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How long do I have to wait to coat?

Congratulations on your new deck. Everyone loves the way their deck looks on the day it’s built, and they generally want to preserve that look. There’s a process you have to follow in order to give your deck the best chance at staying beautiful for as long as possible.

  1. While you may be keen to coat your new deck straight away – don’t! New timber needs to be exposed to Mother Nature for 4-6 weeks before you can prepare it and finally coat it. 

    This is because your new timber deck is still full of Tannins and Oils, which, if left on the surface of the timber, can ruin your beautifully applied coating. If you live in a particularly dry area (or your deck is undercover), hose down the deck every couple of days to help this leaching process.
  1. Over the course of 4-6 weeks, your deck should have greyed off a little and appear to have dried out. You might notice the tannins have sat on the surface and caused dark patches.
  1. To bring your deck back to a natural appearance and prepare it for coating, thoroughly scrub with Cabot’s Deck Clean, leaving on the surface for 10-15 minutes before hosing it off.
  1. Allow the deck to fully dry before applying your decking oil of choice.

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