As we discovered in our previous post, wood cladding can look fantastic on a wide variety of buildings.
The recent surge in popularity of wood cladding, is not only to do with the great effects it gives us the opportunity to create. Wood cladding is also extremely easy to maintain and if properly looked after, can last for many years.
So what exactly is involved in protecting your wood cladding?
1. Remove any existing coatings
If your wood cladding has had a coating previously applied, you will need to remove this before applying your desired finish.
Aquanett is a solvent-free wood oil remover, which can be used to remove any old oils that have been applied to your wood cladding, including teak oil.
Aquanett will help you to return your wood to its natural state and as it has a gel-like consistency, it’s great for applying to vertical surfaces, without the excessive dripping and mess that are associated with a liquid oil remover. It also works to prepare your wood for its new coating, by improving adhesion and penetration. These are impaired with a previous coating on the surface. Aquanett is also suitable for environmentally sensitive areas.
If your wood cladding is covered in paint, Dilunett can strip up to 8 coats in one application. Again, it has a gel-like consistency, so it’s ideal for vertical surfaces.
2. Neutralise your wood
If your wood doesn’t have any pre-existing coatings, you can skip step 1 and move straight to this step.
It’s important to prepare your wood cladding before applying any finishes.
Net-Trol is a non-aggressive wood cleaner, colour restorer and neutraliser and will lighten and restore your wood’s natural colour without bleaching it. Harmless to shrubs and plants, it works in just 15 minutes.
If you’ve used a stripper, such as Aquanett, Net-Trol is also required as a neutraliser. This is essential before you use a finish as it stops the active ingredients in the strippers.
3. Finishes to suit your taste
One of the great things about wood cladding, is that you can finish it in a number of different ways.
Using a saturating wood oil is a good way to make the most of the natural beauty of the wood. For softwoods, products such as Textrol HES or Textrol, work well and will protect your wood from UV damage.
If your cladding is made from a hard wood, D1 Pro is the perfect choice if you’re after a natural oiled finish.
If you’d prefer a semi-transparent finish, Aquadecks will protect your wood from splitting, warping and cracking, as well as providing advanced UV protection. Tropitech is also ideal as it provides extended longevity and can withstand severe environments and harsh weather, making it perfect for wood cladding.
For an opaque finish, you could use a Solid Colour Stain which is available in 34 colours. It’s also guaranteed against peeling and flaking for 15 years on vertical surfaces when applied correctly to bare wood. So you can get the look you want as well as protecting your wood cladding.
Want to know more about how to protect your wood cladding? Here at Owatrol UK, we produce a wide range of long lasting and high quality coatings. Get in touch today to find out more.