Application FAQs

Looking for further insight when it comes to application? Discover all our frequently asked questions below.

In general we do not recommend application if the temperature is likely to drop below 8°C, unless the formulation has been specifically designed to do so, for example Sadolin Beautiflex which can be applied at 5°C.

It is not recommended to apply water-borne woodstains when the temperature is likely to drop below 8°C during application and drying.

Water-borne coatings for wood are quicker drying and have different flow/levelling characteristics to traditional alkyd based (solvent-borne) coatings. It therefore recommended to use brushes designed for the application of water-borne coatings, and not to apply in extremes of hot or cold conditions.

A water-borne coating is generally more flexible than a solvent-borne one, and the general rule if in any doubt, is “Preferably recoat water-borne with water-borne”. Provided, however, that the existing finish is sound and fully dry, there is no problem with overcoating solvent-borne with water-borne or water-borne with solvent-borne.

For a low sheen finish, three coats of Sadolin Classic would be an appropriate treatment for Western Red Cedar

Providing the surface is sound, there will be no problems in applying these woodstains. Any peeling or flaking areas must be removed, and any bare timber thoroughly sanded back to clean, bright wood. Bare areas should be patch primed with a basestain such as Sadolin Classic to even up the colour, and then one or two coats of Sadolin Extra can be applied.

Care should be taken to avoid spillages on to glass, cement, brickwork, carpets, clothing etc. If spilled, the solvent-borne coatings should be removed immediately while wet using white spirit. Water-borne coatings should be removed using a warm detergent solution. Once dry, the coatings will be very difficult to remove without damage to the surface.

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