Factory Applied Natural Oil Finishes

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Factory Applied Natural Oil Finishes

Natural oil is not cured by heat or by UV lamps it needs oxygen to cure and harden as we only use natural plant oils which are toy and child safe.

The oil is applied by soft rollers and run slowly through the finishing line to cure naturally. We then stack the boards to allow them to be fully dried and cured before packing.

Hard Wax oils can take longer to dry because they contain carnauba waxes, whereas natural plant oils, especially the new Heavy Duty Plus  oil from Timberex will dry and cure much more quickly leaving the smooth wood with a silky texture and brushed boards with a beautiful enhanced finish.

Natural and Hard Wax Oils penetrate the wood's cell structure helping to keep it natural looking and also very well protected. We can also apply coloured natural oils online like our E735 which has the Blanchon Maintenance Oil applied. This means that the colour goes all the way down into the cell structure and can easily be maintained and repaired using the same oil after installation, even after a few years. For high traffic areas this is important as corridors will get worn leaving the outside still looking new. By using oils we can just re-oil the worn parts making them look new again.

Maintenance of oiled floors is easy and in fact over time will be less costly than having to sand and re-lacquer floors.

Oiling machine in flooring factory

The part of the oiling line here has had lots of different colours used and we test a lot of new oils and finishes on this machine.       

The oil is applied very accurately by adjusting the gap between the rollers, where the oil is pumped in and recirculated. The black roller on the right is the first one and is a soft roller, the second roller on the left is much harder and applies a second coat. The oil is then allowed to dry and little before another process down the line buffs the coloured oil into the grain and cell structure  of the wood.