Gate Finishing

Gate Finishing

At wooden Gate Timber Products Ltd, we supply all our gates completely bare as a standard so that customers can choose how they would like to finish the gates.

We have 3 approved options of finish..

  1. Clear Oil (tung nut oil)
  2. Quality exterior Gloss Paint*
  3.  Water/solvent based stain** with tung oil finish (option 1)

For methods of all method please click the option above…

* PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM MICRO POROUS FINISHES. We at Wooden gate Timber Products Ltd prefer the stain and oil method to painting and we can normally supply RAL Colour paint alternative (please see RAL chart below)

**  The stain referred to above is the stain that we supply, other forms of stain are sometime not acceptable and therefore Wooden Gate Timber Products Ltd will not be held responsible for the duration of lamination or timbers i.e. any/all warranties will be void. If unsure on products that can be used please email the product info to pete.woodengateco@gmail.com

RAL colour

Painting Your gates

Here at Wooden Gate Timber Products Ltd we prefer the staining and oiling method to painting mainly as surface coats such as paint can crack easily and allow moisture to enter the timber causing premature fatigue. We can supply most colour on the RAL chart in stain form, why not challenge us!

With this said, we understand people prefer to paint so we have put a little guide below to aid with this process..

Firstly, in preparation to applying the paints you will need to beware of a few points.

  • Make sure your applying in a well ventilated area
  • Make sure you use dust sheets* to protect you working area from spills/slashes
  • Use relevant personal protection equipment (PPE) such as overalls, nitril gloves, eye protection and respiration mask
  • Can be applied with brush
  • Make sure surfaces are clean and free from dust etc
  • STAY AWARE FROM MICRO POROUS FINISHES!!!

* Any material that is soaked in tung oil and or solvents must be laid flat to dry to prevent combustion!

Once ready to start, depending on the timber species you may need to use a knotting solution of any knots as these may appear through the timber at a later time.

Then when you are happy that you have covered any/all knots in the timber you will need to apply an undercoat/primer. You can get undercoat and primer in one tin these days which saves time and we have found to be very effective. We recommend around 3-4 coats, again depending on the timber type etc. The more undercoats you have, the protection the timber will have and the better your top coats will adhere, giving a better, longer lasting finish. you will need at least 24 hr between coats (check back of tin for details).

Note: Make sure to choose a undercoat colour similar to your final top coat!!

Once happy with the undercoats, you can start to apply your top coats. We again recommend around 3-4 top coats, having this many coats on will increase protection and look top quality!

We understand that not everyone has the facilities to stain, oil or paint your gates so we can provide the staining and initial 2 coats of oil. We can also paint you gates should you wish, please ask for more info.

*Please Note if we stain, oil or paint your gates etc this may add a considerable amount of time onto the order.

Stain Application

At Wooden gate Timber Products Ltd we strive to supply the best shades of stain. All our stains are supplied in water based form for ease of use and safe as possible (except Ebony, White Pigment, Grey and any other stain made from the RAL chart). Here is a brief instruction of how we recommend to apply..If staining and oiling, the best way to apply is to stain first so that you are happy with the shade then following the Oiling advise..

Firstly, in preparation to applying the stains you will need to beware of a few points.

  • Make sure your applying in a well ventilated area
  • Make sure you use dust sheets* to protect you working area from spills/slashes
  • Use relevant personal protection equipment (PPE) such as overalls, nitril gloves, eye protection and respiration mask
  • Can be applied with brush or lint free cloth*
  • Make sure surfaces are clean and free from dust etc

* Any material that is soaked in tung oil and or solvents must be laid flat to dry to prevent combustion!

Next we strongly advise you shake container(s) and test the shade of stain on an inconspicuous area or on sample of timber before applying to entire gate. The oiling method should not change the shade of stain by much as long as given enough time to dry.

Once you are happy to apply, it is sometimes advisable to rub gates over with a moist cloth to take any dust etc off surface, this will also help the stain absorb evenly.

To apply, use long even strokes on brush/cloth in desired areas, we recommend 2 coats normally (ebony, white, grey etc can sometime take up to 4-5 coats for depth of colour) allowing at least 24 hours between coats for drying, this can depend on temperature/humidity.

Once you staining is complete its time to apply your protection oil!

We understand that not everyone has the facilities to stain, oil or paint your gates so we can provide the staining and initial 2 coats of oil. We can also paint you gates should you wish, please ask for more info.

*Please Note if we stain, oil or paint your gates etc this may add a considerable amount of time onto the order.

 

 

Applying Tung Nut Oil

Using Tung nut Oil to protect you gates(exterior wood) has many benefits. Mainly it is easy to apply and its great at repelling water and other elements. This is a brief instruction of how to get the best out of the oil.

Firstly, in preparation to applying the Tung Nut Oil you will need to beware of a few points.

  • Make sure your applying in a well ventilated area
  • Make sure you use dust sheets* to protect you working area from spills/slashes
  • Use relevant personal protection equipment (PPE) such as overalls, nitril gloves, eye protection and respiration mask
  • Can be applied with brush or lint free cloth*
  • Make sure surfaces are clean and free from dust etc

* Any material that is soaked in tung oil and or solvents must be laid flat to dry to prevent combustion!

Application –

For new wood the first two coats of Tung Oil should be thinned up to 50% with white spirit, as this aids absorption, and should be applied liberally and evenly. When using a cloth, use a circular or figure of eight pattern to work into the wood, and apply until the wood stops absorbing. Allow to penetrate for 20-30 minutes before wiping off any excess with a lint-free cloth in the direction of the grain. The third and subsequent coats should be applied unthinned. For both interior and exterior wood 3-5 coats are recommended. The more oil that is applied in the year the better the protection and therefore the longer your gates will last.

Tung oil naturally has a matt to low-sheen finish, which can be buffed slightly with a very fine grade (000) wire wool. Care should be taken when using wire wool on oak, as any fibers left behind can react with the wood causing staining.

We understand that not everyone has the facilities to stain, oil or paint your gates so we can provide the staining and initial 2 coats of oil. We can also paint you gates should you wish, please ask for more info.

*Please Note if we stain, oil or paint your gates etc this may add a considerable amount of time onto the order.

Maintenance –

We recommend applying at least 1 coat each year, if extreme weather is experienced such as heat waves etc we advise applying more coats as needed.

If the finished experiences knocks/chips/discolouring etc this can be easily rectified by rubbing or sanding down effected area and re applying the tung oil to match original finish.

Drying Time –

When applying the first ‘thinned’ coats these will take around 24 hours to dry, however thick coats could take up to 3-4 days! (depending on weather conditions)