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Commercial weathering products are designed to accelerate the natural weathering process of wood, giving it a weathered, grey appearance without the need for extended exposure to the elements. 

How Commercial Weathering Products Work:

Industrial weathering products usually contain chemicals that mimic the effects of sunlight, moisture, and oxidation, speeding up the aging process of wood. These products often contain acids, oxidizing agents, and tannin-staining compounds that interact with the wood fibers, altering their colour and texture. The specific chemical formulations can vary between products, but the general goal is to provide a controlled environment for weathering, ensuring consistent results.

Popular Types of Commercial Weathering Products:

  1. Wood Stains:

    • Water-Based Stains: Water-based stains are eco-friendly options that penetrate the wood to create a weathered appearance. They often contain iron oxide pigments to simulate the grey color.

    • Popular brands we apply are Sikkens WF771 and Remmers stains

  2. Exterior Wood Weatherizers:

    • Weathering Oils: These oils contain pigments and UV inhibitors that protect the wood while promoting a natural grey patina. These are ideal for decking areas, and we apply products such as Teknos Woodex Oil and Morrells Holzol weathering oil

    • Exterior Wood Weathering Solutions: These solutions contain chemicals that accelerate weathering, and they are applied directly to the wood surface. They are designed to work on a variety of wood types and can produce results in a matter of days or weeks. Current market leader is Sioo:x, of whom we are approved applicators for their range of products - they have a full resource library where you can download information on the company, application, and general FAQ's -

  3. Ferrous-Sulphate Solutions:  Instead of waiting for Mother Nature to grey the boards, we can apply a ferrous sulphate solution.  It works on any wood. The ferrous sulfate reacts with the tannin in wood and grays it. Tannin rich woods such as Oak and Chestnut, and even softwoods like Larch contain tannins. For woods like pine that have little tannin, we can add the tannin to the mix.​ Caution must be used when installing cladding that has been treated in this manner, as the treatment may leach onto surrounding patio or paths.

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