Blotchy Finish and poor colours
Followed instructions carefully and applied 3 coats waiting 2 hours between each one. First two coats went on fine but third coat did not dry evenly and left horrible blotches. Spoke to Flood support who told me I applied too late in the afternoon even though the temperature was around 20 degrees, well above the 10 degrees they specify. $200 wasted and now I have to spend hours sanding the stuff off to start again. Also know that the tints are all orange/red based so depending on the tint and type of timber you will end up with somewhere between a bright orange and deep red deck which doesn't look natural at all.
Purchased in June 2020 for A$210.00.
The 3 step prep process is arduous, but if makes sense, as the product penetrates well into the timber fibers. The process requires all three steps be done in the same day (ie with the timber still wet). I have a merbau/kwila pool fence and privacy screening about 7 years old. I re-coat it every 18 months or so and it looks great. No flaking and the re-caots penetrate well.
Purchased in January 2011 for A$115.00.
What they don't tell you...
Followed the Flood 3 stage instructions meticulously on our large Merbau deck.
First and second coat looked good.
The next morning applied the third coat. It dried with an ugly mottled finish.
Could not work out what had gone wrong, so called Flood.
They advised I had waited too long to apply the third coat, it is supposed to be all done in the one day.
Nowhere in all the brochures & instructions is this mentioned.
Flood advised the only answer was to re-sand the mottling off the deck.
I hope this product has no more nasty surprises for me, and is eventually worth the effort & expense.
Purchased in November 2019.
Exactly what I wanted
Recently used flood spa and deck- Jarrah colour on Merbau timber for a timber screen wall I have at home. Chose this combo after much research. If you follow the directions and don’t cut corners this is a fantastic product. Couldn’t be happier with the result, it looks fantastic in my opinion. Was very easy to apply but the prepping can be tedious, it’s well worth the effort though.
Purchased in April 2019 for A$99.00.
Don’t use anything else
Built a deck from recycled boards. Did my research and decided to go with floods jarrah as I didn’t want a yellow/orange finish. Despite using various ages and condition of boards they look amazing, just like new Highly recommend using this product. used another brand on the stairs, failing already.
applied the product 10 months ago i was not really happy with it from the start its a very matt finish and more disappointing a very orange colour more like a semi transparent a lot of effort to apply ie timber having to be wet on first coat i have since used Haymes deck water base on another deck and looks great
7 years on and 1 recoat. Love this stuff
Love how easy this is to apply, so quick and easy. Applied on new merbau decking that had been left to weather for a few weeks to reduce the tannins.
Colour is great (merbau over merbau), wear is fantastic, and the feel underfoot is great.
We love this stuff, we will certainly use this for our next project.
Awesome product - done & dusted in a day - ask for tech support if in doubt.
Iv'e been using spa n deck for many years on a new treated pine deck surrounding one side of a swimming pool. I recoat about every 2/3 yrs. Used natural - it does have yellow orange tinge to it but
looks good & is " the business" when it comes to wear & tear & maintenance. Re coating is a minimum
of fuss. Cops full sun for most of the day . It's a 10 as far as I'm concerned.
Spa n Deck for Merbau timber
Yes have used the product spa&deck -merbau now on two separate decks consisting of 15 square mtrs of merbau timber, one 22x140mm and 25x140mm boards both ajoin the bull nose capping around the concrete pool and now have been in place since start of 2013 , after original coat which consisted of one with boards soaking wet with water then 3 coats after have only applied one lot of 3 coat application up to this time and decks are exposed to full weather with no cover but will be due at the end of the year for another application so have found...the product extremely effective with a nice finish , although when freshly applied and dried if wet can be a little slippery to walk on until it settles down from the shine a definite recommend for the Perth climate- if applied correctly . ,
Failed 4 times !!
Brand new over 100sqm Jarrah decking approx 30sqm in full sun, has failed now 4 times the last fail done under warranty is only 5 weeks old done by the product representative and proffessional deck installer, our beautiful deck is ruined again, it has been sanded in one spot that gets full sun twice and whole deck sanded once, our boards are cracked and fibers raised in alot of areas as after they cleaned and applied product they done another hand sanding, we just had huge rainfall in WA and deck product just WASHES OFF leaving a dull unprotect...ed deck, the dog peed on pole of patio and before I could get the hose within 5 minutes to hose it off it has just soaked straight into deck STAINING suface. I have rung the company head office THEY ARE NOT INTERESTED IN HELPING ME. Iam so upset as You see I TOLD THEM I DID NOT WANT THIS PRODUCT AGAIN cant they just use oil I dont care about oiling deck every 6 months NOW THIS TERRIBLE product needs sanding off again. When I rang this company a representative at headoffice help line he said its not normally used on Jarrah it is used on merbu normally and imported products?? I tried to tell the deck guy and local representative but both WOULD NOT LISTEN TO ME saying guy in HO was wrong?? they have no technical data to back up this product on Jarrah that they are willing to show me ? My deck is RUINED...
just finished applying second coat to new merbau deck
did all the prep applied first coat it didnt look like i applied anything at all second coat looked better had a bit more depth but i think the product could do with a bit more shine i didnt realize its such a matt finish for all the effort put in i was hoping for some lustre a least another coat to go time will tell how the product stands up as far as colour goes its a bit orange was hoping for something that looks like merbau when its wet as said the product is very matt looks like new merbau when its dry more or less
The product is perfect. The colour is not
Just finished applying the Spa-N-Deck on my new blackbutt deck. I used the Natural colour naively thinking the the natural colour will preserve the beautiful blackbutt look. Unfortunately their Natural gives yellow-orange tint to the timber and does not look like blackbutt at all. We have blackbutt timber floors inside the house that are finished with a different acrylic oil - they look nothing like the deck.
