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Key Features:

  • Translucent Finish: Allows the natural texture and grain of the wood to shine through, enhancing its organic beauty.
  • Advanced All-Weather Protection: Engineered to withstand rain, sun, and temperature fluctuations, ensuring long-lasting durability.
  • Deep Penetration: Particularly beneficial for hardwood surfaces, providing robust protection and enriched, vibrant color.

Woodluxe® Oil-Based Waterproofing Exterior Stain + Sealer

Woodluxe® Oil-Based Waterproofing Exterior Stain + Sealer is a revolutionary product from Benjamin Moore, designed to provide ultimate protection while showcasing the natural beauty of wood. For those seeking deep penetration and durability in their wood staining projects, the oil-based formula of Woodluxe® stands out as an exceptional choice.

Features of Woodluxe Oil-Based Stain

Woodluxe® Oil-Based Stain offers a range of features that set it apart in the competitive market of exterior wood stains. Let's delve into the key characteristics that make this product a top choice for homeowners and professionals alike.

Translucent Finish

One of the standout features of Woodluxe® is its translucent finish. This quality allows the natural texture and grain of the wood to shine through, enhancing the wood's organic beauty. Unlike opaque stains that cover the wood’s natural look, Woodluxe® enhances and showcases it. 

Advanced All-Weather Protection

The oil-based formula of Woodluxe® offers superior protection against various weather conditions. This stain is engineered to withstand rain, sun, and temperature fluctuations, ensuring long-lasting durability. The advanced all-weather protection means your wood surfaces are shielded from the elements, reducing the risk of damage and extending the life of the stain. This feature is particularly beneficial in regions with harsh weather conditions. For example, a client’s outdoor patio, which we stained with Woodluxe®, remained pristine and protected through intense summer heat and winter storms, demonstrating the stain’s robust weather resistance.

Specific Advantages for Hardwood

While Woodluxe® is an excellent choice for all types of wood, it offers particular benefits for hardwood surfaces.

Deep Penetration

One of the significant advantages of the oil-based stain is its ability to penetrate deeply into hardwood. This deep penetration provides robust protection by getting into the wood fibers, which helps to prevent moisture from entering and causing damage. For hardwood surfaces, this means not only better protection but also an enriched, more vibrant color. 

Enhanced Durability

The oil-based properties of Woodluxe® make it especially effective for high-traffic areas or exterior surfaces exposed to severe conditions. This enhanced durability ensures that the stained wood can withstand the wear and tear of daily use without losing its aesthetic appeal. For instance, a hardwood deck that sees a lot of foot traffic or an exterior staircase exposed to the elements will benefit significantly from the durability of Woodluxe®. One of our clients had a heavily-used mahogany deck, and after applying Woodluxe®, the deck not only looked stunning but also remained durable and intact despite frequent use and harsh weather conditions.

Woodluxe® Oil-Based Waterproofing Exterior Stain + Sealer - Translucent

Color Options and Visual Appeal

When it comes to enhancing the natural beauty of wood with a durable and protective finish, Woodluxe® Oil-Based Waterproofing Exterior Stain + Sealer from Benjamin Moore stands out. This premium product not only offers superior protection but also provides a range of color options to suit various design preferences and architectural styles.

Variety of ColorsWoodluxe® comes in seven ready-mix colors, each designed to enhance the natural grain and texture of the wood. These colors cater to a wide array of design aesthetics, from traditional to contemporary, ensuring there's a perfect match for every project. The available colors include:

  1. Natural: Ideal for those who want to preserve the original color of their wood while adding a protective layer.
  2. Cedar: Adds a warm, reddish tone that is perfect for a rustic or traditional look.
  3. Redwood: Offers a deeper red hue, providing a rich, luxurious finish.
  4. Mahogany: Brings out the darker, more sophisticated tones in the wood, suitable for elegant and formal settings.
  5. Teak: A classic choice that imparts a golden-brown shade, enhancing the wood's natural warmth.
  6. Walnut: Provides a deep, rich brown color that adds a touch of luxury and refinement.
  7. Gray: Perfect for modern and contemporary designs, offering a sleek, stylish look.

