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Understanding Colourtones

It's important to understand that CUTEK is a unique penetrating oil system designed to enhance the natural colour and grain of wood. CUTEK is sold as a clear oil which can be used to protect the wood from moisture and moisture related movement such as cupping, warping and splitting. Using just the clear oil will protect the wood, providing stability and structural integrity while allowing it to naturally lighten to produce a silver weathered patina over time. The soft natural lightening and silvering of the wood represents a low care option and is becoming an increasingly popular way to leave wood in weather exposed settings. Wood projects using clear CUTEK oil that have silvered can easily be returned back to the wood's original colour using ProClean and high pressure washing followed by further applications of CUTEK clear oil.

However, if you desire to maintain the original colour of the wood then you need to purchase a Colourtone suited to your selected wood which will further enhance the natural colour and grain and help to maintain its "natural" colour over a longer period of time.

What to expect when using colourtone

Most wood care products on the market leave a higher build of material on the surface of the wood which can provide more colour but are prone to peeling and flaking over time which requires time and money to repair. The CUTEK system is unique as it will fade over time rather than peel or flake. The initial CUTEK Colourtone build on new smooth wood projects only offers subtle amounts of pigment that enhance the wood. Full weather exposed projects will lighten faster as the wood weathers and acclimatises over the first 6 months. A follow up application after this initial weathering period will provide much greater Colourtone build as the wood becomes rougher and more open.

How to increase colour build on new wood

New wood is milled smooth and often has a mill glaze which will greatly restrict the initial colour build. Better results can be achieved by creating a rougher surface and preparing the wood using ProClean in combination with a high pressure washer. Sanding the new wood to 80 grit will give even better results as it removes mill glaze and creates a much rougher surface which will enable higher colour build. Note...The rougher the surface of the wood, the greater the colour build and durability. Rough sawn or heavy brushed wood profiles will take more oil and colour so much bolder colour contrast can be achieved. The amount of mill glaze if any that is present on any job can vary significantly depending on species density, and machining method used. Note, sanded surfaces should be vacuumed or washed thoroughly to remove all loose wood and dust.

Available Colourtone options...

Note...The colours here are a representation of 2 x coats on Western Red Cedar. All natural wood tones can vary greatly even within species so the end result can vary greatly. You should use the original colour of your selected wood as a guide and if you are unsure about what Colourtone to select, contact us for advise and/or grab a free Pre-mixed Colour sample pot from a store near you.


Autumntone

Black Ash

Burnt Red

Chestnut

Goldtone

Grey Mist

Rustic Gold

Sela Brown

Walnut

New Bronzetone

Clear
 

 

Selecting the best Colourtone option for your wood

Our Colourtone system is designed to enhance the wood colour and grain you select. With this in mind, you need to think about your original wood choice and the colour it most represents. Is it light to Golden, Brown, Red or a combination? Here are a few common examples to help you understand

Black Butt and Silver Top Ash... Light tones so Rustic Gold is a good choice


Rustic Gold

Spotted Gum...Light creamy to brown and greys. Rustic Gold and Sela Brown will all look similar on new smooth wood.


Rustic Gold

Sela Brown

Merbau and Red Iron Bark...red to brown tone so Autumn Tone, New Bronzetone, Burnt Red and Chestnut will all look very similar on smooth wood.


Autumntone

New Bronzetone

Burnt Red

Chestnut

Forest Reds and Jarrah...Red tones. Autumn Tone, New Bronzetone and Burnt Red are all close options and will look similar on smooth wood.


Autumntone

New Bronzetone

Burnt Red

Changing the original colour of any wood

For horizontal walk on surfaces such as decking, we recommend you select a Colourtone that is the closet match to the wood you have selected, rather than attempt to change the colour. You can talk to any of our stockists for advice. For cladding and screening, a much higher build of colour can be achieved which can completely change the original tone of the wood. Even very light wood coloured species can become an almost solid Black, Grey, Red, Brown or Gold if the wood surface is suitably rough and more coats or a higher pigment loading has been added.

Note...in some circumstances you can double your Colourtone to achieve bolder effects on rough or brushed wood. We advise that you contact us to discuss this option in more detail as we want to ensure you have the best information possible.

New and improved formula

CUTEK Colourtones now come with a new and improved formulation.

It is important to note that:

Mixing

One of the reasons we have introduced the new colourtones is to simplify mixing. One colourtone size can be used in all pack sizes as follows:

Stir and mix the Colourtone well before adding into the clear oil. Continue to stir well with a flat stirrer, lifting from the bottom, for about 2 minutes before use and give a quick stir about every 15 minutes during use to ensure even results. Refer to the relevant factsheet (CUTEK oils) for complete application information.

Application

For best results, one coat of clear CUTEK oil should be applied to all faces of the wood prior to installing, with a second and third coat of colourtoned Cutek oil applied to the top surface once the first coat is completely dry. Two or three thin coats on finished wood and hardwoods are better than one or two thick coats. CUTEK oils will take longer to absorb/penetrate into dense hardwoods so thin coats are best so as to avoid delayed drying of the oil.

Maintenance

Colourtoned Cutek oil will lighten/fade faster in full weather exposed areas whereas wood in protected areas will retain colour with minimal maintenance over time. Clear or colourtoned CUTEK oil should be reapplied as frequently as necessary to retain the natural beauty and colour of the wood. Assessment of this is subjective and it is important to realise that colour durability varies widely according to many factors including the age and porosity of the wood, species, situation, exposure to the weather and how rough the wood surface is. Typically, horizontal exterior smooth surfaces exposed to full weather such as pool decks and handrails will require re-coating more frequently (initially after 6 months, then annually) than vertical rough-sawn cladding (typically every 2-5 years).

Recommended Colourtones for Timber Types

Western Red Cedar


Rustic Gold

Autumntone

New Bronzetone

Jarrah


Burnt Red

Walnut

Spotted Gum


New Bronzetone

Sela Brown

Ironbark


Chestnut

Burnt Red

Walnut

Kwila/Merbau


Autumntone

Burnt Red

Sela Brown

Blue Gum


Autumntone

Burnt Red

Rose/Flooded Gum


Autumntone

Burnt Red

Tallow Wood


Rustic Gold

Goldtone

Coral Ash


Rustic Gold

Goldtone

Turpentine


Rustic Gold

Sela Brown

Blackbutt


Rustic Gold

New Bronzetone

Brush Box


New Bronzetone

Sela Brown

New Guinea Rosewood


Rustic Gold

Sela Brown

Red Gum


Autumntone

Burnt Red

Malas


Autumntone

Sela Brown

Rustic Gold

Cypress


Rustic Gold

Pine


Rustic Gold

Goldtone

Grey Mist

Weathered Look


Grey Mist

Mixed Hardwood


Sela Brown

New Bronzetone