Sherwin-Williams Acrolon C137V2 (formerly Resistex C137V2) is a high performance, fast drying acrylic urethane gloss finish for use where long term exterior gloss and colour retention characteristics are required. Acrolon C137V2 is suitable for use as a final coat(s) in conjunction with epoxy or polyurethane based protective systems for new...
Thermoguard Thermocoat W is a White Intumescent Paint for steel, structural steel and cast iron: Up to 90 minutes’ fire resistance Can be overcoated with compatible decorative topcoat Water-based Low odour Environmentally friendly Cost effective for large projects Certificate of supply available on request Can be applied by brush,...
The ultimate performance shellac-based primer-sealer and stain killer for interior and spot exterior use. Offers unparalleled adhesion to glossy surfaces (including glass) without the need for scuff sanding and blocks stubborn and persistent stains. Available in more than 90 colours from RAL and BS shades (1L, 2.5L, 5L only). • Ultimate...
Rust-Oleum 7100NS Anti-Slip Floor Coating is an easy to apply, solvent based anti-slip floor coating: For foot traffic, interior and exterior Anti-slip additive is premixed in the coating For use on old concrete (>2 yrs), metal and wood Unique uniform appearance, high gloss Touch dry: 6 hours, coverage: 8m² per litre Available in...
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.
Blackfriar Quick Drying Exterior Woodstain stains, protects and finishes all-in-one. Designed for all exterior timber, hard or softwood, rough or smooth. Ideal for window and door frames, cladding, fences and sheds. May be used inside on wood not exposed to heavy wear. Due to it being quick drying, a job can be completed in one day. Product...
Blackfriar Polyurethane Floor Varnish provides the perfect finish for most wooden floors. Provides an attractive, durable and protective finish which is easy to clean and seals the surface against dirt. Product Features Interior use. For all types of wood. Tough and durable. Resistant to hot water splashes, dilute acids/alkalis and some...
Jotun Visir Clear Primer is a special water repellent primer that contains powerful fungicides against wood rotting fungi, and film fungicides to protect against surface moulds. Jotun Visir Clear Primer binds loose wood fibres and provides a good surface for further treatment, and contains added agents to protect woodwork against dangerous UV...
Zinsser AllCoat Exterior Satin (Water Based) is a long lasting all surface paint offering up to 15 years performance. 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 timber, metal, masonry, plastic, concrete, cladding,...
Zinsser AllCoat Exterior Gloss (Water Based) is the ultimate performance all-surface paint designed for long term decoration and protection. Cracking, blistering and flaking resistant Weather resistant Long lasting finish Easy to apply Available in a wide range of RAL & BS colours Excellent colour retention Multi-surface...
Jotun Visir Pigmented Primer is a special water based, water repellent primer that contains powerful fungicides against wood rotting fungi, and film fungicides to protect against surface moulds. Jotun Visir Pigmented Primer binds loose wood fibres and provides a good surface for further treatment.
Jotun Demidekk Decking and Garden Stain is a water-based wood oil for outdoor use. It is a special product for treating outdoor wood and pressure impregnated woods that are used, for example, in the construction of patio decking, balcony floors, garden furniture and pergolas.
Blackfriar Matt Black Paint is a matt black non-reflective paint which is ideal for interior metal, wood and plaster. Recommended for timber beams, iron work, stage scenery and darkrooms. A practical and versatile product. Product Features Matt black. Non-reflective. Interior use. For wood, metal and plaster.
Jotun Demidekk Translucent Woodstain (recommended replacement for the discontinued Jotun Butinox 1) is a water based transparent treatment for exterior wood, based on a unique combination of alkyd/acrylic resins and reinforced with components blocking UV radiation. This offers better protection than the standard translucent stain products and...
Jotun Demidekk Ultimate (replacing the now discontinued Jotun Butinox 2 and Butinox Futura 3) is an opaque, waterborne exterior wood protection coating with very good colour stability and long maintenance cycles. Opaque wood protection Excellent fungal resistance Tough, durable & aesthetic Suitable for new, previously painted or...
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
- 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
- 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:
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Darkening of the wood
- Gloss, matt or satin finish
- Level of protection offered
- Safety, VOCs, application requirements
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
- 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:
- Jotun Demidekk Translucent Woodstain is now available as alternative to Jotun Butinox 1
- Jotun Demidekk Ultimate is available as an alternative to Jotun Butinox 2
- Jotun Demidekk Ultimate is available as an alternative to Jotun Butinox Futura 3
Click here for the full range of exterior wood finishes, including products from Ardenbrite, Bedec, Blackfriar, Coo-Var, Everbuild, 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.