These colors are designed to highlight the wood’s natural grain, adding depth and character to your projects.Consistency in ColorOne of the standout features of Woodluxe® is its consistency in color from one batch to the next. This ensures reliable and uniform results, which is crucial for larger projects. Whether you're staining a small deck or a large wooden façade, you can trust that each application will match seamlessly. At Lightmen Painting, we’ve used Woodluxe® for various projects and have consistently been impressed with the uniformity and richness of the colors.

Application Tips and Techniques

Achieving the best results with Woodluxe® Oil-Based Stain involves following proper application methods and understanding the optimal conditions for its use. Here are some expert tips to help you get a flawless finish.

Application Methods

  1. Brushing: Use a high-quality natural bristle brush for applying Woodluxe®. This method allows for precise application and ensures the stain penetrates deeply into the wood. Brush in the direction of the wood grain to avoid streaks and ensure even coverage.
  2. Rolling: For larger surfaces, using a roller can save time. Choose a roller with a medium nap to hold an adequate amount of stain without causing drips. After rolling, back-brush the surface to ensure the stain is evenly distributed and penetrates well into the wood grain.
  3. Spraying: Spraying is another efficient method, especially for large or intricate surfaces. Use an airless sprayer for best results. After spraying, always back-brush to eliminate any excess and ensure even penetration.

Proper Preparation

Before applying Woodluxe®, proper surface preparation is essential:

  1. Clean the Surface: Remove any dirt, mildew, or old stain. Use a wood cleaner or a mixture of water and mild detergent. Rinse thoroughly and let the wood dry completely.
  2. Sand the Wood: Lightly sand the surface to smooth out any rough areas and open up the wood grain. This helps the stain penetrate more effectively.
  3. Test the Stain: Apply the stain on a small, inconspicuous area to ensure you’re happy with the color and finish before proceeding with the entire project.

Weather Considerations

Applying Woodluxe® under the right weather conditions is crucial for optimal results:

  1. Temperature: The best temperature range for applying an oil-based stain is between 50°F and 90°F. Avoid staining in extreme heat or cold, as these conditions can affect the drying and curing process.
  2. Humidity: Moderate humidity levels are ideal. High humidity can slow down the drying process, while low humidity can cause the stain to dry too quickly, leading to uneven coverage.
  3. Rain: Ensure there is no rain forecast for at least 24-48 hours after application. Rain can wash away the fresh stain and ruin the finish.

In Our Experience:

"Woodluxe® Oil-Based Stain has consistently delivered exceptional results. I remember a project where we used this stain on a heavily-used mahogany deck. The deep penetration and durability of Woodluxe® not only enhanced the wood's rich color but also provided robust protection against frequent use and harsh weather conditions. The client was thrilled with the outcome, as their deck remained beautiful and intact despite the elements. This project reinforced the value of choosing a high-quality, oil-based stain for lasting beauty and protection."

Comparing Oil-Based vs. Water-Based Stains

When choosing a stain for your exterior wood projects, understanding the differences between oil-based and water-based stains is crucial. Woodluxe® Oil-Based Waterproofing Exterior Stain + Sealer from Benjamin Moore offers unique advantages, but how does it compare to water-based alternatives? Let's explore the performance differences and use case scenarios to help you make an informed decision.

Performance Differences


Oil-based stains, like Woodluxe®, penetrate deeply into the wood, providing a rich, durable finish that enhances the natural grain. They are typically easier to apply on rough or porous surfaces, making them ideal for older or weathered wood. In contrast, water-based stains tend to sit on the surface, which can sometimes lead to a less durable finish. However, water-based stains dry faster and have lower VOC (volatile organic compound) levels, making them more environmentally friendly.

Drying Times

Oil-based stains have longer drying times, which allows for a more uniform finish and better absorption into the wood. This can be beneficial in achieving a consistent look, especially on larger projects. On the other hand, water-based stains dry quickly, which can be advantageous when you need to complete a project in a shorter time frame but requires more precision to avoid lap marks.

Overall Finish

Oil-based stains like Woodluxe® provide a more vibrant, glossy finish that highlights the wood’s natural beauty. They are known for their durability and longevity, making them an excellent choice for high-traffic areas or surfaces exposed to harsh weather conditions. Water-based stains offer a more matte finish and are easier to clean up with soap and water. They are less prone to mold and mildew growth, making them suitable for humid environments.

