Wood Finishes

Whether you’re looking to build a bike shelter for employees, or revamp the exterior woodwork on a building project, Rawlins Paints has the right wood finish for you. We stock a comprehensive range of wood varnishes, stains, oils, protective finishes, and wood paint for both interior and exterior uses – pretty much every project you can think of is covered by a product in our range. Whatever you need, we can provide advice on the best wood finish to use, from heavy duty floor varnish to opaque wood paint, like Solignum's solvent based Architectural coating, or decking oil to Danish oil.

Contact our Technical Team if you’re unsure as to the best product for your needs – remember to consider if you need water or solvent based wood finishes, when you want to apply it, if it’s inside or out and whether it should be coloured or clear.

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Zinsser AllCoat Exterior Satin (Water Based)

Zinsser AllCoat Exterior Satin (Water Based) is a long lasting all surface paint offering up to 15 years performance, and is available in 4,000+ RAL, NCS and BS colours. Recommended for use on uPVC - read our blog post on painting uPVC doors and windows, or click here for commonly asked questions about painting uPVC Also suitable for...

Price £19.89 Regular price £24.86
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Zinsser AllCoat Exterior Gloss (Water Based)

Zinsser AllCoat Exterior Gloss (Water Based) is an ultimate performance all surface paint. Designed for the long-term decoration of timber, metal, masonry, plastic (UPVC), concrete, cladding and more, it forms a vapour-permeable, low maintenance water-shedding coating, re-coatable in 1 hour. Cracking, blistering and flaking resistant...

Price £15.66 Regular price £19.58
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Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Floor Paint

Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Floor Paint renovates and transforms wood, concrete and previously painted surfaces with a a hard wearing flat matt finish that is suitable for wooden floorboards or concrete flooring, resisting knocks and scratches. Water based with virtually no odour Highly concentrated, with exceptional coverage - Up to 14m² /...

Price £26.24
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Cromar AlphaChem Shed & Fence Treat

Cromar AlphaChem Shed & Fence Treat, a water based decorative timber treatment that brings to life the colour of new or previously treated timber. For use on sheds, gates, fences and timber posts Harmless to both animal and plant life Available in Dark Brown, Light Brown, Red Cedar and Green Trial application recommended Should NOT...

Price £3.75
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Teamac Danish Oil

Teamac Danish Oil, is hard, durable, water resistant seal for the enhancement of interior and exterior wood containing tung oil. Advantages Can be used for kitchen worktops, wooden panels, garden furniture and doors. Ideal to provide a more natural appearance on timber. Click to jump down to Technical Data Coverage Calculator...

Price £15.58
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Cromar Creotreat

Cromar Creotreat is an oil based timber treatment and stain for outside use on fences, sheds and timber posts. Untreated timber requires no special treatment Use stiff brush and apply to dry surfaces Good coverage, approx 1-4m2 per litre per coat More Information **Available for delivery - see Delivery Options below**

Price £9.46
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Sikagard Woodworm Killer

Sikagard Woodworm Killer is a ready to use woodworm treatment for the eradication of all types and life stages of wood boring insects and their larvae, specifically woodworm. It is a low solvent; low odour solution based on Micro-fine active technology with added insecticide to penetrate deep into the wood to actively kill and protect against...

Price £68.52
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Sikagard Wood Preserver

Sikagard Wood Preserver is a low solvent, low odour solution based on Micro-fine active technology. The fungicides and algaecides present in these formulations are finely dispersed so that wood penetration and hence effectiveness is much greater than standard wood preservation products. Ultra light fast pigments give an even fade resistant...

Price £82.80
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Sikagard Universal 5 Star Wood Treatment

Sikagard Universal 5 Star Wood Treatment is an all-in-one treatment for wet rot, dry rot, fungi and wood boring insects - it takes care of all your wood treatment and preservation needs in the one can. Solvent and VOC free Internal and external use Micro emulsion provides deep and even penetration Rapid drying Non-flammable Virtually...

Price £99.24
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KoverTek TekDur 2K Acid Catalyst Internal Use Wood Lacquer

Kovertek TekDur 2k Acid Catalyst Internal Use Wood Lacquer is a general purpose internal use wood lacquer for floors, doors, and timber substrates. Commonly used for the treatment, protection and beautification of wood in the coffin industry, bar tops, table tops, wooden floors, doors and skirtings. Pack includes Base and Activator...

