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One TIME Wood Protector is unique protection that is a proven long-lasting, low maintenance alternative to conventional wood stains for Docks and Marinas. This unique wood protector eliminates the frequent and difficult maintenance characteristics of most acrylic stains and oil finishes.

There are some good quality oil stains available, but they are still oil stains. Oils dry out in the sun, and have a pretty short life. Most oil stains contain linseed oil, which greatly contributes to mildew growth and darkening over time. Harsh chemicals or bleaches are usually required for maintenance. Frequent maintenance after several years can lead to darkening and buildup in many cases. That can lead to the need to strip. That creates a bad situation when we are on docks or boardwalks over water.

We prefer One TIME Wood Protector for docks, decks, logs, and siding when the structure is near water. No harsh chemicals are needed for future maintenance, and One TIME never leads to stripping.

Oil based deck stains generally last about a year or two in heavy sun. Most widely sold oil stains contain linseed oil, which contributes to mildew growth. Oils get dry, then begin to release pigment. Then it holds moisture, and so on..Repeated maintenance coats with oils lead to darkening and eventual stripping. Most oils sell in the $25-$30/ gal range and cover about 100-150 square feet per gallon. Repeated use of oils, most times, will lead to eventual costly chemical stripping at some point.

Acrylic and water based stains sound great for the environment. Unfortunately most of the acrylics tend to build a film with repeated maintenance coats as required every couple of years. . Color buildup and eventual spot-peeling lead to the need to strip. Unfortunately, most available deck strippers are not effective at removing failed acrylic stains. Most acrylics sell between $30 and $50 per gal, and coverage ranges from 100-200 square feet per gallon. If you have to strip an acrylic, as many do, it is quite difficult and costly.

These common problems with most stains can be avoided by using One TIME Wood Protector. There is no solvent in One TIME. There is no water in One TIME. Nothing evaporates. All the product stays in the wood. That is why it is expensive. The sun cures the resin into the wood and locks in the pigment for UV protection. One TIME never builds a film, and cannot peel. One TIME sells in the $75-$85/ gal range and covers around 300 square feet per gallon, depending on the surface. One Time requires only a mild detergent wash before recoating every few years. No bleaches or harsh chemicals EVER. The biggest difference between OneTIME and most conventional wood sealers is the longevity between maintenance coats. One TIME yields the lowest cost per year (labor, material) compared to all other products we have tested.

I know we sound biased, but we get hundreds of questions from clients across the country who are getting disappointing results from practically every deck care product you have seen advertised, or sold at the big boxes and company stores.

We have never had a client switch from One TIME. We have helped thousands switch to it.

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"NEW CEDAR AND REDWOOD decking needs to be naturally weathered a few months before applying One TIME®.  Choose Red Cedar or Clove Brown for the best performance on any cedar and redwood."

Important: One TIME is for bare wood only. Other wood protection products must be completely removed before applying One TIME®. Some water-based stains are difficult to strip, and may require additional measures to remove.

If One TIME Wood Protector is unable to soak into prepared wood, please consider a different product.

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One TIME® can be used on virtually any exterior wood:

  • New or old wood
  • Pressure treated or natural wood

We have tested numerous products over the years, and One TIME® is the closest to the perfect deck, fence, and log home care product we have found. This is the longest-lasting, lowest maintenance product we have tested. Please contact us for details about our experience with this product.

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