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Penofin Mistakes, Misperceptions & Review

Jun 17, 2013 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Angelene

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.

Penofin don't forget to wipe

  • 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 DecksDirect, 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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Spring Cleaning for Your Deck!

Apr 17, 2013 | Posted in How-to Tips By Angelene

When it Comes to Spring Cleaning, Don’t Forget About Your Deck!

After a long winter, your deck needs some love too. So now that spring is finally here, hit the deck with some of the following ideas….

Penofin Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning Tips

    • Check structural issues such as loose nails or fasteners as well as the connection to the house.
    • Trim excess vegetation from around the deck.
    • Clean debris and dirt from composite, wood, or aluminum deck boards and railing.
    • We don't recommend power-washing, as it tends to strip the wood or composite surface. Instead use a product like Penofin Pro-Tech Cleaner with a brush.
    • Brighten-up wood that has grayed form the sun using

Penofin Pro-Tech Brightener

  • Restain or finish your deck boards.


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Penofin Furniture Restoration Kit

Feb 13, 2013 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Angelene

Penofin Pro-Tech Furniture Restoration

This handy kit combines three great products for the ultimate furniture restoration solution. Bring your outdoor furniture back to life with three easy-to-use products.

Penofin Pro-Tech Wood Prep - Furniture Restoration Kit

Now Available at DecksDirect!

  • Why We Love It - It's a low VOC product that is safe to use around plants and animals.
  • Why It's Unique - It comes in a kit with everything you need to prep your deck furniture for staining.
  • Why You'll Love It - It will make your old, worn-out deck furniture look like new again!


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Penofin Pro-Tech Now Available in Quarts

Feb 12, 2013 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Angelene

Penofin Pro-Tech Complete Wood Care

Penofin's three-step system restores and prepares your wood surface for perfect results! Now you can restore even the smallest of surface with the Penofin Pro-Tech Complete Wood Care Step 1, 2, and 3 in quart sizes.

Penofin Pro-Tech Complete Wood Care

Now Available at DecksDirect!

      • Why We Love It - Whether your wood is new or old, Penofin Pro-Tech can help enhance the woods appearance.
      • Why It's Unique - It's a three-step system that strips, cleans, and brightens.
      • Why You'll Love It - It's safe and easy to use around plants and animals.


Penofin Pro-Tech Complete Wood Care


Penofin, now on display!

Sep 16, 2010 | Posted in Product Spotlights By Angelene


Penofin, now on display at DecksDirect!

Looking at Penofin but not sure what color to choose?

We are happy to send out color samples. Since wood varies, color samples are the best way to see how finishes will look on your particular project. To request color samples just give us a call toll-free at 1-888-824-5316.

If you are in the Minneapolis area, you can stop by and take a look at our show room. 

DecksDirect is excited that we carry the following Penofin products: Penofin Verde, Penofin Ultra Premium Red Label, Penofin Blue Label, Penofin Hardwood, Penofin Knotwood, Penofin Pressure-Treated Wood, Penofin Exterior Marine Oil, Penofin Pro-Tech Complete Wood Care and Penofin First Step Prep for Hardwood.

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