Trending Timber Colourtones 2018

Cutek’s natural wood finishes and colourtones make it easy to preserve the original beauty of timber installations.

Our ten colourtones have been in demand in 2018, although the Top 3 Colourtones for the year are Black Ash, Burnt Red and Sela Brown.

  1. Black Ash

Interior designers look to shades of black or dark brown to add a sophisticated sleekness to a contemporary, urban space.

Darker hued timber is an obvious choice to fulfil this brief. When stained with Black Ash, the strong grain pattern is further highlighted for a striking visual impact.

Blackened cladding is an architectural trend traditionally achieved using the ancient Japanese technique of Shou Sugi Ban that involves charring the surface of the wood rendering it a deep black.

Using traditional processes to char and blacken timber can be time intensive and costly. Adding Cutek’s Black Ash colourtone to the clear wood finish and staining dark timber is an easy, effective way of achieving the same stand-out look.

Timber species match: Black Ash, Western Red Cedar.

Case Study: Ray White’s Queensland office

Western Red Cedar combined with a Cutek Black Ash colourtone was the perfect blend for a feature wall and desk area to complement the chic, modern styling of the office space.

  1. Burnt Red

2018’s colour trends took us back to nature so it’s no surprise to see Burnt Red appear in Cutek’s Top 3 Colourtones. The earthy appeal of rich, red brown timber has made it a popular choice both inside and outside the home this year.

Burnt Red is a match for a wide selection of red toned species, popular with architects for adding organic warmth to a contemporary home.

Timber species match: Red Gum, Kwila/Merbau, Rose Gum, Blue Gum, Jarrah and Ironbark.

Case Study: An award-winning Tasmanian home

Cutek’s Burnt Red oil highlights the Western Red Cedar’s natural grain and beauty, while ensuring its design appeal and strength last longer.

  1. Sela Brown 

Sela Brown is a classic, traditional colourtone that matches well with a variety of timber types.

This popular colourtone made the most popular on account of its versatility and widespread appeal. Sela Brown is often chosen to stain outdoor decking or seating in a natural setting.

Timber species match: Spotted Gum, Kwila/Merbau, New Guinea Rosewood, Brush Box, Spotted Gum, Malas, Mixed Hardwood

For a naturally fresh colour, try Cutek’s colourtones. Contact us if you would like help selecting a wood finishing product or best decking oil to suit your project.

Timber Specialist Frank Di Stefano recommends Cutek Oils

In an article published in Bowens Builders Bulletin this month, Timber Specialist, Frank Di Stefano discussed the issues that poor wood preparation and weather extremes can cause for timber decks.

In his article, Di Stefano warns that the risk of not applying a protective coating to decking boards is that they are exposed and unprepared when wet weather or summer sun hits.

Cutek’s products are recommended by Di Stefano and industry experts based on their timber protection properties and the valuable part that they play in avoiding decking issues.

“I have long been promoting the benefits of oil-based coatings like Cutek, that deeply diffuse into timber decking.”

Frank Di Stefano, Bowens Builders Bulletin

The feature points out that Cutek’s high quality timber oil is soaked in by the wood. After absorption, it works from the inside out to help control moisture entry and minimise common issues such as timber cupping, warping and splitting.

Summary of Di Stefano’s tips for using Cutek:

  • Use early protection during the construction stage.
  • Best practice includes coating the underside of decking.
  • Reseal all cut end grains.
  • Appropriate use can help to provide UV protection.

Professional timber protection products significantly prolong the life of outdoor decking when utilised correctly.

Contact us to discuss any of the points raised by Frank Di Stefano in Bowens Builders and to find out how our products can be used to protect your decking.

Earn a Green Star for your timber installation

Timber is natural, reusable, recyclable and sustainable making it an environmentally friendly building material by virtue.

Furthermore, as timber grows it extracts carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere.  Most of this carbon remains stored in the wood long after it is used.

Timber can certainly be an eco-conscious choice over other building materials. However, there are some additional requirements that need to be fulfilled to achieve a coveted Green Star sustainability rating.

