Littlefair’s Exterior Range ‘Woodland Colours’ are made using a unique formula which allows the dye to both penetrate and bond with the wood to create an enduring, light fast depth of colour. The dye becomes part of the wood and will not flake or peel.
The ’Woodland Colours’ are intended to mingle pleasantly into their surroundings, particularly your garden and outdoor areas. The dyes have been made a little stronger in colour to overcome the background green appearance often seen on pressure treated wood, such as decking, fence panels and garden buildings. A single liberal coat may well give sufficient coverage and depth of colour, but a further coat or coats will deepen the shade.
Safe Water Based Wood Dye
The ‘Woodland Colours’ are safe to use for you, your pets and the environment. They can also be used indoors if a particular colour is suitable for your project and they can be further finished with any of our wax polishes, oils or varnishes.
Careful, thorough preparation will result in a far superior finish. Ensure your wood is as clean as possible and free from previous finishes, particularly oils and waxes. Do not apply the dye to wet surfaces or if there is a risk of rain or frost. However, the dye will be rainproof after a few hours in dry, warm weather conditions.
The dye can be applied liberally with a good quality brush or sprayed – onto pressure treated (Tanalised); rough sawn or smooth planed wood, sheet materials such as plywood and all raw, sanded, new or old wood.
We recommend using protective gloves and splash goggles during use and simply wash out your brush with cold water afterwards.
The ’Woodland Colours’ do not necessarily require further protection, but we do recommend that you apply our ‘Superior Decking Oil Plus if you’re using the dye on decking or similar structures to provide an extra layer of protection against wear and tear. The ‘Decking Oil Plus’ will dry back to a natural looking matt when applied over the dye and create the ‘duck’s back’ water beading effect.
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.
The dye will dry quickly in warm conditions and can be re-coated, if required after approximately 1-2 hours.
Please note: this is an approximate drying time. There could be a number of factors that may effect this.
The 'Woodland Colours' should be applied quite liberally and should cover approximately 8-10m² per litre, for one liberal coat, but you will use more on rougher sawn wood. 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.
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.