The key to a perfect finish is in the preparation, so take your time now, follow these simple steps, and you’ll be rewarded with a gorgeous new look. Start by ensuring that the surfaces to be treated are sound, dry, clean and free from dust and grease. Any nail and screw heads in joinery should be set below the surface and concealed by a suitable wood filler. BARE OR NEW WOOD: If the wood is an oily hardwood or resinous soft wood, wipe down well with White Spirit to remove natural oils. Sand along the grain to a smooth finish. Avoid the inhalation of dust. Wear a suitable face mask if dry sanding. Treat new and bare exterior wood with a clear preserver. PREVIOUSLY WOODSTAINED SURFACES: Rub down with fine waterproof abrasive paper and mild soapy water, then rinse and dry thoroughly. PREVIOUSLY PAINTED OR VARNISHED WOOD: Use an appropriate Paint and Varnish Stripper to remove all traces of previous treatment, then treat as for bare or new wood. NOTE: Not suitable for use on linseed oil putty, may be used on wooden glazing beads.
Now for the fun bit! For the best results, stir well before use and apply using a brush. Work the stain along the grain and avoid overlapping the brush strokes. Apply 3 coats to bare or new wood, or 2 coats to previously stained surfaces allowing 4 hours between coats. Under normal conditions the surface will be touch dry in 1 hour. Do not apply at temperatures below 10ºC, in damp conditions or if rain is imminent. This product is naturally milky in appearance when wet, this will disappear when completely dry. The final colour achieved depends on the original colour of the wood and the number of coats applied. It is advisable to test for colour in an inconspicuous area first.
Once you have completed painting, remove as much product as possible from brushes before cleaning immediately in warm soapy water and then rinse thoroughly.