Used the Intergrain natural finish wood oil on a Macrocarpa table I recently built. Great looking finish with two coats. A bit on the costly side for a small tin (lost a star there) but still worth it for the finish. I’ve included a pic of a block of macrocarpa After 8 weeks of weathering - the right third has 1 coat, the middle has 2 and the top left is unfinished.
Timber will go BLACK in under 4 months
Built a new house with 60 sqm spotted gum deck and was persuaded by marketing to use Intergrain nature's oil to seal and protect this, hoping to keep the colour in the beautiful timber. We left the deck for a couple of months to dry, then used Reviva as per the instructions, then applied the Nature's oil, again following instructions. It looked good for a couple of weeks and seemed to repel the moisture. Soon however it was clear that water was again penetrating the timber. I applied a 3rd coat of the natures oil at that stage.
This week I gave...
Intergrain Nature's Timber Oil on Cedar
I noticed a similar review stating Intergrain Oil was excellent for Cedar, unfortunately I totally disagree. I spent a lot of money building a shed with Cedar 3 years ago because I loved the red in the timber. I was advised to use Intergrain Timber Oil to maintain the colour. I now have a black shed and the only natural Cedar colour left is the top board which is protected from the sunlight. The colour change from natural Cedar to almost black is not only disappointing, I have wasted a lot of money on both timber and Intergrain. I am conf...ident my colour has gone due to sunlight because anything that is shaded has maintained a natural look. I have a small amount of Cedar inside and that has not turned black. I should have purchased a cheaper product and applied it more often to maintain my Cedar colour.
Easy to use product with a great result (even for newbies)
We oiled a new mixed Australian hardwood deck with Intergrain Nature's Timber Oil (Natural colour) and are very happy with the result - I've attached some before and after pics. This is the first time we have oiled a deck, so were a bit nervous about using an oil (over the water based products which everyone said were easier to use, but didn't bring out the features of the timber as well) but I'm really glad we went with the oil. The deck looks amazing (it has really made the timber look fab!) and the product was forgiving and very easy to us...e (even for novices). We applied two coats in one day (the weather was just about perfect which helped) with the four hour gap between coats as recommended by the manufacturer (I was surprised how quickly it was touch dry, but the weather was good and we did put a bit of effort into prepping the deck properly which I think means the oil soaks in better). The 'after' pic is just after the last coat, so it still looks a bit wet, the final product is a bit less shiny. We'll definitely use this product again when it comes time for maintenance. My only warning would be if you have a blonder wood deck (spotted gum for example) and want a really clear/lighter finish - this oil gives the blonder wood a more of a yellowish colour. Works fine for us with our mixed hardwoods and the look we were going for, but might be worth testing an off-cut or a hidden corner if you want a lighter finish on blonde wood.
First time oiling a new deck
I just had a 9X3 metre deck built and I wanted to make sure it would be protected. I looked at a number of forums to see if oil based would be better than water based finishes. I decided to apply an oil based finish and selected Intergrain Natures Timber Oil - natural. The deck was built with Kapur. I applied the first coat, using the lambswool pad, and it soaked in very quickly. It was touch dry in about 20mins. There was no purple hazing or abnormal staining. The deck looked great. The next day I applied a second coat and that went on just as...easy. I waited approximately 20 to 30 minutes and noticed there appeared to be some wet patches. I got an oates floor dry mop with a micro fibre head and swept the whole deck removing any oil which was pooling on the deck. I checked it again after about an hour and the deck was looking great. It had a consistent mat coverage which showed the grain of the timber and had dried without any tacky surfaces. The deck looks great. Its a slightly darker shade than original but I like it. Now to see how it holds up over time. I would recommend this product to anyone sealing a new deck.
Intergrain on cedar shed
I used the Intergrain Nature's Timber Oil on a cedar shed I recently made. 2 coats have brought out the beautiful colour variations in the cedar panelling... I have used this same oil for hard wood decking and love it.
For me its not only a pleasure to use, but the finish and product longevity is excellent. I see why its the best in the market.
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Too Yellow, feel exactly like Cabot's natural decking oil.
Bought on July and just applied on front decking spotted gum, when open the lid, it's looks and feels exactly same as Cabot's natural decking oil, only except you can smell a bit of eucalypt's more than real oil smell. I had bad yellow experience with Cabot's decking oil with spotted gum, so I bought this "top oil", unfortunately, it's as yellow as Cabot's, I don't know about the 95% recycle, or other natural stuff on the intergrain oil, but I think it's waste of money if you apply on spotted gum, might be ok with dark color wood, i.e Merbau, J...arrah etc, but not really good for spotted gum, all beautiful spotted gum clean true color turn to really smoke yellowish, hopefully it'll last a bit longer than other decking oil, otherwise will be totally waste of money. At this stage, I think Wattyl weatherguard decking oil natural is best suit spotted gum, when you open lid, it's a bit reddish or a hint of pinkish color compare with total yellowish with Cabot's and Intergrain oil, this reddish or hint of pinkish seems best suit spotted gum from my point of view. I just bought 10L from Paint Spot, they are on 20% sale for all paint now till Dec 30th... really good value. There are too many decking oils, I only have time try these 3x type myself... if you have new spotted gum and you want to keep the really original color, I think Wattyl weatherguard decking oil natural (oil based) is the best so far. If you have old spotted gum, I think might be good to select slightly dark color, i.e Merbau oil might be last a bit longer.
