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Wood is in many ways a unique building material. Unlike manmade materials such as steel, concrete, or aluminium, or even other so-called ‘natural’ materials such as stone and brick, wood is an organic material. That is to say, it was once a living thing. Whether the wood in question is timber harvested from trees, or composite wood made from compressed wood fibre and other substances, it (or some part of it) was once alive.


The Difference Between Woodcare and Paint
Types and Uses

Wood is in many ways a unique building material. Unlike manmade materials such as steel, concrete, or aluminium, or even other so-called ‘natural’ materials such as stone and brick, wood is an organic material. That is to say, it was once a living thing. Whether the wood in question is timber harvested from trees, or composite wood made from compressed wood fibre and other substances, it (or some part of it) was once alive.

Perhaps because of this, wood needs particular care and attention to ensure it lasts for as long as possible, and to make sure it doesn't warp or otherwise do things you don’t want it to do. Metal and stone, of course, won’t bleach in the sun or warp if they get wet – but it’s this beautiful, organic, living quality that wood has that makes it such a prized building and finishing material. In short, however, if you want wood to last, you’ll need to treat it with something. That’s where woodcare comes in.

What is woodcare?

Woodcare is the term for a range of oils, stains and varnishes used to colour and preserve wood. The type of woodcare you choose will depend on the colour and finish you want, but also on the type of wood you have and what it is being used for.

Hardwood

Hardwood grows slower and is denser. This makes it heavier and stronger than softwood, and for that reason, it is often used for external things such as doors. It’s also more expensive. A clear varnish, such as Sadolin Polyurethane Extra Durable, will preserve the original colour and texture of this beautiful type of wood. The polyurethane extra-durable varnish will preserve the colour more than an oil based varnish. Water based oil will not hamper the colour whereas oil based varnish will pull the colour out and will mature over time.

Softwood

Pine is a good example of this type of affordable and versatile wood. As the name suggests, it’s softer and therefore more prone to warping than hardwood. For this kind of wood, used to create an area of decking for example, a darker stain such as Sandolin Ebony Decking Stain is the perfect weather-resistant choice.

What is paint?

Woodcare is the term for a range of oils, stains and varnishes used to colour and preserve wood. The type of woodcare you choose will depend on the colour and finish you want, but also on the type of wood you have and what it is being used for.

Masonry paint

As the name suggests, this paint is for painting brick walls and other stone or concrete surfaces. Try Sandtex Ultra Smooth Exterior Paint for a pristine, easy to clean finish.

Matt paint

This type of paint is designed for the first-time covering of plastered internal walls. It’s easy to apply and dries quickly. Try Crown Trade White Matt Emulsion.

Eggshell

Eggshell is an oil based paint, for example Crown Trade White Eggshell has a slight sheen to it and is very durable, making them perfect for interior wood and metal.

Gloss

These paints have a very high sheen and accordingly are easy to wash. They are used for detailing, both internal and external. We stock Crown Trade Fastflow Quick Dry Gloss, which stays whiter for longer than traditional solvent-based glosses.

Whatever your project, interior or exterior, we’ve got the perfect paint and woodcare for you. If you have any questions please contact our team at info@buypaintsonline.co.uk, and we’ll be happy to help.

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