested: 2 Years
Stain Color Used: Cedar
*All products tested and results are from our experience as wood restoration contractors. We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take in consideration that results may differ due to different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, and natural weathering.