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Aqualis Stains & Finishes

Aqualis Traction is a waterborne protective coating designed for use over first generation Wood Plastic Composite substrates and timber to add a slip resistant medium for slip protection.

Traction has been designed to impart the natural look on timber & wood plastic composites (WPC) substrates mixed with fine Polyester Grit for slip resistance. It is designed to provide a full slip resistance P4 rating as per AS/NZS 4586-2013, and can be modified to give a full P5 rating as a wet surface pendulum test. Traction is quick and easy to use and can be used as a Sealer to protect the surface.


Ensure that 3 coats are applied by brush or roller, being 10 to 12 Napp Mohair or Microfibre.

For Flat horizontal surfaces a standard P4 rating is required, and on ramps and stairs a full P5 rating is required.

Surface Preparation
  1. Do not apply Traction below 10°C or above 25°C, a hot surface will cause the product to flash off too fast. This will create surface defects as lap marks, to prevent this from happening, apply either very early in the morning or later in shade, under cover or coat prior to installation. (Generally if the surface is too hot to walk on bare foot, do not seal.) Alternatively Temperatures below 10°C will greatly slow down the curing process and may lead to film defects.
  2. Do not apply with relative humidity above 85% or if rain is imminent, this may affect the curing process and may cause drying problems and overall product performance.
  3. Substrate must be dry. Do not apply on wet or damp surface.
  4. Avoid application in direct sunlight. (to avoid blotchy uneven look, apply over small sections (three full lengths at a time). Apply by brush or roller (Micro Fibre, Mohair) Traction evenly, do not allow to pool on the surface)
  5. Do not apply over existing solvent or water based oils/coatings other than Deck Protect products, strip old coatings using Deck Protect Strip refer technical data for instructions.
  6. Not recommended for use on polymer capped 2nd generation composites

New Wood Plastic Composite
Brushed side / Smooth side

  1. Prepare all Composite Wood surfaces by applying Composite Clean treatment solution as per mixing rate of 12:1 as shown on the label. Apply at this volume rate for normal treatment (Composite Clean is a low suds action, deep penetrating conditioner treatment). For stronger preparation solutions refer to the label or data sheet.
  2. Once the Composite Clean is applied to the deck or cladding, scrub the surface with a stiff bristle broom or mechanical scrubber on larger decks and wash off after approximately 3 / 5 minutes with clean water. Use a squeegee to remove any excess water from the deck as this will also aid in the drying time.
  3. Allow the surface to dry

Weathered Wood Plastic Composite
Brushed side / Smooth side

  1. Depending on the condition of the surface, this should be treated and prepared as per the steps for new Wood Plastic Composite – Cleaning Procedure, with the exception that the product may need to be treated a second time to remove all stubborn oxidisation, dirt, fungus / algae, tree sap, tannins or food stains. This will be a case by case site evaluation.
  2. For removal of general soiling or stains from Wood Plastic Composites surfaces we recommend that they should be treated as soon as possible with Composite Clean at the recommended strengths as indicated on the label. For old stubborn stains, especially BBQ oil and fat staining use Composite Clean at a stronger concentration. Depending on the age and degree of soiling, a re-application may be required to remove the residue of the oil / fat stain. Thoroughly rinse with water.
  3. Allow the surface to dry


Sealing - New Wood Plastic Composite

Traction may be applied to Wood Plastic Composite decking. Wood Plastic Composites may lighten over time, surfaces may also be affected by imbedded dirt, stains, or microbial growth and therefore the method of coating should be decided on the degree of deterioration. Also, noting that the finish coating will strengthen or deepen the existing colour of the treated surfaces.

After cleaning and drying the Wood Plastic Composite as detailed above, apply Traction as follows: Using a 10 to 12 napp Mohair or Micro Fibre roller or brush apply 3 coats of Traction to the surface.

  1. Apply first coat to 3 full lengths of board at a time ensuring an even coating of the grit is applied. Do not push down too hard on the roller as this will cause the grit to drop out in clumps on the surface. Using the roller will impart more product on the surface and therefore might take longer to dry.
  2. Allow thorough drying for approximately 1-2 hours or as required depending on weather conditions/film builds and repeat a coat of sealer as detailed above, apply 3 coats to achieve optimum slip results.

Weathered - Wood Plastic Composite or previously treated Wood Plastic Composites requiring colour restoration

Previously coated surfaces requiring colour restoration must be stripped back to raw composite using Deck Protect Strip (refer data sheet or label instructions). Surface must then be cleaned with Composite Clean as illustrated under ‘Cleaning Procedure’ and allowed to thoroughly dry.

After the surface has been cleaned and is completely dry, apply Duracolour and Traction as follows;

Apply Duracolour thinly directly onto the surface. Ensure that the applicator, brush or rag is not over loaded, remove all excess Duracolour (this is important), and if the product pools on the surface remove to ensure an even finish. Apply to 3 full lengths of board at a time and continue to do this until completed. Depending on the weather conditions, the product will dry in approx 2 to 4 hours. To shorten drying time, back wipe the product using a second dry lambswool applicator. (Three boards at a time) Ensure that you do not walk on wet Duracolour as this will leave foot prints. If this does happen, simply rub more of the product onto the affected area and this will remove any damage, this can be done any time prior to the application of Traction.

Once Duracolour has dried, apply 3 Coats of Traction as outlined above.

Aged - Wood Plastic Composite over 3 years

If no colour restoration is required: Seal as per above, this will seal in the existing colour and protect the surface from UV degradation, dirt, water, and oil staining.

If colour restoration is required: Apply Duracolour and Traction as per ‘Weathered - Wood Plastic Composite’ above, this will restore the original colour and protect the surface from UV degradation, dirt, water, and oil staining.


Extended exterior durability can be achieved provided substrate is protected from elements of weather and direct sunlight. Intermittent conditioning every three months with Composite Clean using a soft bristle broom keeping the surface free from tree sap, dirt, algal, mould or lichen growth will also extend the appearance and life of treated wood plastic composites.

The performance and durability of Traction is ultimately dependent on the condition of the wood plastic composite substrate. It is therefore the discretion of the end user to ensure surfaces are kept clean as required and re-coated every 12 – 18 months. Heavy foot traffic areas exposed to direct sunlight will show obvious signs of wear quicker than shaded, light traffic areas. When the sealed slip resistant surface starts to look weathered or worn, treat with Composite Clean and re-apply a maintenance coat of Traction.

Designed For Use With:
Natural Timbers Composite Woods Anti-Slip Coatings
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Where To Use:

Decking, walkways, ramps & stairs

Coverage m²/L:

Up To 20 m2/lt

Number Of Coats:

3 Coats for optimum grip/slip results

Time Between Re-coats:

1 - 2 Hours

Drying Time:

20-30 minutes, touch dry

Clean Up:


Available Sizes

4 Litres, 10 Litres

Select Your Colour:


Grit Options (P5 for ramps):

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