Aussie Clear – Decking oil for all hardwood timber
Decking Oil for all hardwood timber
AUSSIE CLEAR and AUSSIE CLEAR LIGHT are Preschem’s range of decking oil for all hardwood timber. The philosophy behind this is that most hardwood timbers available in Australia are very similar in their properties. Even if their natural appearance are different. Thus a simple range of timber finishes will fit the bill.
Most people should be aware that the AUSSIE CLEAR range is lightly pigmented with a “transparent” pigment. This will appear “clear” on all mid to dark toned timber, but the pigment will show up on blond or light toned hardwood.
To correctly chose which version of our decking oil product to use it’s very simple. The original AUSSIE CLEAR should be used for mid to dark toned timbers such as Spotted Gum, Jarrah, Ironbark, Redgum, Merbau.
However, Aussie Clear is also suitable for Western Red Cedar, which is a softwood. For blond to light toned timbers such as Blackbutt, Yellow Stringybark and Cypress Pine, Aussie Clear Light should be used.
So what purpose does the pigment server? There are three very good reasons for having a “transparent” pigment:
- The best UV protection currently available. “Transparent” pigments offer superior performance in preventing grey weathering of exposed timber.
- Colour stability. As any decking oil ages, it will fade faster in some areas than others over time. This is due to timber being a natural product. The pigment evens the appearance out while this happens.
- Restoring the natural colour. A timber deck that has been there for some time will have bled out all its natural colours. By adding pigment to timber finishes, it restores the natural colours*.
*Be sure to read this article on Grey Deck Cleaner, Preschem’s highly effective deck wash. The article contains tips and tricks on how to properly prepare your deck for oiling.
Looking for a store that sells Aussie clear light for hardwood timbers
Bought my last can from Masters – now can’t seem to find it.
It is without question the BEST oil I’ve ever used – it’s fantastic!!!!!
Hi Wez, Thank you for your feedback. We do have a store locator on the website, but all stockists may not stock all products. I will get our web developer to relocate the stockist link from the footer of the page to the top of the page.
Since the closure of Masters, you can still find our products in M10, Home or Thrifty Hardware stores, plus a number of independent hardware or paint stores. The first 3 franchise chains mentioned can order it directly from us, as we have an agreement in place with the Independent Hardware Group.
If you still have trouble, feel free to call the team on 1800 641 711.
I have 10ltr tin of clear light, can I use this on aged treated pine?
Hi Paul, yes you can use Aussie Clear light on aged treated pine. There are a few of things to note though.
1. Treated pine is more porous and lower density than hardwoods so you may find it doesn’t last as long as it would on hardwood.
2. AC Light is lightly pigmented with a “transparent oxide” pigment. This pigment will look a little like wet straw when finished.
3. As always, make sure you properly prepare your deck with an oxalic acid cleaner to get the best possible results, and read the instructions on the can.
Can I use this on sanded back jarrah flooring?
Yes you can but please remember that this is designed for exterior situations.
In addition, it will still require re-oiling every 12-15 months or so. If you’re wanting to use a traditional penetrative oil for your floorboards inside, then I would also consider the true and tried linseed (or tung) oil, thinners and terebin drier. These should be available at your local specialist paint store.
Or you could go for a number of water or 2 pack polyurethane floor finishes which last a lot longer. But if you go with the 2 pack polyurethane, be prepared to move out for a few days until the fumes subside. Take that from personal experience.
Note that these options all have their strengths and weakneses. I chose a satin 2 pack polyurethane on my silvertop ash floorboards because its so hard wareing. It’s yellowed a bit, which is noticeable because of the blond timber, but otherwise is still looking great 13 years on.
I have to coat a very expensive piece of “purple heart” hard wood for a bench on a new deck.
At the moment we have very high humidity and temps in the 16 to 20 range.
I and the builder were advised to use norelane Marine grad varnish but due to the humidity I’m now looking elsewhere.
This timber will have to endure full sun and a lot of weather.
My question is will this be okay to apply in high humidity?
Will,it seal the timber enough to stop staining from drinks food etc?
Can it be re sanded and re coated periodically?