Exterior wood preserver Aquadecks used on garden table and chairs

Protecting and enhancing exterior soft wood

Once prepared and cleaned, it is necessary to apply protective treatments to wood surfaces to prevent ongoing damage which can be costly! Depending on the type of wood you have, we would recommend a different selection of products.

New wood

  • First use Seasonite new wood protection
  • Leave for 6-12 months to weather
  • Protect with a wood finish of your choice (see below for our recommendations)

Grey wood

Surface-coated or oiled wood

Maintaining protected wood

  • First remove dust from the surface of the wood
  • Clean the wood with Net-Trol if necessary
  • Re-protect with a wood finish of your choice (see below for our recommendations)

Recommended wood protection for exterior soft wood

There are many products available for protecting wood surfaces and a lot depends on the finish you want to achieve. Our recommendations for protection for soft wood are:

Textrol – Use Textrol for a penetrating oil finish for soft wood surfaces. It protects from within the wood so does not crack, peel or flake and it protects against moisture and UV damage.

Aquadecks – Use Aquadecks for a water-based matt finish for wood. It prevents the wood from fading and provides UV protection. This is perfect for outdoor wood furniture, cladding and decking and if you are looking for a matt finish. If you’re looking for a more professional product for this job then you could try Aquatrol water-based gel for exterior wood from our Professional Range.

Solid Colour Stain – Use SCS for an opaque matt wood finish available in 52 different shades! This is an all-in-one wood treatment and colour and is great for creating something a bit different as you don’t need to stick to the traditional wood stain finishes.

Red Cedar – a special case

This wood is characterised by very high acidity (pH from 2.5 to 3) which prevents the penetration and adherence of traditional surface coatings. Textrol, which has been developed especially for meeting the requirements of wood like red cedar, is particularly suitable for preventing deformation and darkening of this type of wood.

We hope you found this post on protecting and enhancing exterior soft wood interesting. If you have any other advice or top tips, please feel free to leave them in the comments below. We love hearing from you!

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9 thoughts on “Protecting and enhancing exterior soft wood

  1. My company are in the process of manufacturing picnic tables, seats and benches for the public, we are constructing them from good old fashion strong soft wood, this timber is not purchased with a preservative, in order to keep competitive we are not using hardwood, we need to protect our product with a natural clear preservative, what can I use! we need to keep in mind the advertising side complies with legislation for the environment, most of the product will be sold to caravan sites etc.

    Regards Graham.
    The Workshop4

  2. Hello
    I am seeking advice/guidance as to the suitability of your products in relation to my project. I have recently constructed a horizontally boarded screen in my garden using 4″ x 2″ timber. We have then applied 3 different colour wood dyes (Rustins) randomly to the boards to create a “striped” effect with a matt finish.
    The end result is exactly what we hoped for, but I now want to protect the finish. It will be subject to all the elements including sunshine in the forthcoming months, so I would be grateful if you could recommend one of your products for the job.
    Many thanks

    1. Hi David,

      I have passed your enquiry onto a member of our technical team and will have a response for you asap.

      Many thanks,
      The Owatrol Team

    2. Hi David,

      Unfortunately we do not have products that are compatible to over-coat your existing product.

      the Owatrol Team

  3. Hi I am buying pine tongue and groove to face some gates vertically. I want to paint them with a black oak fence paint to finish, but is there something I could stand the ends in that soaks up the grain to double protect ends before I paint them?

    1. Hi Rob,

      Thank you for your query.

      For this kind of project we would recommend using Shed & Fence Paint, including the end grains. The reason being that Shed and Fence Paint includes E-B (our water-based mix-in bonding primer) within its formula and this will protect the end grain as well as the rest of the timber.

      You can read more about Shed and Fence Paint here: https://www.owatroldirect.co.uk/product/shed-fence-paint/

      I hope this was helpful – please don’t hesitate to contact us again should you require further assistance.

      All the best,
      The Owatrol Team

  4. Hi

    Just about to take delivery of some new driveway gates in untreated scandinavian redwood.

    Can you advise what you would recommend to preserve and protect this gate for longevity.


    1. Hi there Simon,

      For untreated wood going into Winter we would recommend using Seasonite: https://www.owatroldirect.co.uk/product/seasonite/ – It’s a new wood protector that will prevent damage such as splitting and warping caused by moisture over the Winter months. Come the spring (or in 6+ months time) you can then use a protective finish over it.
      Our most popular wood oil protectors are Textrol: https://www.owatroldirect.co.uk/product/textrol/ and Deks Olje D1: https://www.owatroldirect.co.uk/product/deks-olje-d1/
      As always we recommend purchasing samples and testing in a small area before application.

      We hope this was helpful.

      All the best,
      The Owatrol Team

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