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wizer

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As the title suggests... I am on the final furlong of my decking project and will be ready to treat the wood by next weekend. The treatrment I have is Seasonite and does not mention sanding in it's directions. Although there are a few planks where I have felt a sanding would benifit. However, am I making work for myself? I would use a ROS and Detail sander.

Also the Decking came with the end grain treated with a kind of wax. Can anyone tell me what this product is and if it is availible for me to use myself. I have been treating cut ends with a blue treatment but the wax gives the wood a more attrractive finish for those ends that will be seen.


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Not sure what material you have used on your deck, mine is the groved softwood type and this doesn't need any sanding.

I put it down last year and still haven't got around to doing the planking although the hand rail is done.

I guess if some of the wood looks rough then a quick sand won't do it any harm.
 

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Thanks Waka

It's Brazilian Yellow Balau hardwood. I may just sand the bits that look like they need it.
 

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that should reaslly come up nice with a clear decking oil.

When I did the hand rail the first coat just dissapeared, I guesds that was because I left it so long, but the second coat really brought out the features in the wood.

Hoipefully get some good weather so I can do the decking.

Don't forget to share the pic's with us when its all done. it helps me see where I went wrong.
 
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