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Feature wall fence with Matrix screen panels

Super Contributor
Super Contributor

Matrix screen panels and Merbau decking were used to create this fantastic screening for a previously tired-looking fence.





The project


This was the last of our fences that needed some attention. I decided to keep it in theme with the rest of the yard and used Merbau decking over vertical timber posts (100mm x 100mm x 2.2m) with decorative Matrix screen panels.  












Before and after






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Budding Contributor

Waooo, loved it!

Junior Contributor

Hi there

Thanku loved your idea and just finished my screen only found the colour off the Merbau decking panels ran when they got wet ? (photo below)  Do you have to finish them off with a sealer to stop them from running? I was quite surprised cause I thought they are already treated for decking.


Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Hi @Effie09,


Merbau is an extremely tannin-rich timber, and it requires several weeks' worth of weathering before all these red tannins have leeched out completely. You could use something like Cabot's 2L New Timber Prep to accelerate the process, but as the boards are now in situ, that might be a little difficult. Weathering of the timber is required on all Merbau decks before coating with an appropriate oil. 


Are you able to get to the back of the screening or just the front? Scrubbing down the front with the newt timber prep will eliminate some of the tannin bleed, but I'd presume you'll still experience some from the rear.


@Chaks_DIY might have some additional advice for you in regards to their project and what they experienced.




Junior Contributor

Thanks @MitchellMc 


I cannot get to the back of them now so I will have to let them weather and then will have to paint the ground as it’s now stained. What is the scrub I can use?

Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Hi @Effie09


Sorry to hear you got a bit of timber staining on the floor. I suggest using Oates Compact Deck Scrub Brush along with a Pressure Washer. If the stain is very stubborn, I suggest using Intergrain 1L UltraPrep Tannin And Oil Remover. Please make sure to keep the plants away, when using this cleaner.


If you need further assistance, please let us know.




Trusted Contributor

Hi @Chaks_DIY

Looks great - especially when you see how the area first looked! 👍

Looking closely at your work - in the end, you decided against those pieces against the brick wall?


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Super Contributor

Hi @Noyade 

Good pick up. I pondered a bit about that section but Yes, I ended up removing them. Aesthetically, it wasn't doing much for the rest of the screening and it looked slightly unfinished. Less is more they say !



Budding Contributor

Great idea!

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