Maintenance is fast and simple

Stabilises your wood – long-term accumulative protection

No flaking or peeling

Simple and easy to use

Cost effective – up to 2x coverage rate of most wood coatings

Resists damage caused by fungal decay, mould and termites

Australian made


Features of CUTEK® Wood Preservative

  • PROVEN PROTECTION
    CUTEK® Wood Preservative coated wood resists damage caused by fungal decay, mould, termites and moisture, improving dimensional stability and minimising warping, cupping and splitting
  • SIMPLE AND EASY TO USE
    No technical experience necessary
  • MAINTENANCE IS FAST AND SIMPLE
    No need to sand or strip, just simply clean and recoat
  • NO FLAKING OR PEELING
    Instead, the coating is designed to fade with time
  • COST EFFECTIVE
    Up to 2x the coverage rate of most wood coatings
  • YOUR TIMBER IS THE STAR!
    Enhances the natural colour and grain of your timber
  • SUSTAINABLE CHOICE
    Significantly extends the service life of timber
  • LONG-TERM, ACCUMULATIVE PROTECTION
    Stays active inside your timber to protect from the inside out
  • CUTEK® CARES
    We plant one tree for every can of CUTEK® Wood Preservative sold

Typical Uses

All exterior wood applications except for those listed below:

  • Acetylated wood
  • Food preparation surfaces
  • Wood which comes into direct contact with the ground
  • Engineered bamboo products

CUTEK® Wood Preservative is not suitable for Interior Use.

Please contact our technical support staff for further information regarding the suitability of CUTEK® Wood Preservative for your specific substrate.


CUTEK® WOOD PRESERVATIVE OFFERS SUPERIOR PENETRATION AND DIFFUSION WITH A SELF-HEALING EFFECT

CUTEK® wood oils work differently to traditional wood stain/wood oil/acrylic/urethane/natural oils/wood coating products in that CUTEK® oils protect your timber from the inside out. CUTEK® oils penetrate and diffuse deeply into the wood core upon application, protecting it from the damaging effects of liquid and gas phase moisture, significantly increasing the service life of your timber. It does this by remaining PERMANENTLY MOBILE inside the wood, migrating to any cut or perforation with a self-healing action.

Many opposition products claim to be a penetrating oil finish; however, they often contain a mixture of solvents, polymers and cross-linking natural oils (such as linseed and tung oils) that penetrate only a few millimetres before drying to form an encapsulating type varnish. Because these coatings do not have a self-healing effect, once this varnish is exposed to the weather, water can quickly enter the core of the timber especially if it has been cut or perforated with fasteners leading to a rapid loss of dimensional stability. Additionally, the use of some natural oils in wood coatings can contribute to the development of unsightly mould and fungal growth underneath subsequently applied coatings. This situation can be difficult and costly to fix.

NOTE: Coatings that are not permanently mobile inside the wood and do not exhibit the self-healing effect ARE NOT the same as CUTEK® no matter what is claimed. Our first priority is always to extend and maximise the service life of timber NOT to steer you into the ecosystem of our other products.

 

CUTEK® Oils

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True penetration and migration with self healing

 

 

Competing Natural Oils / “Penetrating Oils”

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Encapsulating coating

STEP 1   PREPARE

In order for CUTEK® Wood Preservative to function properly, it is essential that it diffuses deeply into the timber. Anything that might prevent this  enetration/diffusion, such as an existing coating (not CUTEK® oil), retained  oisture, or insufficient time between coats, must be avoided or corrected before applying CUTEK® Wood Preservative.

CUTEK® Wood Preservative must be applied to wood that is clean, non-greasy and dry (moisture content must be less than 17%). You must appropriately prepare your timber BEFORE applying CUTEK® Wood  Preservative.

If you have… NEW TIMBER:

Your timber must be bare, clean and dry before applying CUTEK® Wood Preservative. If your timber presents with surface contaminants such as stains caused by water, iron or tannins, we recommend using CUTEK® Restore prior to application of CUTEK® Wood Preservative.

If you have… OLD, GREYED OR WEATHERED UNCOATED WOOD:

Old, dirty, stained or grey weathered timber should be prepared and restored by first applying CUTEK® Restore which will remove the grey and reinstate the original natural colour, grain and beauty of your wood prior to application of CUTEK® Wood Preservative.

If you have… WOOD PREVIOUSLY COATED WITH A NON-CUTEK® COATING:

CUTEK® Wood Preservative must be applied to bare, clean and dry wood. This allows the CUTEK® oil to freely penetrate/diffuse into your timber. Wood previously coated with a film forming product such as stains, linseed oil, paint, polyurethane, water-based oils, etc. can inhibit this penetration/diffusion and must be removed first with CUTEK® Wood Stripper and CUTEK® Restore prior to the application of CUTEK® Wood Preservative. In some circumstances complete removal of previous  oatings by machine sanding/abrasion can also be a suitable preparation method.

If you have… WOOD PREVIOUSLY COATED IN CUTEK® EXTREME CD50 OR CUTEK® WOOD PRESERVATIVE:

Prepare for a maintenance recoat of CUTEK® Wood Preservative by using CUTEK® Quickclean to remove grease, grime and other dirt from your timber. If maintenance has been neglected for a long period of time and the timber has either greyed, become heavily stained by tannins or iron, or if there is an excessive build-up of CUTEK® Colourtone, use CUTEK® Restore to refresh your timber prior to recoating.

Important information before proceeding:

A significant amount of new timber is now sold with a pre-treatment or pre-coating already applied. Particular attention needs to be paid to ensure that your timber has not been pre-treated or pre-coated prior to applying CUTEK® Wood Preservative. If you believe that your timber has had a prior treatment/coating applied, you will need to adequately prepare your timber as per the instructions above. If you have any questions about this process, please contact one of our friendly technical advisers on 1300 1 CUTEK (1300 1 28835). NOTE: This warning does not apply to any timber that has been pre-coated in CUTEK® branded products.

Order your to test if CUTEK® Wood Preservative is appropriate for your timber, or contact us for further advice.

Restore old, weathered or stained timber to look like new

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Clean your timber for a maintenance recoat

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STEP 2   PROTECT

Before you protect:

Before you begin, note the hazards and precautions on this website and the can labelling, and ensure that you use the correct safety equipment as detailed in the Safety Data Sheet.

Weather:

Once applied, CUTEK® Wood Preservative generally requires 2-3 days of dry conditions after coating to facilitate full penetration/diffusion and an even colour finish; so check your weather forecast before coating.

Colourtone:

Clear, un-tinted CUTEK® Wood Preservative will allow your wood to naturally lighten/silver/grey when exposed to sunlight while retaining its protection characteristics. Unless you want a clear finish that will naturally lighten/silver/grey off in a few months, it is important to mix in 1 CUTEK® Colourtone to this can of oil before use. Adding a CUTEK® Colourtone provides UV colour protection and slows the lightening/silvering process.

To choose which Colourtone suits your timber and project, visit our Colourtone page.

Note: CUTEK® Wood Preservative diffuses deeply into your timber and will continue to provide moisture protection and improve dimensional stability even if a CUTEK® Colourtone is not added and your wood becomes weathered and greyed.

Application:

After preparing your timber, it will need to be completely dry prior to coating with CUTEK® Wood Preservative. It is very important that your timber is clean, non-greasy and dry with a moisture content of less than 17%. It is also very important that the surface of the wood is free from chemical residues and is not exposed to environmental contaminants such as dusts while Cutek is drying.

Stir the CUTEK® Wood Preservative oil thoroughly (with the added CUTEK® Colourtone if desired) before and during use. Make sure you stir from the bottom of the can to ensure active ingredients are properly mixed throughout the oil.

Apply thin, even coats with a brush, paint pad or lambswool applicator. CUTEK®’s DeckBoss brush is a good option. CUTEK® Wood Preservative works best when applied as a THIN COAT – two or three thin coats on finished wood and hardwoods are much better than one or two thick coats. For best results, ONE coat of CUTEK® Wood Preservative should be applied to all faces of the wood prior to installing, with a SECOND coat applied to the top surface once the first coat has completely penetrated/diffused.

Drying time:

Unlike traditional wood coatings, CUTEK® Wood Preservative needs to penetrate/diffuse deeply into your timber. After coating, CUTEK® Wood Preservative will slowly migrate into your wood to repel moisture, improve dimensional stability and lengthen the service life of your timber. This penetration/diffusion process varies in time for many reasons including differences in timber type (species, density, porosity, age of timber and residual moisture content) as well as environmental factors (temperature, humidity, weather).

Sometimes this drying process can take several days to complete. You will know when your timber is ready for a recoat of CUTEK® Wood Preservative when it is completely dry and non-greasy. Please note the second coat of CUTEK® Wood Preservative will take longer to migrate into your timber than the first coat.

Clean-up:

Equipment (including brushes) may be cleaned with turps or soap and water. If not correctly cleaned or disposed of, oily rags and other oily materials may cause combustion fires. After use you MUST immediately spread out all oily material outside to dry, by flattening them out to their full size in an airy spot at temperatures above 4 degrees Celsius, or wash them thoroughly with water and detergent and rinse. Remove all oil from all clothes, tools, rags and any other materials contacted during use or as a result of an accidental spill. Ensure wash water is disposed in accordance with local regulations.

Coverage
 New hardwoods dressed 10–20m2/litre
Old restored timber dressed 7–9m2/litre
New timber rough sawn 7–9m2/litre
Old restored timber rough sawn 4–7m2/litre
Shingles and shakes 2–5m2/litre

These figures represent typical averages for common decking and cladding timber species and are to be used as a guideline only.

