The range of commercial finishing products suitable for on-site applications is wide and ever growing. It is impracticable for a manufacturer of a timber facing product to be abreast of all of the alternatives available and provide specific recommendations for each of them. Accordingly, the TIMBECK recommendation for on-site finishing is ....
choose a quality product from a reputable manufacturer and accurately follow their recommendations for preparation, application and coats.
While adhering to specific manufacturer's instructions, there are some basic fundamentals which will assist in ensuring the best outcome for any on-site finishing.
All sanding should be with a good quality 400 grit wet and dry paper.
Panels should be slightly sanded prior to first coating.
Subsequent sanding between coats is then required to remove the "nibs" from previous coats.
Sanding is best undertaken with the abrasive paper wrapped around a light-weight block - correctly handled, this will ensure that a flat surface is in contact with flat surfaces of the timber.
Leaving any external timber cladding to weather naturally is not good practice and is not recommended (Western Red Cedar is no exception).
The application of an appropriate clear or lightly pigmented coating system should be employed.
For more details on the implications of leaving Western Red Cedar to weather naturally, see the “Finishing & Coating” section of the web site.
TIMBECK believes that in all cases, the best options for any project are the higher quality products and that they be applied by skilled tradesmen.
Choose a quality product from a reputable manufacturer and accurately follow their recommendations for preparation, application and coats.