Deck Sanding and Oiling

  • We sand all types of Timber Decks/Verandas/Walkways
  • Sanding of External Stairs/Ramps
  • We can apply a range of market leading decking finishes(see list)
  • Sand only ready for the customer to apply their own decking finishes.
  • We do a rough and medium sand to all decking

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Process for Re-Sanding / Oiling a Deck

  • Day 1
    • If we are just sanding a deck this will be completed in 1 day, but does depend on m2 and what work is involved.
    • We do a Rough and Medium Sand and punch nails if needed.
    • We apply the 1st coat of Oil/Finish chosen.
    • If the customer is oiling/applying finish, it is imperative that the first coat is applied as soon after the sanding is completed and most importantly before any weathering can occur especially rain.
  • Day 2
    • We will come back and apply the second coat of the chosen product.
  • Day 3
    • We return to apply usually the final coat (depends on coating system chosen)
    • If timber gets wet prior or during sanding stage, then we can't continue until it is dry.
    • At no time is anyone to walk on decks from when we commence the work until we complete the work and it is dry. Traffic on the decks during our sanding and coating processes can introduce contaminants and effect the end result.
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Process for Re Coating Deck (Maintenance Coat)

Day 1
  • Pre Wash/Scrub Deck
Day 2
  • Apply Maintenance Coat
  • Day 3
    • Apply Second Maintenance Coat

Do's & Don'ts for a freshly coated deck

  • You must wait 24 hours minimum before walking on decks and replacing furniture
  • Some decking products are affected by high levels of humidity, which can take oils longer to "tack" off completely
  • Put felt under all objects on decks and super glue if needed to prevent it falling off.
  • Plant Pots can leave rings and affect the coatings due to water pooling under/around pots bases/dishes.
  • These marks left from pot plants are not always easily removed and a complete resand may be required to remove them.
  • All decking finishes will scratch if things are dragged over the surface.
  • Liquids should be mopped up as soon as they are noticed as some drinks spilt on the coating can affect the finish.

Help, my deck is still tacky!

If you find your deck is still tacky after 24 hours, allow further drying time as this will usually remedy the problem.

If after 7 days it is still tacky, run a cold hose over the deck, let it dry and repeat this process until it tacks off. This process will help speed up the "taking off" process

Remember at different times of the year decks can take longer to tack off completely.



New Deck Care

Depending upon the timber type, many species need to be "bled" of Tannins before they can be sanded and finished eg Merbau/Kwila.

The bleeding process can be sped up with the use of "Sikkens Cetol BL Tannin & Oil Remover", followed by "Cetol BL Deck & Wood Cleaner" This process can take up to six months if allowed to bleed the traditional way. Using these products speeds it up so it can be done within weeks.

New decks do not have to be sanded , but they do need to have the application of the Deck & Wood Cleaner done prior to coating.

3 Coats of finish is usually applied depending upon the chosen product.

The Tannin and Oil remover and Wood Cleaner processes can be performed by the home owner to save money prior to us carrying out the sanding and/or coating stages.

How to clean your deck

  • A simple hosing down is sometimes all that is needed and a light sweep with a soft bristle brush.
  • Mop dirty decks using a mild detergent.
  • Oaxlic Acid wash will help remove mould spots.
  • If a BBQ has left fat deposits, try using white vinegar on some paper towel and wipe up fats/spills.

Safety requirements

  • New regulations for external steps and ramps need to have a non-slip coating applied. We also highly recommend this for around swimming pools.
  • We recommend Sikkens Deck Slip Resistant Finish.


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  • DR Main Floors are fantastic. They have done our whole family's floors for a number of years now and they always do an excellent and professional job and we couldn't be happier. We recently had our old pine floors polished and they look so gorgeous I wish we'd done them earlier.

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  • I'm not normally one to leave reviews but we had such a positive experience using D R Main that I'm happily writing one now. From the get go Alison and Glyn were helpful, informed and reliable. We had a slightly unusual situation because I was pregnant at the time of our floor polishing and so safety and speed were of high priority to us. Alison and Glyn delivered on safety and speed without compromising on quality. They really did their very best for us and the final look of the floors exceeded our expectations. We couldn't be happier with the results.

