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Decking and Varnishing.

The time for sprucing up the garden and outside has come again. WW I think I enjoy my Powerhose as much as you love your chainsaw. Half way through the hosing, sloshing away the slimey verdigree. For anything that needs varnishing I use Bondex. It is brilliant. No flaking, fading, endless sanding, just a light sanding, one coat, and it looks like new. I have just done the table and touched up the chairs,and the 2 benches. I also use it on my front door. This table is 6 years old and looks like new.

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The other product I would strongly recommend is
htpp:// for decking. It is a composite and more expensive, but well worth it as there is no maintenance(which is time consuming, backbreaking and expensive) no nails, splinters, non slip, and doesn't rot. Best money I ever spent. Photo taken when it was erected.

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I am armed with a new pot of Matt Vinyl Emulsion to freshen up old skillets, my old kettle, old wheel, and grandmother's old flat iron. The timber Pavilion (shed-that's another story)will get a fresh coat of stain. I do these every 2 years. I am so optimistic about having a good Summer this year after 2 awful ones.

Posted at 26th Mar 2009 - 10:51AM   Posted by Tiggywinkle   Decking and Varnishing. Comments: 12

Westerwitch's Avatar Um shame about the pictures . . .

My tables and chairs are in urgent need of doing - what is Bondex exactly. And will look at the - our decking is green and slippery . . .

Posted by: Westerwitch on 26th Mar 2009 at 10:56AM

Tiggywinkle's Avatar WW Bondex is a satin finish wood stain. It is water repellent, and comes in lots of colours. My table and chairs are darker than I intended, as my helper Raul did it the first time and put the Mahogony colour for the Front Door on by mistake. The surround on the deck is solid ceder, and Tigger put some very expensive something on it. Don't like it, so some day when he is out I'm going to put the Bondex in a light colour on it. I would scrub powehose , sand and try the Bondex on it. It will certainly be easier and last longer than anything else. The ordinary decking can get so shabby. Was rushing and didn't do the URL for Correctdeck properly, sorry.

Posted by: Tiggywinkle on 26th Mar 2009 at 11:21AM

Tiggywinkle's Avatar I am over multi-tasking to-dayRolling Eyes The above suggestions are for your deck. xx

Posted by: Tiggywinkle on 26th Mar 2009 at 11:24AM

It is looking very smart!

Posted by: Zoe on 26th Mar 2009 at 12:51PM

Pondside's Avatar Wow Tiggy - you are energetic today! Your place looks ready for spring teas in the garden. If the rain holds off, perhaps I'll get a little done too.

Posted by: Pondside on 26th Mar 2009 at 02:11PM

Salle de Bain's Avatar Sorry to be a preacher of doom...but rats love decking! They like to nest under it, and also love it if you have small gaps between the planks where bits of food drop down during the summer barbecues!!

Posted by: Salle de Bain on 26th Mar 2009 at 02:47PM

I'm impressed with all of the activity. I've spent the day putting henna treatment wax on my hair and interviewing people about mortgages for a work project. Not very productive, I'm afraid.Laughing

Posted by: Blogthatmama on 26th Mar 2009 at 03:39PM

Tiggywinkle's Avatar Salle, I had the terrace completely faced for that reason. Didn't want any strangers lurking below.

Posted by: Tiggywinkle on 26th Mar 2009 at 05:05PM

Milla's Avatar Glad about the facing (whatever that is??) was in freak-out zone over the resurgence of the R word...

Posted by: Milla on 26th Mar 2009 at 06:27PM

Tiggywinkle's Avatar Agree, about the R's Milla. They freak me out too. In other words the terrace is completely boxed in. See Photo.

Posted by: Tiggywinkle on 26th Mar 2009 at 07:47PM

Your decking is gorgeous! We would never be able to do anything like that. We have finally admitted we are both pretty useless at DIY, never get it finished and if we do looks nothing at all like the photo of the thing did.

I can manage painting and that is about it.

I love decking and this one is realy very nice looking.

Posted by: Crucifix on 26th Mar 2009 at 09:10PM

Salle de Bain's Avatar Phew! thank goodness for that Tiggy...
..I watched a programme once where people had sort of slats for decking with gaps between, and all their crumbs and things dropped through... was something from a James Herbert Book!!!

Yes is very nice decking Tiggy...I can just imagine you sitting there with your Pimms on a nice summer evening!!

Posted by: Salle de Bain on 26th Mar 2009 at 10:37PM

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