Hi, we've just had a merbau deck built. Interested in thoughts on how soon we should oil it. My main concern is that we plan to have people over in a week or so and am worried about any spills (food/drink) that may stain the unoiled deck - would i be able to remove these if they happened? From what I've read, it seems it's best to let it weather for about 6-8 weeks before oiling.
The deck is exposed and north facing, so gets lots of sun. Not sure of that's a factor in oiling sooner?
Thanks for any advice.
You are correct 6 to 8 weeks of full sun to weather a new deck. Otherwise the tannin from the wood will just bleed the oil out and you would get a spotty finish on your deck. You could accelerate the process by using deck cleaning chemicals but better to let it naturally weather.
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It's great to see you've already received assistance from @redracer01.
I've made contact with the Intergrain team to double-check, and they are very confident that Intergrain UltraPrep Tannin And Oil Remover is suitable for removing the tannins from new Merbau decking. Once the tannin removal process is complete, you should then use Intergrain UltraPrep Timber Cleaner to finish the job. You would then do a water droplet test, and if it is absorbed, you are ready to coat the deck with an oil.
Please let me know if you need further help or had questions.
If we did decide to wait the 6 weeks, do you think the Intergrain UltraPrep Timber Cleaner would also remove food stains if there were to occur?
There is a good chance that it would remove the stains. It's best to try to avoid them, though.
How's your project going @tremas, did you decide to wait or have you already oiled the deck?
I'd be interested to hear your results.
Yes, we used the intergrain tannin remover and then the cleaner and then oiled. All went well and deck is looking good.
That's great to hear Sarah (@tremas)!
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