    Annabelle Winkler
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    Kate Griffiths
  • Everything went according to plan. Fantastic result,  professional and quite reasonable cost. Will have them do our deck next.

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  • Glyn and Alison provide wonderful service and high quality work. Used them in my own home and now looking to use them again

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  • D R Main Floors did an amazing job sanding, filling and polishing our floors. We removed a mix of carpet, tiles, and cork flooring to reveal hardwood Brushbox timber underneath. Alison and Glyn were supportive throughout the whole process, very patient (we had a lot of delays in our renovation) and did a fantastic job. We will definitely use them in the future if we ever need floor polishing completed again.

    Jonathan Midgley
  • D R Main were great to deal with from the start.  Alison came over and explained everything while quoting and bought samples of finishings with her.  Glyn started the work on the day he was booked and finished when he said he would.  The floors look spectacular - I had no idea they could look that good from their former state.  I would happily recommend D R Main floors to anyone looking for quality workmanship.

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  • Alison came round and talked us through the options and the best way of sanding and polishing our 100 year old timber home full of furniture. Very helpful and reasonably priced. She easily persuaded me to get the two decks oiled. Glynn turned up when he said he would and worked for as long as he predicted. His advice on closing doors and windows, and how to treat the new surfaces, was clear and sensible. The finished work was perfect. The wooden floors gleam and the decks look better than ever. I have hesitation in recommending them.

    Nick Brooking
  • We have just had our floor boards restored by Glynn and his team and whilst I was really dreading the whole experience, I have to say, not only do the floors look absolutely amazing (having been neglected for 20 + years) but the mess was minimal.  Glynn completely explained the costings, the process, time line etc and everything was well above our expectations.  I have heard so many horror stories from friends about their experiences with timber floors being restored but we'd have no hesitation giving the DR Main Floors the highest recommendation.  Thank you so much. Great service - and no wonder you've been around so long.

    Sandy Fuller
  • After 30 years of living with carpet, starting from the staircase through to all the upstairs of our home, it was a huge decision to rip it all up and restore the original timber floorboards. Glyn, Alison and the team were very obliging and professional during the whole process, which caused very little distribution to our lives. Nothing was too hard or too inconvenient for them and end result was absolutely amazing, we will never have carpet again. My wife and I would highly recommend these guys to anyone!!

    Ellis Green
  • Part of our decking is undercover and the other part is out in the weather around a pool. It was looking really bad after years of us basically doing nothing to maintain it. We were recommended to DR Main Floors on a local Facebook page and are so greatful to have found them. Alison came out to quote and we accepted straight away. Her knowledge was fantastic (not just there to measure) she actually showed me why it needed sanding back / nails would need punching down etc and what the best product would be to use. Glyn then came out and completed the job. Whilst the weather did not help, Glyn would still turn up every day to check / give it a go if possible. Within a week they had completed the job and it looks amazing. They also offer a reminder service to remind us and come out and maintain it as required, we will definitely leave it to Alison and Glyn now to keep it maintained!

    Kellie Mikelsons
  • DR Main floors polished the entry hall and master bedroom in our 100+ year old Queenslander back in 1997. That job still looks like the day it was done. We recently asked them to do the remaining floors and two verandas. Done to perfection again. Glyn always turns up when he says he will and only the weather will stop him doing outside oiling. Alison is always eager to help with quotes and choices of floor finishes. Thank you!

    Henk van Roy
  • Excellent to deal with, prompt service and a great finish on my back deck.

    Ben O
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    Kim Johnson
  • We consider ourselves very lucky to have found D.R.Mainfloors. Right from the very first meeting with Alison we knew this was a company that took pride in its work. Alison inspected our deck, discussed options and made a recommendation based on the one that most suited our need - not just the most expensive. She knew her work, was very professional but friendly and instilled confidence. Glyn turned up on time and we were very impressed with the care he took in preparing the boards and then applying the coating. It is very reassuring to find a company who you can trust and delivers such high standards. We will most definitely be getting them back to look after our deck. They receive our highest commendations. Do yourself a favour and make sure you give them a call. You will be very glad you did. Thanks Alison and Glyn. Our deck has never looked so good.

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