What to coat Merbau timber with….

Merbau timber is extremely popular in the eastern states of Australia. It’s beautiful, reddish/brown colour and longevity make it the perfect backdrop to your outdoor entertainment area.

You need to weather your Merbau before coating – To find out more about weathering, click here.

To coat your Merbau, you’ve got a few options. We’d recommended a decking oil.

Decking oils:

There are two types of decking oils available on the market – water based and oil based

Water base decking oils:  last longer as the product penetrates into the timber while also forming a thin protective layer on top. Water based decking oils represent newer technology than Oil based decking oils. Furthermore, water based oils allow you to do the deck in a day, with significantly shorter drying times than Oil based.

Oil based decking oils: Simply penetrate into the wood, providing a rich, old-school look.

Let’s look at your options for an oil:

  • Cabot's Aquadeck is a highly durable, water based, low odour decking oil that is designed to provide exceptional durability to all exterior surfaces. Aquadeck has a fast recoat time and provides a semi-transparent yet beautiful natural finish.
  • Cabot's Natural Decking Oil is a penetrating oil that nourishes and protects the timber, providing a semi-transparent matt finish. Not only does it provide UV protection, it is water repellent and dirt and mould resistant.


Once you’ve decided on your oil style – pick the colour that you like best! For Merbau timber, the most popular choices are Natural or Merbau colour. See in store for samples. Our Decking Oils come in a suite of colours to fit all tastes.



Need some free, friendly & expert advice? Just phone Cabot's on1800 011 006