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Don't risk it
Painted brand new deck a year ago and let dry for about 3 days before it rained. The deck went all milky but dryed clear again a day later. 3 months later it started to peel and got worse and worse. Trying to take it off is a nightmare.
Purchased in at Bunnings Warehouse for $240.
Good product, but check is manufacture date before purchasing.
Good product, which I've used before. I would recommend it, but ALWAYS check the bottom of the can before purchasing. I purchase a can from Bunnings West footscray on the 7/03/2019. Started coating the deck and was struggling with the product, unlike the first time when it went on brilliant. Upon looking at the bottom of the can, I saw it had been made back in 2016. Unfortunately I had already started using the can, so completed the job, but not nearly as good as the front deck which was done in 2018 using a can made in 2017.
Purchased in at Bunnings Warehouse for $138.
I’ve always used sikkens cetol hls with supernatural but the sikkens always makes the timber too dark (even with natural) and doesnt reveal the natural grain. I decided to convert and use dwd on badly weathered cedar doors, windows, frames. Used the reviva gel (twice), dimension 4 primer and dwd (3 coats) and the results are magnificent. The dwd natural is perfect for cedar, brings out a beautiful colour of the timber (orange brown using the natural which is little tinted). It’s a little tricky to apply, slap it on thick, quickly and in cool weather. The technical support are also brilliant, always responsive to emails and always available on phone. I will never use sikkens again. Highly recommend dwd!
Has this product changed?
Have been using the Intergrain DWD for many years on a timber veranda floor and was always happy with it. Was re-coated in March and also 12 months previous to that. Have always had good life out of this product and the only reason we re-coated it twice so close together was because I couldn't get rid of really bad scuff marks. Now after the last coating in March and having a family gathering in late November we have very bad scuff marks again. Don't know if this product has changed but am not very happy with it now.
Not for the in experienced
Deck Timber: New Northern Box (reddish/pink when new, fades to brownish orange when weathered)
Location: Next to salt water pool
Weathering: Weathered for 8 weeks before anything done to it.
Prep: Revivia + light sand with 120 grit + single flood coat of Ultra prime
Top Coat: Untinted DWD
I added my first coat of DWD about a week after priming using a brush for face boards and sponge applicator for surface. After applying I noticed that you could distinctly tell where i ended my strokes with the brush and applicator and there was some dr...ied crumbs of product on the surface. I gave it a light sand to remove some of the crumbs and strokes and added the second coat. The second coat now has a patchy appearance, I can see mottling on the surface. I suspect it was too hot for application (28 deg day) and I've been pushing the product around on the surface when it had already skinned over (partially dried).
Amazing, it actually does what it says on the can!
I've coated around 30 Merbau decks with DWD and it lasts about 18 months in full sunlight. In shade it seems to last until wear and tear takes it's toll. It's essential to follow the full procedure. Without the preparation and the primer you'll only get 6 months. I have a bench that I tested this product on 3 years ago, it sits in direct sunlight for most of the day and I've recoated it once. Still looks good as new. Don't try applying the DWD in direct sunlight of if the timber is hot, it will dry before you finish a run of timber and in the application tray.
Wouldn't use anything else.
I clad my house with western red cedar using dimension 4 and DWD, 11 years ago. The advise back then was slap it on like its for free. It has lasted the distance and still looks like 'new'. However I figure I should recoat now. Brilliant product and wouldn't use anything else.
