How to protect and enhance your exterior timber with Aquadeck

What to use: Cabot’s Aquadeck

Why you should use it: Aquadeck is highly durable, low odour water based decking oil is lightly pigmented and has been designed to enhance and protect the natural look of your exterior timber. Hard-wearing, it lasts two times longer than other oil-based decking oils – no more constant re-application!


How it works: Aquadeck's advanced dual technology allows natural oils to penetrate and nourish timber, creating a durable acrylic barrier for a beautiful natural finish. It is ideal for use on decks, garden furniture, pergolas, fences and gates.

Get Started

Before you get started, there are a few things you’ll need to do first – preparation is key!
Preparing the surface properly before you begin allows the oil to glide on smoothly for even coverage. 

New Bare Timber

To coat new bare timber immediately, scrub damp timber with Cabot’s New Timber Prep, following label instructions. New Timber Prep will draw out tannins and oils quickly from the surface, allowing you to skip the 4-6 weeks weathering process required for new timber. Always follow New Timber Prep with Cabot’s Deck Clean following label instructions. Remove excess water from the surface with squeegee on Cabot’s Deck Prep brush and allow timber to dry for at least 1 hour.

Note: Cooler conditions could slow down the drying time of the timber.


Previously Painted or Varnished Timber

Remove back to bare timber using a paint stripper, or sanding. For exterior surfaces clean with Cabot’s Deck Clean following label instructions.


Previously Stained and Oiled Timber

For exterior surfaces clean with Cabot’s Deck Clean following label instructions. Test if the surface is ready for coating by sprinkling water on the timber. If the water ‘beads’ on the surface further weathering, sanding or use of a timber stripper is required before applying Cabot’s Aquadeck. If the water soaks into the surface, you are ready to apply Cabot’s Aquadeck. See application steps below.


Weathered and Grey Timber

Sand timber back to fresh timber. Clean with Cabot’s Deck Clean following label instructions. 

Note: Fill holes and imperfections with a suitable timber putty after applying the first coat of Aquadeck.


Stir Cabot’s Aquadeck thoroughly with a broad flat paddle before and during use. Using a brush, apply the product liberally along the length of the board, including exposed edges and the ends of each board.
After you’re finished applying, leave your timber to dry for one hour before applying a second coat. Too easy!