On my last house I tried to get out of this task by replacing my 10 year old split/cracked deck floor boards with choice deck (composite) from Lowes. Black mold developed within a year and told me that spending 3 to 4 times the cost of a wood deck board was not necessarily the solution to a no maintenance outdoor deck. Now, at my new house I am going with plain old pressure treated wood. The question is what kind of finish do you think is best? what has worked for you and how often do you have to treat your deck?
Since I dabble in furniture making I have also had to educate myself on wood finishes. In that endeavor I found I liked Tung Oil and how easy it is to use and apply. Only thing is it is hard to find these days and now very expensive. Anyone used Exterior Tung Oil finish on PT wood outdoors before. What about Thompsons Water Sealer and all the others? What are they made of anyhow?
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