Lots of people find themselves asking this question as summer draws to an end.
You’ve spent the summer in your garden and you’ve splashed out on some new fence panels, treated yourself to a new deck or even delighted the children with a new playhouse and they’re all looking great!
However, you know that winter’s approaching and your new wood needs protecting to prevent it from splitting and warping. The main issue is that new wood has mill glaze and does not allow protective finishes to penetrate the surface. This means that they are not effective and the wood can still be damaged.
If you instead leave the new wood to weather naturally first as some products recommend, it will be extremely vulnerable to the effects of moisture and damage from the sun and will be prone to splitting and warping.
Preventing Splitting & Warping over Winter
We would recommend applying Owatrol’s new wood protection Seasonite which stabilises the wood and protects it during the first year of weathering. It controls the transfer of moisture in and out of the wood to prevent warping and splitting. It also provides protection against damage caused by UV rays.
Unlike water repellent products, which make the water ‘bead-up’ but just sit on the surface and scuff off, Seasonite penetrates, bonding with the fibres of the wood to stabilise and protect it.
Seasonite is easy to apply with just a single coat and is colourless so will not spoil the natural look of your new wood. It is essential for all softwoods, especially pressure-treated wood and will ensure that your new investment will be looking good and ready for your choice of protective finish next summer. You should apply it as soon as possible after installing the wood (or you can even apply it before installation). But definitely, have it all set and ready before the wet weather sets in.
To apply Seasonite, you simply give the wood one generous coat. You can do this with a brush, roller or garden sprayer. Be sure to soak the ends and when treating a deck, work the Seasonite into the cracks between the boards. You can use it on vertical or horizontal surfaces with ease.
Treating Wood after Winter
After a year of weathering, wood treated with Seasonite is easily maintained and protected using your choice of finish. We would recommend either Textrol clear penetrating oil finish or for colour use Solid Colour Stain Stain with its up to 15 year guarantee against peeling and flaking. Be sure to use Net-Trol wood cleaner to restore the wood to its original colour before finishing for the best look.