Last Updated on January 30, 2023 by Defy Help
2023 Update on Water-Based vs. Oil-Based Decking Stains
Water-Based vs. Oil-Based Decking Stains questions? We appreciate your input, so feel free to leave a comment below and pictures of your completed projects if you have them.
Many people wonder what the advantages are of water-based vs. oil-based stains. Looking at the facts can reveal a lot and they might even surprise you. No doubt oil-based stains have been around the longest. For decades they were the only choice for staining and protecting wood surfaces, and not to take anything away from them. Oil-based stains have done a great job of preserving and protecting the wood for many years. However, water-based stains are now comparable if not better than old oil-based stain formulas due to recent technology.
Water-based stains may have gotten somewhat of a bad rap in the past but with today’s technology, they are hard to ignore. In fact, the evidence is piling up that water-based stains may take the trophy in the battle of water-based vs. oil-based stains. Using breakthrough technology, water-based stains are more durable than oil-based stains. With the light stabilizing innovation of the water-based stain Defy Extreme stain performance is up 600%. Using high-grade resins and a nanoparticle technology mimicking something of sunscreen, this water-based stain reflects harmful UV rays like no other tinted wood finish in its class.
Water-based vs. oil-based stains has another head to head battle when it comes to “fungal growth”. Oil-based stains are actually prone to mold and mildew, which may lead to wood rot…. Yikes! While on the other hand, water-based stains like Defy actually formulate their stain with a zinc additive. Zinc is a natural mildewcide and UV inhibitor making it resistant to fungal growth.
Water-based stains are more eco-friendly and are readily available to ship to all 50 states. Moreover, some oil-based stains cannot be shipped to all 50 states due to VOC laws, and not all oil-based stains are VOC compliant. A water-based stain like Defy is Green Certified. Water-based stains clean up more easily, are more durable, and dry more quickly than oil-based stains. With the latest technology of water-based formulas, it is hard to disagree that water-based vs. oil-based stains is not much of a debate anymore.