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Top Tips for DIY Deck and Woodcare Maintenance

DIY doesn’t have to be a disaster. Deck care and maintenance can be easy and achievable, as well as long lasting. All it takes is a few of the right tools, correct application and a little elbow grease to keep your outdoor entertaining area in top shape.

Wendy Payne, Business Development Manager for Simply Woodcare by Haymes, shares her insider tips for DIY deck cleaning and finishing. 

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It all starts with a solid foundation

Find out what type of timber you’re using and don’t be afraid to ask a Haymes expert for a few recommendations on the perfect way to prepare your timber before applying your desired timber coating.

Weather away

A tip for new timber: allow the wood to weather properly – expose it to sunlight and water over a recommended period of time depending on the timber type. This will remove any surface tannins and natural resins that can affect how the timber finish is absorbed.

After the timber is well weathered, clean it with an oxalic-based wood cleaner, such as Haymes Simply Woodcare Wood Cleaner.

Don’t skimp on tools

Invest in a good-quality brush or applicator – this will make a wealth of difference for long-term deck care and maintenance.

Follow the instructions

It may sound simple, but with DIY projects, it’s always beneficial to ensure you use the correct amount of product per square metre. As a rule thumb, if you’re using a product like Simply Woodcare’s Dexpress, one litre works for 10 square metres of decking. So a 10 litre can will cover 100 square metres with a single coat, or 50 square metres with a twin coat.

Keep up the good work

Don’t let your outdoor entertainment area deteriorate – maintain your deck. Clean the surface area regularly with a mild detergent and keep a lookout for signs that your deck may need a recoat: patchiness or colour deterioration are tell-tale signs. Regular upkeep and maintenance will extend the lifespan of your deck.

With the right product, like Simply Woodcare’sDexpress – an easy-to-use, fast-drying stain – your deck will have a low-lustre, long-lasting finish, protecting it from rain, hail or shine. You’ll have one less thing to worry about, so even when guests show up unannounced, you’ll be able to count on your deck for support, without a peel or crack in sight.

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Here's some How-to DIY decking videos to help you do up your deck.









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Born in Ballarat in 1935, our family run business is now in the hands of the fourth generation of Haymes.

Over the years, each member has taken care to hand on the commitment and passion for crafting quality products. After all, it is our name and reputation on the can. Family Owned A But just because we have history, don't think we're stuck in our ways. We're driven to bring new and better products to market, ensuring you'll always have the best. We've already made advances like paint that self-primes, blocks stains, trim paint that has the benefits of an enamel but is low odour and water based, plus low/zero VOC coatings that don't compromise on quality. Keep an eye out for even more new and improved products to come.

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We live and breathe our values of individuality, independence and integrity. It's why you can be sure we'll never treat you like a number, never take shortcuts with the quality of our products or our service and why you'll find us at exclusive paint retailers.

Haymes branded products aren't available in the big, corporate hardware stores. We choose to sell our products through independent retailers where we know the quality of personal service and advice matches the quality of our products.

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 Complies with EPA guidelines for painting equipment clean-up
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 Reduces water usage
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Haymes Paintright Dandenong held a training day at Hill’s Men’s Shed in Cockatoo.  Haymes donated the product to coat their shed’s flooring, with our Ultimate Two Pack Epoxy Coating and Seamless flooring. 

We ran the training over 2 days with Business Development Manager’s, Head Office’s -  Service Express, Store staff and the Store Manager from Haymes Paintright Dandenong.

The Men from the shed supplied a BBQ and morning tea.

The Men’s Shed has a large sign at the front of the shed of businesses that have sponsored them which Haymes is one of. They also gave us a certificate of appreciation and a poster of photos from the two days.

Haymes also donated paint for their toilet area in the shed.

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