Applying The Silkwood Range
of wood protection products
- Silkwood Woodsealers / Wood Treatments should be applied in accordance as per the product code.
- The surface of the wood must be dry, clean and free of contaminants, old paints etc.
- Prior to applying the first coat of Silkwood,always ensure that the product in the can has been adequately stirred as some in-can settling of the pigmentation can occur.
- The first coat to wood/timber should be allowed to dry for at least 24 hours and then re-coated.
- When applying the Silkwood woodsealers / wood treatments,they they be applied thinly and worked into the wood with the Applying the Silkwood woodsealers/wood treatments too thickly will result in a an extremely extended drying period.
- The second coat wood/timber (either pigmented or clear) should be applied after this period.
- It is recommended that a third coat of Silkwood be applied for maximum protection.
- South African climatic extremes will require periodic maintenance coats of Silkwood to maximise surface protection.
- Maintenance coats should be applied when wood surface appears faded and dry.
- It should not be necessary to sand the surface when applying maintenance coates the surface is only moderately dirty use a green pot scouring pad to lightly rub the surface down.
- If another type of wood sealer has been previously applied to the wooden surface,it is recommended that the same product be re-applied.
- The spread rate is approximately 6-8Mē per litre, per coat, depending on the porosity of the wood.
- All Silkwood products(excluding the aqueous stain),are flammable and should only be applied in well-ventilated areas.
- Care should be taken to avoid inhaling Silkwood when applying the product.
- Brushes and rollers should be cleaned with either turpentine or white spirits after using wood coating. Dilution of the products is not recommended.
General Wood Treatment Application Guidelines
The following are guide-lines only, which may assist when applying Woodsealers / Wood treatments to timber/wooden surfaces.
- Prior to treating/coating a new or previously uncoated timber/wooden surface,ensure that the timber/wood has a low moisture content. This can normally be achieved by ensuring that the timber has been kiln-dried prior to supply. Alternatively ask the supplier to advise and test for moisture content.
- Always examine the timber/wood for insect infestation or fungal contamination either of the above is evident then apply a suitable pre-treatment to eradicate the infestation/contamination. Ensure that the coating that will be applied contains a suitable insecticide or fungicide. This type of problem normally occurs in either very dry arid or damp and humid zones.
- The timber/wood surface should be sanded as smooth as possible. Particular attention should be given to the end-grain as water can be absorbed through the end grain causing excessive swelling of the timber/wood.
- Certain timber/wood surfaces can have a "hairy"appearance after sanding. This should be removed prior to coating.
- If the timber has not been coated regularly and the timber is faded,dry and has started to turn black,commercially available timber bleaching agents are available. These should be used with caution,care and the manufacturer's instructions should be followed strictly.
- If the timber/wooden item is new,try to ensure that the product is supplied with an applied factory sealer/treatment. The factory coatings are normally applied for the following reasons:
a)The final physical appearance can be examined by the end-user.
b)The item is protected in transit from any damage.
c)The end-user has enough time to recoat the item.
- If a pigmented /dye stain is to be applied, light fastness properties should be confirmed with the supplier/manufacturer, as certain products are for internal use only.
- When applying a woodsealer/wood treatment the manufacturers recommendations should always be followed.
- Applying a fewer number of coats than recommended by the supplier/manufacturer can lead to reduced durability/coating lifespan.
- Always allow for the correct intercoat drying time when coating.
- It is recommended that a woodsealer/wood treatment supplied by a single manufacturer be applied as initial and successive applications. If coatings from different manufacturers are used,premature coating failure may occur.