CLEARANCE - Axalta ViterClad 50 Finish

Axalta ViterClad 50 Finish is a two pack recoatable polyurethane finish specially formulated for the maintenance and repainting of architectural cladding, especially recommended for the maintenance of Corus Colorcoat HP200 and HPS200 cladding. Available in 350+ colours Expected system lifetime up to 15 years (depending on exposed...

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CLEARANCE - Bradite One Can

Bradite One Can is a quick-drying primer/finish coat in one can, with excellent adhesion, stain blocking and anti-corrosive properties. Suitable for use over most properly cleaned and prepared commercial wood, uPVC, glass, plastic and metals. Manufactured under the auspices of an ISO 9001:2008 & ISO 14001:2004. Advantages Available in...

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CLEARANCE - Bradite Industrial Degreaser

Bradite Industrial Degreaser is an aqueous alkaline low foaming detergent used for degreasing contaminated surfaces prior to painting. Ideally suited for degreasing oily or soiled surfaces and for removing road dirt. Manufactured under the auspices of an ISO 9001:2008 & ISO 14001:2004. Advantages Biodegradable in general use...

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CLEARANCE - Bradite Pre-Treat Galvanised Steel

Bradite Pre-Treat Galvanised Steel is a mordent solution used as a pre-treatment for galvanised steel, to provide a key for all paint primers and finishes. Easy to use solution; clean up with water after use. Advantages British gas reference BGC MO1. Department of Transport Item NO:155. ISO 9001:2008 ISO 140001:2004 1 x 1l available...

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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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Blackfriar Quick Drying Varnish

Blackfriar Quick Drying Varnish transforms your interior wooden surfaces. Available in a range of five natural shades, it provides a hardwearing, quick-drying finish. For all types of interior wood Tough and durable Easy to clean water-based formulation Apply via brush, roller or spray Quick drying - touch dry in just 1 hour and...

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Blackfriar Polyurethane Varnish

Blackfriar Polyurethane Varnish transforms interior woodwork. This tough and durable varnish brings out the natural grain and colours of wooden surfaces – and protects them from household stains including hot water. For all types of interior wood. It is tough and durable, resists hot water splashes and dilute acids and is solvent based....

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Blackfriar High Gloss Paint

Blackfriar High Gloss Paint is specially formulated to provide a hard-wearing finish with increased flexibility meaning it lasts longer than ordinary gloss paints. It is tough and durable, and can be used on internal and external surfaces. Product Features For metal, wood, plaster and more Long lasting finish Tough & durable...

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Blackfriar Matt Black Paint

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.

Price £14.78
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Blackfriar Wood Dye

Blackfriar Wood Dye penetrates deep into wood to enrich the colour of bare timber. It can be used on new interior and exterior timber, plywood and chipboard. Plus you can also mix the dye colours to create your own individual shades. Available In 9 wood shades Ideal for new and bare timber. Great for plywood and chipboard....

Price £14.17
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Blackfriar Metallic Paint

Blackfriar Metallic Paint is a bright metallic finish for decorating and gilding ornamental plasterwork, wood, metal railings, picture frames, models, fleur-de-lis, memorabilia & furniture. Product Features Washable surface Tough & durable Interior and exterior use Fast drying Water-based

Price £23.96
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Blackfriar French Polish

Blackfriar French Polish provides a classic fine finish for wood. It is suitable for new, stained, or previously French Polished wood and brings out the natural beauty of wooden surfaces. Fast drying times - Touch dry in 15 - 30 minutes. Recoat after 1 hour. Interior use High gloss, fine finish Shellac based Recoat after 1 hour Use on...

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Blackfriar Raw Linseed Oil

Blackfriar Raw Linseed Oil penetrates deep into wood, nourishing it from within. It is ideal for oak beams, cricket bats and bean canes. Nourishes and protects all wood Penetrates deep into wood Suitable for most woods Interior and exterior use Can also be used for softening glazing putty Applies by brush or rag Good coverage of up to...

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Blackfriar Boiled Linseed Oil

Blackfriar Boiled Linseed Oil Penetrates deep into wood, providing an attractive ruby tint with a light gloss finish. Blackfriar Boiled Linseed Oil can be used inside and outside and is ideal for bare woods except oak, and is also useful for softening metal glazing putty. Product Features Interior and exterior use. Nourishes and protects...

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Blackfriar Teak Oil

Blackfriar Teak Oil protects and revives wood – especially hard woods, teak and Scandinavian furniture. Protects against weathering and greying by nourishing and feeding the wood. Product Details Protects against weathering and greying Nourishes and feeds wood Reduces surface splitting For interior and exterior use Solvent-based

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Blackfriar Button Polish

Blackfriar Button Polish can be used on new, stained, or previously French Polished wood for a classic look. It produces a high gloss finish based on Button Shellac. Product Features Interior use. High gloss, fine finish. Shellac based. Use on new, stained or previously French polished wood.

Price £7.06
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Timberex Aqua

A range of water-based stains for interior use that penetrate deep into the wood for a lasting colour effect without losing the ‘wood’ look. The stains are fastdrying, allowing the topcoat to be applied within a few hours, minimizing time and costs.

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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, 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.