Net-Trol being used to restore weathered wood

The best way to restore weathered wood to its original colour

  • Time: Approx 15 minutes for cleaner to work. Total time is dependant on the size of your project.
  • Products: Net-trol
  • Tools: Brush, sponge or roller. Pressure washer if desired

Net-Trol is a powerful wood cleaner and brightener which restores greyed and weathered wood back to its natural colour.

It effortlessly removes both surface and ground in dirt leaving the wood looking bright and vibrant. Net-Trol is fast acting and can restore the original colour of your wood surface in as little as 15 minutes!

It can also be used as a neutraliser after wooden surfaces have been stripped by using Dilunett, Aquanett or other strippers.

Net-Trol being used on cladding

Application to weathered wood

First, you must wet the surface of the wood. Simply hose the wood down until it is sufficiently wet.

Whilst the wood is still wet, apply the Net-Trol – You can do this via a brush, sponge or roller, whatever you find easier. Due to its gel-like consistency, the application onto horizontal or vertical surfaces is quick and easy and the product won’t run off the surface.

Allow it to work by letting it sit for approximately 15 minutes – If the surface starts to dry, dampen it with a mist application of water.

Then, simply rinse it away whilst scrubbing the wood with a brush, or alternatively, you can use a pressure washer – If required, repeat the process.

This will leave the wood cleaned and restored back to its original colour.

You can then apply your desired finish – We recommend protecting and enhancing the natural beauty of your wood with one of Owatrol penetrating wood finishes.

One of the best qualities of Net-Trol, is that it is biodegradable and so does not contain solvents or bleach. This means that it is not harmful to plants and shrubs so is safe to use in the garden.

Take a look at our demonstration video below for before, during and after shots of a fence being restored.

We hope you enjoyed this post all about Net-Trol wood cleaner and brightener. If you have any other tips, tricks, or advice, please feel free to comment below and share!

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6 thoughts on “The best way to restore weathered wood to its original colour

  1. I’m just about to replace my decking with new tanalised redwood pine decking boards. What products would you recommend to give a lasting coloured protective finish?

    Also, the timber balustrade panels originally made about 14 years with tantalised softwood Is badly weathered. What’s best to restore the wood and finish with a dark green colour?

    1. Hi Peter,

      As tanalised wood is softwood species you should either use Aquadecks; or Textrol HES; for new wood.
      However, for new wood you must follow the guidelines for removing mill glaze before application of either of these finishes.

      To remove mill glaze you will need to use Prepdeck and Net-Trol. For more information on how to do this, please take a look at a previous blog post on the topic here;

      I hope this was helpful.
      Please feel free to contact us again should you require any further assistance.

      All the best,
      The Owatrol Team

    1. Hi Paul,

      Thank you for you query.
      We do indeed have a distributor in France;

      DURIEU S.A
      Z.I La Marinière
      2 bis rue Charles de Gaulle
      91070 EVRY-BONDOUFLE

      Tél. : +33 (0) 160 86 48 70
      Fax : +33 (0) 160 86 84 84
      Email :
      Website :

      I hope this was helpful – please feel free to contact us again should you need any further assistance.

      All the best,
      The Owatrol Team

  2. Hi I’ve got a project it’s restoration of 5 wooden bungalows that previously been coated with what looks like a stain exterior varnish which needs completely removing before they need re staining can you advise what to use for the removal of the peeling and aged stain and re staining

    1. Hi there Andrew,

      For the removal of a wood stain or varnish you will likely require a products such as Prepdeck or Dilunett.
      Prepdeck: is designed for the removal of old solid and semi-transparent stains. However, you may require Dilunett: which will remove any oil or alkyd based paint, varnish or wood stain.

      A few things to note between the two:
      Prepdeck is a less intense stripper that can be left to work a little longer, where Dilunett requires a lot of attention and shouldn’t be left to work for too long.
      Prepdeck will not work on Polyurethane varnish.
      Both products must be immediately treated with Net-trol: while still wet to neutralise the surface.
      Please contact us further if the surface to be treated is oak or chestnut.

      We recommend purchasing samples of both products (along with a sample of Net-Trol) and testing them both out to see which would be more suitable.

      As for the finish, we have many options available which you can find here:

      If you have any further queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us on: 01582 592707 or email us at: where we will be able to assist you quicker.

      All the best,
      The Owatrol Team

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