Liberon Decking Oil Clear 5Ltr
Overpriced and has issues
Firstly the discounted price for this is about right, and is around the price point I've always paid for it, its not worth the stated Rrp.
I've used this a few times now, the finish colour from any clear oil is generally the colour of the deck when its wet, this though has a sheen and is more of a varnish looking finish. Looks nice.
The issue I have with this is that although it applies easily enough theres a flaw in the application method, the tin states to apply the second coat after 15mins and before the first coat dries, this means that you have to do a small area and wait, then apply the second coat before moving on otherwise your painting yourself to far away to apply the second coat and you'd have to stand on the tacky first coat, and if the first coat dries then it becomes waterproof and the second coat merely sits on top rather than penetrating. This is a nuisance and to me badly thought out by liberon!
All other oils I have used soak deep into the wood and do not leave a film on top like wood stain does, so oil is les likely to peel and flake off, this stuff does soak in but also leaves a layer on top like varnish, that is probably why water beads on top so well, but I went back to one deck i did a year ago and it had peeled in places, that being said the customer only paid for one coat though, so be warned. Will be going back to check this years decks in the future to see whether two coats fair any better.
At this point I could only recommend this oil over others in its ease of application (not application method) e.g No Nonsense is like water and splashes and flicks over everything, I'm still searching for the best all round oil.
29 Jul 2014
If you built your own deck as I did, it's kind of understandable to want to look after it and I spent a fair amount of time researching the best products to use. I've used a certain DIY brand before which to be fair does get good reviews, but Liberon came up time and time again as the best on the market and seemed to be recommended by professional installers which is always a good sign. Bought the 5L can at Screwfix at a 40% discount in the RRP which makes it an absolute no-brainer really. The oil went on very easily and cleanly using a normal paintbrush which is best for getting the oil into the board grooving. Finished it perhaps leaves the decking looking a little darker than I'd expected, but having said that the decking's come up as new and looks absolutely fabulous. I'd describe the finish as 'satin-like', i.e. it leaves a distinct sheen which only adds to the finished look in my view. Wholeheartedly recommended.
9 Jul 2014
Early indications are good
I've applied this to my decking and it goes on well and leaves an attractive finish. Initially, at least, it looks as if the wood is wet, but that is the finish.
We've since had a lot of rain, and the water is repelled, and sits on top of the wood.
I've only given it 4 stars as it is early days, and I don't know how long it lasts.
27 Jun 2014
Great wood treatment
This decking oil is the best preservative that I have used, I use it on decking, fencing and also on my shed. It is easy to apply, covers well and it is easy to clean the brushes after use. I would recomend this oil to anyone.
19 Jun 2014