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Ok, as many will know from my other thread, we have just built a home for our hot-tub so we can extend the usable season by quite a wide amount :huray:

There is an 8' wide set of french doors with side panels on the way so its not open when finished.

The floor is 28mm standard decking (Q-Deck Canterbury), what I want is suggestions for treating the deck/floor that is suitable for an indoor setting?

The hot-tub sits on a foam rubber pad so there might be water trapped underneath, plus the area where we get out will see some water too although this can be minimised with a mat/towel etc.

Suggestions for a treatment please :wink: :wink:


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Is there an air gap between the rubber and the timber?

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No, its an inflatable tub and sits on a firm foam mat, the decking has grooves in though.

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Don't they say oil is best for decking ? (not engine oil)

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Just looking at oils now, bit worried about making it slippy when wet??

It is the cheapest option though

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I don't like decking, but I believe its not swimming in oil, you just brush it on and it soaks in, not slippery (other than from the water that drips off who ever just gets out of pool)

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Tung oil is the one I was thinking of.

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Thanks, looks like oil is as good as any treatment to help slow water ingress, its not going to get drenched just wet from users drying off. Screwfix do a "no nonsense" clear oil, seems to have great reviews, looks like 90% white-spirit based, guessing the the other 10% is oil of some sort.

I'll throw a couple of coats of that on i think, should help.

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davek0974 wrote:
I'll throw a couple of coats of that on i think, should help.
Is that wise? I thought you were supposed to take stuff OFF before getting into a hot tub? :-P

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Tung oil is the one I was thinking of.


Just looked that up, seems more suited to food worktops and hardwood floors ;)

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Not according to This website

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Seems it needs 6-8 coats? Not so sure its quite the right stuff for plain old pine decking, if it were a quality wood maybe.

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This stuff is pretty good...
http://www.screwfix.com/p/no-nonsense-timber-decking-oil-clear-5ltr/44785

Not slippy at all and water beads-up very well. :huray:

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We were having a dip tonight and its chilly enough to steam the room up pretty well :thumbright: , Now i don't have the doors on yet just a tarp to keep the rain out, the doors have a window that opens for ventilation but in the cooler months the doors will be closed when in use.

Should i be concerned about treating the walls with something or not? The wood is all "treated" as it comes but has no other finish applied yet.

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Depends on how much you use it. As long as you let it completely dry out between uses and it spends more time dry than wet and it's not wet for more than a couple of days at a time, it will be fine. Ventilation between uses is the key. Purge the moist air after use by leaving the doors open for 10 mins then have some kind of trickle ventilation open the rest of the time, one either side to allow through draught.

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Sounds good, ventilation should be ok - I built the decking floor with 5mm gaps and the the door/window panel will have one opening window so even when doors are shut there should be adequate air flow.

It'll only be used three/four times a week most likely and only for an hour or two at a time.

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