This is by far the worst product to coat exterior finishes such as kwila posts and rafters and merbau facade.
Not suitable for external use at all.
Yellows within months. Have done it twice now first by professional painter then sanded back to bare and done again only for it to yellow within 2 months again. Will never use it again jas cost me a lot of time and money for a terrible end result
Intergrain Ultraclear Exterior and Bamboo Ply
We have done many real time tests of exterior finishes that we would be happy to recommend to customers for use in wet conditions, or exposure to the weather, applied to our bamboo ply. Intergrain Ultraclear Exterior really does the trick.
Purchased in March 2020.
I bought the product to coat 2 outdoor wooden benches at our coastal home. I wanted something marine grade due to the harsh weather. The can says application is only for Windows, Doors and exterior trims. Since the benches are rarely used (it is not a bench at a railway station) I thought the product was appropriate. I gave 3 coats in Feb. By this month, there are patches on the bench where the UltraClear has weathered away to the bare timber. I contacted Dulux and was asked to provide photos. Dulux came back to tell me that the durabili...ty issue is due to the product being used on furniture. It is meant for Windows, Doors and Trims. I understand this but surely durability is a function of long term use not for wooden benches prepared and coated 3 months before. The weathered areas are all over the bench not just in one spot. I believe this is a defective product.
This isn't perfect. Can live without it.
To repair any areas of wear, I have had to fully sand the entire door in question- despite the can instructions stipulating a light sand of only weather damaged areas. The tones of the new and old weren’t matching and looked bloody awful.
On querying this with a Dulux representative, he confirmed that the instructions are in fact wrong and that old and new applications will never match because of fading. This makes sense, but it’d be nice if they put it on the can. On querying why the interior side of the door would fade so much in 12 month...s, he contested that I shouldn’t even be using Exterior Intergrain indoors as indoor conditions would compromise its curing. Again confusing, as it’s written on the can that Exterior indoors in fine. Anyhow, the product’s o.k – but I recommend Cutek Extreme. It’s easier to maintain and more water resistant. You won’t keep that pretty blonde finish though.
It works if you mix it properly.
I have found this product to be a cost effective water based solution to protecting mertanti bifolding doors and Windows. I have found 2-3 coats to be adequate to protect the new timber from the elements, both rain and UV light. It seems to have protected the timber well. The only issue I have with this product is the formulation of the paint. Unless you really carefully mix the product, there is a brown sticky residue at the bottom of the tin. This residue will resettle the next day after use and you will need to carefully ensure you use a fla...t mixer to get it back into 'solution'. This could be a reason why people have had varying results with this product. Suggest that the manufacturer works on a new formulation that does not require so much work before each use, as I found that to be a major drawback to using this product. (I used several 4l cans of this product from different stores, and I assume the problem is not just in one batch of product).
It dosnt work
We had brand new cedar windows & painted 4 coats, it didn't last 3 months in winter, this product was highly recommended by a Paintright store, after going back to the store the after sales service was poor, both the store & manufacturer didn't want to know about us. this product doesn't work outdoors. I now have hours of work to sand back windows & doors & start again
Don't use on Exposed wood
We had new cedar windows coated with this - 3 coats - in full sun was hopeless - looked weathered within 2 months and was pealing off after summer. This product is of no use in full sun. Had to have all wood sanded back to bare and have used Sikkens system (as recommended by every trades person who saw the original mess!)
Can't stand up to Australian sun
Questions & Answers
I have a Kwila timber deck (mix of exposed and covered) With several coats of Ultra Deck That are 2 years old. Can I cover it with Ultra Clear to get a more glossy and durable cover?
Hi Lindsay thanks for reaching out, UltraClear Exterior is not suitable for walk on surfaces so we wouldn't recommend over coating your deck with it! Just clean with an oxalic acid cleaner and refresh with a new coat or two of Intergrain UltraDeck.
Thanks for that. My Ultra Deck finish remains tacky for several weeks and always seems dirty or dusty with no gloss finish. Is there something I can do to make it look a bit more gloss and lift the finish? I am in Townsville, dry tropics.
Hi Lindsay, if it is still tacky there may be an issue preventing the coating from fully curing. Often it's because coats were applied thick or too soon after each other, if you have some left over product our first recommendation is to clean with UltraPrep Timber Cleaner again and apply a very thin coat of UltraDeck to restart the curing process (it should only take 7 days to stop being tacky in ideal conditions). I would recommend giving our technical team a call on 1800 630 285 so that they could ask you a few questions to be sure this is the right way forward for your project.
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