Bought this from Bunnings - Obviously, you never get what you need for the application you need it for at Bunnings.
Prefer Simply Woodcare over this product any day. I wasn't happy with the outcome and had to remove it all and restain it with Haymes Woodcare products. Took me a long time to fix it, so do it right, get it done right first time so you don't have to revisit it for a long time.
Best choice of oil based product!
Having just sanded back my 40m2 merbau deck after being disappointed by Intergrains Ultradeck requiring strict maintenance time lines I decided an oil based product was best. I tested a number of oils but found Natures timber oil in Natural provided the best natural colour. It is much easier and a lot quicker to apply then water based products and doesn’t show cut in lines.
I coated twice and on the second coat removed the excess oil with a rag after 20minutes.
The deck will have a strong oil smell for a few days.
The deck will look very dar...
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Merbau on old Merbau - bad, on new - good
This was applied to a pre-coated 10 year old deck that had the ridges up as well as a 4 year deck that had not previously been coated with the smooth side up.
I tested on a new piece of Merbau and it looked great.
It is easy to apply though the preparation takes much longer as you have to use their proprietary products to clean the decking which I used along with pressure cleaning the deck three times prior to application.
Well, shock horror when applied there was a strong blue tinge nothing like the new Merbau. I contacted Intergrain and wa...
Hi we have a 36 sqm deck area and have just finished 2 coats of Intergrain timber oil and not happy, it has become very sticky even after 5-6 days left to rest. We used the Merbau on Merbau oil,did a pre wash with the appropriate product and did a gerni before and after. Patchy black stains still show up as well from previous water marks.??????.
Merbau on Merbau tiber- Bad Idea- Very dissapointed
I have a 54 sqm deck which took me 5 months to build. Thinking the amount of time spent on it, I would spend extra to get a good Timber oil. So decided to get Intergrain Timber oil- Merbau. I was very disappoint to see spotting and the timber has gone dark. I have used cabbots and feastwatson on my previous decks and should have used them instead of Intergrain. The quality of the oil is average and feel ripped off in paying more for this brand. I have spots all over the deck, all the grain imperfections show on the timber and it is too dark.
I would not recommend this product to anyone.
Jarrah on Jarrah - amazing
After being recommended the intergrain product by a professional painter, I used the Ultradeck product, with mixed results. The surface peeled within 12 - 18 months of 1st application. On another deck, i used the natures timber oil in natural tint on a pacific jarrah hardwood. This went on well, however hid a little of the grain. After approx 12 months, it was reapplied, as per the directions, after being prepped with Reviva. It wasn't quite the colour we had been chasing. When the timber was wet, it had beautiful reds and an amazing grain. Af...ter application of the natural timber oil, it went a brown / dark brown colour. We then used the natures timber oil in Jarrah, on Pacific Jarrah timber, and well, what can i say, except amazing!!! It has coloured the timber close to what it appears when wet, and the grain is very visible. On application, a strange blue / purple colour was evident on the surface, however, upon application of the second coat, this blue purple colour reappeared, but was buffed off within 30 mins of application with an old tea towel, basically polishing the timber. It is now smooth, lustrous and has a slight gloss. This particular colour and product is excellent, and fits our specific needs exactly. The great thing about the oil is the timber is able to be rejuvenated reasonable easy (some elbow grease required), as opposed to sanding in the event of a failure of the 'sealer' type water based oil. Couldn't be happier!!
Excellent natural finish
Extremely easy to apply with wool applicator and leaves a natural finish. My deck has maintained its colour and you can see the grain of the wood through the oil which I like and because it soaks in doesn't form a film on top and therefore it doesn't peel like others I have used in other locations. Have been using it for 5 years on spotted gum deck which is in full sun and not covered. It needs to be applied thinly and the excess wiped away. Have been applying it every year and clean with Revive and pressure hose before applying. Because is soaks in there is no peeling.
Excellent product use on Bali furniture to keep it from cracking
I use this product on my Bali furniture and apply with a cloth and rub it into the wood no spots or drips just soaks right in. It enriches our Balinese furniture and no cracks. I apply it once a year before winter. Best product easy to apply. Well done Intergrain.
Too dark and and spotty
As in my question in the Q&A, first coat looked ok as it was applied. But has gone far too dark for my liking and also has a spotty appearance. I have previously used Wattyl weather guard oil based and found it great, but was highly recommended to use Intergrain NTO. Big mistake. Applied on merbau as per instructions and have done about 60sqm. Not happy. Will be sanding again and you can what I will use.