Maintenance

With CUTEK® oils, maintenance is simple, fast, and cost effective. CUTEK® Wood Preservative will not crack, peel or split, and your wood can be easily rejuvenated or restored using our Prepare and Protect system – no need to sand or strip.

CUTEK® Wood Preservative should be reapplied when the wood is no longer beading water, or as frequently as necessary to retain the natural beauty and colour of the wood.

Typically, horizontal exterior wood surfaces exposed to full weather such as pool decks and handrails will require re-coating more frequently (initially after 6 months, then annually), while other surfaces such as vertical rough-sawn cladding will need recoating less often.

  • Does CUTEK® Interior come in a sheen or a gloss finish?

    At this stage, CUTEK® Interior does not come in a gloss finish

  • Can I use CUTEK® Interior on doors and windows?

    CUTEK® Interior can be applied on interior doors and windows.

  • Can I use CUTEK® Interior on internal flooring?

    No. We do not recommend the use of CUTEK® Interior on flooring.

  • Can I use CUTEK® Interior on food preparation surfaces?

    No. CUTEK® Interior is not suitable for use on food preparation surfaces.

  • Will CUTEK® Interior yellow over time?

    CUTEK® Interior is non-yellowing, however the timber substrate colour may change (lighten or darken) with exposure to UV.

  • Can I coat CUTEK® Interior over other coatings?

    CUTEK® Interior may be applied on top of some previous coatings. Ensure you complete a test patch as per the label instructions to ensure adhesion.

    CUTEK® Interior is a clear matt finish and any stains, visible scratches, imperfections, severe wear or surface contaminants left by previous coatings will be visible if not removed prior to application.

    Polish and/or wax finishes must be completely removed with a suitable polish remover as sanding will not provide appropriate adhesion for CUTEK® Interior.

  • Do I have to sand between coats of CUTEK® Interior?

    Sanding between coats may not be required as long as the time between coats is less than 16 hours. If the time between coats is greater than 16 hours, lightly sand using 180 grit sand paper. After sanding, wipe the surface clean before the subsequent coat.

  • Can CUTEK® Interior be tinted?

    No. CUTEK® Interior is designed as a clear, matte finish that keeps the natural look of uncoated wood.

  • How long does CUTEK® Interior take to dry?

    CUTEK® Interior takes approximately 2 hours to dry, however it may take up to 7 days to fully cure.

  • Can I mix CUTEK® Colourtones into CUTEK® Interior?

    No. CUTEK® Colourtones are not compatible and should not be used with CUTEK® Interior.

  • Can I use CUTEK® Interior outside?

    CUTEK® Interior is design for application on interior wood substrates (excluding food preparation surfaces and flooring) and is not recommended for use on exterior timber. It can be applied to exterior timber that is protected from weather and UV (such as patio ceiling, etc.). For advice on the suitability of CUTEK® Interior for your specific application, contact CUTEK®.

  • Can CUTEK® Interior coat over CUTEK® Extreme CD50 and/or CUTEK® Wood Preservative?

    No. CUTEK® Interior should not be applied over timber that has been previously coated with CUTEK® Extreme CD50 or CUTEK® Wood Preservative. CUTEK® Interior may not adhere sufficiently to the CUTEK® oil system.

  • Does CUTEK® Quickclean remove stains and rejuvenate my timber?

    No. CUTEK® Quickclean powerfully cleans timber to remove surface dirt, grease and grime. Whilst is can remove some stains, it is not effective in removing stubborn stains from timber and/or restoring timber back to its original colour. If you need to remove stubborn stains or restore grey and weathered wood, use CUTEK® Restore.

  • Should I only use CUTEK® Quickclean to prepare my timber for a maintenance coat of CUTEK® Exterior timber oils?

    We believe CUTEK® Quickclean is the premier timber cleaner in the market. CUTEK® Quickclean is perfect to clean your timber in preparation for a maintenance coat of CUTEK® Extreme CD50 or CUTEK® Wood Preservative, however it can also be used for regular timber cleaning.

    Regular timber cleaning is important to maximising service life of wood and with CUTEK® Quickclean, timber cleaning is easy and cost effective.

  • Does CUTEK® Quickclean cure mould?

    No. CUTEK® Quickclean will remove mould and fungal growth on the surface of the timber however it does not cure the timber from mould reappearing on the timber.

    To protect timber against mould and fungal decay, apply CUTEK® Wood Preservative to your timber. CUTEK® Wood Preservative coated wood resists damage caused by fungal decay, mould, termites and rot while repelling moisture to improve dimensional stability and minimise cupping, warping and splitting.

  • What is the difference between CUTEK® Quickclean and CUTEK® Restore?

    CUTEK® Quickclean is a powerful general purpose outdoor cleaner that removes dirt, grease and grim from outdoor surfaces. It is excellent to use to clean timber in preparation for a maintenance coat of CUTEK® Extreme CD50 or CUTEK® Wood Preservative.

    CUTEK® Restore is a timber restoration agent that restores stained, weathered and grey wood back to its original appearance. CUTEK® Restore is effective in removing stubborn stains caused by tannins, water, iron, resins, mould and fungus. It should to restore weathered timber, remove stains from timber and/or restore timber back to its original appearance. Typically, CUTEK® Restore is utilised to rejuvenate timber before the initial coat of CUTEK® Extreme CD50 or CUTEK® Wood Preservative is applied.

  • There are plenty of wood cleaners on the market, what makes CUTEK® Restore different?

    CUTEK® Restore is a commercial strength restoration agent with a thirty-year pedigree designed by professionals for professionals that works quickly to remove heavy discolouration, greying, iron stains, water stains etc from all species of wood while brightening the natural grain.  CUTEK® Restore resists drying out on a hot day like most DIY cleaners. It keeps working with a deep cleaning action when others stop.

  • Should I prepare timber before I use CUTEK® Wood Preservative?

    Yes. CUTEK® Wood Preservative must be able to penetrate deeply into the wood. Anything that might prevent penetration such as an existing coating, moisture or insufficient time between coats, must be avoided or corrected before applying CUTEK® Wood Preservative. Before using CUTEK® Wood Preservative, ensure that the wood is clean, dry and has no existing paint, oil or stain. It is also very important that the surface of the wood is free from chemical residues and is not exposed to environmental contaminants such as dusts while CUTEK® Wood Preservative is drying.

  • How is CUTEK® Wood Preservative different from other CUTEK® products?

    CUTEK® Wood Preservative coated wood resists damage caused by fungal decay, mould and termites. CUTEK® Wood Preservative also protects exterior woods from moisture, improving dimensional stability and minimising warping, cupping and splitting (APVMA Approval No. 83026/107340).

  • Can I use Cutek Interior on exterior timber?

    We do not recommend the use of CUTEK® Interior on external timber applications. CUTEK® interior has been specially formulated to protect wood in internal application conditions.

  • Are CUTEK® exterior wood protection oils interchangeable?

    Yes. All exterior CUTEK® oils are interchangeable. For example, if a customer has originally used CUTEK® Extreme CD50 on their timber and for future maintenance the customer now wants to use CUTEK® Wood Preservative, or vice versa then that is perfectly OK.

    Do not worry if your previous CUTEK® oil has now been discontinued. CUTEK® Extreme CD50 and CUTEK® Wood Preservative are able to be used over the top of CUTEK® CD50 and CUTEK® Low VOC.

    NOTE: We do not recommend that different types of CUTEK® exterior oils are mixed together in the can.

  • Do CUTEK® timber oils have an accumulative effect?

    Yes. CUTEK® timber oils deeply diffuse into timber, protecting it from the inside out. CUTEK® timber oils stay permanently mobile inside the timber to repel and displace moisture. With each additional coat of CUTEK® timber oil, this protection increases. This means that the more CUTEK® oil you let soak deep into your timber, the better protected against water that timber will be.

  • How many coats of CUTEK® oil are required for maintenance and how frequently should timber be maintained with CUTEK®?

    One THIN coat is all that is required for maintenance of an existing exterior CUTEK® job. Maintenance intervals vary widely and are dependent on many factors such as age and porosity of the wood, species, situation, design, aspect, and degree of exposure to the weather.

    Maintain as frequently as deemed necessary to retain the natural beauty and colour of the timber, or if your wood is no longer beading water.

  • Can I apply CUTEK® without sanding between coats?

    CUTEK® Extreme CD50 and CUTEK® Wood Preservative do not behave like traditional film forming coatings, meaning there is no need to sand between coats, unless there is a need to rectify some defect in the timber substrate.

    CUTEK® Interior does not need to sanded between coats if the recoat time is less than 16 hours unless there is a requirement to remove a surface defect such as environmental dust. If the recoat time is greater than 16 hours, always lightly sand in the direction of grain using 180 grit sand paper. After sanding, wipe the surface clean before recoating.

  • Can I apply CUTEK® exterior oils on hot sunny days?

    Yes. Unlike many timber coatings, CUTEK® oils perform well in dry, hot conditions. In fact, heat and ventilation greatly assist the deep diffusion of CUTEK® Extreme CD50 and CUTEK® Wood Preservative into the timber.

  • Can I apply CUTEK® oils to timber cladding, soffits, panelling, battens and screens?

    Yes. CUTEK® oils can be applied to all exterior timber features. A benefit of using CUTEK® timber oils on cladding, soffits, panelling, battens and screens is the ease of maintenance. No need to sand or strip your timber –  simply clean and recoat.

  • What steps should I follow when removing an existing coating?

