It’s important to understand that CUTEK® is a unique penetrating oil system designed to enhance the natural color and grain of wood. CUTEK® Extreme is sold as a clear oil which can be used to protect the wood from moisture and moisture related movement such as cupping, warping and splitting. Using just the clear oil will protect the wood, providing stability and structural integrity while allowing it to naturally lighten to produce a silver weathered patina over time. The soft natural lightening and silvering of the wood represents a low care option and is becoming an increasingly popular way to leave wood in weather exposed settings.
Wood projects using clear CUTEK® Extreme that have silvered can easily be returned back to the wood’s original color using CUTEK® Wood Reviver and high pressure washing followed by further applications of CUTEK® Extreme.
However, if you desire to maintain the original color of the wood then you need to purchase a CUTEK® Colortone suited to your selected wood which will further enhance the natural color and grain and help to maintain its “natural” color over a longer period of time.
What to expect when using CUTEK® Colortones
Most wood care products on the market leave a build up of material on the surface of the wood. In the short term this provides more color, but in the long term the finish can be prone to peeling and flaking, which requires time and money to repair.
CUTEK® Extreme is unique as it will fade, ware or erode over time and with use, rather than peel or flake. The initial CUTEK® Colortone intensity on new smooth wood projects only offers subtle amounts of pigment that enhance the wood. Wood that’s exposed fully to the weather will lighten faster as the wood acclimatizes. A follow up application after this initial weathering period will provide much greater Colortone intensity as the wood becomes rougher and more open.
How to increase color intensity on new wood
New wood is milled smooth and often has a mill glaze which will greatly restrict the initial color adhesion. Better results can be achieved by creating a rougher surface and preparing the wood using CUTEK® Wood Reviver in combination with a high pressure washer. Sanding the new wood with 80 grit paper will give even better results as it removes mill glaze and creates a much rougher surface which will enable higher color intensity.
NOTE: The rougher the surface of the wood, the greater the color intensity and durability. Rough sawn or heavy brushed wood profiles will take more oil and color so much bolder color contrast can be achieved. The amount of mill glaze if any that is present on any job can vary significantly depending on species density, and machining method used. Note, sanded surfaces should be vacuumed or washed thoroughly to remove all loose wood and dust.