Use Case Scenarios

When to Use Oil-Based Stains

Oil-based stains are ideal for projects where deep penetration and long-lasting protection are priorities. For example, if you're staining a hardwood deck, fence, or siding, an oil-based stain like Woodluxe® is preferable due to its ability to withstand heavy use and severe weather conditions. The rich, vibrant finish it provides can also enhance the aesthetic appeal of high-visibility areas.

When to Use Water-Based Stains

Water-based stains are a better choice for projects where quick drying times and lower VOC emissions are important. These stains are suitable for smaller projects, indoor applications, or environments where ventilation might be an issue. They are also easier to clean up, making them a good option for DIY enthusiasts who prefer a more straightforward application process.

User Experiences and Case Studies

Customer Testimonials

Woodluxe® Oil-Based Stain has garnered positive feedback from users who appreciate its performance and finish quality. One customer shared, “I used Woodluxe® on my cedar deck, and the results were outstanding. The stain brought out the natural beauty of the wood, and even after a year of exposure to harsh weather, it still looks fantastic.”Another user mentioned, “The deep penetration of the oil-based stain really made a difference on my weathered oak fence. It not only revitalized the wood but also provided a durable barrier against the elements.”

Before and After Comparisons

Before and after comparisons highlight the transformative power of Woodluxe®. For instance, a client with a weathered mahogany deck saw a significant improvement after using Woodluxe®. The deck went from dull and faded to rich and vibrant, with the natural wood grain beautifully accentuated. These visual examples underscore the aesthetic and protective benefits of choosing an oil-based stain.

Woodluxe® Oil-Based Waterproofing Exterior Stain + Sealer stands out for its deep penetration, durability, and rich finish. It is particularly suited for high-quality, long-lasting exterior wood protection, making it an ideal choice for homeowners looking to enhance and preserve their outdoor wood surfaces.


If you're considering a stain for your next exterior wood project, explore the benefits of Woodluxe® Oil-Based Stain. Its protective features and aesthetic flexibility make it a top choice for any wood staining project. Visit Lightmen Painting to purchase the stain, view color samples, and get professional advice on your staining needs. 

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People Also Ask:

What are the benefits of using Woodluxe Oil-Based Stain on exterior wood surfaces?

Woodluxe Oil-Based Stain offers deep penetration, advanced all-weather protection, and a rich, translucent finish that enhances the natural beauty of wood, making it ideal for high-traffic and weather-exposed areas.

How does Woodluxe Oil-Based Stain compare to water-based stains?

Oil-based stains like Woodluxe penetrate deeper, provide a more durable finish, and offer better protection against the elements. In contrast, water-based stains dry faster, have lower VOC levels, and are easier to clean up.

What colors are available in the Woodluxe Oil-Based Stain range?

Woodluxe Oil-Based Stain is available in seven colors: Natural, Cedar, Redwood, Mahogany, Teak, Walnut, and Gray. These colors are designed to enhance the natural grain and texture of wood.


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  • Woodluxe® Oil-Based Stain: A premium exterior wood stain and sealer by Benjamin Moore, designed for deep penetration and durability.
  • Translucent Finish: A finish that allows the natural wood grain and texture to be visible, enhancing the wood's natural beauty.
  • All-Weather Protection: The ability of a stain to withstand various weather conditions, protecting the wood from rain, sun, and temperature changes.
  • Deep Penetration: The characteristic of an oil-based stain to absorb deeply into the wood, providing superior protection.
  • Durability: The longevity and resilience of the stain in withstanding wear, tear, and environmental conditions.
  • Hardwood: Dense wood types like mahogany, oak, and teak, which benefit significantly from deep-penetrating stains.
  • Natural Grain: The unique patterns and textures inherent to wood, highlighted by translucent stains.
  • VOC Levels: Volatile organic compounds present in stains, with lower levels being more environmentally friendly.
  • Color Options: The variety of colors available in the Woodluxe® stain range, designed to enhance the wood's appearance.
  • Application Methods: Techniques for applying the stain, including brushing, rolling, and spraying, to achieve optimal results.

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