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Water-based penetrating finish for new and weathered wood

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  • Easily apply directly to both new and weathered wood
  • Provides advanced UV protection, preventing the wood from fading
  • Highly penetrative formula resulting in no peeling or flaking
  • Protects the wood from warping, splitting and cracking
  • Easy to apply and maintain – no sanding or stripping required

Owatrol’s Aquadecks is a penetrating water-based wood finish that leaves a long-lasting, rich, matte finish for all woods, including exotic hardwoods.

For easy application, Aquadecks is ready to use, dries quickly and has a low odor.

Because it saturates and stabilizes the wood, Aquadecks has minimal cracking, warping and other damage caused by UV rays and moisture.

Due to Aquadecks being non-film forming (resulting in no peeling or flaking) it is easy to maintain without the need for sanding and stripping.

For both interior or exterior use, Aquadecks works perfectly on horizontal and vertical surfaces; such as decks, outdoor furniture or cladding and can be applied directly onto new or weathered wood.

Ideal uses for Aquadecks

  • For exterior or interior wood.
  • Can be used on hardwoods such as: ipé, ironwood, mahogany and teak.
  • Can be used on softwoods such as: pine, spruce, cedar, pressure-treated woods etc.
  • Perfect for decking, yard furniture, cladding, fences etc.

Always read the Aquadecks Product Information before using and follow the instructions carefully.

Surface preparation

Surfaces must be thoroughly clean, dry and free of dirt, grease, grime, mildew and previous coatings.

Treat mildew with a 50/50 bleach and water solution. Scrub solution on to the surface and allow to stand for 10-15 minutes; rinse thoroughly.

After stripping and cleaning, allow the wood to dry 2-3 good drying days or until it has reached a moisture content of 18% or less before applying the finish.

Aquadecks can only be applied to bare wood surfaces or a weathered wood surface that was previously finished with Aquadecks.

All other finishes must be completely and thoroughly removed. If necessary sand surface after stripping and cleaning (80 grit paper).

For application onto new wood surfaces

New wood surfaces have a hard shiny surface called mill glaze that prevents maximum penetration and bonding of any finish; this should be removed prior to application in order to ensure maximum performance of the finish.

Treat the surface with Aquanett and then neutralized with Net-Trol. Alternatively, mechanically or manually abrade surface with 80 grit paper.

Clean off all loose wood particles.

Test wood for absorbency by sprinkling water on the surface. If water is absorbed rapidly, the surface is ready for finishing.

For application onto untreated weathered woods

Untreated wood surfaces that have weathered longer than 6 months should be thoroughly cleaned with undiluted Net-Trol to ensure that all loose wood fibers, dirt and other surface contaminants are removed.

For application onto previously treated surfaces (oiled)

All oils or sealers must be completely and thoroughly removed with Aquanett and the stripped surface neutralized with Net-Trol before applying Aquadecks.

For application onto previously treated surfaces (paint, stain, varnish, waterproofers etc)

All previous coatings must be completely and thoroughly removed with Prepdeck and the stripped surface neutralized with Net-trol before applying Aquadecks.

Note: Hardwoods including exotic hardwoods and woods rich in tannins i.e. cedar, douglas fir, teak, ipe etc may darken
with Aquanett and Prepdeck, but neutralizing with Net-Trol immediately after rinsing will lighten and restore the wood’s color.


  • Apply 2 even applications of Aquadecks ‘wet on wet’.
  • Apply a 1st liberal application of Aquadecks and allow to penetrate into the wood.
  • Apply 2nd application as soon as the wet look of the 1st application has disappeared (normally 15- 20 minutes) and allow to penetrate into the wood.
  • For very porous surfaces a 3rd application may be needed.
  • Brush out any puddles within 20 minutes of applying the last application to avoid Aquadecks drying as shiny spots on the surface.
  • Do not allow Aquadecks to become touch dry or dry between applications.
  • Aquadeck’s place is in the wood not on the surface. Do not create a film on the surface, as this will affect the coating’s performance.


General directions

Maintenance is due when the treated wood takes on a weathered gray look or has severely faded.

Clean surface including severely faded or weathered areas that have turned gray with undiluted Net-Trol before applying a maintenance application of Aquadecks.

Surfaces with harsh exposures to the sun, weather or foot traffic will show wear more quickly than other areas. In these cases, clean affected areas with undiluted Net-Trol and re-apply Aquadecks as directed under “Application” instructions above, blending into areas which still have good color.

For very porous or badly weathered surfaces a 2nd application may be required; this should be applied as directed under “Application” instructions above.

Areas retaining good color do not need re-treating.

Decks and other horizontal surfaces

Most decks and horizontal surfaces do not need re-treating every year.

A single application of Aquadeks every second year will be sufficient to refresh the natural beauty of the deck/horizontal surface and maintain protection.

Cleaning with Net-Trol once a year between treatments to remove dirt and contamination will renew the appearance of the wood.

For general re-treating follow directions under “Surface Preparation” and “Application”.

Cladding and other vertical surfaces

Cladding and vertical surfaces do not require annual maintenance.

When Aquadecks shows signs of wear and weathering (turning gray) then a maintenance application is required.

Clean surface with undiluted Net-Trol and re-treat with a single application of Aquadecks according to “Application” instructions above, to replace the material that has weathered out.

Clean Up

Due to Aquadecks being a water-based product, you only need soap and water to clean up.

Things to Remember

  • Use as is – do not thin.
  • Mix thoroughly before and periodically during application.
  • For color uniformity, mix all product together that is to be applied to any one area or section.
  • Cover everything you do not wish to coat, including plants and shrubs.
  • Apply between 10°C and 30°C.
  • Do not apply if cold and/or wet weather is expected within 12 hours.
  • Always work the entire length of a deck board or horizontal siding to a logical break, such as a window or door frame or end of a deck board.
  • Vertical siding should be coated from top to bottom.
  • Never stop application in the middle of the board or wall.
  • Never apply in direct sunlight or to hot surfaces.
  • Do not allow to dry between coats – apply Aquadecks ‘wet on wet’.
  • After spray application, always back-brush or back-roll to improve penetration and uniformity of coverage


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Coverage: 5m2 (54 ft²) per liter per 2 coats
Tools: Brush, roller or airless sprayer
Suitable for: Exterior & Interior use
Clean up: Soap & water
Drying Time: 4-24 hours (dependent on humidity)
Re-coating Time: Apply ‘wet-on-wet’
Suitable Surfaces: All new & weathered wood