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Product Details

Owatrol Deks Olje is a 2-step wood finishing system that is easier to apply and maintain than traditional varnish. D1 is applied first. Deks Olje D1 is a specially formulated penetrating oil that soaks deep into teak wood and other marine wood grain, producing a rich transparent matte finish. The oil helps strengthen wood against the deteriorating effects of sun, salt, wind, and foot traffic for increased durability. If you desire a matte finish similar to rubbed Tung oil, D1 is the only step necessary.

If you wish to continue to a high gloss finish, apply D2 over the D1. Deks Olje D2 is easy to apply and produces a hard, flexible gloss coating that doesn't chip or peel like varnish. Fully cured, D2 is slightly softer than traditional varnish but very easily maintained. You may blend seamless touchups to high wear areas with D2.

Info & Guides
Owatrol Deks Olje penetrates wood, rather than simply coating the surface. It has no UV inhibitors, meaning it is a true clear finish that enhances the true beauty of wood underneath. The penetrating oil naturally strengthens wood fiber and prevents weathering degradation. For best results, first clean wood with Owatrol Wood Deck Cleaner.

Matte Finish Apply D1 to new or cleaned wood. D1 may also be overcoated with any other type of varnish. D1 is the first step continuing on with D2 high gloss application.

Satin Gloss Finish After first applying D1, apply two final coats of blended D1 & D2, 50:50 mix.

High Gloss Finish After first applying D1, finish with six coats of D2.

Technical Information

Why Deks Olje products are a favorite for JD customers:

  • Good product coverage, a little goes a long way
  • Easy application. Simply saturate wood with D1 then follow with D2
  • Simple Application tools : Brush or Roller. No need to use high end brushes required in fine varnish jobs
  • Forgiving Application temperature range : +41°F to +95°F
  • Drying time: 24 hr
  • Setting up time before use : 3 days
  • Easy Clean-up : Mineral-Spirits
  • Years of service with no stripping back to bare wood. Even if wood is badly neglected, cleaning and reapplication will restore original brightness.
  • Penetrating oils go deep. Water cannot get beneath surface. This means Deks Olje weathers but does not lift like varnish.
  • Easy seasonal touch-ups.
  • You don't have to be a professional applicator to get pro results

Ideal uses for Deks Olje D1 Penetrating Matte Finish

  • Exterior & interior use - Deck, hulls, trim, wheel house, furniture...
  • Horizontal and vertical surfaces.
  • Hardwoods and exotic tropical woods - Teak, Ipe, Bovinga, Bolondo, Iroko, Oak...
  • Excellent primer for traditional coatings both above and below the waterline.

Ideal uses for Deks Olje D2 Gloss Finish

  • Hardwoods and Exotic hardwoods - Teak, Ipe, Mahogany, Iroko, Bangkirai...
  • New or weathered wood.
  • Exterior use - Rubbing Strakes, Handrails, Wheel houses, booms, masts...
  • Interior use - Furniture, Seating, bulkheads...
  • Horizontal & Vertical surfaces

D1 Properties

  • Optimised for thick, dense, oily and difficult to impregnate woods.
  • Drives out moisture and air by penetrating deep into pores.
  • Protects against humidity and its effects.
  • Transparent - maintains the woods natural appearance.
  • Natural matt sheen finish (For a gloss finish topcoat with DEKS OLJE D.2).
  • Non film forming - No peeling, No flaking.
  • Easy maintenance - No stripping or sanding.
  • Can be applied above and below the water line.

D2 Properties

  • Flexible film that does not craze, peel or flake.
  • High gloss finish.
  • Highly transparent varnish - enhances the natural beauty of the wood.
  • Long term protection.
  • No sanding between coats.
  • Easy maintenance.
  • Easy repair, no stripping.

Reviews for Owatrol Deks Olje D1 & D2 Wood Finish System

10 of 30 Reviews

July 24, 2021

I love this product.
By Dave from Albany, NY

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This is my 5th. time I purchased this item in the past 20 years. I don't use much, but I use it on my swim decks and on the teak around my windshield. It's easy to use and it does not darken my teak. It keeps it natural.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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April 22, 2021

Fantastic finish for teak
By Ric from Chicago

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Have been using Deks Ojle for decades. Love the finished color and ease of application. I know it is seasonal, but with upkeep can last a long time.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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December 7, 2020

Great product easy to apply!
By JB from Dallas

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Used it on a 50 year old Bristol on floor seats and combing board.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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August 19, 2020

I like this product and have no hesitation in recommending i
By Hersh from Napa Valley Marina, Napa Ca.

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Just bought '67 36' Trojan The deck was in bad shape. The deck had been varnished and it was cracked and peeling and looked horrible. It took me three days to sand it all off. I had used Deks Olje on my first boat; a 1962, 30' Trojan and it came out fine and was quite durable. I did not want a shiny, slick finish in the deck and chose Deks Olje 1 as I wanted something to penetrate into the wood and to protect. I have one coat on it now and the people on my dock have commented positively on the way it looks. I am quite satisfied as to how it has turned out and plan on putting one or two more coats down.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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July 6, 2020

No
By Woody from Ledyard, CT

Major disappointment. I have used Deks Olje D1 on several different projects from outdoor teak furniture to teak toe rails and seats to an ipe outdoor shower and been less than pleased with any of the results. I've been painting, varnishing, refinishing, and working with wood for 30 years and know the importance of following manufacturers' instructions, so my prep and application aren't the issue. Deks goes on looking amazing. Once dry it looks nice. Once it has weathered a few months some of the wood has faded, mildew is growing in the wood seemingly beneath the sealer, and, in the case of ipe, much of the sealer has vanished and there is algae and mildew growing. Deks says to simply wash the grayed wood with their cleaner and reapply D1. No sanding needed. Great, now I had clean, gray teak with mildew spots that I then had to pressure wash and sand back to new wood before re-sealing (see pic of table top). Based on all the glowing reviews I want to like this product, but it has done nothing but disappoint me and my clients. Is topping D1 with a couple coats of D1 and D2 mixed 50/50 the answer? Is adding 12 coats of D2 at 12 hour intervals the answer? I hesitate to invest nearly $100 in a can of D2 and hours of labor to find out.

Teak table 1 year after complete stripping, cleaning, and refinishing with D1. Five months outdoors in full sun then stored indoors for the winter. Deks' cleaner did nothing so pressure washing was needed.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend to a friend

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June 12, 2020

little known but proven good
By banjoman stan from Muncie Indiana

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I made a video of the application of this product on youtube " successful exterior door varnish". I recommend this product with an example standing 18 years

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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April 29, 2020

I have used this product for about 20 years.
By fishjunky from ma

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I love this product !!!

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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March 16, 2020

Third or fourth time purchasing
By Bluedun from NJ & Vermont

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I construct bamboo fly rods and immerse them in Deks Olje for at least a week. I believe this impregnates the bamboo giving long lasting protection.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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February 22, 2020

I would buy this product again .
By Biagio from Cape Coral, Fl

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I Have a teak bar & chairs in Florida which is on my dock that looked as if I should have trashed it . I followed the instructions on the can. It was time consuming because of it's condition to prepare but the application of the D1 & D2 was easy . Looks beautiful and the maintenance to keep it up with this product appears to be a breeze .

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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June 19, 2019

Yes
By Gary from Nj

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For my teak trim

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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