OILING AND STAINING
Now that your deck is sanded and clean you can complete the optional final step and finish your deck. If you choose to let deck age naturally to a patina color, we still recommend you apply one application of a finish. Due to the density and tight grain of Black Locust, many finishes and oils will not work on it, leaving the wood with a sticky feel. So we set out to develop blends specially made for Black Locust that combine all natural ingredients into a very low VOC finish. These same finishes will work on all species.
Robi® Oil is a tung oil based finish combining citrus solvent and pine needle resin. All ingredients are all natural with zero VOCs. The oil brings out the natural beauty and grain detail of the wood, dries quickly, and also contains natural UV inhibitors to delay aging. The great thing about Robi® Oil, is that when the wood needs to re-finished after 1 to 5 years, depending on the environment, all you have to do is a simple clean and just re-apply. No sanding. No striping of the old finish.
Robi® Blend (medium brown tint) and Robi® Patina Now (light grey tint) are water based finishes. Since the formula is water based, it contains less than 2% VOCs. Both offer long lasting, deep penetrating protection. Blend and Patina Now are formulated with aliphatic polyurethane for exterior and interior surfaces to create a formula that increases abrasion resistance and provides additional UV protection to the semi transparent stains. The formula is easy to apply, dries quickly, and stains the wood. When the wood needs to re-finished after 1 to 5 years, depending on the environment, all you have to do is a simple clean and just re-apply. No sanding. No striping of the old finish.