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Penetrating oil for wood with UV protection

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  • Developed for weathered wood and available in 8 colours
  • Penetrates and protects from within the wood
  • Non film forming - will not crack, peel or flake
  • Protects against moisture and UV damage
  • Easy one coat maintenance - no stripping or sanding

Textrol is a penetrating wood oil finish for exterior softwood and hardwood on both horizontal and vertical surfaces. It is a penetrative product which saturates the wood to protect it from within – as there’s no film on the surface it will not peel or flake.

Textrol enhances the natural beauty of the wood whilst providing a mildew-resistant finish with exceptional and long-lasting protection from the effects of moisture, weathering and UV rays. It can be applied wet-on-wet which saves time as you don’t need to wait for coats to dry during application and the maintenance is easy with local touch-ups and no laborious sanding required!

When first applied, Textrol will give the wood a rich, matt colour which will gradually lighten over time to the finished look. It is now available in 8 different colours for a range of looks all with premium protection.

Why should I use Textrol?

If you are looking for a finish that brings life to older wood and allows the wood to shine through then Textrol is perfect for doing just that. It is also great if you are looking for protection from the effects of moisture, UV rays and weathering.

The maintenance of Textrol is very simple too, there is no sanding required and you can bring the finish back to life with a few localised touch-ups wherever you may need them.

When Textrol is first applied it will leave the wood looking nice and rich. Over time this will fade into a lighter colour to give the finished look. Using this oil-based wood finish gives you the best of both worlds. It provides brilliant protection from the elements while enhancing the beauty of the wood.

Applying Textrol to hardwood or softwood couldn’t be simpler, it is a nice and quick process with very simple clean up. As Textrol’s place is within the wood, the application process involves repeated coats being applied ‘wet-on-wet’ until no more oil can be absorbed into the wood.

Ideal Uses for Textrol Penetrating Wood Oil

  • Reviving dried-out and weather-beaten decks
  • Protecting garden fencing and gates from splitting and cracking
  • Maintaining decking with no laborious sanding
  • Enhancing the natural wood look of garden furniture
  • Showcasing beautiful sidings and cladding
  • Protecting decks for the future

Please Note: swatches are given as a guide only and are based on use for light coloured softwoods. Actual colour will depend on the type and age of the wood surface treated. Always test a sample first before coating the entire surface.


Not suitable for use on: New Wood, Hardboard, Accoya and Thermally Heat Treated (THT) wood.

Plywood: Contact Us.


This Product is DeckMark & CladMark Certified.

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Always read the Textrol Product Information before using and follow the instructions carefully.

Surface Preparation

New wood surfaces

New wood surfaces have a hard shiny surface known as mill glaze which prevents maximum penetration and bonding of any finish. To properly prepare the surface for application, and minimise splitting, swelling, cupping and checking caused by exposure to the sun and rain, first treat with Seasonite and allow the wood to weather for 6-12 months before applying Textrol.

Weathered wood surfaces

All surfaces must first be clean, dry and free of dirt, grease, grime and mildew. If any mildew is present, treat it with a solution of 1 part bleach to 3 parts water. Scrub the solution on to the surface and allow to stand for 10-15 minutes then rinse thoroughly. Clean weathered wood with Net-Trol to remove the loose wood fibres, dirt and other surface contaminants. If necessary sand the surface after cleaning (80 grit paper). After cleaning, allow the wood to dry for 2-3 days before finishing.

Previously oiled surfaces

Textrol may only be applied to bare wood surfaces or a weathered wood that was previously finished with Textrol. All other oils or sealers must be completely and thoroughly removed with a wood oil remover such as Owatrol’s Aquanett and then the surface must be cleaned and neutralised with Net-Trol before applying Textrol. If necessary sand the surface after cleaning and stripping (80 grit paper). After cleaning, allow the wood to dry for 2-3 days before finishing.

Previously coated surfaces

Textrol may only be applied to bare wood surfaces or a weathered wood surface that was previously finished with Textrol. All previous coating must be completely and thoroughly removed with a stripper such as Owatrol’s Dilunett and neutralised with Net-Trol before applying Textrol. If necessary sand the surface after cleaning and stripping (80 grit paper). After cleaning, allow the wood to dry for 2-3 days before finishing.

