Woodcare & wood treatments

The Owatrol Woodcare Guide

We have put together a series of posts to give you all the information you need to know about how to protect and enhance your wood surfaces. Through the six articles you will learn why wood needs protecting, how to prepare and clean wood, which treatments are suitable for different types of wood and what to do with some common problems with treating wood.

If you still have any questions at the end then get in touch and I’m sure we’d be able to help!

Part 1: Why should I treat and protect my wood?

It is essential to understand the nature of wood to protect it effectively. Nowadays, we choose wood because it’s beautiful to look at and it’s a sustainable material. It is warmer than bricks and metal but it requires a little more care – if we want to preserve its natural beauty a small amount of maintenance is necessary and a …

Read The Woodcare Guide Part 1 here

Part 2: Preparing and cleaning all types of wood

Before you apply any protective product, it is important that the wood is prepared correctly. Depending on its surface, different techniques may be needed. Preparing new wood (Deglazing) Regardless of whether they are durable by nature or pressure treated, soft woods are particularly vulnerable during their first year of exposure to bad weather. The recommended product for this is Seasonite …

Read The Woodcare Guide Part 2 here

Part 3: 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 …

Read The Woodcare Guide Part 3 here

Part 4: Protecting and enhancing exterior hard woods

Hard woods usually also require treatment when new with Seasonite in the same way as soft woods do. The products we would suggest for protecting and finishing hard wood surfaces depend on the type of wood you have to work with. New Wood First treat the new wood with Seasonite and leave for 6-12 months Then clean the wood and …

Read The Woodcare Guide Part 4 here

Part 5: Protecting and enhancing interior hard woods

Interior hard woods require careful care and attention and often demand a higher level of attention to detail and finesse. As such, we would make the following recommendations to achieve a flawless colourless finish of your interior wood surfaces. New Wood First degrease the wood surface with denatured alcohol Then sand the wood (100 grain maximum) Finally protect with Deks …

Read The Woodcare Guide Part 5 here

Part 6: Preparing your wood before treating

Adherence When you try to use emulsion paints on wood, you often face a massive inconvenience – their lack of adherence. With a low bonding power, these paints flake off rapidly which means a big waste of your time! Our solution is Owatrol Emulsa Bond, an additive for paints and surface coatings. It is intended for emulsion paints and its purpose …

Read The Woodcare Guide Part 6 here

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2 thoughts on “The Owatrol Woodcare Guide

  1. The previous owner built an extension to our house and clad it in weatherboard and painted it black. I noticed that all the knots in the wood started producing sap. From advice given i have rubbed all these knots with white spirit an scrapped off with a scraper. I am now in a quandary as to what satin black paint to use as all the weatherboard has been subjected to white spirit. Would it also help to use a knotting solution before the top coat.
    Thank you
    Penny

    1. Hi Penny,

      Good question. Not sure that white spirit was the right choice for that, we’d have recommended something like Stoptan. You’ll need to get the white spirit out of the wood first before applying something like SCS over the top. I’ll pass this on to the tech guys who will email you with full advice on solving this issue.

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