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What is the best treatment for exterior wood?

There are essentially two types of exterior wood treatments –

  • Those that are absorbed into the surface of the wood such as oil-based products
  • Those that form a protective coating on the surface of the wood

Please note, both have their own unique characteristics and benefits.

As Staffordshire’s leading supplier and installer of attention-grabbing driveway gates, BK Timber has a rich knowledge of the best treatments for external wood.

Explaining Penetrative Wood Treatments

Penetrative wood treatments are products that soak into the timber and protect from within, including decking oils, shed and fence treatments and are predominantly oil and wax-based. They work by penetrating then drying in the surface grain of the wood which provides a tough, durable and weather-resistant surface.

The main benefit of this product is that they are simple to apply and maintain. When the finished surface starts looking tired and worn you will simply need to re-apply a fresh coat with no need to sand, strip back or remove the old finish. Wood oils are great for patch repairs and are very easy to repair and blend in with the surrounding areas.

Exterior Coating Systems

Old paints and varnishes have a reputation for cracking, flaking and peeling, whereas modern coating systems have been scientifically developed to withstand the effects of weathering plus the constant movement of the timber due to moisture and temperature changes.

Modern exterior wood coatings are flexible and durable which you will rarely need to strip back to the bare wood if maintained correctly. These systems are a firm favourite for exterior joineries such as wooden window frames and doors.

Surfaces that need maintenance can be restored by following these simple steps –

  • Wipe down with Methylated Spirit for degreasing the old finish
  • Lightly sand the surface to remove any ingrained surface dirt and debris plus this provides a key for the new top-coat. 
  • Wipe down for a second time after sanding with Methylated Spirit which removes all traces of sanding dust and any residual grease from hands and fingertips. 
  • Once dry, a fresh top-coat can be applied to restore the appearance and maximise protection of the timber.

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If you have any questions about treatments for timber, get in touch with BK Timber today.

Don’t forget we are the leading supplier of driveway gates and bespoke joinery for customers across Staffordshire and Cheshire.

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