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hello, I have just had a workshop built can you tell me the best varnish for it and when I will have to do it, we live in Suffolk, the workshop was built by a professional company and the wood was treated before they built it.
Thank-you.
Keith.

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Hi Keith

In your question, it doesn't state if it's all exterior timber surfaces or internal work as well or an indication whether it hard or soft wood. Personally, I don't like varnish as I feel there are better products. For internal timber I recommend a product called Treatex hard wax oil. Often I will seal the timber with a thin down version of Treatex then take the work to the clients place then apply the Treatrex hard oil. I really like this product but I do use Danish oil then paste wax, probably more for furniture pieces.

Treatex do external products  but I have not used these yet. More information can be found on their website; http://www.treatex.co.uk.

I don't often do external finishes but when I have Danish oil has been a choice. You have to build up the coats and it does require doing often which can be off putting.  I like to use oil finishes on hardwoods and usually go for products by Osmo. If your timber is a softwood then I go for more wood stains, probably because my clients have colours in mind. One product that I have used is Liberon extreme wood stain but they are others. I have had my windows finished in products by Teknos. The windows were sprayed finished before being installed and after a few years don't show any sign of having to be re-painted. It works well with most hardwoods and softwoods. Oily hardwoods like Iroko may need to rub down with a white spirit before applying products.

Some useful sites; https://www.teknosonline.co.uk and I have purchase some of my timber finishes from a website; http://www.agwoodcare.co.uk and http://www.wood2u.co.uk for Treatex.

Hope this information helps you.

Stuart

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Stuart Mawle

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I can give advice / help on carpentry & joinery, health & safety, woodworking machinery, power tools, suppliers, timber and timber related products e.g. adhesives, finishes.

Experience

Carpentry & Joinery;I have served an indentured carpentry apprenticeship with a medium sized building contractor doing a wide range of domestic and commercial work. This has included office buildings, barn conversions, building extensions and renovations. During my career, I spent over three years as a wood trades technician at a college. My job involved joinery work, wood machining and helping CITB carpentry & joinery students' practical projects.I am all ready an voluteer expert in the wood working category.


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I am a member of Institute of Carpenters


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