I am new to home maintenance. How can I restore and protect this gate?
Specifically, please recommend Products that require the least skills possible and can be applied directly without sanding.
Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @Coco_M. It's sensational to have you join us, and many thanks for your question about restoring a timber gate.
Your gate looks in reasonably good shape and likely only needs a coat of Merbau-tinted decking oil. The only area that could possibly be addressed is the bottom length of timber, which has greyed off slightly. It doesn't need sanding but could be improved by scrubbing it down with timber prep. However, you could recoat with oil and not worry about it.
Applying a yearly oil coat will protect the timber and bring out its beautiful natural colours.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Integrain brand is the premium brand that lasts a bit longer then the others.. about 18 to 24 mths, feast Watson's is the mid range lasting between 12-18 months and Cabot's is generally about 12 months before needing to be redone. Obviously pending correct prep and conditions etc
I finally found a cooler day to tackle the gate.
Here is a photo. Do I need to apply a second coat or is it ok like this?
Also, the second photo is my decking. Should I apply the same product? Somehow it seems more 'painted'.
Your gate is looking good, I suggest applying one more coat for a uniform finish. If you're planning to repaint your deck it will need to be sanded down first. The paint on your deck is a classic Mission Brown colour, I can't say for certain what the brand is, but it is technically a paint that has been placed over your deck. Painting the deck without any preparation will result in the decking oil peeling off.
The general steps to re-painting your deck is to sand down the deck, wash the surface to remove all the dirt and debris. Wait for the timber decking to be totally dry and then apply the oil or stain of your choice.
Here is a link for ideas and inspiration: Top 10 most popular deck projects
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How big is your deck @Coco_M?
If it's large, you'll be best hiring a floor sander to do the job. It would definitely be worthwhile, you could get it looking like new again.