    CUTEK® oils must be applied to bare, clean and dry wood. This allows the CUTEK® oil to freely penetrate/diffuse into your timber. Wood previously coated with a film forming product such as stains, linseed oil, paint, polyurethane, water-based oils, etc. can inhibit this penetration/diffusion and must be removed:

    1. Remove previous coating using CUTEK® Wood Stripper. It is safe and user-friendly and is suitable to remove multiple layers of most commonly used wood coatings.
    2. Restore the colour and enhance the grain with CUTEK® Restore. CUTEK® Restore will bring weathered and stained timber back to life.

     

    After removing the previous coating, it is important to protect your exteior timber with either CUTEK® Extreme CD50 or CUTEK® Wood Preservative to repel and displace moisture, and extend service life.

  • What should be avoided when planning to coat timber with CUTEK® Extreme CD50 or CUTEK® Wood Preservative?
    1. Wet wood, or wood with a high moisture content. Your wood should contain a maximum moisture content of 17%, as anything higher can significantly delay the drying process. If this happens, CUTEK® oils may sit on the surface and eventually go tacky without penetrating properly.
    2. Too many coats too soon. The first application of CUTEK® oil needs to completely diffuse and dry before the next coat is applied.
    3. Existing oil, stain or paint on the surface. Existing film coatings act as a barrier to CUTEK® oil’s penetration. Old coatings must be fully removed by sanding and/or chemical stripping prior to applying CUTEK®.
    4. Cold weather. In cold weather, CUTEK® oils will become thicker and may result in too much oil being applied when coating in cooler climates. It helps to warm oil by placing in a sunny/warm spot before application to make is thinner and enhance penetration.
    5. Contamination. It is very important to ensure that timber surfaces to be coated with CUTEK® oils are free from chemical residues and are not exposed to environmental contaminants such as dusts while the applied Cutek is drying.  It is possible that contact with highly alkaline contaminants such as cement/fertiliser/other dusts or poorly rinsed cleaners may lead to chemical staining.
  • When should a colourtone be added to CUTEK® wood oils?

    Un-tinted CUTEK® Extreme CD50 will quickly lighten/silver/grey with exposure to sunlight. Unless you want a clear finish that will naturally lighten/silver/grey off in a few months, it is important to mix in a CUTEK® Colourtones to CUTEK® oil before use. Adding CUTEK® Colourtones will provide UV colour protection and slows the lightening/silvering process.

    NOTE: CUTEK® oils diffuse deeply into your timber and will continue to provide moisture protection and improve dimensional stability even if CUTEK® Colourtones are not added and your wood becomes weathered and greyed. To maintain your timber’s natural colour for longer, choose a CUTEK® Colourtone similar to the natural colour of your timber. Suggested CUTEK® Colourtones that match the natural hue of your timber can be found on our Colourtone product page. Colourtones can also help alter your timber colour if required (e.g. make your timber look lighter or darker than its natural state).

    Order a free from our website or your local stockist to test if your chosen Colourtone is right for your project.

    NOTE: CUTEK® is unable to offer any specific performance warranties in relation to colour retention for CUTEK® products because of many variables related to the weathering process including but not limited to: the age and porosity of the wood, species, situation, design and structure, aspect, differing exposure to the weather and adequacy of preparation.

  • Can CUTEK® be applied without high skill level to avoid “wet edge” marks?

    Yes. CUTEK® products are simple and easy to use and beginners can achieve professional results. Unlike traditional film-based coatings that dry very quickly, or cannot be applied on days that are too hot or too cold, CUTEK® oils give you time to correct and/or clean any areas where too much oil may have been applied no matter what the ambient temperature is. Further, CUTEK® provides a “matte-low sheen” finish which tends to hide surface imperfections in the wood.

  • Are CUTEK® timber oils wet stackable for easy precoating before construction?

    Yes. Wood freshly coated with CUTEK® Extreme CD50, CUTEK® Wood Preservative or CUTEK® Machine Coat/CUTEK® Euro Machine Coat can be installed straight away or block stacked wet for later use. It is generally not recommended to wet stack timber coated with CUTEK® timber oil where a CUTEK® Colourtone has been added as this may produce an inconsistent ‘smudged’ finish.

  • How long does it take for CUTEK® Extreme CD50/Wood Preservative to dry?

    Unlike traditional wood coatings, CUTEK® oil needs to penetrate/diffuse deeply into your timber. After coating, CUTEK® oil will slowly migrate into your wood to repel and displace moisture, improve dimensional stability and lengthen the service life of your timber. This penetration/diffusion process varies in time for many reasons including differences in timber type (species, density, porosity, age of timber and residual moisture content) as well as environmental factors (temperature, humidity, weather). Sometimes this drying process can take several days to complete. You will know when your timber is ready for a recoat of CUTEK® oil when it is completely dry and non-greasy. Please note the second coat of CUTEK® oil will take longer to migrate into your timber than the first coat.

  • What is the average coverage rate (sqm/litre) when using CUTEK® oils?

    CUTEK®’s timber oils coverage will be different depending on the density of the timber you are intending to coat. Please see below for a guide on the coverage rate of different timbers:

    New hardwoods dressed: 10-20 sqm/litre

    Old restored timber dressed: 7-9 sqm/litre

    New timber rough sawn: 7-9 sqm/litre

    Old restored timber rough sawn: 4-7 sqm/litre

    Shingles and shakes: 2-5 sqm/litre

  • How many coats of CUTEK® oil are required on new timber?

    We recommend applying two thin coats of CUTEK® timber oil for the initial application. A great solution is to have your timber precoated on all sides with your chosen CUTEK® timber oil by a commercial precoater before it arrives on site – (contact us is you need assistance with this). A further thin coat of CUTEK® oil is then applied after installation. Subsequent maintenance coats should be reapplied when the wood is no longer beading water, or as frequently as necessary to retain the natural beauty and colour of the wood.

  • Can I apply CUTEK® Extreme CD50 and CUTEK® Wood Preservative without preparing my timber?

    CUTEK® timber oils must be applied to clean, dry and non-greasy timber. It is vital that previous coatings are removed prior to applying a coat of CUTEK® timber oil.

    CUTEK® timber oil may be applied to new timber without preparation however for the best possible outcomes we recommend using CUTEK® Restore to clean the surface and open up the grain of the timber to assist in the diffusion of CUTEK® timber oil and removal of extractives/tannins.

  • How do I apply CUTEK® Extreme CD50/Wood Preservative?

    STEP 1: Prepare

    Before using CUTEK® oil, ensure the wood to be coated is clean, non-greasy and dry (moisture content must be less than 17%). You must appropriately prepare your timber BEFORE applying CUTEK® oil. It is also very important that the surface of the wood is free from chemical residues and is not exposed to environmental contaminants such as dusts while CUTEK® oil is drying.

    If you have… NEW TIMBER:

    Your timber must be bare, clean and dry before applying CUTEK® oil. If your timber presents with surface contaminants such as stains caused by water, iron or tannins, or chemical residues, we recommend using CUTEK® Restore prior to application of CUTEK® Wood Preservative.

    If you have… OLD, GREYED OR WEATHERED UNCOATED WOOD:

    Old, dirty, stained or grey weathered timber should be prepared and restored by first applying CUTEK® Restore which will remove the grey and reinstate the original natural colour, grain and beauty of your wood prior to application of CUTEK® oils.

    If you have… WOOD PREVIOUSLY COATED WITH A NON-CUTEK® COATING:

    CUTEK® oils must be applied to bare, clean and dry wood. This allows the CUTEK® oil to freely penetrate/diffuse into your timber. Wood previously coated with a film forming product such as stains, linseed oil, paint, polyurethane, water-based oils, etc. can inhibit this penetration/diffusion and must be removed first with CUTEK® Wood Stripper and CUTEK® Restore prior to the application of CUTEK® oil. In some circumstances complete removal of previous coatings by machine sanding/abrasion can also be a suitable preparation method.

    If you have… WOOD PREVIOUSLY COATED IN CUTEK® EXTREME CD50 OR CUTEK® WOOD PRESERVATIVE:

    Prepare for a maintenance recoat of CUTEK oil by using CUTEK® Quickclean to remove grease, grime and other dirt from your timber. If maintenance has been neglected for a long period of time and the timber has either greyed, become heavily stained by tannins or iron, or if there is an excessive build-up of CUTEK® Colourtone, use CUTEK® Restore to refresh your timber prior to recoating.

    STEP 2: Protect

    BEFORE YOU PROTECT: After preparing your timber, it will need to be completely dry prior to coating with CUTEK® oil. It is very important that your timber is clean, non-greasy and dry with a moisture content of less than 17%. It is also very important that the surface of the wood is free from chemical residues and is not exposed to environmental contaminants such as dusts while CUTEK® oil is drying.

    WEATHER: Once applied, CUTEK® oil generally requires 2-3 days of dry conditions after coating to facilitate full penetration/diffusion and an even colour finish; so check your weather forecast before coating.

    COLOURTONE: Clear, un-tinted CUTEK® oil will allow your wood to naturally lighten/silver/grey when exposed to sunlight while retaining its protection characteristics. Unless you want a clear finish that will naturally lighten/silver/grey off in a few months, it is important to mix in 1 CUTEK® Colourtone to this can of oil before use.

    APPLICATION: Stir the CUTEK® Oil oil thoroughly (with the added CUTEK® Colourtone if desired) before and during use. Make sure you stir from the bottom of the can to ensure active ingredients are properly mixed throughout the oil. Apply thin, even coats with a brush, paint pad or lambswool applicator. CUTEK®’s DeckBoss brush is a good option. TIP: CUTEK® oil works best when applied as a THIN COAT – two or three thin coats on finished wood and hardwoods are much better than one or two thick coats. For best results, ONE coat of CUTEK® oil should be applied to all faces of the wood prior to installing, and apply a SECOND coat once the first coat has completely penetrated/diffused.