Purchase timber from a sustainable source

Sustainable timber is wood that is planted, grown and harvested responsibly following strict codes of practice.

When sourcing timber for a Green Star project, a fully certified chain of custody is critical.

According to Timber Queensland, certified timber suppliers demonstrate:

  • A commitment to planning and monitoring
  • Adherence to laws and rights to the land
  • Consideration of indigenous, community and worker rights, values and benefits
  • Protection of environmental and ecological values
  • Assurance of ongoing forest yields.

The three most common forest certification systems in Australia are:

  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
  • Australian Forestry Standard AS4708 (AFS)
  • Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC)

‘Look for these logos when purchasing your timber’

Certified suppliers can be found or verified by using the search databases published on the relevant scheme’s website.

 Environment-friendly timber protection products

After going to the trouble to source sustainable wood, it is important that the timber oil or wood protector used are also environmentally friendly.

What are VOCs and why are they harmful?

VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds. A vapour is given off by chemical compounds present in paints, sealant for wood, adhesives, primers, cleaning agents and other chemical-based finishes and wood coatings.

Specify low VOC products

Using a Timber Protection product such as Cutek LowVOC is a must for achieving a Green Star project.

If part of a timber installation is to be painted or adhesive is required, the materials specified should also be low VOC.

Pursue a Green Star rating today

For a timber installation to be truly sustainable and achieve a Green Star rating, it is critical to source certified timber and use eco-friendly protection products on the wood.

Contact us to discuss how Cutek’s LowVOC Wood Treatment Oil can help you to achieve a Green Star project.

How to Clean Up Timber Deck Stains

Spring is the perfect weather for alfresco entertaining; it’s time to take pride in your timber deck.

With any type of hospitality, frequent use spills and accidents are inevitable and can stain or damage your deck or timber furniture. Now is a great time to learn how to clean decking and furniture in preparation for the entertaining season ahead.

1. Removing stains caused by food or drink spills

Food or drink spills can cause discolouration and stains that are hard to remove.

Cutek Quickclean is an industrial grade general purpose cleaner. It cuts through grease and stains and will generally be tough enough to clean up food and drink spills on tables, chairs or decking boards.

Apply the product liberally and leave it on the surface for 10 to 20 minutes. If the stain is stubborn it may be necessary to scrub it with a stiff fibre brush. If it still refuses to budge, try Cutek Proclean  for a deeper cleanse.

When all traces of the stain are removed, the wood is ready for coating with Cutek CD50.

2. Restoring timber with black or grey discolouration

Greyness can be caused by significant weathering if a deck is particularly exposed. Metal objects left sitting on the deck for a prolonged period, such as nails or metal furniture can also cause grey or black stains.

An application of Cutek Proclean will keep working for 24 hours to restore oxidized, grey timber while enhancing the grain.

After cleaning, the deck or furniture can be treated with Cutek CD50 to protect it from further moisture damage.

Adding a Colourtone  will enhance and maintain the freshly oiled natural look of your timber.

3. Removing and treating mould or fungus stains

Decks that are shaded are pre-disposed to issues with mould or fungus.  The problem often covers a large surface area.

Sweep the deck thoroughly with a stiff fibre brush, taking care to work into the corners where mould and fungus often build up.

Cutek Proclean is a professional grade deck cleaning product that will eradicate traces of mould and fungus. It keeps working for up to 24 hours. Be sure to complete a patch test first to determine how long to leave it on.

Although Proclean is not considered a strong defoliant, take care to protect adjacent vegetation before you begin.

Using the right products is an essential component for cleaning up and treating timber stains or damaged wood. All traces of the issues can be removed from decking and furniture resulting in a fresh, as-new look to your outdoor entertaining space.

Why is my deck stain peeling? How to fix and prevent it

Timber decks exposed to the elements can take a battering if not prepared and maintained properly that results in weathering and peeling. A peeling timber deck looks unsightly and can be very challenging to restore.

The timber needs proper preparation before finishing with a heavy-duty product that will withstand ongoing exposure.