So, if you think that the natural tint will give you the look of your wet bare timber - it won't. If you need this look use a differe...nt product (I do not know which). When there is time to recoat I will use a different product and report here. Having said all this, their powerlift and woodprep products are magic. My new deck was weathered for a few weeks to remove excessive tannin. The powerlift and woodprep applications brought back the natural beauty of the boards.
Great product, easy to use and maintain, looks great
Had a new Merbau timber deck built on the back of the house in 2010 and wanted to coat it right. It does not have a roof and faces East/North in Brisbane QLD so gets baked all year by the sun.
I'd used Cabot's products for the front south facing deck for years and that was OK but that deck is sheltered by a roof.
Spa N Deck was recommended to me by one of the builders that quoted to build the deck. He swears by it.
So that is what I used. Read the instructions carefully and did all the correct prep work steps as per the makers instructions...
Great product but needs to be maintained
We have 100m of hardwood deck on Qld Sunshine Coast that was originally finished in Spa n Deck by professional painters. Did not last more than 6 months and the painters did not want to know. Spa n deck came out to look and told me that the painters had not used the Powerlift and Cleaner correctly (if at all). They did a demo area to show me which was better than anything the painters managed and they left me enough product to redo the whole lot.
Can honestly say I have been very happy since then but a few comments:
1- Use the correct cl...
Guaranteed for 2 years peels in 5 years
Great at holding the colour and really quick to apply but difficult to paint without leaving wet edge marks. My retaining wall and spa is peeling after six years and now all needs to be sanded, what a job! Have you every tried to sand the grooves of the western red cedar of a spa? its near impossible, basically the timber spa is ruined and unrepairable.
I got the colours sorted ...
So whilst the original colour was very 'red centre' on the deck I spoke with the folk at spa n deck and they suggested a tint, very helpful and now the colour is spot on to suit the surrounds and seems to be lasting well. So if at first the colour doesn't meet expectations go back to them and they will help get it right. I was pleased with the service.
Very impressive product
Had my 34 square metre spotted gum deck built in October 2012. Applied Spa 'N Deck and was very impressed.
Due to the fact that I had renovations for the 6 months following, and the builder had spilt products/damaged the finish/stained the deck due to cement dust, and add to this the paint I dripped on it whilst painting the pergola ceiling, I had to recoat again in July 2013. I didn't even need to sand the finish off or anything. I just used the products as recommended by Flood, cleaned everything up and recoated again, and it looks as g...ood as the day it was built. It's pricey, but worth your time to use a quality product. I've used cheaper products like Cabot's Aquadeck before, but they don't compare longevity-wise to Flood's superior finish. I'm going to use it on all of my outdoor timber furniture and my spa next time around. Very good protection, easy to apply Expensive, have to follow their 3 step system
Absolutely worth its weight in gold
After putting up a 25 sqm deck in the rear court yard a few years back; I was recommended a Cabot's Decking oil to be used for the Treated Pine, the basic and cheapest kind you can possibly use for an outdoor alfresco. The Cabots (Natural) did not live up to its claim and after 4 coats, I found it to be an utter waste of money and in the end a rip off.
Asking around about a suitable replacement, I was told to look into Flood's Spa 'N Deck oil and at first when I looked at the price for a 10 litre drum... I thought I was going to waste even ...more money and really was going to avoid it and find something else cheaper and better. After a push from my significant other, I went and bought one to try. Lets just say that I am very impressed with this product and even after one coat, it looked like it did a very good job in the coverage of my alfresco. I would buy this again and recommend to any one who wants a long lasting finish for any kind of decking. Expensive
Questions & Answers
Flood spa and deck. Is 24 hours sufficient soaking- in time, into Kwila hand rails, between first " wet' coat and second dry coat.
After the cleaning, detannin & pressure rinse stages, you put the first coat on while still wet. After the first coat, I put the second and third coats on as soon as it is surface dry (usually an hour).
Is there a need to strip last year's SnD before recoating this year or just clean it up? It's in good condition, just looks a little dull after 16 months of sea air and full sun.
i do not like the product its too orange and a bit too solid ie almost like a paint rather than transparent. That's probably one of the reasons it looks dull. My deck that i used it on is the same and its mostly undercover. What is not undercover did not last long.
I would sand it back or strip and then re coat with Haymes (Australian Made) water based deck product. You still have to reapply regularly.
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