Application of Textrol penetrating wood oil

Application Tools

  • Brush
  • Roller
  • Air-less sprayer .011 – .015 fluid tip/ 700-800 psi or less
  • Garden sprayer

Apply the first coat of Textrol and allow it to penetrate into the wood (15-30 minutes). Apply a second application and allow it to penetrate for 15-30 minutes. If required repeat this procedure until the wood is saturated i.e. will accept no more oil. Do not allow Textrol to become touch dry or dry between coats. Once the timber is saturated, brush out or wipe up any excess product that has not penetrated to avoid shiny spots. NOTE: Textrol is not a surface coating, its place is in the wood not on the surface.


Decks & other horizontal surfaces

Most decks & horizontal surfaces will only require a maintenance application of Textrol every other year. A single application of Textrol every other year will be sufficient to refresh the natural beauty of the deck/horizontal surface and to maintain protection. A periodic clean between applications with Net-trol to remove dirt and contamination will renew the appearance of the wood.

Cladding & other vertical surfaces

Most cladding and vertical surfaces will only require touch up applications of Textrol. When areas treated with Textrol turn grey, clean with Net-trol and apply a single application of Textrol to replace material which has weathered out. Areas retaining good colour do not need a maintenance application. Badly weathered areas may require 2 applications of Textrol (apply the second application as soon as the first has penetrated the wood). Surfaces with harsh exposures to the sun and weather will weather wear more quickly than other areas. If this happens, clean effected areas with Net-Trol and apply Textrol as necessary, blending into areas which still have good colour.

Clean Up

Clean all tools and equipment with white spirit whilst still wet. If allowed to dry, remove with paint stripper.

NOTE: Any rags, steel wool etc. soaked in Textrol may spontaneously catch fire if improperly discarded. These must be saturated with water after use or placed in a sealed, water filled metal container, before disposing with household waste.


  • Not suitable for use on: New Wood, Hardboard, Accoya and Thermally Heat Treated (THT) wood.
  • Plywood: Contact Us.

Things to Remember

  • Before starting, test the colour choice on a small area. Allow to dry to determine final colour (remember that this colour will lighten over a couple of months to the final colour).
  • Cover everything you do not wish to coat, including plants and shrubs.
  • Apply between 5°C and 35°C.
  • Do not apply if cold and/or wet weather is expected within 24-48 hours.
  • Mix product thoroughly before and during application.
  • Do not thin.
  • Always work the entire length of a deck board or horizontal siding to a logical break, such as a window or door frame.
  • Never stop the application in the middle of the wall.
  • Vertical siding should be coated from top to bottom.
  • Do not allow to dry between coats – apply Textrol ‘wet on wet’
  • After spray application, always back-brush or back-roll to improve penetration and uniformity of coverage
  • If using an airless sprayer it should be .011 – .015 fluid tip/ 700-800 psi or less

33 reviews for Textrol

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    Done stripping and staining the stable block. Turned out better than expected.
    Before, after Net-Trol and after Textrol shots.

    After application of Textrol on stables - image credit to David Plowchalk
    After application of Net-Trol on stables
    After application of Textrol on stables
    After application of Net-Trol and Textrol on stables
    Before application of Net-Trol and Textrol
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    As you can see the furniture was badly neglected over the years, but with a bit of work and the magic of owatrol Net-Trol and Textrol an amazing result.

    Before and after using Net-Trol and Textrol on garden table
    After using Net-Trol and Textrol on garden table
    Before and after using Net-Trol and Textrol on garden table and chairs
    After using Net-Trol and Textrol on garden table and chairs
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    Annette Cooksey Verified Owner

    This is my second review!
    I have been using Textrol every year for 11years on my oak bi fold doors and as a result of doing that they look as good as the day they were installed

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    Annette Cooksey Verified Owner

    Been using Textrol for 12 years on my oak bi fold doors they’ve kept looking as good as the day they were installed

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    Chris Irving Verified Owner

    I volunteered to repair the local Church gates a job that demanded a good finish that would be on show to many. After applying a light spirit stain to boost the much faded oak I applied the penetrating finishing oil. Extremely easy to apply. Excellent viscosity. The second coat has left the gates with a deep coloured finish with substantial body which I am confident will last for many years. The result has been praised by many and I am off the hook. I will certainly investigate the Owatrol range of products when planning my next project.