Price £23.10
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KoverTek TekDur 1PK Pre-Cat Clear Interior Wood Lacquer

Kovertek TekDur 1PK Pre-Cat Clear Interior Wood Lacquer is a pre-catalysed wood lacquer available in a variety of finishes with sheen levels from 5% to 90% gloss. Pre-Cat lacquers are commonly used by kitchen manufacturers and furniture producers to provide a decorative yet hardwearing protective coating to the timber substrate. Recommended...

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Zinsser SealCoat

SealCoat™ is the perfect sanding sealer because it penetrates the surface, is non-yellowing, dries quickly and gives a rich tone to wood surfaces.  More Information **Available for delivery - see Delivery Options below**

Price £28.22
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Wood and timber finishes can be used to embellish the characteristics of the material, or protect its surface from spoiling under one of many conditions. Following sufficient preparation, most timber and wood surfaces, from panelling, flooring, beams and furnishings, to doors, window frames, sills and decking are ready for one of several treatments, coatings or paints:

  • Wood oil
  • Wood varnish
  • Wood and timber paint
  • Fire retardant paint
  • Wood stain
  • Wax
  • Lacquer
  • Shellac
  • Wood preservative
  • Wood dye
  • And many more

A number of these finishes are available to buy today at Rawlins Paints, and we have published articles on our blog on how to get the best wood finishes, or looked at product recommendations for a specific project.

The products stocked here are not for domestic, DIY or upcycling projects, and instead for renovation, restoration or new-build projects on a grand scale. From heritage sites and state homes, to churches, chapels and art galleries, products available at Rawlins Paints are better suited for high-end, feature focused work in locations such as:

  • Hotel foyers
  • Sports centres’ court surfaces
  • Agricultural structures
  • Exposed beams and timber frames in listed buildings
  • Public houses, bars, restaurants, cafes and nightclub counters, panelling and exposed stairs that require durable and decorative products to protect them from light to medium footfall, abrasion and where applicable, heat, water and exposure to sunlight and UV rays
  • Outhouses
  • Wine cellars
  • Office and public space corridors and wooden floors
  • Plus, many more scenarios within the workplace, retail sector and public buildings

There are three primary types of wood finishes:

  • Evaporative
    • Wax is one example, where through its application process it is dissolved in turpentine to form a soft paste. As the distillation process continues, a wax residue is left over on the surface
  • Reactive
    • These types of finishes include the use of solvents and white spirits as a base, which then change chemically as the product cures. Examples are varnishes, linseed or Tung oil
  • Coalescing
    • Water-based finishes tend to fall into the coalescing category. Several wood finishes available at Rawlins Paints are water-based, some with solvent-based counterparts, too

Key criteria for clear wood finishes, where the underlying substrate’s grain is frequently required to be embellished, are:

  • Cost efficiency and subsequent maintenance – cleaning regimes or further refinishing also routinely required
  • Final appearance
    • Colour
    • Darkening of the wood
    • Gloss, matt or satin finish
  • Level of protection offered
  • Durability
  • Safety, VOCs, application requirements
  • Water-resistance

Water resistance is frequently a key requirement – to protect against spills, splashes and light-cleaning products.

Please refer to product datasheets for further information on:

  • Product thinning
    • Some manufacturers encourage a product to be thinned for improved coverage rates
  • Drying times
  • Recoatable
  • Maintenance requirements
  • Storage of products after use
  • Cleaning of application equipment
  • VOCs and full chemical make-up of a product
  • Whether a product can or must not be stirred

There are so many products and finishes available, that to cover all application and finishing methods per product type would be nearly impossible. So, please visit our blog or contact us for application and ‘best finish’ tips per product.

Bear in mind that water-based and solvent-based products may dry / cure to leave a different result – solvent coatings may be slightly darker, but ultimately are more durable. Wood stains will also soak into the wood or timber and therefore cannot be sanded down, whereas varnishes can be applied as a durable topcoat that can be sanded down or planed to remove it.

