Boat Dock Sealer
Boat Dock Sealer - Use a Penetrating One
I own a 40-foot-long boat dock that has solid cedar flooring panels. The dock is out in the punishing sun late spring, all summer, and early fall.
The dock was last sealed about five years ago and the dock company used a film-forming boat dock sealer.
A film-forming boat dock sealer is the worst because when it fails, and they all fail, it peels like paint. Look at how bad the sealer failed:
How Do You Clean the Boat Dock?
I use certified organic Stain Solver oxygen bleach to clean my dock. The cleaner doesn't poison the lake as chlorine bleach would. Any cleaner that contains sodium hypochlorite is poisonous to a lake, stream, or any vegetation in your yard.
Watch this video to see how to clean a horizontal deck surface or even a railing:
What Boat Dock Sealer Did You Choose?
I decided to try Cabot's Australian Timber Oil. I went with the color Mahogany Flame. It goes on a horrible milky orange-brown color, but dries a deep brown with a tinge of orange or red.
It appears to me, based on its consistency, that it's a penetrating sealer. There's no wording on the label that says it is, but there is an obscure reference to the word stain in the application portion of the instructions.
Here's the boat dock sealer I used: