Nice looking product (natural) for use on garapa hard wood but does lose its water repellent feature in exposed areas within a few months i.e. water doesn’t bead in areas that is not under the shelter of the roof. Our climate is harsh to be fair, position is north facing and we get a lot of sunshine hours and some rain. Image attached of results on our partially completed deck. The first coat was applied pre-install and this second coat has been applied at six months. Photo was taken immediately following application of this second coat. The bo...ldness of the colour does fade with time and that’s expected - it still looks nice and has a nice matte finish. Might try aqua deck next time to see if water repellent feature lasts longer, as claimed. Easy to use product and drying time was as per instructions.
Purchased in July 2019 for A$169.00.
Traditional Oil that leaves the wood popping and looking strong and clean. Job can be done in a day when first coat goes down in the morning. Use this over Aquadeck everyday.
Natural Decking Oil - Traditional Pine colour
Used it on a recently constructed treated pine deck in Auckland, NZ. Timber had weathered for about 2 months before the application and the first coat went on without any issues. I like the way it soaked right in and the surface is already beading. The hue is exactly as per the samples - it has added some depth to pine but without the annoying yellow tinge of the "natural" colour option. Looking to apply the second coat soon but, given the surface is already half sealed, will probably dilute a bit and go really light with a lambswool pad. Very happy so far - the result is what I expected. The deck is roofed over so looking to refresh it with a light coat every 2-3 years. Well done Cabot.
Purchased in December 2019.
Can be applied strait away, will need to be reapplied every 6-12 mths depending on climate
Oil biased finishes are the only way to go for hardwood decks in Australia.
Though they will need to be reapplied every 6-12 months when it stops beading water on the surface
Great penetration, recommended.
I found Aquadeck to be a very poor finish and are disappointed.
Before using Aquadeck I had half a can of a Cabots water based decking oil, transparent. It was lighter yellowish in color and had excellent even finish. I cannot find this quality product and assume it's no longer available
Purchased in April 2019 for A$75.00.
Don't waste your time
I constructed a 50 square metre fully exposed deck around my pool out of out of jarrah. Due to the complexity of the project and trying to fit around work/life it took me 6 months to finish. Once completed I waited about 4 weeks before oiling. Therefore the boards had been weathered for between one and seven months. I prepared it according to instructions using Cabots Deck Clean followed by 2 coats of Natural Decking Oil 24 hours apart. It looked good initially but within a few weeks it started to fade and by the 3 month mark timber looked completely uncoated and water was not beading at all. Have just put cutek on it, twice the price but hopefully it will last longer than a couple of months.
Purchased in September 2018 at Bunnings for A$152.00.
Pretty good bang for buck
I used Cabot’s Natural Decking oil on my new 40m2 merbau deck. I let it wether for about eight weeks watering it down each week. I also applied a napisan solution to clean the deck prior to oiling and let it dry a couple of days. I applied the decking oil with a lambs wool applicator. It went on with ease. After reading a few comments about drying time, I was careful not to leave too much excess between coats. A couple of 30 degree days in a row helped the deck dry quite quickly. I’m quite pleased with the result, however it was a touch darker ...than I expected. I have previously used Feast and Watson products which were nothing but trouble- the Cabot’s was about $50 cheaper for a 10L tin and in my opinion worked so much better and gave a much better result. Would buy again.
Cabots or Feast Watson
Previously used feast watson stuff and its is rubbish. Basically goes on like paint and does not absorb into the wood (my deck is kwila) $$ and the colour has an awful orange tint to it.I applied 3 coats basically over a period of 6 month I Had to sand it all back basically to bare wood huge job in itself.and used cabots decking oil kwila wow nice stuff totally different more natural look easy to apply and you can see it absorb into the wood.Will never use or recommend feast watson dont waste your money its crap.
Not as good as I'd heard
The oil dries in a reasonable time but if like me you're not doing large areas all the time the balance of the oil turns into a jelly after 8 - 10 months. I've bought the cheap oil and it keeps much better and is ready to use next season. This has happened to me twice with the Cabot's and I won't be getting it a third time.
Easy and fast
Was a no fuss procedure. I just followed the instructions and put a bit of time into prep. I did notice that it took quite a bit of stirring to get the yellow flakey bits broken up but it wasn’t a deal breaker. The next morning the deck looks excellent with no streaks.