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    Paul Mason Verified Owner

    We have a small cottage by the sea in the North East of Britain. It has a court yard at the rear which faces east so it has a south and a north wall as well. We did not like the colour of the bricks used on the walls so we decided to put up rough sawn cladding on two walls and along the external east facing walls.
    We followed the instructions for new wood by putting two coats of textrol on all surfaces and lathes. We then left the surface to over winter and this spring we gently power washed the surface. After several days of dry weather we were ready to start with Textrol in the Ash Grey.
    It was not easy to put on as it is runny but we had prepared with tarpaulins etc. We found that we only needed a small amount on the roller which we then brushed out whilst the surfaces were still wet. The coverage was fantastic and we are very pleased with the result. The uneven colour is due to the different woods being used. I would like to add photos but there does not seem to be that option.

    • Owatrol Team

      Owatrol Team Verified Owner

      Hi Paul,

      Thank you very much for your review of Textrol – we are very happy you had such a good experience with it.
      As for the photos, if you are happy to, you could send them to us via email to: sales@owatroluk.com – we could create a case study about your experience for our blog, as well as share it on our social media pages.

      Thanks again.

      All the best,
      The Owatrol Team

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    Steve Hiorns Verified Owner

    After having a large area of my garden decked and fenced off, I needed a product that would compliment the work that had been undertaken. After much research I can across Owatrol Textrol, being a little sceptical what I was reading I took further advice from other sources. Very quickly it became obvious this product came with glowing references so my decision to purchase became a no brainer. I will say please do not be put off by the prices after all you get what you pay for. The finished product was even better than I could have hoped, the icing on the cake as they say, resulting comments have all been positive. I will say please read the instructions on when and how to use this product, this will result in an outstanding finish.

    • Owatrol Team

      Owatrol Team Verified Owner

      Hi there Steve,

      What a fantastic review – thank you so much for your kind words.
      We are very happy you had a great experience using our products and love the end result.
      If you have any before and after shots of your project (or just after shots) we would love to make a case study of your experience. Feel free to drop us an email and we will get right on it.

      Thanks again Steve.

      All the very best,
      The Owatrol Team

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    Philip Richardson Verified Owner

    I have used Textrol clear on my Romanian log cabin since it was first erected in my back garden in 2005. Having applied two coats initially to the untreated wood I have since recoated it once each year. Textrol has protected the cabin amazingly. Last year I had the windows replaced and called in the company who first supplied the cabin to do the work. When the owner came he could not believe the condition of the building and asked what I had been using. On being told it was what he had recommended 12 years ago he could not remember! He has been using and recommending different products since then. He now recognised his mistake and left with my half-used can of Textrol to order some for his display cabins. I have ordered another 5 litre can which will last me another couple of years. Very pleased with the product.

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    Julie Hannaford Verified Owner

    Amazing wood treatment product. Well worth the money. I used it to restore and waterproof a 1950s oak bench which had had rough treatment over the years. Having stripped off the old paint and sanded down, I treated with Netrol and then 3 coats of Textrol in the rustic oak finish. Not only does it look amazing but it is totally waterproof. I would buy this product again & recommend to others. I have never come across such an effective wood treatment.

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    Mike Hughes Verified Owner

    good stuff, goes into the wood and easy to apply. Looks good

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Coverage: Initial application: 5m2 per litre
Maintenance: 10-12m² per litre
Tools: Brush, Roller, Airless Sprayer or garden sprayer
Suitable for: Exterior use
Clean up: White Spirit
Drying Time: 24-48 hours
Re-coating Time: Apply ‘wet-on-wet’
Suitable Surfaces: Weathered softwood & hardwood

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