**IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN**
TIME TO MAINTAIN THAT DECK


The timber deck is an integral part of our great love for outdoor living & entertaining.
The constant harsh Australian weather and wear & tear can leave your deck looking tiresome.


**DIY Video**
 
Tip: To find out if your deck is infact ready for recoat try using this simple water bead test.
Using a spray bottle, spray some water in a few different spots on your deck. If the water soaks in it needs to be prepared and recoated, if the water beads on the surface it doesnt require immediate attention.
Our staff at Newcastle Home Timber and Hardware have compiled a few tips to help keep your deck looking fresh all year round:
 
 
 

Checklist:

*High quality deck brush
*Hose with trigger gun/High pressure cleaner
*Paint Stirrer
*Water Bucket
*Long Handled Deck Scrub
*Lambs Wool Applicator
*Paint Tray
*Power Drill/Screwdriver
*Deck Cleaner*Decking Stain/Oil





Deck Preparation:

Before you start to prepare your deck for coating, Be sure to check for any inconsistancy in your decking eg; loose, cracked or rotted boards. 

Clean your deck using the appropriate deck cleaning agent for the stain/oil you are going to apply, using the dilation rate that will be located on the directions on the bottle.
Wet down the deck and apply the deck cleaning agent with the deck scrub allowing it to stand for 10-20 minutes then hose off with the hose/high pressure cleaner.

    



 

Choosing A Decking Oil/Stain:

Decking oil/stains come as water or oil-based, Each have their own benefits. However both the water based and oil-based products are formulated to repel water, resist mildew and prevent fading caused by UV exposure.
Oil-Based Finish: An oil based finish penetrates into the wood very well, but may take longer to dry and recoat. It may require more frequently coating.
Water Based Finish: A water based finish drys faster has gentle odour and is water washable. A water based finish is also breathable, some are formulated to last longer than most oil based finishes.



 

Applying the Oil/Stain:

Before starting your application of oil/stain, stir your stain in a scooping motion. Using a deck brush apply the oil/stain to the difficult areas first this helps to prevent rotting and water damage. eg; steps, railings, and decking board ends. Pour the deck stain into the paint tray minimising excess stain by evenly pressing out the excess on the edges of the tray. Apply the stain in the direction of the grain using even long strokes covering the full length of 2-3 boards at a time. To avoid a streaky finish all ensure that you keep a wet edge on the applicator and do a 2 coat system always allowing for the appropriate drying time before applying any susequent coats. 
Drying times may vary depending on the product you are using and the weather, bearing in mind that if it is cool and rainy and the deck is not covered it should not be coated, if the deck is under cover then it could be coated however leaving more time for the coats to dry. 
Most water based products allow for you to apply two coats in one day.


NOW IT'S TIME TO RELAX!!