Use of EcoSelection products for wood

EcoSelection wood products must be applied to bare wood or wood that has already been treated with oil.

If you want an oil finish, in case the wood has already been covered with a surface finish such as varnish or paint, the old finish must be completely removed before applying the oil .

If you wish to use the wax, it can be applied directly to a plastic finish or to the oil.

 

Small test to identify the type of finish applied to the wood:

  • Rub a few drops of EcoSelection wood oil on an inconspicuous area.
  • If the wood absorbs oil, it has an oil finish or is bare.
  • If the oil forms droplets on the surface, we are dealing with a surface finish.

NOTE:

If the wood has been treated with varnish or lacquer, you must repair damaged areas with the same kind of finish. However, it turns out to be very difficult to make touch-ups invisible on this kind of finish and often, you will have to do business with a professional and possibly have to start the whole part over.

In the case of wood treated with oil, you only touch up the affected areas, you wipe off the excess oil 1/2 hour later, you lightly polish the treated surface the next day and nothing appears more ! Depending on the humidity and the temperature, three to six days are necessary for the surface film to complete its polymerization and reach a good hardness.

 

Surface preparation

For an EcoSelection oil or wax finish: good surface preparation is essential for obtaining a beautiful finish. The more regular and scratch-free the surface to be treated, the more you will be satisfied with the result. It is the quality of the sanding that makes all the difference!

For a floor, the final sanding should be done with grade 120 sandpaper. Pay attention to professional floor sanders who often do their final sanding with grade 100 or even 80 paper in some cases, because the finish most often applied to floors is a surface finish such as polyurethane which then camouflages surface scratches by filling them.

For furniture, you could go up to grade 150.

 

Application - Interior products

EcoSelection Wood Oil

Shake container well before use.
Apply with a cloth, brush or roller. Personally, we prefer the cloth. Moisten section by section, being careful to cover the entire surface and finish in
the grain of the wood. Section overlaps if there are will disappear on drying.

After 30 to 45 minutes, wipe off with oil clean and dry any oil which has not penetrated into the wood. Pay attention, the wiping step is essential, because if you leave the oil on your surface not penetrated, it will become sticky when dry and difficult to remove.

For colored oil, any excess color should be removed, otherwise you will see overlaps and the color will be uneven.

For the 2nd and 3rd coat, if necessary, the same quantity of oil will cover approximately twice the surface. For floors, we recommend, from sanding, to work in dry and clean socks because your shoes or boots will leave traces. Ditto if you are barefoot. An old pair of socks on your feet, which you can dispose of at the end of the work is the best option. To avoid spontaneous combustion, soak these socks in water before disposing of them.

We recommend applying a generous coat (or two if necessary) for surfaces such as walls, ceilings and woodwork. Then two or more coats for floors and table tops plus a coat of finishing oil.

* To avoid any risk of spontaneous combustion, dry your oil applicator by extending it, then when it is dry, soak it with water before sending it to waste *


 

EcoSelection Finishing Oil

Shake container well before use. Apply as a final coat using a cloth, brush or polisher.

After 30 to 45 minutes, wipe off any oil that has not penetrated the wood with clean, dry rags. Pay attention! The wiping step is essential, because if you do not completely remove the oil which has not penetrated, this oil will become sticky when drying and will be very difficult to remove.

After 30 minutes, it is possible to polish with clean rags, extra fine steel wool, wool stocking or a polisher. However, you must wipe off any oil that has not penetrated. Note that machine polishing makes splinters that can splash on your walls. If you are renovating and your walls are painted, we suggest you wait 24 hours before polishing. Polishing can be done up to 10 days after applying the oil. The advantages of polishing are to seal the surface of your oiled part (conditional on your wood being saturated with oil), extend the protection time of your finish and facilitate weekly maintenance. If you wish to have a patina, polish until you obtain the desired luster. If you have followed the application instructions, the oil will give a maximum satin luster.

* To avoid any risk of spontaneous combustion, dry your oil applicator by extending it, then when it is dry, soak it with water before sending it to waste *


 

Application - Outdoor products

EcoSelection Exterior Oil Primer

Shake container well before use.

The outside treatment is special. Several factors, including the sun, greatly affect the quality of the application and the durability of the product. If it is important to have a temperature between 18 and 23 degrees celcius to apply the oil, it will be just as important to do so during a period of continuous shade of at least 3 hours following the application. The best results are those that follow an evening pose. Do not worry, the serenity and the dew will not affect the oil. An oil applied directly to the sun will cook on the surface in almost all cases and will peel the following year. The wood to be oiled must have been exposed to the weather for at least a year to be treated. The wood must be bare or already oiled to be treated with these products, otherwise, it will have to be bare before oiling.


Apply with a cloth, brush or roller. Personally, we prefer the cloth. Moisten section by section, being careful to cover the entire surface and finish in
the grain of the wood. Section overlaps if there are will disappear on drying.

For the 2nd coat, if necessary, the same quantity of oil will cover approximately twice the surface. For floors, we recommend, from sanding, if necessary, to work without shoes because they will leave traces. Ditto if you are barefoot. An old pair of socks on your feet, which you can have at the end of the work, is the best option.

After 30 to 45 minutes, for each layer, wipe off with oil with clean, dry cloths any oil that has not penetrated into the wood. Pay attention! The wiping step is essential, because if you do not completely remove the oil which has not penetrated, this oil will become sticky when drying and will be very difficult to remove.

