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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:17 am    Post subject: DIY deck oil question Reply with quote

Hi forum,

My name is Rick from the Netherlands living in Ireland for 10 years now.
Recently I have decided to level out the back garden so we are able to have a table and chairs. The plans was to get the deck levelled with the kitchen and living room entrance.
So a raised deck was needed, build the frame with treated timber concreted in the support posts covered the area with black pond foil to prevent any growth coming up.
In the mean time I sourced the deck I was looking for Balau hardwood 9x2 cm and got it for an amazing good price, used SPAX-D deck screws and it's almost done.

Why did I get the deck at a discount? It's stained by water and dirty! I cleaned it once and it already looking good will clean it once more with a deck cleaner to bring out the original color.
This brings me to the question I have:

I really like the original color of the Balau hardwood deck but need to oil it, is there something like a transparent oil for decking?
Does anyone have experience with transparent deck oil, where can you buy it?

Thanks in advance

Rick ..







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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

No reply yet, no body for some advice?

Below a little update of my DIY deck project....

http://bublin.eu/deck/
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 5:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've bought plain teak oil at a chandlers.

You could also use linseed oil as well.

Liked your link. Just a question. Will the height of the decking bring damp into the house?

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kindred spirit thanks for your reply,

Did your plain teak oil do the job, can you recommend it? Or would you say go for something else, I would like to keep it as transparent as possible don't want to stain it if possible.

To be honest never thought about damp, but there is a 5mm gab between the deck lengths and the same for the ends so it doesn't touch the walls (in case of expansion) hopefully that's enough to let it breath!

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The plain teak oil needs to be redone every year. When you put it on first, it darkens but then lightens after a while.

Chandlers are generally dear, though. I got the big container of mine for nothing in a boatyard. Perhaps it's on sale in a hardware store. Enquire in a hardware shop to see what they've got. Another product "might" be Sadolins Clear.

Linseed oil might be a bit oily? Don't know; never tried it (except on cricket bats.) Very Happy

I'd go down to a hardware shop and ask.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good question... lovely wood .... I was reading the gardenweb forum post .... http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/porch/msg0923184828415.html

They say linseed attracts algae and moss....

There are some intersting suggestions... this one looks interesting ... http://www.harrodhorticultural.com/eco-wood-treatment-pid8674.html

There are lots of suggestions... takes a while to read it all! Looks great and I love the pics....

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

I think I am going for the plain teak oil, will test on a left over bit first.

Click the link below for a update!
http://www.bublin.eu/deck

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:59 am    Post subject: well done Reply with quote

hi super. job ,thanks for posting on how to do the deck Very Happy ponddigger Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 3:13 pm    Post subject: Materials Reply with quote

I'd be interested to know a source for the Spax-D screws and how much they cost if you don't mind me asking, as I'd like to use some myself on a similar project. Nice job on the deck by the way.
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