About Decking Oil and Decking Stain

Decorative Oils & Stains for Protecting your Decking

Decking oils and stains have increased in popularity recently, as more and more people are turning to wooden decking as a way of enhancing their gardens. Those with old decking are looking to bring their weathered decks back to life too, and one way to do this is with a quality decking stain or oil.

Because wood is a natural substance, it will expand and contract (depending on the varying amounts of moisture it absorbs). The expansion can cause cracks and damage to the decking, which of course nobody wants. Water isn’t the only thing that can damage your decking, however. UV rays from natural sun exposure can also have an enormous impact on the appearance of your decking.

With weather having such a big effect on exterior wood, the importance of finding a quality treatment is high.

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What is the Best Decking Oil or Stain?

When it comes to finding the best decking stain or oil, there’s a lot to consider before you go jumping in and buying the wrong product. Consider the look you want to create and the surface you have to work with, and this will help you to choose the best decking stain or oil to suit your needs.

Choosing Exterior Wood Stain and Oil for Decking

Owatrol specialise in quality wood treating products, designed to stabilise damaged timber and woods. They do this by reducing the amount of water the decking absorbs, keeping it healthier and looking better for longer. Various products are available, depending on the state of the exterior wood and the look you want to create. Providing you clean and prepare the surface properly, you will be able to enhance the natural colour of the decking to create a beautiful finish that will also protect your wood through the changing seasons.

Osmo specialise in coloured wood oils, designed to protect and decorate your decking. One of the popular products is Osmo Decking Oil, which produces a satin matt, smooth, non-peel, non-flake surface which resists water and dirt to leave an immaculate finish.

Osmo also manufacture clear decking oil and transparent products, recommended for those of you with exotic woods. 2 coats of decking oil is usually required to achieve the desired finish.

Other products, such as Owatrol Textrol Penetrating Oil, contain special ingredients which protect against against UV damage and moisture. Through the sunny summer months and the wet winter months, decking oils and stains can prove to be very effective when it comes to protecting your outdoor wood.

Decking Oil Colours

No matter what colour you are looking for, when you choose to buy your decking oil from Promain you can rest assured that we have your needs covered. Whether you are looking for Owatrol or Osmo decking oils, you can trust that we have a range of colours for you to choose from. Some of the more popular products that we supply include:

  • Grey decking oil
  • Oak decking oil
  • Dark oak decking oil
  • Natural decking oil

With a wide range of decking oils available from industry leading manufacturers, you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for when you buy from Promain.

Why use Decking Treatment and what is it good for?

The right decking treatment can be used to produce an anti-slip or non-slip finish, helping to make your decking more safe when it is wet. The best decking treatment will also protect your decking from weathering to make sure it looks good all year round.

Promain offer an extensive range of products designed to decorate and protect your decking. We have listed a few of the key products we supply below:

  • Softwood and Hardwood Decking Oil
  • Anti-slip Decking Stains
  • Coloured Decking Oil
  • Decorative Decking Paint
  • Decking Cleaners and Strippers
  • Water Resistant Deck Stain

Staining a Deck

Stains can be used to create different decking colours to match the theme of tour home or garden. From blue decking stain to grey decking stain, we have a range of colourful decking stains available, each with their own colours to choose from.

If you have chosen your product but would like to learn more about applying decking stain or decking oil, we have several resources available below:

The best thing to do is to refer to the product data sheet. This way you can be sure that you are preparing the surface properly for the product in question.


How can we help?

If you need stain for your decking, we have dozens of decking stain colours to choose from to enhance the appearance of your decking. With a number of quality outdoor wood stains available, we are certain your will find what you are looking for within our range of decking oils and stains. Call us for support if you want to speak to someone about applying decking oil or stain to your deck.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you apply Osmo decking oil?

The best way to apply Osmo decking oil is to ensure that the wood is clean and dry. You should use a stiff brush or a lint free cloth if you are applying to furniture, and apply a thin layer to the wood surface along the grain. Should you be looking for a quick and easy application the team at promain recommend using an Osmo 150mm floor brush, this is tailor made for applying oil and stain to decking, allowing the user to apply the finish while standing.

Does decking oil make the surface slippery?

There’s no need to worry about slippery decking when you apply decking oil from Promian. We ensure that we supply anti-slip decking oil to customers throughout the UK. Our anti-slip decking oils are resistant to water and act as a dirt repellent, once the oil is applied the decking will look and be protected against slippery surfaces.

When can I oil new decking?

Here at Promain we recommend that you check this with your decking supplier. Some decking needs to weather for 4-6 weeks before coated, while some timber products require 2-3 months of weathering before decking oil can be applied.

Does decking oil protect the timber?

Yes, decking oil is designed to protect the timber from within. Decking oil is designed to penetrate the surface of the timber, when you apply decking oil you can rest assured that the high concentrations of oil and wax will make the decking resistant to water and dirt, if you are looking for durable and highly maintained decking then be sure to buy decking oil from the team at Promain.

How often should decking oil be applied?

Once you have coated the decking once, it is recommended that you continue to apply decking oil every 6 to 12 months. This will ensure that your decking is receiving regular maintenance and keep it looking its best. Regularly applying decking oil will keep your decking looking good all year round.