    DRYING TIME: Unlike traditional wood coatings, CUTEK® oil needs to penetrate/diffuse deeply into your timber. After coating, CUTEK® oil will slowly migrate into your wood to repel and displace moisture, improve dimensional stability and lengthen the service life of your timber.

    This penetration/diffusion process varies in time for many reasons including differences in timber type (species, density, porosity, age of timber and residual moisture content) as well as environmental factors (temperature, humidity, weather). Sometimes this drying process can take several days to complete. You will know when your timber is ready for a recoat of CUTEK® oil when it is completely dry and non-greasy. Please note the second coat of CUTEK® oil will take longer to migrate into your timber than the first coat.

    CLEAN-UP: Equipment (including brushes) may be cleaned with turps or soap and water. If not correctly cleaned or disposed of, oily rags and other oily materials may cause combustion fires. After use you MUST immediately spread out all oily material outside to dry, by flattening them out to their full size in an airy spot at temperatures above 4 degrees Celsius, or wash them thoroughly with water and detergent and rinse. Remove all oil from all clothes, tools, rags and any other materials contacted during use or as a result of an accidental spill. Ensure wash water is disposed in accordance with local regulations.

    MAINTENANCE: With CUTEK®, maintenance is simple, fast, and cost effective. CUTEK® oil will not crack, peel or split, and your wood can be easily rejuvenated or restored using our Prepare and Protect system – no need to sand or strip. CUTEK® oil should be reapplied when the wood is no longer beading water, or as frequently as necessary to retain the natural beauty and colour of the wood. Typically, horizontal exterior wood surfaces exposed to full weather such as pool decks and handrails will require re-coating more frequently (initially after 6 months, then annually), while other surfaces such as vertical rough-sawn cladding will need recoating less often.

  • I have new shingles – I want them to silver with age

    Clear CUTEK® Extreme CD50 or CUTEK® Wood Preservative will protect your shingles while allowing them to naturally silver with age. Alternatively, you can mix in a “Grey Mist” CUTEK® Colourtone to silver the shingles from the beginning. DO NOT use CUTEK® oils on roofs that are used to collect drinking water.

  • I want to protect my new wood, but I want it to naturally silver with age.

    For exterior timber, applying CUTEK® Extreme CD50 or CUTEK® Wood Preservative as a clear oil will protect the wood against moisture while allowing it to naturally lighten/silver to a natural patina over time as long as it is exposed to the sun.

  • Can I use CUTEK®exterior products on outdoor timber furniture?

    Yes. The CUTEK® system is designed to highlight and protect the natural beauty of all timber applications. Our range of Step 1: Prepare products will clean and enhance the timber for application of our Step 2: Protect (Exterior) products that powerfully protect the timber. Adding a CUTEK® Colourtone will help maintain the natural colour of your timber or alter its appearance.

  • Can I use CUTEK® timber oils on LOSP or CCA treated wood or plywood?

    Yes, CUTEK® is safe to use on these types of wood.

  • Can I apply CUTEK® oils over other coatings, deck stains or oils?

    No, generally speaking you cannot. CUTEK® exterior oils must be applied to bare, clean and dry timber. Some oils, stains, paints and films act as a barrier for CUTEK® diffusion/penetration and must be fully removed first. Chemical stripping, heavy sanding or a combination of both are required to ensure all existing coatings are removed.

    Occasionally it is possible to coat CUTEK® oils directly over previously applied, degraded oil-based stain.  To ascertain if this possible, simply flick some cold water onto the surface of the wood to be coated. If it soaks in, then it is OK to use CUTEK® oils. If it beads up, refer to Removing Existing Coatings under Important Information tab. There are no implied performance warranties for the application of CUTEK® oils over any other coating.

  • Why do I have to wait between coats?

    CUTEK® timber oil must be allowed to diffuse into the wood and fully cure between coats. If it is not fully dried, and another coat is applied the drying time of the second coat may be extended for much longer than it needs to be.

    The speed of the drying process varies according to many different factors such as density, porosity, species, residual moisture content and temperature.  Precoated timbers will always dry faster if stacked outside.

  • I have just applied CUTEK® exterior oil and it is taking a long time to dry. Why is this?

    CUTEK® oils work by deeply diffusing into the wood and they won’t dry on the surface until this process has been fully completed. The drying process varies in time according to many different factors such as density, porosity, species, residual moisture content and temperature, humidity, wood species and wood density.

    To help ensure your CUTEK® oil dries as quickly as possible, make sure you avoid:

    • Wet wood, or wood with a high moisture content. Your wood should contain a maximum moisture content of 17%, as anything higher can significantly delay the drying process. If this happens, CUTEK® oils may sit on the surface and eventually go tacky without penetrating properly.
    • Cold weather. In cold weather, CUTEK® oils will become thicker and therefore too much oil is applied. Warm oil by placing in a sunny/warm spot before application to make it thinner and enhance penetration.
    • Too many coats too soon. The first application of CUTEK® oil needs to completely diffuse and dry fully before the next coat is applied.
    • Existing oil, stain or paint on the surface. Existing film coats act as a barrier to a CUTEK® oil’s penetration. Old coatings must be fully removed by sanding and or chemical stripping prior to applying any CUTEK® exterior timber oil.

    For best results, always allow CUTEK® oil to fully diffuse before recoating or use.  if you cannot wait, rag off the excess material on the surface and the coating will dry on top at a much faster rate.

  • What about natural oils? They’re supposed to be good for wood.

    Most natural oils claim to be ‘penetrating oils’ but will actually contain drying oils/resins and evaporating solvents which form a traditional varnish/film type encapsulation coating once the VOC solvents in the formula have evaporated. Once this surface type coating has been degraded by weathering, cutting or fastener perforation, water may freely enter the timber leading to significant cupping and splitting.

    Many ‘natural’ oils may develop unsightly mould and fungal growth on the coated surface and beneath subsequently applied coatings when exposed to the natural exterior environment.  This situation can be difficult and costly to fix.

    Additionally, many natural oil type formulations have very high VOC levels (often >50%).  This means that a cheaper high VOC  natural oil type product may become a more expensive choice when the amount of product that actually remains active in the coated timber is calculated.

  • Can I apply CUTEK® on new timber immediately without weathering?

    Yes. Unlike most coatings, it is not necessary to wait for your timber to ‘weather’ before applying CUTEK® to new wood. In fact, we recommend the first coat goes on as soon as possible to protect the wood during the construction phase.

    The reason why many traditional timber coatings require new wood to be weathered is that tannins and other extractives and/or mill glaze present in unweathered timber may interfere with the adhesion and performance of subsequently applied coatings.   This is not a problem with CUTEK® timber oils which may be applied to timber the moment it arrives on site.

  • How long will CUTEK® timber oil last? How often will I have to reapply?

    CUTEK® timber oils should be reapplied when the wood is no longer beading or as frequently as necessary to retain the natural or altered colour of the wood. Timing will diifer depending on many variables including the age and porosity of the wood, species, situation, design, aspect, weathered exposure and adequacy of preparation.

    When considering frequency of maintenance there are two factors to consider:

    1. Protection: CUTEK® Extreme CD50 and CUTEK® Wood Preservative diffuse deeply into wood to provide, long-term, accumulative, inside out protection. Even when the timber surface has greyed and weathered, CUTEK® timber oils remain permanently mobile in the timber, meaning protection is not compromised even if the outward appearance of the wood has changed. Each additional coat of CUTEK® timber oil provides further additional protection against moisture.
    2. Appearance: To maintain the natural colour of freshly oiled wood for longer or alter the appearance of your timber, a CUTEK® oil with an added CUTEK® Colourtone should be applied. Over time and with exposure to sunlight and UV, the colour will slowly fade to a silver patina. Colour durability and the rate at which this fading occurs is dependent on many factors such as age and porosity of the wood, species, situation, design, aspect, and degree of exposure to the weather. CUTEK® timber oil should be reapplied as frequently as necessary to maintain desired colour vibrancy.
  • Can CUTEK® timber oils be used around swimming pools?

    Yes, CUTEK® Extreme CD50 and CUTEK® Wood Preservatives are suitable for use around swimming pools. Indeed, the inside out moisture protection imparted by CUTEK® exterior oils is desirable in wood that comes in contact with water. We recommend the use of clear rather than colourtoned CUTEK® oils on timber that is subjected to a constant washing action from swimming pool activities because of the rapid rate of colour erosion that occurs with frequent water contact.  This way the necessity for frequent recoating for colour retention is avoided while the timber remains protected from constant damaging water ingress.  Please be aware that powerful pool chemicals that are allowed to contact CUTEK® coated wood in a concentrated form may stain coated timbers. CUTEK® exterior oils are not suitable for use on timber that is permanently immersed in water.

  • Does CUTEK® reduce long term splitting, cupping and warping of timber?

    Yes. CUTEK® timber oils diffuse deep into the wood to actively displace and protect against moisture from the inside out. It is important to understand that it is the free exchange of liquid and gas phase moisture between wood and the environment that contributes to splitting, warping and cupping. Once diffused, CUTEK® timber oils will stabilise the timber by controlling free moisture exchange between the coated timber and the environment.  Because CUTEK® is self-healing, this protection is permanent even if timber is damaged cut or perforated with fasteners. The result is improved dimensional stability, structural integrity and an extended service life.

  • Do CUTEK® timber oils ever peel or flake?

    No. CUTEK® timber oils (CUTEK® Extreme CD50 and CUTEK® Wood Preservative) will not peel or flake, although over time CUTEK® coated wood will fade where it is exposed to the sun. If this occurs, the timber will require a maintenance coat of Colourtoned CUTEK® oil to maintain your colour choice. The rate of fading will vary depending on species, situation, design, degree of weather exposure and other environmental factors.

