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An excellent product if you follow instructions.
on June 2, 2012
We've been both selling and using this product for quite some time now. To clear up some confusion, this is an acrylic/oil hybrid, not an oil stain. The old Rubbol DEK was an oil solid stain. Rubbol Solid DEK is an acrylic solid stain.
Sikkens provides very detailed preparation and applications instructions for their products and they are there for a reason. The majority of the problems people have with this product and most other deck product are because no one wants to take the time to do the job correctly. If you think you can just slap a coat of paint on the deck and be done you are doomed to failure. The prep work is more important than the actual application.
A few things about stain like this in general.
a)Oil stains are more prone to mildew.
b)Sikkens did NOT discontinue the old oil product due to mildew issues. They did it for VOC regulations. All of these products have mildewcides in them.
c)If you constantly have mildew on your deck then the problem has to do with the environment, not the product. If the mildew comes right off of the stain then the product is doing it's job.
a)You must properly power wash with a product designed to kill any existing mold/mildew spores.
b)You must allow the surface to dry correctly prior to application of the stain.
c)It's always best to coat all six sides of the boards to prevent moisture from getting into the wood and causing peeling. If water gets into the wood it will push any film forming coating off the wood.
a)Don't use film forming products if you don't have proper clearance from the ground for ventilation. Two or three feet of space for air to move is best.