We’re all starting to believe now that summer really just might be on its way! With the bank holiday weekend just around the corner we’ve got an extra day to relax (or get some jobs done) in the garden.
Now is the perfect time to get the garden looking great! Follow our guide to figure out which products you’ll need to get your project underway.
First prepare your surface
Preparing your surface depends on what condition it’s in and what has been done to it in the past. Here are some basic guidelines:
My wood is new and hasn’t been treated
Use Seasonite this summer to protect your new wood in its first year and then next summer you can apply a finish once the wood has settled.
My wood is weathered but has never been coated with anything
You’ll just need to give your wood a good clean with Net-Trol to remove any built up dirt and grime and restore the wood’s original colour before applying a finish.
My wood has had wood oils applied in the past
My wood has had opaque finishes, paints or stains applied in the past
You’ll need to remove these first using Dilunett (for decking you can use Prepdeck instead) which can remove up to 8 coats in a single application – then neutralise the surface with Net-Trol to have it ready for a finish
Next you choose your finish!
Once your surface is ready for a new finish you’ve got a decision to make. Essentially you’ll be choosing between;
- A clear finish
- A penetrating wood oil which protects the wood from within
- A semi-transparent finish
- An opaque finish.
Use our guide below to give you advice about which product to use.
I’m looking for a clear finish…
I’m looking for a penetrating wood oil…
If you’re looking for a penetrating wood oil for softwood then we’d recommend Textrol or Textrol HES (single coat saturating wood oil), they’re both available in a range of colours. If you’re looking for a wood oil for hardwood then use Deks Olje D1 or D1 Pro for additional UV resistance and longevity. We’d particularly recommend D1 Pro for hardwood decking for a really professional finish.
I’m looking for a semi-transparent finish…
For a semi-transparent finish use Aquadecks or for additional longevity and minimal maintenance use Tropitech instead. Tropitech is quick and easy to use. It enables preparation, protection and finish to be completed in a single day!
I’m looking for an opaque coloured finish…
This one’s easy, for decking use Decking Paint available in 13 different colours, for sheds, summer houses, play houses or fences use Shed & Fence Paint available in 34 different colours and for anything else use Solid Colour Stain, also available in 34 colours. All are applied in 2 coats and come with guarantees against peeling or flaking (see specific product information for details).
We’d love to see your wood projects – do send us a picture!