After twenty five years of using intergain/dwd I've learnt how to use successfully on cedar, cedar itself is extremely difficult to deal with as it's an oily resinous timber and when imported to Australia it's possibly still drying out. Most importantly you must seal timber to block out these oils and the only way is by saturating the cedar not just by giving it a lick with the brush. If you're cedar is fury sand it smooth before installing because years later when recoating is needed this will make your job easier so if sanding back to recoat ...you won't disturb the underlying sealers. Dwd once weathered can be deactivated by wiping gently with a wet rag doused rag of mentholated spirit as it will soften the older coats, always allow metho to flash off. It's possible to make your own sealer with bondcrete and have success but you will void any warranty
Bunning must have a share in this proct
Highly recommended by Bunnings and much dearer than other products. It's a disaster. I did a brand new decking Blackbutt, followed the over complicated instruction of the three step process implicitly, and it buckled , cupped went black in spots and the whole deck was an orange colour, nothing like the natural colour of the timber. And worse was yet to come when I built my steps up to the garden. Much worse. Plus I had a doormat down and the product has gone black and I can't clean it. Plus one of my clients used an Intergrain product on stacka...ble planter boxes. 3 months later a P,I'd client rang up cause they were all stuck together. Had to use hammers and chisel to separate. Some one is bullfighting the public 're this brand. Front touch it. Right now we have had 3 days of rain, and my new stairs and gate are turning opaque pink . Much more, and none of it.good. I have.warned Bunning, Hardware and General, and Warringah Timbers.
The perfect product for cedar
I have always used dimension 4 and DWD on my cedar lining, doors and windows etc. the product enhances the rich colour of cedar and lasts years longer than any other product I have witnessed. It must be applied correctly and quickly with the grain and best not in direct sunlight. When they say on the can not to back brush they mean it as you'll encounter unsightly sticky grit if you do, it must be applied thick, quick and left alone to dry don't touch it even 10 seconds after initial application. A quality product.
I have used this product on out door furniture, tables and chairs and screen doors. Tables and chairs have been out doors in Queensland for six years in full sun then moved to Melbourne same furniture has been in the wet and heat for five years. A total of eleven years out doors and still in great condition.
OK . in some places.
Seaside, full sun in SE Queensland it gives about 5 years on cypress and 2 years max on eucalyptus hand rails with 2years max on marbau hardwood decking. This is with the 3 stages used in accordance with directions.
Hard to remove residual from decking, needing paint stripper and water blasting.
Great stuff - Lasts up to 9 years
After 9 years with DWD I decided to repaint my home using Dimension 4 and DWD. Why? Because it works and looks fantastic. My house is completely clad in grooved cedar ecoboard - painted with Intergrain sInce new in 2005. If applied correctly with sufficiently thick coats, and washed with antifungal every few years it retains it protective film. I've also used it on over 80 sqm of decking applied over previous coats of Flood Spa and Deck, gates etc with no issues. Dimension and DWD are a bit pricey but worth it .
Brilliant if applied correctly
I put DWD on a handrail in full sun 10 years ago and it still looks great like the day I did it (with zero maintenance, and.. yes, I know!) I've applied it to more timber at my place with similar results.
Remember it's a three-stage system - just follow the directions.
Update June 2017 - 2 years since I wrote this original review and I'm now starting to get a few spots peeling on that handrail. 12 years is probably longer than most people get out of DWD, but I'll probably strip it all back and do a full reapplication and hopefully get another 10+years!
Intergrain DWD PROBLEMS?
Dwd is a great product for 12 months protection . It is recommended to use Dimensions 4 before applying dwd to ensure the lifespan of dwd is achieved . The life span should be between 2-4 years , skipping this step reduces the lifespan dramatically and usually will last between 11-16 months . Well worth the investment if done correctly!
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Is DWD the best intergrain produce to use on exterior timber railing?
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Can intergrain d4 and heavy duty be applied to treated pine?
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Posting again to see if anyone from Intergrain has a comment? I had a new deck installed about 9 months ago, and a light coat of Intergrain natural applied. Then in early December I had a professional painter come and we cleaned the deck with ultra-prep, after which he applied three (3) coats of DWD, leaving to dry for 24 hours between each coat. It’s now end of January and the deck is still tacky the same as Chris mentioned above.
I have since contacted the painter and a rep from Intergrain grain called to review the work, he saw no problem with how the varnish was applied (thickness, pre prep etc.). His only comment was that the specification on the product shows temperature limits and the deck does get up to 60°C in direct sunlight! However, it’s two months now since it was applied and feels wrong when you walk on the deck. To me I don’t understand how your product would soften in direct sunlight and how there seems to be no solution to the sticky issue.
Do you have any suggestions or remedies, or am I going to have to get the deck stripped down and seek a better product that will cope in the Australian sun?
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