Indoor & Outdoor Use - Only One Coat Needed - Water Based - Environmentally Friendly - Non-Toxic - Low Odour - Quick Drying - Easy Brush Clean - Lightfast
Littlefair’s wood dyes are carefully bottled in the North West of England using the unique formulae created by Mr Littlefair.
Our DRIFTWOOD Collection has been specially formulated to both penetrate and coat new or old bare sanded wood to create a textural ‘salty’, weathered effect. It can also be applied to pressure treated, rough sawn or smooth planed wood and on both indoor and outdoor wood such as garden buildings, fences and gates. The more detailed or ‘grainy’ the surface is the greater the effect. So, it's great for distressed or reclaimed wood, from small craft items to large structures.
Mr Littlefair wanted to create a product that would bypass the many and varied methods of producing a ‘driftwood’ effect, most of which are somewhat laborious and frustrating. He wanted to create a product that would give a ‘salty’ weathered, driftwood appearance with a single, liberal brush coat.
Careful, thorough preparation will result in a far superior finish. Ensure your wood is as clean as possible and free from previous finishes. Do not apply the dye to wet surfaces. Well sanded wood will be far more receptive to dye, and this will form the basis for a good quality finish. Avoid cleaning the wood with white spirit!
Pour half of the contents into a suitable container and replace the cap tightly. You can now shake the bottle / jerry can vigorously, ensuring that all settled ingredients are fully mixed. Now pour the remaining mixed liquid into the same container and continue to stir the dye as one. Remember to stir often during use. The dye can be poured back into the bottle / jerry can for storage – repeat this process before each use.
Apply the dye liberally along the grain with a good quality brush - careful not to brush back and forth. Once applied, the wood should look as if it has been painted grey / brown for a few moments - simply allow the dye to soak into the wood and dry completely. Avoid the temptation to brush it again at this stage.
The driftwood effect will become more apparent as the dye begins to dry. You will notice the colour will start to separate, allowing more of the natural wood to show through. Wood with more detailed graining will show the effect more dramatically - however, on hardwood surfaces the dye will provide a more uniform grey / brown colour.
If you intend to apply the dye to hardwood, try diluting it with up to 50% cold water to create a more transparent wash, allowing more of the natural wood colour and texture to show through – you should always produce a test piece when experimenting with the formula.
We recommend using protective gloves and splash goggles during use and simply wash out your brush with cold water afterwards.
The dyed wood can be finished with a variety of finishing products depending on the desired result and location.
For Indoor Use
Littlefair’s Water Based Extra Strong Matt Varnish will protect the wood while retaining the natural rustic appearance of the driftwood.
For Outdoor Use
Littlefair’s Water Based Titan Topcoat will further enhance the colour and provide protection for use outdoors. If applying to decking, use our Decking Oil Plus+ for greater protection against wear and tear and maximise the UV protection.
Note: Varnishes will always change the final appearance of a colour to some extent – however our matt varnishes will have a lesser effect on the colour.
It’s important to note that the final appearance will be a combination of the natural colour of your wood, the effect of the dye and the finishing product if used. With this in mind - always produce a test piece so you can properly judge the result.
Touch dry in approximately 2 hours.
Please note: this is an approximate drying time. There could be a number of factors that may affect this.
Our Driftwood Collection should be applied liberally and only requires one coat. The coverage is approximately 8-10m² per litre, for one liberal coat. If you’re measuring your decking remember to allow for the greater surface area due to the grooves in the boards and the edge surfaces of the wood.
The 'weathered' look shown in the pictures represents the Driftwood Collection applied to rough pine, finished in our water based Extra Strong Varnish (Matt).
Whilst every attempt has been made to make our example images as realistic as possible the actual finished colour you achieve on your project may be slightly different due to either your monitor settings or the type and condition of the wood you are working with.
Want to read more? Please check out our blog here. Whilst the blog is called 'All About Driftwood Grey', it does relate to both Driftwood Grey and Driftwood Brown.