 

  • Why CUTEK® Wood Preservative

    Features of CUTEK® Wood Preservative

    • PROVEN PROTECTION
      CUTEK® Wood Preservative coated wood resists damage caused by fungal decay, mould, termites and moisture, improving dimensional stability and minimising warping, cupping and splitting
    • SIMPLE AND EASY TO USE
      No technical experience necessary
    • MAINTENANCE IS FAST AND SIMPLE
      No need to sand or strip, just simply clean and recoat
    • NO FLAKING OR PEELING
      Instead, the coating is designed to fade with time
    • COST EFFECTIVE
      Up to 2x the coverage rate of most wood coatings
    • YOUR TIMBER IS THE STAR!
      Enhances the natural colour and grain of your timber
    • SUSTAINABLE CHOICE
      Significantly extends the service life of timber
    • LONG-TERM, ACCUMULATIVE PROTECTION
      Stays active inside your timber to protect from the inside out
    • CUTEK® CARES
      We plant one tree for every can of CUTEK® Wood Preservative sold

    Typical Uses

    All exterior wood applications except for those listed below:

    • Acetylated wood
    • Food preparation surfaces
    • Wood which comes into direct contact with the ground
    • Engineered bamboo products

    CUTEK® Wood Preservative is not suitable for Interior Use.

    Please contact our technical support staff for further information regarding the suitability of CUTEK® Wood Preservative for your specific substrate.


    CUTEK® WOOD PRESERVATIVE OFFERS SUPERIOR PENETRATION AND DIFFUSION WITH A SELF-HEALING EFFECT

    CUTEK® wood oils work differently to traditional wood stain/wood oil/acrylic/urethane/natural oils/wood coating products in that CUTEK® oils protect your timber from the inside out. CUTEK® oils penetrate and diffuse deeply into the wood core upon application, protecting it from the damaging effects of liquid and gas phase moisture, significantly increasing the service life of your timber. It does this by remaining PERMANENTLY MOBILE inside the wood, migrating to any cut or perforation with a self-healing action.

    Many opposition products claim to be a penetrating oil finish; however, they often contain a mixture of solvents, polymers and cross-linking natural oils (such as linseed and tung oils) that penetrate only a few millimetres before drying to form an encapsulating type varnish. Because these coatings do not have a self-healing effect, once this varnish is exposed to the weather, water can quickly enter the core of the timber especially if it has been cut or perforated with fasteners leading to a rapid loss of dimensional stability. Additionally, the use of some natural oils in wood coatings can contribute to the development of unsightly mould and fungal growth underneath subsequently applied coatings. This situation can be difficult and costly to fix.

    NOTE: Coatings that are not permanently mobile inside the wood and do not exhibit the self-healing effect ARE NOT the same as CUTEK® no matter what is claimed. Our first priority is always to extend and maximise the service life of timber NOT to steer you into the ecosystem of our other products.

     

    CUTEK® Oils

    =
    True penetration and migration with self healing

     

     

    Competing Natural Oils / “Penetrating Oils”

    =
    Encapsulating coating

  • Preparation

    STEP 1   PREPARE

    In order for CUTEK® Wood Preservative to function properly, it is essential that it diffuses deeply into the timber. Anything that might prevent this  enetration/diffusion, such as an existing coating (not CUTEK® oil), retained  oisture, or insufficient time between coats, must be avoided or corrected before applying CUTEK® Wood Preservative.

    CUTEK® Wood Preservative must be applied to wood that is clean, non-greasy and dry (moisture content must be less than 17%). You must appropriately prepare your timber BEFORE applying CUTEK® Wood  Preservative.

    If you have… NEW TIMBER:

    Your timber must be bare, clean and dry before applying CUTEK® Wood Preservative. If your timber presents with surface contaminants such as stains caused by water, iron or tannins, we recommend using CUTEK® Restore prior to application of CUTEK® Wood Preservative.

    If you have… OLD, GREYED OR WEATHERED UNCOATED WOOD:

    Old, dirty, stained or grey weathered timber should be prepared and restored by first applying CUTEK® Restore which will remove the grey and reinstate the original natural colour, grain and beauty of your wood prior to application of CUTEK® Wood Preservative.

    If you have… WOOD PREVIOUSLY COATED WITH A NON-CUTEK® COATING:

    CUTEK® Wood Preservative must be applied to bare, clean and dry wood. This allows the CUTEK® oil to freely penetrate/diffuse into your timber. Wood previously coated with a film forming product such as stains, linseed oil, paint, polyurethane, water-based oils, etc. can inhibit this penetration/diffusion and must be removed first with CUTEK® Wood Stripper and CUTEK® Restore prior to the application of CUTEK® Wood Preservative. In some circumstances complete removal of previous  oatings by machine sanding/abrasion can also be a suitable preparation method.

    If you have… WOOD PREVIOUSLY COATED IN CUTEK® EXTREME CD50 OR CUTEK® WOOD PRESERVATIVE:

    Prepare for a maintenance recoat of CUTEK® Wood Preservative by using CUTEK® Quickclean to remove grease, grime and other dirt from your timber. If maintenance has been neglected for a long period of time and the timber has either greyed, become heavily stained by tannins or iron, or if there is an excessive build-up of CUTEK® Colourtone, use CUTEK® Restore to refresh your timber prior to recoating.

    Important information before proceeding:

    A significant amount of new timber is now sold with a pre-treatment or pre-coating already applied. Particular attention needs to be paid to ensure that your timber has not been pre-treated or pre-coated prior to applying CUTEK® Wood Preservative. If you believe that your timber has had a prior treatment/coating applied, you will need to adequately prepare your timber as per the instructions above. If you have any questions about this process, please contact one of our friendly technical advisers on 1300 1 CUTEK (1300 1 28835). NOTE: This warning does not apply to any timber that has been pre-coated in CUTEK® branded products.

    Order your to test if CUTEK® Wood Preservative is appropriate for your timber, or contact us for further advice.

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  • How To Apply

    STEP 2   PROTECT

    Before you protect:

    Before you begin, note the hazards and precautions on this website and the can labelling, and ensure that you use the correct safety equipment as detailed in the Safety Data Sheet.

    Weather:

    Once applied, CUTEK® Wood Preservative generally requires 2-3 days of dry conditions after coating to facilitate full penetration/diffusion and an even colour finish; so check your weather forecast before coating.

    Colourtone:

    Clear, un-tinted CUTEK® Wood Preservative will allow your wood to naturally lighten/silver/grey when exposed to sunlight while retaining its protection characteristics. Unless you want a clear finish that will naturally lighten/silver/grey off in a few months, it is important to mix in 1 CUTEK® Colourtone to this can of oil before use. Adding a CUTEK® Colourtone provides UV colour protection and slows the lightening/silvering process.

    To choose which Colourtone suits your timber and project, visit our Colourtone page.

    Note: CUTEK® Wood Preservative diffuses deeply into your timber and will continue to provide moisture protection and improve dimensional stability even if a CUTEK® Colourtone is not added and your wood becomes weathered and greyed.

    Application:

    After preparing your timber, it will need to be completely dry prior to coating with CUTEK® Wood Preservative. It is very important that your timber is clean, non-greasy and dry with a moisture content of less than 17%. It is also very important that the surface of the wood is free from chemical residues and is not exposed to environmental contaminants such as dusts while Cutek is drying.

    Stir the CUTEK® Wood Preservative oil thoroughly (with the added CUTEK® Colourtone if desired) before and during use. Make sure you stir from the bottom of the can to ensure active ingredients are properly mixed throughout the oil.

    Apply thin, even coats with a brush, paint pad or lambswool applicator. CUTEK®’s DeckBoss brush is a good option. CUTEK® Wood Preservative works best when applied as a THIN COAT – two or three thin coats on finished wood and hardwoods are much better than one or two thick coats. For best results, ONE coat of CUTEK® Wood Preservative should be applied to all faces of the wood prior to installing, with a SECOND coat applied to the top surface once the first coat has completely penetrated/diffused.

    Drying time:

    Unlike traditional wood coatings, CUTEK® Wood Preservative needs to penetrate/diffuse deeply into your timber. After coating, CUTEK® Wood Preservative will slowly migrate into your wood to repel moisture, improve dimensional stability and lengthen the service life of your timber. This penetration/diffusion process varies in time for many reasons including differences in timber type (species, density, porosity, age of timber and residual moisture content) as well as environmental factors (temperature, humidity, weather).

    Sometimes this drying process can take several days to complete. You will know when your timber is ready for a recoat of CUTEK® Wood Preservative when it is completely dry and non-greasy. Please note the second coat of CUTEK® Wood Preservative will take longer to migrate into your timber than the first coat.

    Clean-up:

    Equipment (including brushes) may be cleaned with turps or soap and water. If not correctly cleaned or disposed of, oily rags and other oily materials may cause combustion fires. After use you MUST immediately spread out all oily material outside to dry, by flattening them out to their full size in an airy spot at temperatures above 4 degrees Celsius, or wash them thoroughly with water and detergent and rinse. Remove all oil from all clothes, tools, rags and any other materials contacted during use or as a result of an accidental spill. Ensure wash water is disposed in accordance with local regulations.

    Coverage
     New hardwoods dressed 10–20m2/litre
    Old restored timber dressed 7–9m2/litre
    New timber rough sawn 7–9m2/litre
    Old restored timber rough sawn 4–7m2/litre
    Shingles and shakes 2–5m2/litre

    These figures represent typical averages for common decking and cladding timber species and are to be used as a guideline only.

  • Maintenance

    Maintenance

    With CUTEK® oils, maintenance is simple, fast, and cost effective. CUTEK® Wood Preservative will not crack, peel or split, and your wood can be easily rejuvenated or restored using our Prepare and Protect system – no need to sand or strip.

