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How to remove old oils from wood with Aquanett

Whilst it may be fashionable to finish your wooden surfaces with teak, linseed and other types of oils, after just a few months these oils can become clogged with dirt and damage form UV rays, causing your once beautiful looking wood to look black / grey and dirty. Today, we are going to show you how to remove old oils from wood with Aquanett.

Aquanett is our solvent free wood oil remover for use on old and new oils. It is a powerful yet biodegradable remover and cleaner that strips out old, new and even encrusted oils from exterior wood that has been blackened by dirt and UV rays – it also cleans severely weathered wood.

Free from solvents and paraffin, Aquanett is suitable for environmentally sensitive areas as it’s gel consistency means it will not run, making it perfect for use on vertical surfaces and gets to work in as little as 5 minutes.

Take a look at our simple guide to see how quickly and effectively Aquanett can restore your wooden surfaces back to their former glory.

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Prior to application, make sure to remove any loose and flaking finish that may still be on the surface and brush off any surface contamination such as moss, grit, general dirt etc

Once this has been done, you can apply the Aquanett.

  • Apply a thick coat of Aquanett over the whole surface to be stripped. For large areas work in zones.
  • Allow product to work (max 5 minutes).
  • Scrub surface with stiff nylon scrubbing brush while flushing with water, alternatively use a pressure washer (max. 60 bars / 870 psi).
  • Thoroughly rinse the surface after stripping with fresh clean water – the use of hot water makes this job easier.
  • After stripping and rinsing, surfaces must immediately be treated with Net-Trol, our neutraliser and colour restorer while the wood is still wet.

Take a look at our product demonstration video for amazing before and after shots and to see just how simple it is to restore your wood.

Things to remember when using Aquanett

  • Always carry out a preliminary test prior to commencing the job.
  • Hardwoods including exotic hardwoods and woods rich in tannins i.e. Cedar, Oak, Teak, Ipe etc may darken with Aquanett.
  • Where Aquanett has darkened the wood DO NOT allow it to dry, prior to using Net-Trol.
  • Treat stripped wooden surfaces with Net-Trol to restore the woods original colour.
  • Cover and protect everything you do not wish to strip, including plants and shrubs and any aluminium surfaces

We hope you enjoyed this post on how to remove old oils from wood with Aquanett! If you have any other tips, tricks, or advice, please feel free to comment below and share!

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2 thoughts on “How to remove old oils from wood with Aquanett

  1. I’ve just put oil based wood stain on new softwood cladding. The wife doesn’t like the colour now (too orange)

    What’s the best product to take off so I can reapply?

    I’ve also got to oil similar new untreaded cladding to be similar to this.

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