This is the Best Exterior Wood Stain Ever Produced
- Up to 800 SF of Coverage on Hardwoods (Ipe, Tigerwood, Cumaru, etc.). Other brands cover 200 - 300 s.f. per gallon.
- Longest Lasting Wood Stain Available in Today's Market
- Marine Grade Components
- Low VOC, All Natural Product
- Use for Both Hardwoods (such as Ipe) and Softwoods
- ExoShield wood stain offers superior protection for exterior wood applications, such as decking, siding and outdoor furniture. Our secret formula protects your project while allowing the natural beauty of your wood to show. Using a proprietary blend of Tung Oil, Fungicide and Trans-oxide pigments, the exclusive marine grade ExoShield formula provides you with long-lasting protection for exterior projects while using only the finest marine grade components. Our installation guides for exterior hardwood decking & siding require that you use an oil-based deck stain, which is why we are proud to offer the very best exterior wood oil stain on the market today.
- $139.00 per Gallon. Covers Approx. 600 - 800 sq. ft.
- $50.00 per Quart. Covers Approx. 150 - 200 sq. ft.
- Gallons and Quarts Ship for Free in the Continental U.S.
ExoShield: Tips, Tricks and FAQ's:
We receive questions all of the time regarding the proper application of our ExoShield wood stain, so here are the answers to this questions.
There are several components that can affect your results when using ExoShield, but if you follow our advice below, you will have beautiful and long-lasting results.
What's the best weather for applying ExoShield and how long after it rains should I wait to apply it?
As many people know, dry weather is absolutely necessary for applying an exterior stain, but unfortunately it's not as simple as just waiting for a single day of sunshine. It's very important that the wood itself is also dry, so we only recommend applying ExoShield only if it hasn't rained for 2-3 days and won't be raining for an additional 1-2 days after application. Ideal temperatures for staining are 50-85 degrees Fahrenheit (or 10-30 degrees Celsius).
When staining in lower temperatures or high humidity it's important to note that ExoShield may take longer to dry, so you'll want to ensure there will be a minimum of at least 48 hours of dry weather after applying. Likewise, in hotter temperatures ExoShield may dry faster. When applying ExoShield in hotter temperatures, we recommend wiping excess oil after 10-15 minutes. Try to avoid the hot afternoon sun when applying.
How should I prepare my deck prior to applying ExoShield?
We recommend using a deck cleaner per the deck cleaner's manufacturer instructions or using a pressure washer (on a low setting) on tropical hardwoods. Please make sure to check our pressure washing disclaimers (on our product information sheet) prior to pressure washing your deck. Either method of cleaning will saturate your decking with moisture and it's extremely important to allow the decking to dry out for the proper amount of time prior to finishing with ExoShield. After cleaning your deck using a hose or pressure washer, you should allow a minimum of 5 days for the wood to fully dry out prior to applying stain (because the cleaning process will saturate your deck with moisture), more than your average rain will. The longer you're able to allow the wood to dry, the better.
How long does ExoShield take to dry?
Full drying and curing times can change depending on your temperature and humidity and the time of year of your application. ExoShield will typically dry within 12-48 hours depending on your temperature and humidity, however the actual curing process is much longer. Tung Oil will cure within the wood once applied, which is its process of hardening over time and will result in the stain’s surface becoming more scratch resistant. The curing process at 70 degrees F can take between two to three weeks, while at 40 to 50 degrees F it may be upwards of 30 days.
Is one coat all you will need and why is wiping off excess oil necessary?
Over-application of ExoShield may cause a number of issues including uneven sheen, peeling, and/or cracking. Typically, the only remedy for over-application is sanding the deck and starting over. In almost all cases, one coat is sufficient. Remember, applying an additional light coat (if needed) is always better and easier than sanding your entire deck and starting over.
Wiping off excess oil 10-30 minutes after applying ExoShield is probably the most important instruction of all. Pretty much all exterior oil-based stain manufacturers will have the same requirement of wiping off excess. Remember, when applying ExoShield in hotter temperatures, we recommend wiping excess oil after only 10-15 minutes - otherwise the oil may start to become tacky and become difficult to wipe off.
If excess is not wiped off, it can create an uneven sheen on parts of the deck. ExoShield is not designed to have a sheen and there's a reason for that. ExoShield is specifically designed to soak into wood and protect the wood from the inside out. High sheen is a prime indication of over-application and will cause the oil to essentially flake and peel off as seasons change because it's sitting on the surface and not within the wood fibers as intended.
Regardless of temperature and sun exposure, ExoShield always needs a good wipe down in order to produce the best possible outcome.
Quick review, you should remember the following:
Moisture can ruin your decks finishing project if not properly noticed because it prevents the oil from soaking into your wood, so making sure that your wood is adequately dry is critical for success! Both weather and temperature play a huge role in when you should finish your deck. Too low temperatures, too high temperatures or too high of a moisture level can change your outcome. Within 20 minutes of application, carefully inspect the surface for excess oil or shiny spots, which indicate over-application. Wipe down these over-applied spots immediately. More is NOT always better, so before going ahead with a second coat, please contact us to see if an additional coat is recommended.
Enjoy your new deck!