what are people’s thoughts on weather to oil or stain a new treated pine deck,I was going to oil but reading a few forums I am leaning towards stain now,woundering what you guys prefer
You might find this information from Cabots interesting about why there's no clear (colourless) decking oils. They say the reason all exterior decking oils have pigment (stain) in them is due to the colour being the component which provides protection from Australia’s harsh Ultra-Violet radiation. Screening out UV helps to protect the timber surface, and prevent degradation. Bare timber left in the sun will go grey and eventually cup, crack and splinter.
I'm sure other community members will be happy to make suggestions, but you might also find these previous discussions useful:
When did the new deck go down?
Here is my recent treated pine deck story.
I used Cabots Aquadeck merbau colour on my new treated pine deck. I followed all the rules of aging, sanding, cleaning etc before hand and after 2 coats it was bright orange. I hated it! I had to put a different darker stain over the top to tone it down. I found out afterwards on other forums of other people who had orange deck complaints. Maybe I should have tried doing a test piece first. I think treated pine being a very light timber you just have to be careful with the end colour you want. Hope it all comes out good for you and enjoy your new deck.
How long did your darker stain last @Stuardo? I'm curious as to whether a lighter or a darker stain is longer lasting. You would think that darker is more heat and more likely to suffer from the sun, but then the reason why the manufacturers don't do really light or clear stains is that there's no UV protection...
MartyH It's only been stained about 4 months and I have since had a patio cover built over the deck so the sun won't be a factor any more.