Case Studies are one of our favourite things to write about here on the Owatrol Direct blog.
We think there is no better way to show off the possibilities when using Owatrol products than to show you things that people have done already!
This week we’re demonstrating one of our lesser-known products called D1 Pro alongside one of our old favourites, Net-Trol.
For those more familiar with our stable product partnership Net-Trol and Textrol, you’ll be pleased to hear that the preparation of the deck and the Net-Trol application is exactly the same for use with D1 Pro as it is for use with Textrol.
You can see from this photograph that Thomas has cleaned the decking first using Net-Trol to remove built-up dirt and grime and to restore the natural colour of the wood.
Cleaning and preparing an IPE Deck for Finishing
Before using Net-Trol you need to ensure that your surface is cleared of debris – a good sweep should suffice.
The surface then needs to be made wet and Net-Trol should then be scrubbed into the surface. We recommend using a stiff brush, then leave it to stand for approximately 20 minutes.
Then it should be rinsed whilst scrubbing ,again with a stiff brush. Try to use the highest pressure water source you can (a pressure washer is ideal but a hose will suffice).
Your surface then needs to be left for at least 48 hours to dry completely before applying your finish.
Why use Owatrol’s D1 Pro?
In this case, Thomas and his clients have chosen to finish their IPE deck with Owatrol’s D1 Pro, a product from our Professional Range which is a saturating wood oil for hardwoods giving a long-lasting natural finish and advanced UV protection.
This product is well-suited for use in heavy-traffic areas such as decking and areas exposed to harsh weather. This is because it has a long-lasting finish that will protect in the years to come with minimal maintenance.
It’s also perfect for dense, oily or greasy woods which are difficult to impregnate with saturating products. D1 Pro delivers excellent wood penetration and can protect even these more difficult woods from within.
As such it was perfect for this project as it is made from IPE Decking which is an extremely hard wood decking (approximately 3 times harder than oak!).
Many high street products would not have been able to provide adequate saturation in a wood as hard as this and therefore would not provide the long-lasting protection offered by D1 Pro.
Finishing a deck with D1 Pro
Owatrol’s D1 Pro is a saturating wood oil protection. This means that its place is inside the wood not on top of it.
To apply a saturating oil you need to apply ‘wet on wet’ coats. This means that the surface cannot be allowed to dry in between coats. If this was to happen then the D1 Pro that had been absorbed so far would start working and prevent any further moisture from penetrating the wood!
This sounds a little scary but it really isn’t.
The key is to work on small sections at a time (an area which can be completed in around 15 minutes). You need to apply the first coat and allow it to be absorbed for around 15-20 minutes but do not allow it to become surface dry.
You then continue to apply coats until no more oil can be absorbed and the wood is saturated. At this point be sure to brush away any excess D1 Pro sitting on the surface to prevent shiny patches.
Be sure to work along the length of your decking boards and always work an entire board at once. Never stop mid-board to prevent uneven coverage.
Once this is completed you will have a deck protected for the long-haul with minimal maintenance required.
Regular washing with Net-Trol is optional but will help to maintain the look of your deck. The look of the deck will gradually lighten over time; when it returns to a grey colour it is time for a maintenance coat. You apply it in exactly the same way but usually only 1-2 coats is necessary.
You can also apply a maintenance coat in just a small localised area if that’s all that is necessary. No sanding or stripping required!
The finished results
As you can see the results are stunning! Thomas’ clients can be safe in the knowledge that their deck is protected for years to come from damage caused by UV rays and moisture.
On top of this, they know that they will need to do minimal maintenance. If the deck begins to look worn in high traffic areas, they’re able to carry out touch-ups easily.
If you’ve completed a project using any Owatrol products and you have photographs of before and after you completed the job – please do send them in to us as we’d love to feature you here in our blog too!