HERE IS OUR GUIDE TO APPLYING DECKING OIL TO YOUR DECK. CHECK OUT OUR OTHER BLOG POSTS FOR MORE DECKING ADVICE FROM OUR EXPERTS.
It is important to make sure that you keep your brand new timber decking in good repair, so that it lasts way into the future. This includes fixing any broken elements, and ensuring that it is protected against the weather to make sure that it doesn’t get damp or mould. Decking oil is a great solution for new wood, preserved new wood and wood which only has oil on it. It protects your decking from harm, and keeps it looking great all year round.
Applying Decking Oil
Before applying decking oil, you need to ensure that your deck is clean, dust-free, and physically sound with any damage mended. Only then can you apply a clear or coloured decking oil. Oils are easy to apply, with no specialist skill required. It is simply a case of making sure the oil is ‘pushed’ into the wood rather than leaving it on the surface.
If your decking is smooth, a long-handled microfibre roller is the ideal tool for applying decking oil. If your decking is grooved, you can attach a floor brush head to a wooden handle - the firm texture will help you push the oil into the wood much more effectively.
How Many Coats?
Because it’s the oil content that protects decking against water, sun damage, and more, you need to get as much of it into the wood as possible. Apply the oil in thin coats, as thick coats can’t penetrate the wood as easily and takes ages to dry. It’s much quicker and more effective to apply three thin coats than two thick ones.
It doesn’t take much effort either. Just move the oil around the wood until it has virtually all sunken into the grain. A well applied coat of oil will comfortably dry in a day.
Wood that is naturally high in oil, such as Teak, Ipe, or other exotic hardwood may not take in any additional decking oil. If your wood is already saturated with oil you will know because you won’t be able to get it to absorb any more. In which case you can simply wipe the excess off.