    CUTEK® Wood Preservative should be reapplied when the wood is no longer beading water, or as frequently as necessary to retain the natural beauty and colour of the wood.

    Typically, horizontal exterior wood surfaces exposed to full weather such as pool decks and handrails will require re-coating more frequently (initially after 6 months, then annually), while other surfaces such as vertical rough-sawn cladding will need recoating less often.

  • FAQs
    • Does CUTEK® Interior come in a sheen or a gloss finish?

      At this stage, CUTEK® Interior does not come in a gloss finish

    • Can I use CUTEK® Interior on doors and windows?

      CUTEK® Interior can be applied on interior doors and windows.

    • Can I use CUTEK® Interior on internal flooring?

      No. We do not recommend the use of CUTEK® Interior on flooring.

    • Can I use CUTEK® Interior on food preparation surfaces?

      No. CUTEK® Interior is not suitable for use on food preparation surfaces.

    • Will CUTEK® Interior yellow over time?

      CUTEK® Interior is non-yellowing, however the timber substrate colour may change (lighten or darken) with exposure to UV.

    • Can I coat CUTEK® Interior over other coatings?

      CUTEK® Interior may be applied on top of some previous coatings. Ensure you complete a test patch as per the label instructions to ensure adhesion.

      CUTEK® Interior is a clear matt finish and any stains, visible scratches, imperfections, severe wear or surface contaminants left by previous coatings will be visible if not removed prior to application.

      Polish and/or wax finishes must be completely removed with a suitable polish remover as sanding will not provide appropriate adhesion for CUTEK® Interior.

    • Do I have to sand between coats of CUTEK® Interior?

      Sanding between coats may not be required as long as the time between coats is less than 16 hours. If the time between coats is greater than 16 hours, lightly sand using 180 grit sand paper. After sanding, wipe the surface clean before the subsequent coat.

    • Can CUTEK® Interior be tinted?

      No. CUTEK® Interior is designed as a clear, matte finish that keeps the natural look of uncoated wood.

    • How long does CUTEK® Interior take to dry?

      CUTEK® Interior takes approximately 2 hours to dry, however it may take up to 7 days to fully cure.

    • Can I mix CUTEK® Colourtones into CUTEK® Interior?

      No. CUTEK® Colourtones are not compatible and should not be used with CUTEK® Interior.

    • Can I use CUTEK® Interior outside?

      CUTEK® Interior is design for application on interior wood substrates (excluding food preparation surfaces and flooring) and is not recommended for use on exterior timber. It can be applied to exterior timber that is protected from weather and UV (such as patio ceiling, etc.). For advice on the suitability of CUTEK® Interior for your specific application, contact CUTEK®.

    • Can CUTEK® Interior coat over CUTEK® Extreme CD50 and/or CUTEK® Wood Preservative?

      No. CUTEK® Interior should not be applied over timber that has been previously coated with CUTEK® Extreme CD50 or CUTEK® Wood Preservative. CUTEK® Interior may not adhere sufficiently to the CUTEK® oil system.

    • Does CUTEK® Quickclean remove stains and rejuvenate my timber?

      No. CUTEK® Quickclean powerfully cleans timber to remove surface dirt, grease and grime. Whilst is can remove some stains, it is not effective in removing stubborn stains from timber and/or restoring timber back to its original colour. If you need to remove stubborn stains or restore grey and weathered wood, use CUTEK® Restore.

    • Should I only use CUTEK® Quickclean to prepare my timber for a maintenance coat of CUTEK® Exterior timber oils?

      We believe CUTEK® Quickclean is the premier timber cleaner in the market. CUTEK® Quickclean is perfect to clean your timber in preparation for a maintenance coat of CUTEK® Extreme CD50 or CUTEK® Wood Preservative, however it can also be used for regular timber cleaning.

      Regular timber cleaning is important to maximising service life of wood and with CUTEK® Quickclean, timber cleaning is easy and cost effective.

    • Does CUTEK® Quickclean cure mould?

      No. CUTEK® Quickclean will remove mould and fungal growth on the surface of the timber however it does not cure the timber from mould reappearing on the timber.

      To protect timber against mould and fungal decay, apply CUTEK® Wood Preservative to your timber. CUTEK® Wood Preservative coated wood resists damage caused by fungal decay, mould, termites and rot while repelling moisture to improve dimensional stability and minimise cupping, warping and splitting.

    • What is the difference between CUTEK® Quickclean and CUTEK® Restore?

      CUTEK® Quickclean is a powerful general purpose outdoor cleaner that removes dirt, grease and grim from outdoor surfaces. It is excellent to use to clean timber in preparation for a maintenance coat of CUTEK® Extreme CD50 or CUTEK® Wood Preservative.

      CUTEK® Restore is a timber restoration agent that restores stained, weathered and grey wood back to its original appearance. CUTEK® Restore is effective in removing stubborn stains caused by tannins, water, iron, resins, mould and fungus. It should to restore weathered timber, remove stains from timber and/or restore timber back to its original appearance. Typically, CUTEK® Restore is utilised to rejuvenate timber before the initial coat of CUTEK® Extreme CD50 or CUTEK® Wood Preservative is applied.

    • There are plenty of wood cleaners on the market, what makes CUTEK® Restore different?

      CUTEK® Restore is a commercial strength restoration agent with a thirty-year pedigree designed by professionals for professionals that works quickly to remove heavy discolouration, greying, iron stains, water stains etc from all species of wood while brightening the natural grain.  CUTEK® Restore resists drying out on a hot day like most DIY cleaners. It keeps working with a deep cleaning action when others stop.

    • Should I prepare timber before I use CUTEK® Wood Preservative?

      Yes. CUTEK® Wood Preservative must be able to penetrate deeply into the wood. Anything that might prevent penetration such as an existing coating, moisture or insufficient time between coats, must be avoided or corrected before applying CUTEK® Wood Preservative. Before using CUTEK® Wood Preservative, ensure that the wood is clean, dry and has no existing paint, oil or stain. It is also very important that the surface of the wood is free from chemical residues and is not exposed to environmental contaminants such as dusts while CUTEK® Wood Preservative is drying.

    • How is CUTEK® Wood Preservative different from other CUTEK® products?

      CUTEK® Wood Preservative coated wood resists damage caused by fungal decay, mould and termites. CUTEK® Wood Preservative also protects exterior woods from moisture, improving dimensional stability and minimising warping, cupping and splitting (APVMA Approval No. 83026/107340).

    • Can I use Cutek Interior on exterior timber?

      We do not recommend the use of CUTEK® Interior on external timber applications. CUTEK® interior has been specially formulated to protect wood in internal application conditions.

    • Are CUTEK® exterior wood protection oils interchangeable?

      Yes. All exterior CUTEK® oils are interchangeable. For example, if a customer has originally used CUTEK® Extreme CD50 on their timber and for future maintenance the customer now wants to use CUTEK® Wood Preservative, or vice versa then that is perfectly OK.

      Do not worry if your previous CUTEK® oil has now been discontinued. CUTEK® Extreme CD50 and CUTEK® Wood Preservative are able to be used over the top of CUTEK® CD50 and CUTEK® Low VOC.

      NOTE: We do not recommend that different types of CUTEK® exterior oils are mixed together in the can.

    • Do CUTEK® timber oils have an accumulative effect?

      Yes. CUTEK® timber oils deeply diffuse into timber, protecting it from the inside out. CUTEK® timber oils stay permanently mobile inside the timber to repel and displace moisture. With each additional coat of CUTEK® timber oil, this protection increases. This means that the more CUTEK® oil you let soak deep into your timber, the better protected against water that timber will be.

    • How many coats of CUTEK® oil are required for maintenance and how frequently should timber be maintained with CUTEK®?

      One THIN coat is all that is required for maintenance of an existing exterior CUTEK® job. Maintenance intervals vary widely and are dependent on many factors such as age and porosity of the wood, species, situation, design, aspect, and degree of exposure to the weather.

      Maintain as frequently as deemed necessary to retain the natural beauty and colour of the timber, or if your wood is no longer beading water.

    • Can I apply CUTEK® without sanding between coats?

      CUTEK® Extreme CD50 and CUTEK® Wood Preservative do not behave like traditional film forming coatings, meaning there is no need to sand between coats, unless there is a need to rectify some defect in the timber substrate.

      CUTEK® Interior does not need to sanded between coats if the recoat time is less than 16 hours unless there is a requirement to remove a surface defect such as environmental dust. If the recoat time is greater than 16 hours, always lightly sand in the direction of grain using 180 grit sand paper. After sanding, wipe the surface clean before recoating.

    • Can I apply CUTEK® exterior oils on hot sunny days?

      Yes. Unlike many timber coatings, CUTEK® oils perform well in dry, hot conditions. In fact, heat and ventilation greatly assist the deep diffusion of CUTEK® Extreme CD50 and CUTEK® Wood Preservative into the timber.

    • Can I apply CUTEK® oils to timber cladding, soffits, panelling, battens and screens?

      Yes. CUTEK® oils can be applied to all exterior timber features. A benefit of using CUTEK® timber oils on cladding, soffits, panelling, battens and screens is the ease of maintenance. No need to sand or strip your timber –  simply clean and recoat.

    • What steps should I follow when removing an existing coating?

      CUTEK® oils must be applied to bare, clean and dry wood. This allows the CUTEK® oil to freely penetrate/diffuse into your timber. Wood previously coated with a film forming product such as stains, linseed oil, paint, polyurethane, water-based oils, etc. can inhibit this penetration/diffusion and must be removed:

      1. Remove previous coating using CUTEK® Wood Stripper. It is safe and user-friendly and is suitable to remove multiple layers of most commonly used wood coatings.
      2. Restore the colour and enhance the grain with CUTEK® Restore. CUTEK® Restore will bring weathered and stained timber back to life.

