Frequently asked questions

Oils are generally applied very thinly on the surface of the timber, taking care not to over apply and not build up a thick film. The reason for this is that penetrating oils do not dry and cannot have a film on the surface of the timber, but are usually used to protect the surface of the timber against, mould, dirt and b eautify at the same time.

Rystix does not have a fixed maintenance cycle, but rather touch up maintenance as and when you feel it is necessary should certain sections / areas of your building / deck look tired and dull, then it is only necessary to lightly sand and clean with solvent to de-grease the surface and a quick maintenance coat can be applied to restore the coating to it’s original beauty.

The general rule of thumb is, If in doubt, take it off, however, should the existing coating be sound, but looking tired, then a good key sanding with either sandpaper or sanding pad is necessary, then the surface wiped clean with a turps damp cloth to remove dust & impurities, then the Rystix can be applied neat and evenly in a thin even coat.

In general all timber to be coated should be dry. Do not apply a coating before the timber has reached the equilibrium moisture of it’s environment.

Yes, if applied to surfaces which are not clean and dry or in bad weather conditions. Always follow the instructions on the tin to ensure the product is applied correctly.

The only time sanding is required between coats is if fibres rise making the surface rough, however this normally only occurs after applying the first coat.

A minimum of 3 coats is required to ensure the maximum protection and life out of the product.

Yes, Timbacare sealer can be applied to timber which has the recognised treatments such as Tanalith, PCP, Creosote, etc, provided the timber is dry and clean.

Yes, and these are known as Timbacare long-life sealers. Do not use varnishes which peel and flake. Timbacare sealer contains a high level of UV protection, water repellence and as well as protection against fungus and insect attack.

Rystix Timbacare has 2 product ranges for exterior timber, 1 solvent-based and the other water-based, these products have been proven over the past 15 years to not only outlast the opposition but also to provide the customer with 60-70% savings on time, labour & maintenance costs over a period of time.

Further to the UV protection of tinted coatings being far better, as the tints have a natural UV reflection, it would always be advisable to choose the colour of Rystix that matches closest to the colour of your timber, this will enhance the life of the deck, the coating and give you a far longer life before maintenance is necessary.

While clear coatings have UV stabilisers in them, certain UV wavelengths penetrate through the coating and damage the timber underneath. This can cause the timber to become fibrous and discolour, releasing the coating from below. Thus it would be far better UV protection to use a tinted coating under these conditions.