Balau decking after Net-Trol and Aquadecks by R&A Pressure Washing Ltd

Balau decking restored with Owatrol – revisited

In another post we revisited a cedar clad garden office and deck that had been left unattended for 5 years. We are doing that again with another customer that unfortunately left their wooden deck exposed to the elements since 2018.

Over the past 4 years, the customer hadn’t been able to keep up with maintenance coats and subsequently, the deck was left exposed to weathering, UV rays and pollution.

This was another project originally completed by Roger of R & A Pressure Washing so the customer knew exactly who to call to get it looking its former self again.

If you haven’t read the previous post, we recommend doing so here; Balau decking restored thanks to Owatrol.

Balau decking after Owatrol by R&A Pressure Washing Ltd

Step 1 – Cleaning the wood

Similarly to the previous post on this deck, Roger began by using Owatrol Net-Trol wood cleaner and brightener to deeply clean the balau without damaging the wood fibres and get it looking bright and new again.

Net-Trol is a biodegradable product and as such does not contain any solvents or bleach. This is really handy as Roger didn’t need to worry about it damaging the surrounding grass.

Application of Net-Trol:

  • Roger began by wetting the wood with clean, fresh water.
  • Next, he then applied the Net-Trol to the wood and scrubbed it into the surface.
  • Once satisfied the Net-Trol had removed the dirt, he then scrubbed the surface whilst simultaneously rinsing it with water.
  • Then he simply left the wood to dry.

Step 2 – Finishing the wood

Once the wood was dry (after 24-48 hours), Roger then finished the deck with our water-based wood finish, Aquadecks in the shade, ‘Honey’.

Application of Aquadecks:

  • Roger applied the Aquadecks to the boards in sections that he could complete within 30 minutes, working in the direction of the grain.
  • Once the ‘wet look’ had saturated, he then applied a second coat.
  • Finally, after leaving the Aquadecks to fully saturate into the wood (15-20 minutes), Roger then wiped away any remaining excess. This will avoid shiny spots appearing on the surface.

Due to the deck being walked on without a protective finish for so long, it required 2 coats. Future single maintenance coats should only be required every 24 months or so.

By using these two products together, Roger has restored the wood to its former glory and protected it from the elements once again.

Another huge thank you to Roger at R&A Pressure Washing Services for sharing his amazing work with us.

Have you used any of our products to makeover your home or garden? Please feel free to share the project with us – we’d love to see your photos!


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