How to PROTECT Recycled Timber Products

Recycled timber products are sealed and finished/polished with a variety of coatings. The purpose is to protect them from:

  • Damage due to moisture, heat, wear and tear;
  • To ensure the timber maintains its look and character, and
  • To ensure the product has a smooth, attractive surface that highlights the natural beauty of the timber.

As long as there are no open or exposed raw parts of timber and regular care measures are taken, a natural timber look
and protection should be retained over time. The colour of the timber may change slightly depending on the finish used.

Care for Bench Tops, Vanities & Furniture

Customer to finish:
Our custom-made products such as bench tops, vanities and furniture can be supplied raw as ‘blanks’, with finish applied by the customer or their representative. In the instance where the customer is finishing the product, relevant maintenance and care instructions of the customer’s chosen finish / coating product is to be followed by the customer, and Round 2 Timbers takes no responsibility for the quality or outcome of the finish or ongoing care of the finished product.

Round 2 Timbers to arrange to finish:
If we arrange any sealing and finishing for our customers, then appropriate care must reflect the advice of the finishes we use. If the product has been oiled with a finishing oil such as Liberon Finishing Oil, it may need a follow-up coat after a long period of time. Please follow the product instructions for detailed care advice. Various products are available online and at hardware stores to keep oiled timber conditioned and to remove stains, dirt, dust and marks from the surface. Round 2 Timbers to arrange to finish: We can usually arrange for one of the following coatings to be applied to your product, based on suitability and intended use:

Two Pack (2 pac) Polyurethane:

This coating is very tough and durable, with improved scratch resistance and high resistance to impact, heat, water, oil, alcohol and staining from liquids. It’s a commercial finish typically used for kitchens and wet areas such as bathrooms or laundries. Timber colour is likely to be well maintained if proper care is taken. It is maintained in the short term onsite by wiping with a slightly damp cloth or spray on wax for bigger scratches/marks.

Water-based Multicoat finish:

This is most suited when a natural effect is desired, as it leaves the natural wood’s look, touch and shade virtually unchanged. The resins from which this product is formulated are resistant to light and chemicals. Timber colour is likely to be well maintained if proper care is taken. It is commonly used in kitchens and bathrooms and maintained in the short term onsite by wiping with a slightly damp cloth or spray on wax for bigger scratches/marks.

Hard Wax Oil:

A hard wax oil product like Fiddes Hard Wax Oil is a blend of natural oils and waxes offering exceptional durability and resistance for internal timber surfaces including benchtops, furniture and areas subjected to a high degree of wear. It is water repellent, does not peel or flake, is easy to maintain onsite and as a natural replenishable product it’s easy to rejuvenate timber without re-sanding when required. It is not as suitable for areas with high moisture content. Do not use caustic based cleaners, bleach or ammonia under any circumstances for cleaning.

Regular care of your timber products

  • For regular care simply wipe down with a slightly damp cloth (cleaning products should not be used). Do not use a hard scourer, steel wool or other abrasive products to remove stubborn build-up.
  • Any spills should be immediately removed with a slightly damp cloth to prevent damage to the coating and timber substrate.
  • Timber surfaces and coatings used are not capable of protecting against extreme heat (pots from the cooktop) so heat resistant place mats and coasters are a good idea for hot beverages and foods.

Timber surfaces are sensitive to light and humidity.

  • Over time, direct natural light can change the colour of the veneer/timber surface where it has been exposed. There are currently no timber finishes on the market that are 100 percent UV stable.
  • Keep product a reasonable distance from open fires as timber surfaces are sensitive to humidity changes. 

If using a Furniture Polish:

  • It must not contain silicon as this may soften the coating and cause problems if the surface needs to be repaired at a later stage.
  • It must not contain ammonia as this may cloud the coating.
  • The polish should be applied sparingly to a soft cloth and applied in the direction of the grain.
  • Be careful not to rub too hard as this can have a ‘buffing’ effect and raise the gloss level of the surface coating. 
  • You can purchase an approved furniture polish called Spraywax from Croma Coatings or Twenty Two Service.Alternatively, enquire with the manufacturer of your furniture for stock.
  • Follow the manufacturer instructions on the label. 

Flooring, Decking, Lining boards & Dressed Hardwood:

All our flooring, decking, screening and dressed hardwood products are raw finished with no seal, stain or coating. Maintenance and care advice is to be taken from the manufacturer of any finishing product used by the customer ortheir representative.