Prepare your timber surfaces

Prior to oiling or staining bare timber surfaces, appropriate surface preparation is key to a successful timber finish. Follow the steps indicated to correctly prepare timber surfaces to help get the perfect finish.

1. Weathering of New Timber

Allow any new hardwood timbers to weather for 4-6 weeks before staining. Allow Treated Pine to weather for 2 weeks prior to application. Weathering requires sun and water so if it doesn’t rain wet the timber regularly.

2. Product, Colour and Timber Type

Decide on the product and colour you would like to apply. Be mindful that brochures and sample boards may not be a true representation of the actual colour as stains and oils will appear different on different timbers. Choose an off-cut piece of the timber you’re looking at finishing and apply the product in exactly the same way, with the same number of coats, as you would on the actual surface.


3. Surface preparation

Ensure timber is clean, dry and free from dirt, grease, oil and other contaminants. Galvanised or stainless steel fasteners should be used to avoid rust stains. Use Wattyl Forestwood Deck and Timber Cleaner following the label instructions, rinsing thoroughly and allowing to dry. If mould is still present, a further treatment with household bleach and water is recommended. Rinse off thoroughly with fresh water while still wet and allow to dry thoroughly before applying your chosen product.