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Wannabe Geek

Topic # 227429 6-Jan-2018 20:37
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Hi team!


8 months ago new decking was built with vitex hardwood and was never oiled. We have so far used a mould remover (sodium hypocloride) and a deck cleaner. These were applied using a stiff brush and water blasted. The attached picture shows one coat of decking oil. I am concerned about the look - it's like it needs some more cleaning or waterblasting or sanding before applying another coat?


what would you do next if this was your deck?


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  Reply # 1931492 6-Jan-2018 21:09
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Looks like a normal woodgrain pattern. Probably not a lot more you can do apart from letting it weather.

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  Reply # 1931493 6-Jan-2018 21:12
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Oil it... It has character. 


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  Reply # 1931495 6-Jan-2018 21:27
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Looks fine to me. Vitex does get surface cracks; it doesn't affect the structure of it.

What did you oil it with? Usually two coats minimum for decking oils. When I had a vitex deck, I was always surprised how much better it looked with a second coat.

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  Reply # 1931618 7-Jan-2018 08:53
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I'd recommend not waterblasting your deck any further - doing so will damage the fibres of the timber and lead to splinters.

I think it is looking really good, do the second coat of oil and next time just clean it with the chemical cleaner and a brush.

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  Reply # 1931664 7-Jan-2018 11:15

As advised by Ge0rge. Another coat, or two, and DON'T WATERBLAST!

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 1931882 7-Jan-2018 21:55
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Thanks for all your feedback. Have gone ahead with the second coat. Using wattyl forestwood natural decking oil.

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