Common reasons for peeling:

  • The deck wasn’t properly prepared; poor preparation can stop the oil from penetrating and means that it fails to protect the wood.
  • The wrong type of stain or sealer was used; a heavy duty exterior deck oil is required to withstand exposure to the elements.
  • An inferior quality decking stain was used.
  • Too much stain was applied, or the coats were too thick and not allowed to dry between applications.

How to fix and prevent future peeling

In just 3 steps you’ll have the job done and ensure that your timber deck is protected for years to come.

1. Remove the weathered, peeling layers

The first step is to remove all traces of the peeling deck coating and take the timber back to bare wood by stripping or sanding it.

After stripping or sanding the wood, Cutek CD33 Naked will remove the final traces of its previous coating.

Depending on the state of the wood, it may be possible to use Cutek CD33 Naked without sanding.

Tip: As you scrape the wood, reset any nails or screws that stick out from the surface.

2. Clean and rinse the wood

Once stripped, the wood will need a good restoring scrub. Cutek Proclean restoration agent will remove the residue from the stripping process. Once applied, a power rinse with a high-pressure washer will be necessary.

Tip: Use a lower setting to avoid damaging the wood fibre.

3. Seal the wood

The final step is to finish with two coats of a hard wearing timber deck oil that will excel in the most challenging of environments, such as Cutek Extreme. Each coat must be applied evenly with brush, paintpad or roller.

When using a Cutek Colourtone, it is essential that the oil is stirred frequently and applied in thin coats. The wood must feel completely dry and non-greasy before application of the second coat.

Tip: After stripping and cleaning the wood, apply the finish as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary exposure to the elements.

The Cutek difference

Treating timber upon installation can prevent the occurrence of peeling deck stain. Cutek oil penetrates the timber to protect it from the inside out. Where other coatings envelope the wood, Cutek Extreme deeply diffuses into the timber. It lasts longer in tougher climates and won’t peel like other products.

Contact us for more advice on how to seal wood utilising Cutek’s wood finishing range.

How to salvage reclaimed wood flooring

Reclaimed wood flooring is a popular choice. The aged patina of the wood is attractive and can achieve a stand-out look when renovating. However, there are some challenges that come with the choice to salvage wooden flooring.

The following steps break down the process of salvaging the wood and address some of the issues that might present themselves.

1. Remove nails and metal objects

Reclaimed wood often contains old nails, hooks and other metal objects. These can be hazardous to work with, especially if power tools are going to be used on the wood.

All nails or tacks need removing to ensure a smooth finish and practical use.

2. How to strip paint or remove unwanted varnish

Much reclaimed wood will have been coated with varnish or paint in its past life. Cutek CD33 Naked paint stripper will remove all traces of unwanted paint or varnish from the timber prior to cleaning.

If the coating is particularly thick, the wood may need sanding down before Cutek Naked is applied.

3. Clean and dry the timber

A thorough wash with Cutek Proclean will provide a deep cleanse to ensure removal of all dirt and dust that has accumulated over time. If the wood has been exposed to excessive moisture, any traces of mould and mildew will also be removed.

After cleaning, ensure that the wood is given enough time to dry thoroughly on suitable racks or drying frames.

Avoid letting the boards bake for too long in harsh heat because the sun can cause them to eventually bow or curl.

4. Address imperfections

Reclaimed wood often comes with minor staining and imperfections, this can add to the charm of the salvaged timber. Any unwanted marks can be sanded or oiled as part of the finishing process.

5. Finish the timber

To protect the salvaged wood and achieve a desired look, it can be finished with a deck stain and sealer. Choose a finishing oil and Colourtone to suit your other décor.

Cutek CD50 will protect your wooden floorboards for years to come and its application will transform the look of your flooring once a Colourtone is added.

For exteriors, Cutek Extreme is a high performing decking treatment offering protection from the elements and resisting water from the inside out.

Using salvaged wood in home improvement projects is not without its challenges. However, it can be an extremely satisfying environmental choice that results in the creation of unique statement floors.

Don’t cry over spilt paint: How to remove unwanted paint from timber

Faced with removal of a small paint stain or a larger project such as stripping back a painted timber deck, the removal of unwanted paint can be a daunting task.

