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I have had a large decked area in the garden now for many years - probably at least 10 years. Initially we applied a dark green woodstain onto the timbre decking planks and we also have what can only be described as a very fine weaved trellis on the sides of the decking. After applying the woodstain we then protected it with Cuprinol Anti-slip Decking Treatment. The treatment I buy is a 2.5l tin and it dries clear. It is there to protect the decking from the elements and leaves you with a non-abrasive, anti-slip finish. The tin also states that this product contains algicides with protect the wood from green algae and mould - the main culprits of slips and falls on untreated decking. The treatment also creates a water repellent finish which seals and protects the wood from the British weather. I always apply the Cuprinol Treatment before the Winter. After heavy Summer use it is best to treat the decking before the Winter, when most of the damage is done.
Cuprinol decking treatment can be used on all types of new or used bare and stained timber decking. The tin suggests that the 2.5l contents will be sufficient for 30 square metres of decking for a single coat. Also outlined is that to ensure the correct protection is achieved you must not apply the treatment too thinly. The first year I used this treatment it took a number of coats. Obviously this was due to the wood having absorbed a lot of woodstain and as it is very absorbent at first.
This treatment takes anywhere between 2 and 6 hours until it is dry to the touch, and it is advised not to apply the next coat until the previous coat is fully dry. Whilst wood specifically designed for use as decking is already pre-treated I wanted the reassurance of this Cuprinol product. As I always intended to use it each year i wanted to use it from day one, and I have never had any problems with the decking at any point. I also ensure the decking is cleaned regularly to make sure it is kept in top condition. I would strongly recommend this decking treatment as I have had a lot of positive experiences from its use. it is easy to apply but the cost has to be the only let-down. At around the £20 mark for a 2.5l tin it isn't cheap at all. For the cost of my decking I feel it is essential not to scrimp on poor quality decking treatments - only the very best will do.
We bought this anti slip decking treatment from our local saturday outdoor market and we are very pleased with the results. When we bought it the man only had one tin so we said we would try it and buy more if it was any good. We opened the tin and it was white so we thought he had given us a different one, but it went on white and then came clear. It was a hot day and dried quickly. You could feel the difference as soon as you walked on it and when it rained it was not slippy at all. Unfortunately as we only bought one tin we didnt have enough to finish the decking and when we went back to the market he didnt have any more. We have tried homebase and focus and cannot find this anti slip in their stores and when we asked them they just said it must be at our other branch (which it wasnt) I have emailed cuprinol twice for information as to where we can buy it but they havent replied. So at the moment I have one half of the decking slippy and the other half non slippy. So if anyone can let me know where to buy more from we would be grateful. It is really good though and would recommend it to everyone
Cuprinol anti-slip decking treatment really seems to do "just what it says on the tin"
It is a clear varnish (although it goes on and looks white, but goes clear on drying)
It is an anti slip, that helps esp. when wet. It is water repellent, and helps protect the decking from rot.
It works in 2 ways: firstly but patented micro bead technology, that gives a non abrasive finish, but it certainly feels very secure underfoot. Secondly, it has a algaecide, and anti mould formula, to stop slippy algae and mould growing on the decking.
It is useful for any deck that is in shade, but also as a winter preparation, when any deck gets reduced sunlight on it, hence increasing the likelihood of algae formation.
It can be used on any bare new or used decking, or decking that has been treated with stains. But if you are going to use it on decking that has had more penetrating treatments, the manufacturers suggest you let it weather first.
A 2.5 litre tin (the only size it comes in) will treat an area of approx 30m2 for one coat. You may need to apply 2 coats. It is important that you do not apply to thinly.
My garden is north facing, and as the deck is at the top of the garden, gets no sun in winter, and had turned into a "cresta run", bet Oct and April. Going out to feed the animals in the morning was life threatening. So I decided to avoid litigation, when my neighbour looks after the pets when I am away, I thought I'd better treat the decking.
I bought my cuprinol anti slip deck paint from home base, and it cost about £28.00 for a 2.5 litre pot. They say you can apply with a roller or brush.
I decided to use a brush because it is VERY TOXIC TO ANY AQUATIC ANIMAL, and as the decking surrounds our ponds, needed to be very careful.
It was very easy to apply, just needed to be stirred regularly, and painted on. The tin says takes 4-6 hours to dry, but mine dried much quicker than that, and I did apply a second coat, over danger areas, like the steps.
Had just finished applying the 2nd coat, when one of the cats decided to walk thru it. So ended up bathing the cat, as I wasn't sure it wouldn't hurt them, and didn't want it all over the carpet!. That really was the hardest part of the job.
It took me about 1 hour to do first coat, and 30 mins for 2nd coat (then 10m ins to bathe and dry cat and half an hour to dress wounds from bathing cat)
I did this back in September, and I have to say, each time I step out on it I am astounded as to how non slip it really is. I will be interested to see what it is like with a frost.
So yes, it is a little pricey, but I didn't use all of it, so can touch up as necessary, and if I only do it once a year, it will be fine.
I am really impressed with the product and ease of use
Well recommended, if a little pricey.
Seal and protect your deck with a water repellent finish to make it safer in wet conditions.