       

      After removing the previous coating, it is important to protect your exteior timber with either CUTEK® Extreme CD50 or CUTEK® Wood Preservative to repel and displace moisture, and extend service life.

    • What should be avoided when planning to coat timber with CUTEK® Extreme CD50 or CUTEK® Wood Preservative?
      1. Wet wood, or wood with a high moisture content. Your wood should contain a maximum moisture content of 17%, as anything higher can significantly delay the drying process. If this happens, CUTEK® oils may sit on the surface and eventually go tacky without penetrating properly.
      2. Too many coats too soon. The first application of CUTEK® oil needs to completely diffuse and dry before the next coat is applied.
      3. Existing oil, stain or paint on the surface. Existing film coatings act as a barrier to CUTEK® oil’s penetration. Old coatings must be fully removed by sanding and/or chemical stripping prior to applying CUTEK®.
      4. Cold weather. In cold weather, CUTEK® oils will become thicker and may result in too much oil being applied when coating in cooler climates. It helps to warm oil by placing in a sunny/warm spot before application to make is thinner and enhance penetration.
      5. Contamination. It is very important to ensure that timber surfaces to be coated with CUTEK® oils are free from chemical residues and are not exposed to environmental contaminants such as dusts while the applied Cutek is drying.  It is possible that contact with highly alkaline contaminants such as cement/fertiliser/other dusts or poorly rinsed cleaners may lead to chemical staining.
    • When should a colourtone be added to CUTEK® wood oils?

      Un-tinted CUTEK® Extreme CD50 will quickly lighten/silver/grey with exposure to sunlight. Unless you want a clear finish that will naturally lighten/silver/grey off in a few months, it is important to mix in a CUTEK® Colourtones to CUTEK® oil before use. Adding CUTEK® Colourtones will provide UV colour protection and slows the lightening/silvering process.

      NOTE: CUTEK® oils diffuse deeply into your timber and will continue to provide moisture protection and improve dimensional stability even if CUTEK® Colourtones are not added and your wood becomes weathered and greyed. To maintain your timber’s natural colour for longer, choose a CUTEK® Colourtone similar to the natural colour of your timber. Suggested CUTEK® Colourtones that match the natural hue of your timber can be found on our Colourtone product page. Colourtones can also help alter your timber colour if required (e.g. make your timber look lighter or darker than its natural state).

      Order a free from our website or your local stockist to test if your chosen Colourtone is right for your project.

      NOTE: CUTEK® is unable to offer any specific performance warranties in relation to colour retention for CUTEK® products because of many variables related to the weathering process including but not limited to: the age and porosity of the wood, species, situation, design and structure, aspect, differing exposure to the weather and adequacy of preparation.

    • Can CUTEK® be applied without high skill level to avoid “wet edge” marks?

      Yes. CUTEK® products are simple and easy to use and beginners can achieve professional results. Unlike traditional film-based coatings that dry very quickly, or cannot be applied on days that are too hot or too cold, CUTEK® oils give you time to correct and/or clean any areas where too much oil may have been applied no matter what the ambient temperature is. Further, CUTEK® provides a “matte-low sheen” finish which tends to hide surface imperfections in the wood.

    • Are CUTEK® timber oils wet stackable for easy precoating before construction?

      Yes. Wood freshly coated with CUTEK® Extreme CD50, CUTEK® Wood Preservative or CUTEK® Machine Coat/CUTEK® Euro Machine Coat can be installed straight away or block stacked wet for later use. It is generally not recommended to wet stack timber coated with CUTEK® timber oil where a CUTEK® Colourtone has been added as this may produce an inconsistent ‘smudged’ finish.

    • How long does it take for CUTEK® Extreme CD50/Wood Preservative to dry?

      Unlike traditional wood coatings, CUTEK® oil needs to penetrate/diffuse deeply into your timber. After coating, CUTEK® oil will slowly migrate into your wood to repel and displace moisture, improve dimensional stability and lengthen the service life of your timber. This penetration/diffusion process varies in time for many reasons including differences in timber type (species, density, porosity, age of timber and residual moisture content) as well as environmental factors (temperature, humidity, weather). Sometimes this drying process can take several days to complete. You will know when your timber is ready for a recoat of CUTEK® oil when it is completely dry and non-greasy. Please note the second coat of CUTEK® oil will take longer to migrate into your timber than the first coat.

    • What is the average coverage rate (sqm/litre) when using CUTEK® oils?

      CUTEK®’s timber oils coverage will be different depending on the density of the timber you are intending to coat. Please see below for a guide on the coverage rate of different timbers:

      New hardwoods dressed: 10-20 sqm/litre

      Old restored timber dressed: 7-9 sqm/litre

      New timber rough sawn: 7-9 sqm/litre

      Old restored timber rough sawn: 4-7 sqm/litre

      Shingles and shakes: 2-5 sqm/litre

    • How many coats of CUTEK® oil are required on new timber?

      We recommend applying two thin coats of CUTEK® timber oil for the initial application. A great solution is to have your timber precoated on all sides with your chosen CUTEK® timber oil by a commercial precoater before it arrives on site – (contact us is you need assistance with this). A further thin coat of CUTEK® oil is then applied after installation. Subsequent maintenance coats should be reapplied when the wood is no longer beading water, or as frequently as necessary to retain the natural beauty and colour of the wood.

    • Can I apply CUTEK® Extreme CD50 and CUTEK® Wood Preservative without preparing my timber?

      CUTEK® timber oils must be applied to clean, dry and non-greasy timber. It is vital that previous coatings are removed prior to applying a coat of CUTEK® timber oil.

      CUTEK® timber oil may be applied to new timber without preparation however for the best possible outcomes we recommend using CUTEK® Restore to clean the surface and open up the grain of the timber to assist in the diffusion of CUTEK® timber oil and removal of extractives/tannins.

    • How do I apply CUTEK® Extreme CD50/Wood Preservative?

      STEP 1: Prepare

      Before using CUTEK® oil, ensure the wood to be coated is clean, non-greasy and dry (moisture content must be less than 17%). You must appropriately prepare your timber BEFORE applying CUTEK® oil. It is also very important that the surface of the wood is free from chemical residues and is not exposed to environmental contaminants such as dusts while CUTEK® oil is drying.

      If you have… NEW TIMBER:

      Your timber must be bare, clean and dry before applying CUTEK® oil. If your timber presents with surface contaminants such as stains caused by water, iron or tannins, or chemical residues, we recommend using CUTEK® Restore prior to application of CUTEK® Wood Preservative.

      If you have… OLD, GREYED OR WEATHERED UNCOATED WOOD:

      Old, dirty, stained or grey weathered timber should be prepared and restored by first applying CUTEK® Restore which will remove the grey and reinstate the original natural colour, grain and beauty of your wood prior to application of CUTEK® oils.

      If you have… WOOD PREVIOUSLY COATED WITH A NON-CUTEK® COATING:

      CUTEK® oils must be applied to bare, clean and dry wood. This allows the CUTEK® oil to freely penetrate/diffuse into your timber. Wood previously coated with a film forming product such as stains, linseed oil, paint, polyurethane, water-based oils, etc. can inhibit this penetration/diffusion and must be removed first with CUTEK® Wood Stripper and CUTEK® Restore prior to the application of CUTEK® oil. In some circumstances complete removal of previous coatings by machine sanding/abrasion can also be a suitable preparation method.

      If you have… WOOD PREVIOUSLY COATED IN CUTEK® EXTREME CD50 OR CUTEK® WOOD PRESERVATIVE:

      Prepare for a maintenance recoat of CUTEK oil by using CUTEK® Quickclean to remove grease, grime and other dirt from your timber. If maintenance has been neglected for a long period of time and the timber has either greyed, become heavily stained by tannins or iron, or if there is an excessive build-up of CUTEK® Colourtone, use CUTEK® Restore to refresh your timber prior to recoating.

      STEP 2: Protect

      BEFORE YOU PROTECT: After preparing your timber, it will need to be completely dry prior to coating with CUTEK® oil. It is very important that your timber is clean, non-greasy and dry with a moisture content of less than 17%. It is also very important that the surface of the wood is free from chemical residues and is not exposed to environmental contaminants such as dusts while CUTEK® oil is drying.

      WEATHER: Once applied, CUTEK® oil generally requires 2-3 days of dry conditions after coating to facilitate full penetration/diffusion and an even colour finish; so check your weather forecast before coating.

      COLOURTONE: Clear, un-tinted CUTEK® oil will allow your wood to naturally lighten/silver/grey when exposed to sunlight while retaining its protection characteristics. Unless you want a clear finish that will naturally lighten/silver/grey off in a few months, it is important to mix in 1 CUTEK® Colourtone to this can of oil before use.

      APPLICATION: Stir the CUTEK® Oil oil thoroughly (with the added CUTEK® Colourtone if desired) before and during use. Make sure you stir from the bottom of the can to ensure active ingredients are properly mixed throughout the oil. Apply thin, even coats with a brush, paint pad or lambswool applicator. CUTEK®’s DeckBoss brush is a good option. TIP: CUTEK® oil works best when applied as a THIN COAT – two or three thin coats on finished wood and hardwoods are much better than one or two thick coats. For best results, ONE coat of CUTEK® oil should be applied to all faces of the wood prior to installing, and apply a SECOND coat once the first coat has completely penetrated/diffused.

