Protect scaffolding wood
- 04 Feb, 2021
Probably the most popular wood for the garden at the moment: Scaffolding wood! It is a soft type of wood that must absolutely be protected against moisture, otherwise your beautiful garden set, lounge sofa or flower box will almost completely perish within one season. In this article all information about the treatment of scaffolding wood.
What is scaffolding wood?
Scaffolding wood does not come from the scaffolding wood tree (believe me, I once had the question). Scaffolding wood has been a trend for several years in which furniture and accessories are made from - usually used - scaffolding planks. These planks often come directly from the construction site where they were actually used on the scaffolding. The use of the scaffolding planks gave the wood a beautiful brown / gray color. This color is caused by dirt and cement residues that are walked into the planks by the construction workers during construction. Nowadays it also happens due to enormous popularity that planks are artificially aged. These planks cannot be distinguished from original scaffolding planks, they have the same beautiful characteristic appearance.
Scaffolding wood is almost always spruce, a soft wood from northern Scandinavia. Spruce wood is a relatively inexpensive building material, suitable for indoor use. Spruce is quite sensitive to moisture and has a tendency to work extremely under the influence of moisture and temperature differences. There is a risk that the work of the wood will cause screws in the furniture to snap, or that entire furniture will bend. It is therefore very important to protect the wood against moisture.
Protect scaffolding wood
So it is clear that scaffolding wood must be protected when it is used outdoors. That can be done in different ways:
Usually applied as a transparent liquid, it often gives a brownish tint to the wood. Sometimes also available as a color wash with which the wood can be given a specific color, for example gray or white wash.
Opaque or semi-transparent finish. Partially absorbs into the wood, which protects the wood against UV radiation and moisture.
3. Nano coating
Relatively new water-based product that also penetrates the wood and protects the wood against moisture and UV radiation. The nano coating makes wood a so-called hydrophobic. Water no longer has the chance to penetrate into the wood. In addition, nano coating has a very big advantage in our opinion; the wood discolours 0%. Nano coating is therefore completely colorless, so the beautiful color of the scaffolding wood used remains intact.
Treat scaffolding wood for indoor use
We receive more and more questions about the treatment of indoor scaffolding wood. You would like to preserve the natural color of the scaffolding wood, but you also do not want stains or circles on your furniture. Nano coating is also very suitable for this. The way of treatment is exactly the same as the treatment of outdoor furniture. Simply apply over the untreated scaffolding wood and let it dry. You do not have to be afraid of stains, it dries colorless. After treatment, your furniture is protected against all liquids and even against stains from pasta sauce, red wine and coffee, for example. Because indoor furniture often suffers less from wear and tear, you do not have to repeat the treatment as often. How often it should be exactly for your furniture is just a matter of trying. If liquids no longer roll off the wood nicely, it may be time to apply a new layer.