Broken down into simple steps, the job can be much easier to approach.

Step 1: Choose the best paint stripper for wood

Cutek CD33 Naked is a biodegradable paint remover for wood.

The product removes paint fast and offers a safe, low-odour alternative to other paint strippers that use dangerous chemicals such as methylene chloride or NMP.

Step 2: Test the paint remover

Patch testing is a step that is often overlooked. It is vital to work out how long the paint stripper needs to be left on the timber and how much will be required to complete the job. The product guidelines will assist with planning for intended coverage.

Step 3: Assemble equipment

In order to do a thorough job, the right tools are required. These include a good quality paint brush, drop sheets or masking materials, a clean paint pot, pressure cleaner or paint scraper. It might also be useful to use a lamb’s wool applicator and paint tray for large areas, such as a timber deck.

Step 4: Application

Apply paint removal product evenly with a brush to dry wood, rubbing into the grain. Keep the area wet by applying more.

With Cutek CD33 Naked, the reaction time is approximately 30-60 minutes.

When the paint begins to strip cleanly off the timber, the surface is ready for rinsing. Testing at regular intervals will help to determine when this point is reached.

Step 5: Removal of paint stripper

Once the paint is stripping cleanly off the timber it needs to be power rinsed off thoroughly. For best results, power rinse with a high-pressure washer set to under 750 psi, with a fan jet pattern to avoid damage to the wood fibre.

Top tip: NEVER use ‘turbojets’ on timber.

Next steps

Following use of paint stripper for wood, it is important to complete the restoration process by coating the timber with an appropriate Cutek wood protection oil.

Cutek Proclean will do a thorough job of deep cleaning the timber before treating with oil.

Failure to treat stripped wood with Cutek Oils will result in the weathering process occurring more rapidly than it took prior to exposing the timber.

Follow these simple steps when stripping unwanted paint from wood to ensure effective removal without damaging the timber.

Talk to us to discuss how Cutek’s range of products can help you to fulfil your next restoration project.

Timber that stands the test of time

The best timber installations are prepared and treated using the highest quality products following a professional process. The resulting timber will be able to endure the most challenging conditions to maintain a desired look for years to come.

Follow these 3 insider tips for installing long-lasting timber.

1. Use professional wood cleaning products

Surface preparation is essential to enable oils to diffuse deeply into the timber and achieve long-lasting results. Anything that is likely to prevent penetration must be removed with a professional grade wood restoration product.

New and pre-treated wood may be ready for oil without preparation. However, timber that is pre-treated with other oils or is significantly weathered will require thorough cleaning first with Cutek Proclean, the natural wood cleaner

If stripping is required to remove any previous film or coating, Cutek CD33 Naked will do the job. This process can be followed by a treatment with Cutek Proclean.

Seal and protect the timber

Using Cutek Wood Preservative wood treatment oil will give strong resistance to damage caused by moisture, fungal decay, mould and termites.

Cutek’s CD50 Oil gives long-term protection from the effects of moisture, minimises warping, cupping and splitting, ensuring that exterior wood lasts longer. The high protection wood oil works to control moisture from the inside out.

Wood that will be exposed to extreme conditions will benefit from treatment with high performance wood coating Cutek Extreme Oil.

Use a colour

Cutek oils enhance the colour of the timber. Mixing a colourtone into Cutek oils before use will ensure the wood finish will lighten or silver off less over time.

Cutek’s ten colourtones are wood stains that have been specifically developed to closely match popular wood species. Selecting a colourtone close to the natural shade of the timber species will give the most enduring result.

Follow these professional steps to ensure that timber installations are protected from the inside out to endure the elements and stand the test of time.

Call us to discuss how Cutek’s range of high quality products can help you to ensure that your timber looks great and is long lasting.

Restoring an ageing wooden outdoor furniture set

Cutek’s professional grade cleaners and oils can give a new lease of life if used when restoring timber furniture.

1. Get the look

Assess the state of your outdoor furniture and decide upon the finished look you want to achieve before you start.