      DRYING TIME: Unlike traditional wood coatings, CUTEK® oil needs to penetrate/diffuse deeply into your timber. After coating, CUTEK® oil will slowly migrate into your wood to repel and displace moisture, improve dimensional stability and lengthen the service life of your timber.

      This penetration/diffusion process varies in time for many reasons including differences in timber type (species, density, porosity, age of timber and residual moisture content) as well as environmental factors (temperature, humidity, weather). Sometimes this drying process can take several days to complete. You will know when your timber is ready for a recoat of CUTEK® oil when it is completely dry and non-greasy. Please note the second coat of CUTEK® oil will take longer to migrate into your timber than the first coat.

      CLEAN-UP: Equipment (including brushes) may be cleaned with turps or soap and water. If not correctly cleaned or disposed of, oily rags and other oily materials may cause combustion fires. After use you MUST immediately spread out all oily material outside to dry, by flattening them out to their full size in an airy spot at temperatures above 4 degrees Celsius, or wash them thoroughly with water and detergent and rinse. Remove all oil from all clothes, tools, rags and any other materials contacted during use or as a result of an accidental spill. Ensure wash water is disposed in accordance with local regulations.

      MAINTENANCE: With CUTEK®, maintenance is simple, fast, and cost effective. CUTEK® oil will not crack, peel or split, and your wood can be easily rejuvenated or restored using our Prepare and Protect system – no need to sand or strip. CUTEK® oil should be reapplied when the wood is no longer beading water, or as frequently as necessary to retain the natural beauty and colour of the wood. Typically, horizontal exterior wood surfaces exposed to full weather such as pool decks and handrails will require re-coating more frequently (initially after 6 months, then annually), while other surfaces such as vertical rough-sawn cladding will need recoating less often.

    • I have new shingles – I want them to silver with age

      Clear CUTEK® Extreme CD50 or CUTEK® Wood Preservative will protect your shingles while allowing them to naturally silver with age. Alternatively, you can mix in a “Grey Mist” CUTEK® Colourtone to silver the shingles from the beginning. DO NOT use CUTEK® oils on roofs that are used to collect drinking water.

    • I want to protect my new wood, but I want it to naturally silver with age.

      For exterior timber, applying CUTEK® Extreme CD50 or CUTEK® Wood Preservative as a clear oil will protect the wood against moisture while allowing it to naturally lighten/silver to a natural patina over time as long as it is exposed to the sun.

    • Can I use CUTEK®exterior products on outdoor timber furniture?

      Yes. The CUTEK® system is designed to highlight and protect the natural beauty of all timber applications. Our range of Step 1: Prepare products will clean and enhance the timber for application of our Step 2: Protect (Exterior) products that powerfully protect the timber. Adding a CUTEK® Colourtone will help maintain the natural colour of your timber or alter its appearance.

    • Can I use CUTEK® timber oils on LOSP or CCA treated wood or plywood?

      Yes, CUTEK® is safe to use on these types of wood.

    • Can I apply CUTEK® oils over other coatings, deck stains or oils?

      No, generally speaking you cannot. CUTEK® exterior oils must be applied to bare, clean and dry timber. Some oils, stains, paints and films act as a barrier for CUTEK® diffusion/penetration and must be fully removed first. Chemical stripping, heavy sanding or a combination of both are required to ensure all existing coatings are removed.

      Occasionally it is possible to coat CUTEK® oils directly over previously applied, degraded oil-based stain.  To ascertain if this possible, simply flick some cold water onto the surface of the wood to be coated. If it soaks in, then it is OK to use CUTEK® oils. If it beads up, refer to Removing Existing Coatings under Important Information tab. There are no implied performance warranties for the application of CUTEK® oils over any other coating.

    • Why do I have to wait between coats?

      CUTEK® timber oil must be allowed to diffuse into the wood and fully cure between coats. If it is not fully dried, and another coat is applied the drying time of the second coat may be extended for much longer than it needs to be.

      The speed of the drying process varies according to many different factors such as density, porosity, species, residual moisture content and temperature.  Precoated timbers will always dry faster if stacked outside.

    • I have just applied CUTEK® exterior oil and it is taking a long time to dry. Why is this?

      CUTEK® oils work by deeply diffusing into the wood and they won’t dry on the surface until this process has been fully completed. The drying process varies in time according to many different factors such as density, porosity, species, residual moisture content and temperature, humidity, wood species and wood density.

      To help ensure your CUTEK® oil dries as quickly as possible, make sure you avoid:

      • Wet wood, or wood with a high moisture content. Your wood should contain a maximum moisture content of 17%, as anything higher can significantly delay the drying process. If this happens, CUTEK® oils may sit on the surface and eventually go tacky without penetrating properly.
      • Cold weather. In cold weather, CUTEK® oils will become thicker and therefore too much oil is applied. Warm oil by placing in a sunny/warm spot before application to make it thinner and enhance penetration.
      • Too many coats too soon. The first application of CUTEK® oil needs to completely diffuse and dry fully before the next coat is applied.
      • Existing oil, stain or paint on the surface. Existing film coats act as a barrier to a CUTEK® oil’s penetration. Old coatings must be fully removed by sanding and or chemical stripping prior to applying any CUTEK® exterior timber oil.

      For best results, always allow CUTEK® oil to fully diffuse before recoating or use.  if you cannot wait, rag off the excess material on the surface and the coating will dry on top at a much faster rate.

    • What about natural oils? They’re supposed to be good for wood.

      Most natural oils claim to be ‘penetrating oils’ but will actually contain drying oils/resins and evaporating solvents which form a traditional varnish/film type encapsulation coating once the VOC solvents in the formula have evaporated. Once this surface type coating has been degraded by weathering, cutting or fastener perforation, water may freely enter the timber leading to significant cupping and splitting.

      Many ‘natural’ oils may develop unsightly mould and fungal growth on the coated surface and beneath subsequently applied coatings when exposed to the natural exterior environment.  This situation can be difficult and costly to fix.

      Additionally, many natural oil type formulations have very high VOC levels (often >50%).  This means that a cheaper high VOC  natural oil type product may become a more expensive choice when the amount of product that actually remains active in the coated timber is calculated.

    • Can I apply CUTEK® on new timber immediately without weathering?

      Yes. Unlike most coatings, it is not necessary to wait for your timber to ‘weather’ before applying CUTEK® to new wood. In fact, we recommend the first coat goes on as soon as possible to protect the wood during the construction phase.

      The reason why many traditional timber coatings require new wood to be weathered is that tannins and other extractives and/or mill glaze present in unweathered timber may interfere with the adhesion and performance of subsequently applied coatings.   This is not a problem with CUTEK® timber oils which may be applied to timber the moment it arrives on site.

    • How long will CUTEK® timber oil last? How often will I have to reapply?

      CUTEK® timber oils should be reapplied when the wood is no longer beading or as frequently as necessary to retain the natural or altered colour of the wood. Timing will diifer depending on many variables including the age and porosity of the wood, species, situation, design, aspect, weathered exposure and adequacy of preparation.

      When considering frequency of maintenance there are two factors to consider:

      1. Protection: CUTEK® Extreme CD50 and CUTEK® Wood Preservative diffuse deeply into wood to provide, long-term, accumulative, inside out protection. Even when the timber surface has greyed and weathered, CUTEK® timber oils remain permanently mobile in the timber, meaning protection is not compromised even if the outward appearance of the wood has changed. Each additional coat of CUTEK® timber oil provides further additional protection against moisture.
      2. Appearance: To maintain the natural colour of freshly oiled wood for longer or alter the appearance of your timber, a CUTEK® oil with an added CUTEK® Colourtone should be applied. Over time and with exposure to sunlight and UV, the colour will slowly fade to a silver patina. Colour durability and the rate at which this fading occurs is dependent on many factors such as age and porosity of the wood, species, situation, design, aspect, and degree of exposure to the weather. CUTEK® timber oil should be reapplied as frequently as necessary to maintain desired colour vibrancy.
    • Can CUTEK® timber oils be used around swimming pools?

      Yes, CUTEK® Extreme CD50 and CUTEK® Wood Preservatives are suitable for use around swimming pools. Indeed, the inside out moisture protection imparted by CUTEK® exterior oils is desirable in wood that comes in contact with water. We recommend the use of clear rather than colourtoned CUTEK® oils on timber that is subjected to a constant washing action from swimming pool activities because of the rapid rate of colour erosion that occurs with frequent water contact.  This way the necessity for frequent recoating for colour retention is avoided while the timber remains protected from constant damaging water ingress.  Please be aware that powerful pool chemicals that are allowed to contact CUTEK® coated wood in a concentrated form may stain coated timbers. CUTEK® exterior oils are not suitable for use on timber that is permanently immersed in water.

    • Does CUTEK® reduce long term splitting, cupping and warping of timber?

      Yes. CUTEK® timber oils diffuse deep into the wood to actively displace and protect against moisture from the inside out. It is important to understand that it is the free exchange of liquid and gas phase moisture between wood and the environment that contributes to splitting, warping and cupping. Once diffused, CUTEK® timber oils will stabilise the timber by controlling free moisture exchange between the coated timber and the environment.  Because CUTEK® is self-healing, this protection is permanent even if timber is damaged cut or perforated with fasteners. The result is improved dimensional stability, structural integrity and an extended service life.

    • Do CUTEK® timber oils ever peel or flake?

      No. CUTEK® timber oils (CUTEK® Extreme CD50 and CUTEK® Wood Preservative) will not peel or flake, although over time CUTEK® coated wood will fade where it is exposed to the sun. If this occurs, the timber will require a maintenance coat of Colourtoned CUTEK® oil to maintain your colour choice. The rate of fading will vary depending on species, situation, design, degree of weather exposure and other environmental factors.

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