Advantages of an oil or stain finish
- Prolongs lifespan
- Protects against the elements
- Protects against fine dust
- Helps maintain colour
- Enhances architectural aesthetics
Colourless oil and stain fill the pores of the wood, providing optimal protection against moisture while leaving the grain of the wood clearly visible. If you prefer to keep the original colour of the wood, choose a lightly pigmented oil. The ideal oil colour type depends on the wood itself. For lasting results, we advise a two-coat finish consisting of Rubio Monocoat Sunprimer HWP and Rubio Monocoat Hybrid Wood Protector. For thermo ash, for example, we recommend Rubio Monocoat Sunprimer HWP Look Ipé and Rubio Monocoat Hybrid Wood Protector Look Ipé.
Top trending colours
Black is hot
Black finishes are having a moment thanks to their ability to create a stylish and streamlined look and an aura of calm. Garden architects in particular are fond of black. The fresh tints of greenery and the colourful brilliance of flowers pop out against the backdrop of a black wooden gate, fence or exterior cladding. Shades of black are also turning up more frequently in interiors. Interior wall cladding in black exudes chic, allowing the rest of the interior decor scheme to shine.
We can apply a black finish to thermo ash, thermo pine and oak. A two-coat finish is advised for best results, with the choice of product depending on the desired intensity of colour. For example, Rubio Monocoat Sunprimer HWP Charcoal used with Rubio Monocoat Hybrid Wood Protector Black will give a less intense result than Rubio Monocoat Sunprimer HWP Black with Rubio Monocoat Hybrid Wood Protector Black. If you want to ramp up the intensity even further, feel free to ask us for advice.
Advice from our wood specialists
If black seems a little too hard as the foundation colour for your project, opt for charcoal. Also known as anthracite, this dark grey tint looks nearly black in just the right light, but gives a less stark impression than standard black.
Shades of grey
Untreated wood often weathers unevenly as the effects of weather conditions, dirt and UV rays affect only exposed sections. To complement our pre-weathering treatment, you may decide to opt for an additional oil finish. A single application of Rubio WoodCream Transparent #0 will ensure equal weathering over a period of about one year, with repeat application not generally required. Treatment with Rubio WoodCream Aged #2 immediately creates a light-grey tint, with repeat application recommended after one to two years.
Oils and stains for wood are available in a rainbow of colours. Besides natural tints, black, charcoal and grey, we can also apply a wide range of unique and original colours to our many sustainable wood varieties. Both indoors and outdoors, these provide just as much protection against the elements and fine dust. With such a large assortment of colours to choose from, picking the right wood oil or stain for your project can be difficult. Please do not hesitate to ask us for any advice you may need. We monitor developments to ensure that we keep up with the latest colour trends. Ancient white, matcha green and ochre tints are among the most popular at present.
United Colours of Carpentier
Our assortment of oak ceiling and wall cladding includes an exclusive range of rough sawn oak in weathered tints in the United Colours of Carpentier collection. Created in collaboration with a leading designer, it comprises five unique tints: space blue, coral red, oil blue, forest green and desert yellow. Each one is a harmonious option in both rustic and contemporary settings.
Maintenance of oiled or stained wood
Depending on weather conditions and colour exterior wood cladding with an opaque oiled or stained finish will require follow-up treatment every three to five years.
How to maintain wood