Sherwin-Williams Macropoxy 400

Macropoxy 400 (formerly known as Sherwin-Williams Macropoxy C400V3) multi-functional epoxy zinc phosphate coating is suitable for the protection of steelwork in a range of exposure environments from C1 to C5. It was recently used on The Shard (London) for corrosion protection. Recommended Uses Buildings Car parks Petrochemical plants...

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Sherwin-Williams Acrolon C137V2

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...

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Thermoguard Thermocoat W

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,...

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Rust-Oleum 7100NS Anti-Slip Floor Coating

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...

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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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Coo-Var Aluminium Wood Primer

Coo-Var Aluminium Wood Primer is an oil based primer that contains aluminium. Used primarily to prevent staining on knotted or resinous timber. Easy to apply. Product Features Also works as a heavy duty primer Resists resin staining Resists blistering of topcoats Interior/Exterior use Semi-matt finish Coverage Calculator

Price £23.90
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Coo-Var Matt Black (Water Based)

Coo-Var Matt Black Water Based is a high opacity flat black acrylic coating providing a finish to internal surfaces anywhere a non-reflective surface is required. Product Features Water-based Less odours than solvent-based Fast drying Non-reflective Decorative Apply directly to wood and masonry Can be used on cement Coverage...

Price £16.04
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Coo-Var P101 2 Pack Polyurethane Varnish

Coo-Var P101 2 Pack Polyurethane Varnish is a clear aliphatic polyurethane coating which provides a hard wearing protective coating for wooden floors, both inside or outside. Product Details For interior and exterior use Suitable surfaces: Wood Finish: Gloss Application: Roller, brush or airless spray Coverage Calculator

Price £147.69
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Coo-Var MDF Primer

Coo-Var MDF Primer is a quick drying, water based primer for MDF surfaces. It can be used to prime MDF furniture, desks, doors and more. Extremely easy to apply. Product Features For interior use Matt finish A white water based primer Suitable surfaces: MDF Finish: Matt Application: Brush Drying time: Touch Dry 30 mins or 2 hours...

Price £19.09
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Coo-Var Acrylic Varnish

Coo-Var Acrylic Varnish is a water based clear gloss varnish. An ideal alternative to solvent based products. For inside use only. Product Features Quick drying Safer alternative to solvent-based products Gloss & Eggshell finishes Interior use Four tin sizes available Coverage Calculator

Price £19.59
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Coo-Var Ebony Black

Coo-Var Ebony Black provides a classic black finish with low sheen which makes it ideal for ironwork, beams, downpipes, radiators etc. Suitable for both interior and exterior applications. Product Features Can be applied to wood, metal and masonry Decorative Multi-purpose Classic, black finish Interior and exterior use Coverage...

Price £18.48
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Coo-Var Yacht & Seaplane Varnish

Coo-Var Yacht and Seaplane Varnish is a traditional marine quality UV resistant varnish. Coo-Var Yacht and Seaplane Varnish can be used over existing paintwork to increase gloss finish and weather resistance. Woodwork Doors Gates Facias Wooden garage doors For interior or exterior use Coverage Calculator

Price £17.31
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Coo-Var Clear Glaze for Wooden Floors

Coo-Var Clear Glaze for Wooden Floors can be used on wooden and concrete floors to provide a quick drying and protective clear coat. A water based product for both domestic and commercial use. Product Features Quick drying Protective, clear coat Domestic/Commercial use Low odour Ideal for use where fast drying and no solvent smell is...

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Coo-Var Acrylic Primer Sealer Undercoat

Coo-Var Acrylic Primer Sealer Undercoat is a water-based, low odour primer ideal for plaster preparation or any wood surface which requires priming inside or out. Fast drying and easily applied. Product Features Fast drying Exterior/Interior use Matt finish Three tin sizes Apply with roller, brush or spray Coverage Calculator

Price £16.38
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Coo-Var Eggshell

Coo-Var Eggshell is an interior and exterior oil-based finish for primed wood, metal and masonry that dries to a white eggshell finish. Product Features Interior/Exterior use Decorative Eggshell/Satin finish Suitable for wood, metal or masonry Off-white finish Great for Tudor brickwork and beams Coverage Calculator

Price £14.24
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Coo-Var Penetrating Wood Primer

Coo-Var Penetrating Wood Primer is an oil based high quality primer. Ideal for any wood surface which requires priming inside or outside. For interior and exterior use Single pack Suitable surfaces: Wood and soft woods Finish: Semi Matt Application: Roller, brush or spray Drying time: Touch dry 3 hours or 8 hours hard dry Overcoat...

Price £17.75
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Coo-Var Danish Oil

Coo-Var Danish Oil is a hard, durable, water resistant seal for the enhancement of interior and exterior wood containing tung oil. Product Features Harder finish than teak oil Durable Water resistant Slight gloss finish Coverage Calculator

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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.