How To Protect Your Deck

Timber Deck Care

How To Protect Your Deck

As Christmas grows near, we start preparing our homes for the ultimate Christmas get-together.  And this year, as crazy as it has been many Christmas celebrations will be held outdoors so we can make sure we get to see as many family members as possible, given government regulations.  Preparing your outdoor space and the main bathroom are usually top of mind for most homeowners. Hardware and General can help you get your home ready with all the products and know-how you need to get ready for Christmas.

Starting with the great Australian deck!

The harsh Australian sun and cold and damp weather conditions can wreak havoc on timber decks, but there are a few steps you can take to protect your timber deck against the Australian elements. Firstly identify if your deck requires protection. If water beads on the surface, you may not need to recoat this winter. Sprinkle water on a section of your deck. If your deck absorbs water, is worn in sections or has black spots, the deck will require recoating to prevent further deterioration. In this article, you will find:

NOTE: You must follow the instructions for preparation, application and cleanup provided with the product you choose to use. The following list and article is a guide only. Please note that the requirements and process will vary between products. 

  • Lambswool decking applicator
  • Replacement cover
  • Brush for edges & ends
  • Decking oil tray -wide & deep
  • Wide masking tape
  • Plastic cover sheets
  • Safety goggles
  • Disposable gloves
  • Bucket for the cleanup
  • Mineral Turpentine (if using oil)
  • Sandpaper – if required
  • High-Pressure cleaner – if required
  • Decking Cleaner /Prep agent
  • Decking oil – or stain
  • Can of tint if required

Let’s Get Started

Product Selection

There are many brands of decking stains and oils, and each one has unique properties that may or may not suit the timber, age or condition of your deck. If you are unsure always speak to a Hardware & General Paint specialist.

Top 4 timber coating brands for your deck available from Hardware & General Paint Specialists

Today we have chosen to work with reliable brands selected by professionals; Cutek, Sikkens, Intergrain & Cabot’s as shown in the picture above. You will find a selection of decking videos on our YouTube Channel.

When calculating the coverage, be sure to include any stairs or matching timber work. It’s easier to recoat these at the same time. Doing this will help the coating weather similar to your deck.

Prepare the working area

  1. Clear everything from your deck, all furniture, pots, debris, hoses, so there is absolutely nothing on the floor.
  2. Before you commence, prepare the surface. Proper preparation is the key to great results.
  3. Cover edges of the house, glass fences, balustrade posts and anything else you prefer not to damage with timber coating product. (as you would for painting edges in a room).
A strong bristle broom for cleaning your deck

Prepare the timber

  1. Evaluate the level of preparation required. Perform the water absorption test mentioned above.
  2. Knockdown any nails or screws that have worked their way loose.
  3. Fill any holes with a matching timber putty if required.
Left -timbers are ready to absorb coating, Right: Not ready for coating

Clean The Timbers

  1. Previously painted or varnished timbers require sanding or application of paint stripper to remove previous treatments and flaking surface.
  2. For decks which have been previously stained or oiled, prepare them with a deck cleaning agent and a scrubbing broom. In some cases, you may need to spot clean or apply a second covering of cleaner. You will find a list of specific timber cleaners in our materials list.
  3. Apply a coating of timber cleaner as per the directions on the can. (our product recommendations are below). Using a stiff-bristled broom scrub out stubborn stains to remove dust, oil, dirt, wax, grease and tannins before sealing.
  4. Remove greasy spots with mineral turpentine and clean cloth before preceding.
  5. Spot test the timber surface to see if the water is absorbed. If so, it is ready for coating. If water beads, then it requires another clean.
Use a high-pressure water cleaner for best results

Apply the coating

A decking applicator gives you the best finish. Ensure you have a spare cover and keep debris away from the lambswool. If using paint, then apply with a decking roller.

  1. Read the instruction for application on the product can you are using. If unsure, be sure to check the manufactures website or call a Hardware & General Specialist.
  2. Stir the sealer with a flat, clean paint stirrer ensuring to lift sealer from the bottom of the can. Rember to stir and active the coating every 20 minutes when applying.
  3. Pour sealer into the applicator tray.
  4. Cut-In around edges with a brush in around the walls, borders, railing posts,
  5. Using the lambswool applicator, broom on coating. Take care near the edges and work up and down boards, not across.
  6. Try and cover the full length of 2-3 boards at a time, working with the grain. If you need to break the line, try to do so where there is a natural break like a door or window.
  7. Apply a second coat and allow it to completely dry, as per instructions on the container.
Cut in around the borders and edges
Use a lambswool applicator for a premium finish

TIP: remember to treat the ends of the boards, around the permitter of your deck with a brush. Now your deck is ready to be enjoyed all year round. We recommend Cabots, Cutek, Sikkens and Intergrain products for decking solutions.

You can view application videos here.

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Further Product Information

Cutek Professional Quality Timber ProtectionIntergrain High-Performance CoatingCabot’s Makes The DifferenceSikkens Timber Care

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