I have spent 9 months every weekend building the deck out the back of my place. 90sqm Jarrah all the way. a big investment. It had to look the best. I looked at all the reveiws on here and tested a few of the waterbased products and decided i did not like the way they sat on the wood and formed a layer that might flake off later. sadly there are no sample pots of oil based decking oil at any store i went to. I took a wild shot in the dark ignoreded most of the reviews and went for 14lts of Natures timber oil in a Jarrah tint. The product was s...imple to apply and dried well and made the wood grain pop. On the second coat 2 days later it soaked in and left a blue oil film on the timber. I followed the instructions on the can and wiped off the excess oil (blue film) with an old beach towel and polished it back to a magnificent shine. I could not beleive how good it looks. The sun shines off like red brown glass. Would recommend to anyone. don't forget to buff off the excess and make sure it does not dry in the sun before you buff the oil off.
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Deck went a funny blue colour
Very, very unhappy with the results.
Worse still, I purchased 10 litres.
Small deck 1.2m x 2.m deck on the first coat looked like it had a strangeblue/purple tinge to the decking.
Too scared to apply a second or third coat.
Will be chasing my money back from Bunnings.
I was lucking I trialled it on my small deck. It could have been an absolute disaster on my big decks.
I have no idea why the negative reviews as I just completed my blackbutt decking boards and has come up a real treat! I have been doing detailed joinery for 30yrs + so I do understand the properties of timber. I coated my timber both sides and edges as to seal it all round prior to installation as I can't recommend highly enough to do this for a professional job. Once completed then proceed to give another coat on the surface to complete the job. Yes the timber will come up darker than you might think but it just adds to the richness of the ti...mber. No idea what some people are talking about being "orange'. If you didn't have a decent amount of tint you would be recoating the deck every couple of months or so....no one wants that! Great product Dulux and definitely will be highly recommending this product. The "Ultradeck" finish doesn't give the timber finish a natural look in my opinion and leaves it too glossy especially after several coats. Not to mention can be quite slippery when wet! NATURAL OIL every time for me :)
Questions & Answers
I have a deck in merbau deck which is 15 years old. I have maintained it with Cabots Aquadeck but in the process it has lost its natural grain look and appears flat brown in colour like its been painted. I stripped it back to its original grain using Intergrain timber stripper, and plan to use UltraPrep Timber Cleaner as well. Which is best to use Intergrain NTO or the Ultradeck Timber Oil? I note on the description, the Ultradeck is termed "water based coating". This concerns me as I don't want to go back to maintaining the deck with a layer upon layer coating which eventually covers the natural grain. What are the advantages of each?
I would definitely NEVER use NTO. Not ever. Worst decking oil ever. My deck was ruined by it in 4 months. Almost completely black. I have previously used Cabots Aquadeck and Intergrain Ultradeck elsewhere. Very similar products, ultradeck being slightly darker stain. They BOTH are acrylic and will build up and obscure the grain, so I am not a real fan (for the same reason as you).
If you love timber, use Cutek. This is real oil. you can choose the stain you add, to suit your taste (have to stain it to prevent greying) and it does take a couple of days to dry, BUT OMG, the result is spectacular. Grain is totally preserved, lovely and transparent and super water repellant. It looks to be much more expensive than the others, until you add in the coverage rates. You will cover about 2x the surface area per litre with this product, so it actually works out cheaper. I have done 60sqm of deck with this after stripping the NTO off and I couldn't be happier.
You will have to get rid of all the Aquadeck before using this or the result will be compromised. I found that fairly dilute Caustic soda (be careful with this stuff, wear eye protection and don't get it on your skin). Otherwise a light sand.
The data says that it will last 12 months between coats which is excellent. It is now my go to product, and I live and love timber....everywhere.
ps The Cutek extreme is the newer version. Slightly more expensive but is supposed to last longer, so probably worth the premium. Just remember the coverage is so good that the price is actually cheaper per sqm than the other rubbish. Hope that helps.
Hi. I have a new pine timber outdoor stairs. I am sealing the steps and deciding on what kind of oil to use afterwards.Is there a good timber oil you’d recommend to use on pine and how safe is to use on outdoor stairs. I am asking because I have previously used Nature’s Timber oil on hardwood and does look good but takes long to dry. I have read about wiping out the excess after 30 m of application but I have to say I didn’t do it. How do I wipe out the excess?. With Turpentine and a cloth?. Please advice.
Hi Silvia, to wipe off the excess of NTO we would recommend using a cloth or towel, no need to use turpentine. Wiping the excess is required and will drastically reduce the amount of time required to dry. To ensure you will be happy with the colour result, we recommend coating a test area first or an off cut of the timber as the colour of the timber does impact the overall colour result. If the steps are exposed to weather and likely to get wet, we would recommend using UltraDeck Slip Resistant either in natural or getting it tinted to the colour of your choice. If you'd like further advice specific to your project, please give our help & advice team a call on 1800 630 285. The Intergrain Team
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