We recommend applying a generous coat (or two if necessary) for surfaces such as walls, ceilings and woodwork. Then two or more coats for floors and tabletops plus a coat of exterior finishing oil.

* To avoid any risk of spontaneous combustion, dry your oil applicator by extending it, then when it is dry, soak it with water before sending it to waste *


 

EcoSelection Exterior Finishing Oil

Shake container well before use.

Apply as a final coat using a cloth, brush or polisher.

It is important to have a temperature between 20 and 26 degrees celcius to apply the oil. It will be equally important to do this during a period of continuous shade of at least 3 hours after application. The best results are those that follow an evening pose. Do not worry, the serenity and the dew will not affect the oil. An oil applied directly to the sun will cook on the surface in almost all cases and will peel the following year. The wood to be oiled must have been exposed to the weather for at least a year to be treated. The wood must be bare or already oiled to be treated with these products, otherwise, it will have to be bare before oiling.

After 30 to 45 minutes, wipe off any oil that has not penetrated the wood with clean, dry rags. Pay attention! The wiping step is essential, because if you do not completely remove the oil which has not penetrated, this oil will become sticky when drying and will be very difficult to remove.

After 30 minutes, it is possible to polish with a polisher (floors and table tops) and wipe off any oil that has not penetrated. Note that machine polishing makes splinters that can splash on your walls, railing, swimming pool ... We suggest you wait 24 hours before polishing. Polishing can be done up to 10 days after applying the oil. The advantages of polishing are to seal the surface of your oiled part (conditional on your wood being saturated with oil), extend the protection time of your finish and facilitate maintenance (using a hose). watering or brooming). If you wish to have a patina, polish until you obtain the desired luster. If you have followed the application instructions, the oil will give a slightly satin luster to the maximum.

* To avoid any risk of spontaneous combustion, dry your oil applicator by extending it, then when it is dry, soak it with water before sending it to waste *

EcoSelection paste wax

If you want to nourish and protect the wood, apply one or two coats of EcoSelection wood oil and let it dry for a week before waxing.

Apply a thin layer
using a soft cloth.

After 30 minutes, polish with a wool pad until the desired finish is obtained.

An additional coat can be applied 24 hours later, if more shine and depth is desired.

 

Yield

EcoSelection Wood Oil
Covers approximately 200 ft² per liter, depending on the type of wood, its hydration level and the fine sanding.

EcoSelection Finishing Oil
Covers approximately 375 ft² per liter, depending on the type of wood, its hydration level and the finesse of the sanding.

 

Drying time

The EcoSelection wood oil dries in 12 hours for the 1st layer in the case of clear oil and 24 hours for the colored oil and 24 hours for the subsequent layers, at 20 ° C.

The EcoSelection finishing oil dries in 24 hours at 20 ° C.

The EcoSelection paste wax dries in 24 hours at 20 ° C.

Depending on the humidity and the temperature, three to six days are necessary for the surface film to complete its polymerization and reach a good hardness. During this time, the surface is sensitive to drops of water and wet traces that can be left, for example by walking barefoot, and which are not wiped off immediately. They will leave a dark circle and the surface of the dried drop will be duller to the eyes.

If this happens, you can touch up the affected areas with fine steel wool soaked in a little oil and after thirty minutes, remove any excess oil.

It may take a few weeks for the oil to fully polymerize in depth and this is when the product offers its maximum protection.

 

Precaution

Oil saturated rags should be placed immediately after use in a bucket of water until available. You can also spread them one by one in the open air and let them dry for at least 24 hours and when they are dry you can soak them with water and then dispose of them. (See below, more information on spontaneous combustion).

 

Maintenance of surfaces treated with EcoSelection wood products

A well-wrung damp cloth is generally sufficient to wipe and maintain surfaces treated with oil and / or wax. If you must use soap, use EcoSelection oiled wood soap. Note that the more you clean the oiled or waxed surfaces with regular soap, the faster you will have to reprocess the surface with a new layer of oil or wax.

For a floor, a layer of oil can be added between 6 months and a year after the first treatment. For furniture, this can be done between a year and a year and a half. Thereafter, you can only touch up busy places on the floors. A light polish after the repair and nothing will appear.

For places treated with wax, a new layer of wax can be added occasionally to replace the wax which would have disappeared by intensive use. However, we suggest that you apply the wax in a thin layer to avoid accumulation, which would require stripping (with thinner and steel wool) to remove the excess.

If you maintain your oiled and / or waxed surfaces properly, you will never have to sand again and sand thoroughly.

 

What is spontaneous combustion?

Spontaneous combustion is a possible cause of fire. An example of spontaneous combustion is that of a drying oil, such as linseed oil, permeating cotton waste. Linseed oil slowly absorbs oxygen from the air and forms a solid film, a phenomenon caused by an oxidation reaction producing heat.

When linseed oil is spread on a solid surface like wood, the heat of oxidation dissipates quickly. On the other hand, when the same quantity of linseed oil permeates cotton cloths piled on top of each other, the heat cannot dissipate as quickly and the temperature of the cotton increases. This results in an acceleration of the rate of absorption of oxygen, which has the effect of increasing the temperature even more. If nothing stops this chain reaction, the temperature of the soaked cotton can gradually rise until spontaneous combustion occurs. It may take a few hours or even a few days.

Because oxidation is faster at higher temperatures, spontaneous combustion is more likely to occur during the hot season or in a warm place in a building. When the impregnated substance is near a heat source, such as a heater, the risk of spontaneous combustion is much greater.