Please contact our Technical Support Team if you are unsure which product will deliver the correct finish you require, or test a product on a small off-cut or hidden surface area first, to see to result you will get upon full application.

Finishes for Interior Woodwork

We stock a vast range of surface preparation and finishes for internal use, whether it’s the inside of garden sheds, log cabins, window frames, doors, wooden window trim, wooden floors, kitchen worktops, bar surfaces or furniture.

Depending on your project, you may want to use wood oils which sink deep into the grain of the wood. Often easier to apply than varnishes, wood oils are great for repairs and maintenance on wooden floors and surfaces. Or you may want to choose a heavy-duty varnish if your surface is going to need to be very heard wearing.

Polyurethane clear floor coatings are oil based varnishes that give a good finish to wooden floors, while also being very durable. Coo-Var Polyurethane Clear Floor Coating is particularly good for high traffic areas like restaurant floors, as it gives a hard glaze and a surface that’s easy to clean. Durable and low-maintenance, it’s a good option for floors that need to be hardwearing.

For a finish that offers good protection from spillages and stains, Timberex Hard-Wax Oil works well. It’s a hybrid product somewhere between a traditional oil and a coating and can be used on lots of different surfaces including wood floors, furniture and kitchen worktops to give a protected yet decorative finish. 

Decorative Wood Finishes

If you’re looking for specific wood paint colours, we have creative options such as Blackfriar Metallic Paint. For interior and exterior wooden surfaces, metallic paint gives an enriched and gilded finish to your woodwork, making your project stand out from the crowd. Particularly good for public areas such as restaurants, pubs, dining areas and anywhere that needs a bit of decorative flair.

Ardenbrite also offer similar wood paints, with a beautiful metallic finish. Choose from Ardenbrite Metallic Paint (Water Based) or Ardenbrite Metallic Paint (Solvent Based) depending on the needs of your specific project.

For a satin-finish wood paint, Mathys Fassilux Aqua XPE Satin can be used on interior and exterior timber and gives a lovely scratch resistant finish. Or for a fast drying, non-yellowing gloss enamel, you could choose Bedec Aqua-Advanced Gloss, guaranteed to keep the colour true.

If you’re not looking to recolour your woodwork, then you could choose a Danish Oil product. Coo-Var Danish Oil gives a very durable, water resistant seal to wood, and can be used on exterior woodwork and interior woodwork. Danish oil brings out the natural beauty of the wood and enhances its appearance, without drastically changing the colour of the finish.

A blend of oils specifically for hardwood, Coo-Var Teak Oil works well on wooden furniture or if you’re looking for a shinier finish, Coo-Var Polyurethane Varnish is a hard wearing, clear varnish that can also be used on interior or exterior timber. With a choice of eggshell, matt and gloss finishes, it’s particularly good for kitchen worktops, furniture and interior doors.

Exterior Woodwork Finishes

Outdoor wooden furniture, fences, sheds and various other timber also needs decorating and protecting. As it’s obviously subject to potentially harsh weather conditions, the protection from Blackfriar's Gold Star wood preservative is different than for indoor woodwork. We stock external varnish, external wood stain and external floor paint for various uses, including waterproofing external walls and floors.

Please note that Jotun Butinox products have now been discontinued by the manufacturer, and replaced by:

Click here for the full range of exterior wood finishes, including products from Ardenbrite, Bedec, Blackfriar, Coo-Var, Jotun, Mathys, Rust-Oleum, Solignum, Teamac, Timberex, Wethertex and Zinsser.

Decking Oil and Protection

Timber decking finishes, whether it’s garden decking or boat decking need to be carefully considered based on the requirements of the surface area, usage and environment. If you need more waterproof protection, or want something for specific wood, such as teak decking for boats, then contact our Technical Team for advice.

It’s important to prepare decking properly before applying any kind of timber decking finishes. Non-slip decking properties, fire retardant decking or sprayable decking stain… whatever you’re looking for we can help you out.

Solignum Timber Decking Oil is an oil that can be applied with a brush and provides protection at the same time as enhancing the appearance of the wood. For teak and hardwoods, Teamac Teak Oil gives a good water resistance coating thanks to its blend of natural oils and silicone. You can use this inside and outside to ensure your hardwood is beautiful and protected.