IPE Coastal Deck Finished

Deck with a view revived with Owatrol

This week’s case study is a deck with a view! It’s definitely worth putting a bit of time and money in to revive and protect it for years to come.

This deck is built using IPE decking which is an extremely hard wood. This makes it more difficult for protective treatments to impregnate the wood.

Cheaper high street brands are often not up to the job but with Owatrol you know that your deck will be safe from the elements.

Why is it so important to treat my deck?

For this project, Thomas first needed to clean and restore the deck using Net-Trol wood cleaner and colour restorer. This particular deck is on the coast and as such is battered by wind, rain, sun and salt 365 days a year.

This photograph shows the deck during the cleaning process. You can clearly see the area on the left which has been cleaned and the area on the right which is still to be done.

If you look closely you can also see a darker patch on the area still to be cleaned. This is where the wood was protected from the elements by the base of a table.

This shows the damage done when a deck is not protected correctly.

Weather beaten ipe deck by the coast

Cleaning a weathered deck with Net-Trol

As this deck was previously untreated, Thomas was able to get straight to work with Net-Trol, our wood cleaner and colour restorer. If it has been treated previously he would have had to use either Aquanett to remove wood oils or Dilunett to remove coatings such as paint, stains and varnish.

Using Net-Trol to clean your decking is pretty simple. First give the deck a good sweep to remove any excess dirt (or in this case built up salt and sand!). Then wet the surface and apply Net-Trol. Be sure to give it a good scrub with a stiff synthetic brush.

Now leave it to work it’s magic for at least 20 minutes. Then rinse it off again whilst scrubbing and use the highest powered water source you have. A pressure washer would be ideal but a garden hose will suffice.

Now be sure to have a little patience and leave your deck to dry fully for at least 48 hours before applying your finish.

Finishing your decking with Textrol Clear

For this project, Thomas and his clients have chosen to finish the deck using Owatrol’s Textrol in clear. This is because it gives a wonderful finish which accentuates the natural beauty of the wood.

Textrol is developed specifically for weathered wood. It is a saturating wood oil which means that its place is within the wood not on the surface. It stabilises the wood, protects it from UV damage and prevents moisture from being able to enter or leave. This protects it from splitting and warping.

As it sits within the wood, it will not peel or flake and maintenance is easy. Usually only a single coat necessary once a year or two and no sanding or stripping!

Textrol is applied ‘wet on wet’ which means that you must not allow it to dry between coats. This is because the dry Textrol will then prevent any more from being absorbed – that’s ultimately its job after all!

Apply the first coat and allow it to penetrate for about 15-30 minutes but do NOT allow it to become surface dry. Then continue to apply more coats in the same way until no more oil will be absorbed.

When you reach this stage be sure to brush off any excess Textrol sitting on the surface of the wood to prevent shiny patches.

Check out the results!

Ipe coastal deck finished with Texrol

It is best to work in sections which can be completed within 15-20 minutes. This is so that you can go back to the start to re-coat.

Remember on a project like this deck to always work along the decking boards and stop at the end of a complete board each time. This will ensure an even finish.

Is it worth the time and money to protect my deck?

This might seem like quite a lengthy process but it really is worth spending a little extra time now to be safe in the knowledge that you won’t need to keep repeating it in the future.

Also, although Owatrol products may seem more expensive than some of their high street competitors, the quality is far superior. You will find you are spending considerably less in the long run as you don’t need to keep stripping and re-applying when your decking protection doesn’t perform as planned!

Oh and about that view we mentioned?…

Ipe coastal deck view over the sea

Definitely worth some time making the decking match up to the awesomeness of that view! Put that together with the advanced protection against the harsh weather provided by Owatrol products and I think you’ll agree it’s both time and money well spent!

So there you have it! We hope you found this post on a deck revived with Textrol helpful. If you have any other advice or top tips, please feel free to leave them in the comments below. We love hearing from you!

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7 thoughts on “Deck with a view revived with Owatrol

  1. Hi,

    I bought 10L of Textrol Golden Oak for my 35sq meter deck and discovered that there was not enough for the 2nd coat. The first coat I applied has obviously dried now, when or how do I go about applying another coat? or do I just leave it like with one coat?

    1. Hi Lee,

      I have passed your question onto the technical team and will have a response for you as soon as possible.

      Many thanks,
      The Owatrol Team

    2. Hi Lee,

      Having spoken to the technical guys they have said that it is likely you have needed more oil due to the warmer weather and the wood being warm. That being said, although Textrol is ideally applied wet-on-wet, you can still apply the second coat now and it won’t have a detrimental effect on the final performance. We would recommend that you do this to prevent the wood from turning grey more quickly which would happen with just a single coat.

      If you have any further questions please do get in touch again,
      The Owatrol Team

  2. Hi, We are laying 80 sq mtrs of Larch smooth decking. Which product of yours would you recommend to protect it with. Thanks

    1. Hi Stuart,
      Can you give us a little more information about the look you’re hoping for? Are you looking for an oil, or a semi-transparent finish or an opaque paint?
      The Owatrol Team

  3. Hi, I would like to restore a weathered cedar decking. It may have had previous stains or oil applied? At the moment its just a grey dirty colour. The decking is about 10 years old. What product would you suggest I use?

    1. Hi there Trevor,

      If there is a previous coating on the wood but you do not know what it is, then we’d recommend using DSP 800 stripper. It’s a catch-all stripper which is suitable for removing all types of coatings including 2-pack paints and powder coatings.

      Alternatively, if there is no coating, you could try using Net-Trol wood cleaner and brightener which will restore the woods original colour.

      We supply samples of both (for £6 each with free shipping) so you could give them both a test and see which one works best for you?

      DSP 800: https://www.owatroldirect.co.uk/product/dsp-800-multi-purpose-stripper/
      Net-Trol: https://www.owatroldirect.co.uk/product/net-trol/

      I hope this was helpful.

      All the best,
      The Owatrol Team

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