Not drying painted a outdoor deck chair with it sanded it back gave it one coat that seemed to get soaked up second coat is still tacky even after 3 days and about a day and half in the sun. I didn't put too much on its like water and runs off anyway so used a dry brush to spread it round so it was thin. Nice colour when wet gets dull fast when dry. Can't use chair till dries need to wash it with turps to remove tackyness. Other chairs used wattyll forrestwood timber and decking oil neutral 2 coats no problem dry can use chair nice colour and l...ooks like there is something applied to chair slight glossy sheen on top but not tacky and it had Tung oil in it much better performer. Wattyll don't make that anymore so need wattyll outdoor furniture instead. Cab Not a good choice for outdoor wood furniture. Does not leave a sheen on wood which I like someone says its because I put too much on, what is too much with a brush and so thin so it does not run am I supposed to blow the fumes of it on from the can. Anyway wattyll was nice looked better and dried. I don't like the orange look tint but with a little Tung oil added I might fix the problem with it myself 50ml in 4 litres and then if that's not enough another 50. But the tint looks nice wet pity it's not wet looking when it's dry like wattyll. If wattyl worked so well and cab did not and I used on same old chair and wood type then it's not my prep work because it had same prep as the chair with wattyl.
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Too yellow, not clear or transperant as Natural should be, not good for new spotted gum decking.
Installed brand new spotted gum deck before Christmas and wait 6 weeks to weather bit, bought Cabot's deck wash and 4L Natural decking oil. very unhappy after apply 1x coat, too yellow and dark it's like yellow stain to me... covered all spotted gum original natural beauty, it's like from 18 years old bright,bounce,clean with clear wood grain skin directly to 80 years old boring dark smoke yellow.
Back to Bunnings, and been told to sanding off everything and apply something different...and can't promise it'll turn out good.
Left contact...and details on Cabot site, nothing so far , no one replied... I assumed that I was right... Did many google, some points as follow if anybody looking for decking oil: 1.Cabot's Natural decking oil is too yellow for spotted gum, oiling bit and smelling bit are fine, but color is smoke yellow, lost all beauty from original wood. 2. Every spotted gum board is slight different, if you're using different type of wood which about the same color on each board, then the evenly yellow or redish Merbau stain will be fine, for spotted gum, in my opinon, the best decking oil is clear/transperant with a hint of pink/redish... 3. I read so many blog/articles, everyone has different view, water base or oil base; too many brands to choose; too many products/price with each brand; different ways to clean and weather the wood; different ways to maintain the deck... I haven't find a proper and convinceable solution so far, I guess the simple wood is gift from natural, we can only handle with our limited knowdge and experience? as long as you're happy...
Third Time Decking has been Oiled
I just finished 2 coats of Cabot’s Oil Based Decking Oil. I put on 2 coats with a drying period of 7 hrs between coats. Temperature on the day was 19 - 25 degrees. Prior to oiling the deck I used the Cabot’s deck wash product which was good. This is the first time I have used Oil-based Cabot’s as the 2previous times it was water-based product Aquadeck.
The result this time was poor and it has not bought out the true colour or given a fresh colour but is has come out neutral and you can still see the areas that were protected and had a darker colour. Has this occurred because this Oil-based product is a “transperant” product or should I use another colour.
Very orange on treated pine
Easy to apply - dried in stated time but it is very yellow/orange. Wish I had seen that it was tinted. Natural implied to me that there was no colour but my bad for not reading the tin more closely. Will be re-oiling with another colour to get rid of the orange tint.
Cabot's was a fast, no mess fix for my deck
I used Cabot's natural deck oil to restore my faded, patchy deck. First, I washed the deck with Deck Clean, let it dry and then used 2 coats of Cabot's using a brush, to minimise waste.
The second coat went on just 6 hours after the first coat, and the deck came up as good as new! 1 litre does 10 square metres, and with just 2 coats, Cabot's worked out a lot cheaper than other deck oils.
20 months on and still looking great!
beautiful, even finish
I was advised by the seller of the timber to use feast watson oil which I did for the first 2 years. It gave a far thicker coat(lacquer like), instead of seeping in to timber like cabots does. which looked beautiful but patches arise from wear, tear and age(don't leave longer than 6 months for reapplication). Had to sand down whole surface to remove lacquer like surface.
Then used cabots and was shocked how it seemed to sink straight into the timber and loved it (felt like it was actually protecting the timber instead of covering it like pain...
