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Langlow Patina – does what it says on tin

Listed under Blog, products Posted Jun 27 2011

I have used Langlow Patina on bare timber for years – table tops, desktops or handrails.

As they say, don’t oil it, wax it or polish it, patina it. It has the looks of all the antiquing type polishes, but is really tough and zero to low maintenance.

More durable by far than Danish Oil on kitchen worktops, it is such a good wood sealer. It even got applied to wooden finishing pieces on this fantastic Little Greene painted AVL loom!

Patina is a polyurethane jelly. 2 thin coats applied by lint-free rag (put on in circles finished off along the grain) 4 hours between coats and you have completely protected bare timber from wear and tear, hot cups and general usage.

The sales blurb from Langlow Patina suppliers, Mackay, really does match up to the reality.

The protection of polyurethane and the beauty of wax- without the problem of either. Can be applied in minutes with just a cloth.

Patina brings out the natural warmth and colour that is already lying dormant in the grain of the wood, and gives lasting protection. Produces an instant, professional, antique finish in minutes. Patina helps to protect against water rings, heat marks, alcohol: used by antique restorers and collectors: replaces shellac, varnish sealers and wax.

Furthermore, you can tint Patina with oil stainer or even oil paints. I did a jet black Patina finish on a mahogany dining table, pre digital camera days – it looked fantastic even though I say so myself. The 320 gm tubs go a long way. Put it this way, I have never carried more than one in stock and never run out doing table tops.

Only once has it not performed impeccably, and to this day neither I, nor the tech support team have any idea why it lost its sheen. Could have reacted with some impregnated wood treatment? but genuinely, it is an otherwise fit and forget easy-to-use product that I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone restoring table tops.

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19 comments to “Langlow Patina – does what it says on tin”

  1. George

    Hi. The only problem I have with Patina is that now the weather is turning colder I’m finding that the Patina takes a day or two dry.
    In the summer it was ok.
    Any tips for cold weather use.

  2. Andy Crichton

    Make sure the Patina is applied in very thin layers, and as it is for indoor use, you should have a reasonable ambient temperature, keep the work out of draughts.

  3. Ian Mathews

    Hi. I want to revitalize a rough old wooden floor that has previously been stained black about 15 years ago. Can I safely use this product and do you recommend that I use it in it’s present form, or add some more stain to it ?

  4. Andy Crichton

    I would tend to look for an Osmo floor product. Applying the gel by hand would be a mammoth job.

  5. Lizzie

    Hi, would you recommend Langlow Patina for restoring tired solid wood kitchen work surfaces? Last time we sanded them right down then used several coats of ronseal antibacterial worktop oil but it looked tired again in very little time. This time want to get it right as its quite a lot of work! Thanks.

  6. Andy Crichton

    check out this kitchen and the blog linked to it, from Martin in Staffs. He is a big fan. What sort of timber is it? The trick is to apply very thin coats.


    Hi, how does it cope with outside; specifically a boat?

  8. Andy Crichton

    I was told it has been “officially” tested outside on furniture, it does resist weather for several years, but there is no official recommendation for its durablity outside. So, user beware outside.

    On a boat, I would say don’t even go there! There are better marine alternatives to Patina, which is basically a convenient and reliable interior polyurethane varnish in gel form.

  9. Esther

    Hello! I’m about to renovate a pine tabletop and am keen to use the langlow patina. However, I would very much rather stain the wood as I don’t really like the colour of natural pine. Can I use some Luberon wood dye before applying the patina? I couldn’t find any oil stainers as you’ve mentioned in the article and am afraid to make a mistake with the quantities… what would be your recommendation? Thanks very much for all the information you provide in any case!

  10. Liz Camp

    I am about to strip back my pine table top and use Langlow Patina. However, i really dont want any of the orange-ness of pine. I’m not sure from the descriptions if this product has any colour in it at all.

  11. Tony B

    I have some newly installed quality oak veneer doors and i have been recommended to use Patina. Is it suitable for veneers and doors?

  12. Val

    Can patina be used for an exterior handrail which is had timber ?

  13. Andy Crichton

    It is recommended for interiors, on bare timber.

  14. Andrew Hynes

    Hi, I have a oak veneered table which has never seen the light of day, being covered by several different layers table clothes etc to ‘protect it’, from day one. I have now given it 5 coats of Patina, a light polish with a 0000 wire wool pad and then a final coat of Patina to protect the surface from hot plates etc. Having left it for a couple of days it feel smooth with no tackiness but it also doesn’t look or feel and different than when I started. Before you could feel the grain of the vineer and now you still can. Which leads me to wonder, is it possible to apply Patine to thinly? Surely not. Also, having hopefully completed the job, what do I do next to maitain the surface? Many thanks.

  15. Andy Crichton

    Better too thin than too thick! What you have done sounds alright. Down the road, it may or may not show scratches or damage depending on how it is used. (Constant attention from piles of clothes will probably polish it up over time.)

    Table tops, I would always advise coasters and mats. Patina is great with hot cups, for instance, but I’d let Patina qualities cope with accidents for a long time, rather than beat up the surface as a matter of course.

    Any maintenance is likely to be isolated (thin coat) touch ups, as and when, rather than set yourself a schedule.

  16. Lauren

    I love the look of the Patina pine table top in another post of yours. I live in Australia and cannot seem to find anyone who stocks/ships this product in Aus. What is the next best thing to give a similar finish? or is there any other brands that you know of that I might be able to find in Aus?

  17. Andy Crichton

    No idea on brand names I’m afraid. Look for a polyurethane gel, you might strike lucky.

  18. Damian

    Hi – I have a previously Danish oiled pine table which has gone patchy. I’ve used Patina successfully on bare wood, but never previously treated. Would you recommend sanding the table back down to bare or could I apply the Patina on top?

  19. Andy Crichton

    Clear Patina is basically a polyurethane gel, and will not even out uneven surfaces. I would thoroughly prepare the surface first, til you have it even.

    As an aside, Patina can be tinted with oil paint or stainers, down to black if you wanted. Obviously a dark stain will reduce the impact of patchiness, but general rule of thumb with natural timber finishes, it is usually best to start with thorough preparation.

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