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3 high performance wood care products introduction

Listed under Blog Posted Feb 04 2014

In this post, Adam Bermingham, Traditional Painter in Roscommon, Ireland, gives his first impressions of 3 high performance wood care products from Paints & Interiors. We have a wood-stain, a linseed oil & Ultra-Matt Varnish…

High performance wood care products

wood finishingA while back now Ben at Paints & Interiors sent me some samples to test.

After seeing the work that I do & he thought these products would meet some of my needs in the workshop.

Paints & Interiors is run the way all suppliers in our trade should be – a local company run by people who have spent years working in, and continue to work in the trade, so they know what is important to their customers. With so much technical and practical knowledge at their fingertips, they can offer a more bespoke service and offer ‘that little bit more’ than the big chains.

Wood Finishing Products Tested

Recently I have been so busy with Hand Painted Kitchens that I haven’t had a chance to use the products in a live situation. So in some down time I made up a test board from a piece of pine…

wood finishing

From right to left on the board above; Rigostep Skylt Ultramatt Varnish, Eico Impregnating Floor Oil & water-based wood-stain.

Rigostep Skylt Ultramatt Varnish

This varnish does exactly what it says on the tin. It is almost 100% invisible. A real waste of time on pine unless waterproofing & protection is your only concern. But for its intended use, hard wood floors, I can see it would be perfect. A 3 coat system, clear protective coating allowing the natural beauty of the timber to speak for itself.

wood finishing

It is extremely quick drying for a product of this type. Imagine a situation of hardwood steps on a staircase. A coat could be applied early in the morning & depending on drying conditions the homeowner would have access to upstairs in the evening. Alternatively further coats can be applied in a shortened timescale.

The application is a simple 2-component mix, but be careful to only mix the amount you require for each coat. Brush marks are visible on the surface when first applied but don’t worry about this, in only 10-15 minutes they won’t be visible at all.

My brush of choice in all clear & translucent coating is the fantastic Wooster Alpha from My Paint Brush.


Of the 3 wood finishing products, this is my favorite. I hope to make this a mainstay in the workshop in the future. It’s thin, so be careful when applying. Simply brush on & leave to soak into the wood. Then it’s a matter of removing the excess with the wipe of a lint free cloth.

This will take a bit of trial & error on your part. Working out the time between application & excess removal to achieve the perfect shade of stain you require. The image below shows the stain after around 5 minutes…

wood finishing

If you are thinking that it doesn’t look 100%, read on, we can make this sing…

Linseed Oil

I have been using oils on timber for a number of years & this is a particularly good one. Especially after stain it accentuates the grain & leaves smooth protective finish.

As a system these two products, the stain & the oil are ideal for my requirements. Take a look at what they can do together…wood finishing

In conclusion, I have been very impressed with all three of these products. As a stand alone product the varnish brings something new in terms of drying time & invisibility. As a system the stain & oil work very well together & I really like the look & feel.

As I say, I work a lot with oils and potions to enhance the look of wood grain and protect it from the elements. We have articles throughout the Traditional Painter website on Osmo, Owatrol, Patina and others. Each has their place, some are substitutes, but usually there is a case for selecting one product over another, and there is no substitute for experience in making the right selection.

Paints and Interiors are members of the Trade Corner, a trusted supplier and highly recommended source of information and product advice for Osmo, Skylt, Keim, Alcro and other Scandinavian paints.

Joseph & Sons kitchen painting furniture painting West IrelandSpecialist painter and decorator, Adam Bermingham, is a member of the Traditional Painter UK network. He is the first port of call for hand painted furniture and kitchens Ireland.

Joseph & Son is Adam & Tom Bermingham, a father & son team with diverse backgrounds covering specialist painting and decorating, antiques and interior design.


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