A client recently asked us for advice on how to go about achieving a weathered grey look to a bench without losing protection.
What we recommended
We suggested that the client should initially apply Seasonite, our wood protector which stabilises and protects new wood. He could then apply Textrol in the colour ‘Weathered Grey’ to achieve the look they want.
When new wood is first exposed to the elements it’s particularly vulnerable from the effects of moisture and UV rays. If left unprotected it can very quickly begin to warp and crack causing unsightly and damaging results. Seasonite stabilises the wood and controls the transfer of moisture to prevent warping. It bonds with the fibres of the wood to provide protection against damage caused by UV rays and pollution as well as excess moisture to keep the wood looking new for longer.
Application of Seasonite
Wood should be clean and dry or damp but not wet. Then simply apply one liberal, saturating coat to all wood surfaces. Ensure you soak it into the end grain. When treating a deck, work Seasonite into all the cracks between the boards. Decks can usually be walked on 1 hour after application.
Once the Seasonite has completely dried, you can then apply the finishing oil Textrol in the colour, ‘Weathered Grey’.
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. 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.
Application of Textrol
After the new wood has been treated with Seasonite, you can now move on to the finishing coating.
Apply the first coat of Textrol and allow it to penetrate into the wood for approximately 15-30 minutes. Next, apply a second coat and allow it to penetrate for another 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.
Remember, Textrol is not a surface coating, its place is in the wood not on the surface.
As you can see, the finished look was stunning and the client was delighted.