As we head into the autumn, many of us are starting to think about moving our garden furniture indoors, away from the harsh winter weather. But before you put your wooden sun beds away until the (hopefully) warm spring days next year, it’s worth taking the time to give them a spruce-up.
It may seem a bit crazy to be making over your sun beds 6 months in advance, but autumn is actually the perfect time of year to carry out the tasks that you just won’t have time for, when the garden is demanding your attention as the weather begins to warm up again.
After all, who wants be doing DIY when your neighbours are firing up the first BBQ of the year?
So, without further ado, let’s get started…
First, it’s important to prepare the wood
Even if your sun beds have spent the majority of the British summertime inside, it’s still vital to give them a good clean before applying any kind of finish.
Net-Trol, is a fast-acting and powerful wood cleaner, neutraliser and colour restorer, that will effortlessly remove any surface or ground-in dirt on your untreated sun beds, leaving the wood looking vibrant and bright. Designed to remove all traces of weathering that have been caused by UV rays, pollution and mildew, Net-Trol’s main purpose is to prepare your sun beds for their finish.
One of the great things about Net-Trol is that it is non-aggressive, so it’s harmless to your plants. We think is an essential element of any product that is going to be used in the garden. Plus, it’s biodegradable and doesn’t contain bleach or solvents.
Even better, it works in as little as 15 minutes and using it should mean that you won’t need to undertake any time-consuming, backbreaking sanding. You can just sit back and relax while it works its magic.
Before starting, you will need to wet your sun beds with fresh, clean water.
Then, simply apply Net-Trol with a synthetic brush or roller and scrub your sun beds with a stiff synthetic brush.
Leave it to work for 10-20 minutes. If you notice that the surface starts to dry, you’ll need to dampen it with a mist of water.
If your sun beds were particularly dirty, you may need to repeat the procedure.
You’ll now need to let your sun beds dry for at least 48 hours before applying any kind of finish.
One of the great things about Net-Trol is that you can clean your tools with soap and water. There is no need for any white spirits!
Finishing with Textrol
This product has been developed so that it penetrates and protects wood from within, so it won’t form a film that could crack, peel or flake. Additionally, Textrol has in-built UV protection and will also protect your sun beds from moisture damage.
As well as keeping your furniture safe from the British weather, Textrol will also enhance the natural beauty of the wood.
One of Textrol’s main selling points is that it can be applied ‘wet-on-wet’, so you won’t have to wait for coats to dry during application.
The maintenance is also extremely easy, with local touch-ups and no backbreaking sanding necessary.
When you first apply Textrol to your sun beds, it will give them a rich, matt colour. This should gradually lighten over time to give you your finished look.
Textrol is applied in ‘wet-on-wet’ coats. Apply your first coat of Textrol then leave it for 15-30 minutes. This will allow time for it to penetrate into the wood but not to dry.
Then, apply another coat of Textrol and leave it for another 15-30 minutes.
You should repeat this process until the wood of your sun beds will not accept anymore oil. Then, wipe off any excess oil that hasn’t penetrated into the wood. This is important to ensure that you avoid shiny spots.
It’s vital that you don’t allow Textrol to become touch dry between coats.
That’s it – you’re done!
Can I follow the same process if my sun beds are treated?
Aquanett is our solvent-free wood oil remover, which will help to prepare your sun beds for their new coating. Aquanett is suitable for environmentally sensitive areas and as it has a gel-like consistency so it won’t run everywhere.
After using Aquanett, it’s important to treat your sun beds with Net-Trol while they are still wet. This is because you need to neutralise the wood.
If your sun beds have been painted, you should use Dilunett, our solvent-free paint remover, to prepare your sun beds for their makeover. Dilunett has also been developed with a gel-like consistency. This makes it ideal for use on the legs of your sun beds and underneath, as it won’t run onto the floor.
Again, after applying and removing Dilunett, you should immediately treat your sun beds with Net-Trol, while they are still wet. This is to neutralise the wood.
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