Wood deck oils give a "wet" effect to the wood and tend to make it more matt, darker. This may not be a suitable finish for you. If you use products that are unsuitable for outdoor woods, such as linseed oils for wood decks, the effect will be ephemeral and your deck will soon become blackened.
If you have applied an oil to your wooden deck and you wish to apply another finish such as a wood deck saturator, this is possible. Renovating an oiled wooden deck goes through a few steps that we will explain to you. First of all, you need to understand how to degrease a wooden deck. Then you may need to degrease and sanitise it and protect it with a wood deck saturator.
First of all, when you wish to apply another finish to an oiled wooden deck, the previously applied oil must be removed. But then with which product should you degrease a wooden deck ?
You need to de-oil your wood with a degreasing product for wooden decks. For this, we advise you to use Wood Cleaner N100 which is a ready-to-use wood degreaser, or Concentrated Wood Cleaner N140 which you will need to dilute before use. It is a degreaser for exotic or European wood. You can clean with one of the degreasing products for wood decks that we have just presented to you, which you can apply with a brush. Leave the product to work for about 20 minutes to degrease the wood, then rinse with plenty of water and leave to dry. If you want to use a high pressure cleaner, we recommend you read this article. In addition to de-oiling a wooden deck, the degreasing products remove any black marks or mould from your wood.
After de-oiling your wooden deck, in some cases a dull grey appearance remains on your wooden deck. This is a slight grey haze. This is a natural phenomenon due to repeated exposure to UV light, weather and other natural elements. To alleviate this phenomenon, we advise you to use a wood deck degreaser such as the Degreaser DG105. It is important to apply the wood degreaser after de-oiling a wooden deck. This is because this product can be applied to untreated wood without any old finishes.
In the case of a wooden deck, it is important to ensure that new germs do not develop on your wood in the future. You can do this by applying a sanitising product such as Sanitizing Primer For Wood PA400 by spraying. This product does not eliminate the blackened appearance of the wood like a degreasing cleaner such as Wood Cleaner N100, but it eliminates germs and bacteria sometimes not visible to the naked eye that could develop again on your wood. It is useful if you live in a very humid area and have regularly seen mould on your exterior wood in the past.
We advise you to apply a saturator when renovating a wooden deck. The saturator is a non-film-forming product. This property is very interesting since the maintenance of a wooden deck can be done without stripping or sanding. Once you have applied your saturator, you will need to apply a new coat every year or even every two years on average. All you will have to do is clean your deck with plenty of water and dust before applying a new coat. To find out when to apply a new coat, you can look at the condition of your wood. As soon as you find it dull, it's time to apply a new coat of wood deck saturator. Wood saturator is a product that allows you to restore the shine of a wooden deck with relatively simple use.
In addition to renovating your wooden deck and restoring the original colour of the wood, the saturator penetrates deep into the wood. It nourishes the wood on your deck, preventing it from flaking over time.
To renovate a wooden terrace effectively, it is advisable to apply the products when the weather conditions are ideal. Make sure it does not rain the next day or two and avoid application in full sunlight.
In principle, the choice of saturator depends on the species of your wood. For resinous wood (pine, Douglas, larch, red cedar), we recommend the Terrace Wood Saturator ST600. For exotic wood (ipe, teak, cumaru, itauba, garapa), we recommend the Exotic Wood Saturator SBE600. Our saturators are available in colourless or stained versions. The tinted versions are made up of pigments that reinforce the protection of a wooden deck against UV rays.
In case your wooden deck is highly exposed to UV light, we advise you to choose a stained version. However, if you do not wish to change the natural appearance of your wood and your deck is exposed to direct sunlight, you can choose the colourless version and apply a primer that acts against UV rays such as Anti-UV Wood Primer PUV400 before wood deck saturator. This anti-UV primer will give you reinforced protection against UV rays.
Finally, for a thermopressed bamboo terrace, you should rather turn to the Special Bamboo Resin RSB600 which is a protection specially adapted for this material.