2. Sand or strip furniture

Brush the furniture down to remove surface dirt or cobwebs. If the timber has been left in its natural state, you’ll just need to sand it down.

Furniture that has been painted or coated in a film forming product such as stain, varnish, linseed oil or acrylics may need stripping. Cutek CD33 Naked is a mild and effective stripper that can remove multiple layers with one application.

3. Prepare for oiling

Prepare the timber for oiling using one of Cutek’s timber care cleaning solutions. Depending on the state of disrepair, your restoration work can commence with Cutek Quickclean or Cutek Proclean, for a deeper clean and removal of stubborn stains or oxidization.

4. Apply oil and colourtone

Cutek’s choice of timber oils work to control moisture from the inside out and minimise warping, cupping and splitting. This means that your furniture will keep its good looks when outdoors exposed to the elements for longer.

The unique wood protection system can be applied to furniture as a clear oil which fades in the sun to a natural silver patina.

With Cutek’s 10 colourtones to choose from, your furniture setting can also be restored to fit its surroundings or matched to other pieces. Choosing a new colourtone can significantly change the look of a setting.

5. Accessorize

Once your timber furniture restoration work is complete, have some fun with styling. Adding accessories such as cushions and table décor will have your outdoor setting looking showroom sleek and good as new.

Wooden furniture repair is a viable and satisfying alternative to purchasing new furniture. Do a thorough job utilizing high quality wood repair products, and your enduring wood revival will be enjoyed by friends and family for seasons to come.


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Five Steps to Reviving a Tired Timber Deck

Don’t replace your tired deck, rescue it by following five steps to deck revival.

If your deck is in disrepair, follow these simple steps to restoring it to be enjoyed for years to come. For best results, choose a warm, dry spell to undergo your timber restoration.

1. Assess the deck

First, check that the deck is structurally sound. Look out for loose, damaged, split, warped or rotten boards and make a list of what needs replacing before heading to your local hardware.

Top tip: Be sure to include balustrades and steps in your pre-timber repair assessment.

2. Replace damaged boards

When replacing boards, it is important to use the same wood profile. Directly replacing old decking boards with the odd new one can look unsightly, so it might make sense to move the boards around. Replacing visible boards with existing boards on the outside of the deck and laying new boards at the edge can make a difference to the finished effect.

Top tip: Remember to use decking-specific nails to avoid timber splitting in wood repair.

3. Clean the decking

Give the deck a good once over with a broom then follow up with a clean.

To remove grease and grime use the biodegradable cleaner Cutek Quickclean.  A deep clean may also be necessary in preparation for oiling. Cutek Proclean is a professional grade wood restoration product that will remove stubborn stains and address oxidization to restore wood to look like new.

Top tip: Visit to identify the right cleaning solution for your project using the product finder.

4. Strip the decking

It may also be necessary to sand or strip the deck to remove all existing wood coatings to allow the deep penetration of Cutek to ensure that the wood is prepared right back to the raw material.

Cutek CD33 Naked is a safe, mild and effective coating and paint stripper. It is suitable for removing multiple layers of wood coatings such as latex paints, stains, varnishes, linseed oils, acrylics and other film forming coatings.

It’s the smart alternative to conventional strippers that use dangerous chemicals.

5. Apply deck oil

High quality oil will ensure that your deck is fully restored to its former glory. What’s is best is the Cutek oil will also protect the deck from the inside and out. Your tired deck may need up to 3 coats to achieve the desired look.

You may consider adding a colourtone to clear oil. There are 10 different tones available from Cutek, each has been specifically developed to closely match popular wood species. Adding a colourtone is highly recommended for decks that were in bad disrepair with several boards replaced.

Top tip: Where possible, each coat is best applied at the same time to allow it to dry evenly.

How long it takes for timber deck restoration depends on its initial state. Once you’ve assessed the work involved and sourced your materials it could be possible to get the majority of your makeover finished in a day. However, you may find you need to apply second or third coats of deck oil on subsequent days.

Talk to us about how Cutek’s range of cleaning products and protective oils can help you to revive your tired deck in time for Summer.


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