Best product to show australian red wood colours and grain
60m2 of australian red wood decking. (Plus 100m2 of ornamental red wood timber fencing). Found cabots natural decking oil to best complement red/purple colours and grain, tested all major brands.
This week scrubbed deck with napisan (used to use cabots deck clean) which worked well with pressure hose after.
Sanded deck. Applied first coat, normally wait only 6hrs, but left for 12hrs before recoat. First coat not tacky after 12hrs, recoat not terribly tacky after 10hrs.
It takes time to prepare and oil properly, but the tin instructions are correct if you do the right thing.
(long drying time but) lasts at least as well as much more expensive products
Caveat … the patio is to the south of a two storey house and gets only minor direct sun (early morning and late afternoon/evening) so I can’t comment about its ability to handle full sun.
When my patio was new it was, at my father-in-law’s recommendation, coated with some very expensive imported product on his assurance that it would pay for itself in longevity.
Fast forward some 4 years and the patio needed re-coating.
I didn’t think 4 years was exceptional and chose instead to use Cabot’s Natural Decking Oil based on price and vario...us Google reports, expecting a 2(?) year life. That was more than 4 years ago and I won’t be re-coating this year. (Next year? Maybe). So it has been excellent once dried BUT the ad claiming “fast drying” is pure nonsense. As the area to be oiled is completely shaded, I was able to apply it in summer. Even with the relatively consistently high temperatures it took the best part of a week before I was prepared to walk on it. So .. great product but allow lots of time to dry (and check other reviews if you intend to have it exposed to full sun).
Does the job and saves the timber
We have been using Cabot's decking oil for over five years, when we moved to our new house last year we found a tin in the garage, popular stuff then. Our ritual for a clean deck is to give a good scrub with Cabot's deck clean and then a blast with the pressure hose. Depending on how weathered the timber is, this can either be an hours job or a full day. Preparation is key. I tend to oil my deck around this time of year (July). Only point to note that during the cooler days it will take longer to dry. First coat goes on easily with the applicat...or as long as you don't let the oil pool it was dry within 6h (20degree day with low humidity). Second coat went on after 7h. We made sure we painted round the edges first and wiped away where we had missed and got the oil on the house. A damp cloth and turps fixed this. Easier wiping it of when wet than repainting the house when dry. Our second coat did take 3 days to dry, this was due to the cool temprature. Only negative is the price. Yes it's cheaper than replacing the deck but at x15 the cost of petrol It's not cheap
Applicator left fluff
Hi I had my decking re oiled by a person and they purchased Cabot's applicator and oil from Bunnings. When he went to apply the oil, fluff came off the applicator quite a lot. It took some time to remove the fluff before the second application and this time he used my old applicator. I can still see some of the fluff but I am very disappointed that this occurred from such a good name brand. The decking turned out great apart from that..
Questions & Answers
I have a put a natural oil over my deck- two coats and it’s gone yellow. Am I able to stain the decking to make it light in colour again? Will it remove the yellow stain? I wanted a blonde look the way blackbutt looks unstained. Thank you
Natural appears to have a yellow tone so I used traditional pine which masks it with a light grey tint. I would wait till your deck is ready for another coat - water not beading anymore - and go with traditional pine over natural. Will still have a yellow tinge but more subtle
Thanks for your question. Just like Ajtek mentioned, you will need to wait until the timber is ready for another coat before re-coating the timber with a stain. Water droplets penetrating the surface of the timber in under 15 seconds is an indication that the timber is ready for a new coat.
For the time being though, you may want to consider applying one coat of the Natural Decking Oil in the Merbau tint over what you already have - the slight brown tint in the Merbau Natural Decking Oil will help mute those yellow tones.
If this is something you would like to try, I highly recommend testing a small hidden area to ensure you're happy with the colour results.
If you would like to discuss this further, or need any advice on an up-coming project, give our Help & Advice team a call on 1800 011 006. Our operating hours are Monday to Friday 7:30am to 7:00pm, Saturday 8:30am to 3:00pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm AEST.
Cheers - Team Cabot's
What is wrong if the second coat is beading up? I waited 24 hrs to do the second coat and it wasnt humid and feels dry.
It sounds like the timber may be retaining some moisture. I would recommend to give us a call on 1800 011 006, so we can ask you a few extra questions, and offer you a suitable solution.
Our operating hours are Monday to Friday 7:30am to 7:00pm, Saturday 8:30am to 3:00pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm AEST.
Cheers - Team Cabot's
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