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Deck renewal project

aza
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Re: Deck renewal project

Hi Jason I have the same deck on my property and its only 18 mth old and needs recoating we used an oil first time . It looked amazing first time but when rain splashed on it , it stained it and discoloured  can we use something else this time after we prepare it like a varnish perhaps? 

thank you 

azzah

Community Manager Jason
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Re: Deck renewal project

Hi @aza,

 

Welcome to Workshop. I trust you will find plenty of great advice and inspiration for your projects from our community members. 

 

It sounds like you were unlucky with the rain first time around. How soon did it rain after you had applied the oil? In the case of the product I used, Intergrain says you shouldn't apply if rain or dew is expected within four hours, but that full curing can take a week. 

 

The decking oil manufacturers, and I'm sure most Workshop community members, will tell you that you won't get a great result if you do a recoat with another product unless you sand back to bare timber. They will also tell you that it's not uncommon to need to do a new maintenance recoat in 12-24 months. Do you know what product you used first time around? I'd also suggest you don't use anything that isn't especially made for decks, which typically cop a beating from the likes of the sun, foot traffic, assorted pots and outdoor furniture.  

 

I'm looking forward to hearing from other Workshop members on this topic.

 

Jason

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srjh
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Re: Deck renewal project

Like aza I'm looking at redoing a merbau deck after about 18 months. We used the Cabot's Ultradeck and probably did several things wrong along the way with prep, etc. and didn't get good penetration, and it's also coping poorly with the sort of wear and tear you'd expect from a deck. I'm thinking about stripping/sanding it back and starting again.

Is there much of a difference in quality between brands? If the Intergrain Ultradeck is any better, I'll go with that once the Cabot's is removed.

Two of the major staining problems I've had are from dog urine (this seems to turn the merbau very dark initially, then lightens as if it stripped the coating) and a gas cylinder (leaving very dark black rust marks deep in the merbau itself). Any ideas for these? I think the urine stains will disappear when stripped back, but would prefer the coating to tolerate further accidents, but the black rust stains seem resistant to even significant sanding.

Love the natural timber look at first, but it's looking like much more trouble than I thought.
Community Manager Jason
Community Manager

Re: Deck renewal project

Thanks for joining in the discussion @srjh, and thanks for joining the community. I'm confident you'll find it is a source of great inspiration for your projects, as well as helpful information and advice. 

 

It might help community members if you could upload some photos of your deck so we can see it's condition and suggest next steps. I hope members might also have some dog training tips for you to help avoid accidents in future.  

 

Cabot's Aquadeck is a Dulux product and considered their "good" option, while Feast Watson is better and the Integrain range their best. 

 

Jason

 

 

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srjh
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Re: Deck renewal project

 

Thanks, Jason.

 

I've stripped back some of the stain, but the gas cylinder mark is particularly pronounced and very deep - see below (it's more pronounced with stain on top).

 

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Turns out it was actually Feast Watson's Wet Look that I used, and I thought I'd have another go at applying.

 

Which was an absolute disaster! The stain dried to the lambswool applicator pretty much immediately, so instead of the smooth application I got last time, I was smearing and dragging gummy dried stain all over the deck, and will have to sand back yet again to remove it.

 

Guess this just isn't for me...

Community Manager Jason
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Re: Deck renewal project

So sorry to hear about your latest experience @srjh. It sounds like the weather was too hot, causing the stain to dry too quickly. Was that the case? 

 

Jason

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srjh
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Re: Deck renewal project

It must have been too hot. We actually checked the temperature (25), well under the 35 recommended, but it must have been too hot in direct sun. Didn't waste too much stain, but will be a fair bit of effort removing it and doing it again.

 

 

Community Manager Jason
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Re: Deck renewal project

Visitors to this popular discussion might be interested in reading the Top 10 Most Popular Deck Projects on Workshop - see https://www.workshop.com.au/t5/Blog/Top-10-Most-Popular-Deck-Projects/ba-p/21836

 

Please let us know if you need a hand with your deck.

 

Jason

 

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chrismeli
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Re: Deck renewal project

Hi thanks for really helpful information, what colour or type of oil did you use on your deck?

 

I am about to embark on a deck renewal project and will be my first try (first home buyer)

 

Fingers crossed all goes well

 

Thanks 

Community Manager Jason
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Re: Deck renewal project

Glad that the posts were helpful @chrismeliI used Intergrain Ultradeck Merbau. Good luck with your project. Please let us know if you need a hand with anything.

 

Let me also extend a very warm welcome to the Workshop community. It's fantastic to have you join us. Feel free to post if you ever have a home improvement question or something to share with the community. And please let me know if you ever need help getting the most from the site.

 

Jason

 

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