The Penofin Review - What you need to know & why we love it!


DecksDirect has been selling and using Penofin Stains for over 4 years. With our knowledge and experience, we can help clear up some common mistakes and misperceptions while sharing why we love Penofin Stains.  Whether you are a seasoned professional or do-it-yourselfer, we can give you the know-how to minimize mistakes so you get fantastic results.

The Difference

Penofin is different from other stains on the market because it doesn't sit on the surface, it penetrates deep into the wood, protecting it from the inside out.  Penofin is made from Brazilian Rosewood Oil that enhances the look of the wood while preventing mold and mildew.

Common Mistakes

We don’t like to admit it, but even the best of us breeze past the instructions from time to time.  It is always recommended to read Penofin instructions thoroughly before application, but we’ve compiled notes on a few common mistakes and mishaps to look out for.

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  • Forgetting to Wipe: This is the most common mistake people make with Penofin. If the surface is sticky, shiny, or dark, chances are you forgot to wipe off the excess oil. This mistake is easily remedied by cleaning the surface with Penofin Pro-Tech Cleaner – Step #2 and allowing the wood to dry before applying a light coat of Penofin, remembering to wipe the surface this time.
  • Not Soaking Rags: As the instructions state, any rags or cloths that have come in contact with Penofin Oil must be soaked in water. If you do not, the rags may spontaneously combust (burst into flames).
  • Not Using Brightener on New Wood: Wood contains extractives such as tannins, which can migrate to the surface and cause discoloration. This black coloring is often mistaken for mildew. This bleeding is much more common with new wood, so it is recommended to use Penofin Pro-Tech Brightener – Step #3 on all new wood before applying Penofin stain.



Common Misperceptions

Recurring misunderstandings can give products a bad rap. But with a little bit more knowledge, these misperceptions can be corrected to restore Penofin’s good name.

Penofin turned the deck black  – If your deck turned black after applying Penofin, chances are it’s not actually Penofin’s fault. As explained above, it is probably because the Penofin wasn’t properly wiped after application or the naturally-occurring tannins in the wood have crept to the surface. Refer to the remedies above for the best solutions.

Thinking it will last forever – Just like wood, Penofin stain does not last forever. On average, you can expect Penofin to perform for 9-24 months on horizontal surfaces and 2-5 years on vertical surfaces. Many times for new wood, especially dense hardwoods like IPE, Penofin may need to be applied twice in the first year.

Our Review

At, we carry the highest quality brands and products, so you can trust that when you shop with us you are choosing from the best stain and sealer on the market. We know that Penofin is the top choice when it comes to wood oil, which is why we use it ourselves and don’t hesitate to recommend it to our customers.  Penofin stain is easy to apply and clean-up, and gives wonderful results that protect and enhance woods natural appearance.

Five Star Review for PenofinPenofin gets a five out of five stars from DecksDirect!

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