In our last post, we highlighted the ability of Boysen Xyladecor to bring out the natural beauty of wood. 

We received an enormous amount of inquiries when we posted the said article. One question was about the difference between Boysen Xyladecor and Boysen Oil Wood Stain, a similar product. For this type of question, we always consult our Technical team so we can give you a clear and accurate answer. Which is why for this post, we’re going to talk technical about the differences of these two products.

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So what’s the difference between the two?

Boysen Xyladecor is a solvent-based, deep-penetrating type of stain that combines decorative, water repellent and wood preserving properties in one product. On the other hand, Boysen Oil Wood Stain is a solvent-based stain that adds freshness and color to any wooden surface as it provides superior protection. Both products give any type of wood a fresher appeal but only one can be used outside. The primary difference between the two is that Xyladecor is intended for both interior and exterior wooden surfaces while Oil Wood stain is formulated to protect only interior woodworks such as cabinets, furniture, paneling.

They also require two totally different systems. While Xyladecor is a stand-alone stain, which means you can use it without a topcoat, Oil Wood Stain is used in tandem with BOYSEN Varnish products such as Boysen Lacquer and Hudson Timbercoat to maximize its effectiveness. Another thing that tells the two products apart is the price difference. Boysen made sure that their products are priced competitively vis-a-vis market prices, without having to sacrifice its quality. Just take a look at Oil Wood Stain which you can use as a cost-effective alternative to Xyladecor, except that the former is only to be used for interior surfaces.

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We’ve already promoted the best features of Boysen Xyladecor. Click here to read the article.  Let’s discuss more about Boysen Oil Wood Stain and how you can use it to help build your dream wooden flooring or rejuvenate your antique furniture.

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How to use Boysen Oil Wood Stain

Before going through the process, prepare the surface properly to avoid future troubles. Sand surface until it is smooth to the touch and no shards or rough edges remain. Make sure that the surface isn’t previously varnished since the stain won’t be able to penetrate it. Hammer all nails deep enough to apply putty. Dust off the surface afterward then wipe with a clean rag. If repainting, remove all paint first by wire brushing or scraping then proceed with the process.

Open grain wood can be filled with BOYSEN Natural Wood Paste Filler B-60 using a putty knife. You can tint the filler with stain to match your desired shade. Allow the filler to set for 15 minutes then rub off excess across the grain. Let it dry overnight.

Once done with all the preparations which might take a whole day, apply Boysen Oil Wood Stain to your bare wood without primers or undercoats. Lightly brush or wipe over once along the grain to remove excess material until the surface is totally dry. Drying takes eight hours or longer so plan your day ahead. Recoat for a darker shade.

If you’re having a hard time choosing which paint to use as topcoat, follow this link and let Boysen help you. Just fill out the necessary information about your wooden surface including the type of surface and its current condition.

Available colors

Boysen Oil Wood Stain Available Colors

Friendly reminder: It is important to know that wood stains such as Boysen Oil Wood Stain and Boysen Xyladecor can only do so much in enhancing the natural beauty of the wood. The final result still depends on the type of wood you’re using. It is always recommended to test the stain first on a small area to ensure that the final color achieved is as desired.

We love talking to you about paint. Use the comment section below to ask what you want to know about our products. You may also call us at (02) 363-9738 local 417 to 418 during office hours and get real-time tips and suggestions from our friendly and reliable Technical Team.


Jess is a copywriter who brushes up on her paint knowledge daily. Together with Boysen professionals, she makes the technical stuff easier to digest. When she’s not writing, she searches the internet for the latest dessert bar.


  1. Ding mercado Reply

    Can i request tutorial video or letter on how i learn proper varnish from putty up yo clear gloss. Thank you so much

    • Thank you for your message and for following us at Let it B. Here is a reply from our technical team.

      Regarding your inquiry, we hope you don’t mind us clarifying:
      1. What is the purpose of the wood to which the varnish will be applied to (ex: wall / floor / cabinet / table)?
      2. Is it exposed to sunlight?
      3. As of the moment, does the wooden surface have any existing coating on it? If yes, may we know what specific paint or varnish has been used and if it is still in good condition (ex: no flaking)?

      Please call this number (02) 8363-9738 local 417 to 418 during office hours and talk to our Technical Team directly so you will have things cleared up faster.

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