I have a new Merbau deck which has been down for a few months now. I have been wetting it down to assist with the bleeding/weathering as majority is not exposed to the weather. It’s now at the stage of preping for Aquadeck to go down. I’m seeking advice on the end to end bleeding where the decking boards butt up to each other. If I apply a natural Aquadeck will this darker section where the end to end bleeding has occurred show through? I was not going to sand as the boards are new and smooth. The image may help to show what I’m referencing. Thanks
Your Merbau deck looks fantastic. This condition often occurs when the decking panels are joined together and no space is provided for the tannin to bleed out. I suggest using Cabot's 2L New Timber Prep. I recommend testing it in an area on your deck that will not be immediately noticeable. Cabot’s New Timber Prep is designed to remove tannins and oils from bare new timber surfaces to allow for immediate coating. If it successfully removes the tannin on the joins, you can then apply it to the rest of the joins that have a similar condition.
We would be keen to see the finish on your deck once you've stained it with Aquadeck. Any updates you can provide would be much appreciated.
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Thanks @MitchellMc I’ll need to put in an online order and will get cracking on it on the next clear weekend of weather.