Answer for Merbau Decking

I assume you are using a deck stain not a paint. The stain has formed a film on the surface of the deck wood, hasn't penetrated into the wood. This is why it has peeled. Stains are designed to penetrate not form a film on the surface.

This type of deck wood must be sanded and then wiped down with acetone to open up its pores before staining. Penofin for hardwood is a great deck stain for Merbau.

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