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A brush with Timbercare
B&Q Timbercare Red Cedar
Member Name: steves001
B&Q Timbercare Red Cedar
Advantages: Easy to treat fairly small areas; quick drying; relatively safe; value for money.
Disadvantages: Not quite as long-lasting as some other types of stains/treatments? More effort than spraying
Cheaper than main branded alternatives, B&Q's Timbercare represents good value for money. In my experience, it's easy to apply and quick to dry. A little goes a very long way, the finish is good and the protection surprisingly long lasting. It's also quite safe to use and brushes can be washed in water.
Having long since abandoned creosote for exterior wood treatment, I only just discovered it had in fact been banned for domestic use several years ago, so it's just as well I've been using safer products! As a reluctant DIYer, I've had some success with spray treatments for garden fences but still prefer to use a brush on our wooden garage door and barge boards. It doesn't take much longer; it's less messy, more precise and economical.
~~Application and coverage~~
This product is described as for 'sheds, fences and any other exterior rough sawn timber'. I imagine ease of application and extent of coverage will vary according to the type of wood and surface. A single 5 litre 'tin' of the red cedar version certainly contains enough for our garage door etc. several times over, and it brushes on quite easily. The whole job just takes an hour or so, with minimal preparation. Treating both sides of multiple fence panels will inevitably take considerably longer with this product.
The manufacturer claims 'touch dry in 30 minutes' and 'recoat after 2 hours'. In practice, it did feel quite dry to the touch in under an hour and a second coat wasn't needed.
~~Maintenance and durability~~
A single coat seems to be all that's needed once a year to preserve the wood and the finish. In fact, I've sometimes missed a season with no dire consequences, at least so far. However, I suspect there may be a trade-off between drying time and longevity with water and oil-based coatings, the latter perhaps taking longer to dry but also providing longer lasting protection.
While the advice may be to store this product in a frost-free environment, I can't say I've noticed any deterioration despite the lack of heating in the garage where it's being kept, yet...
According to B&Q, their Timbercare provides 'Excellent protection against scratches, heat and water' and is 'Low odour'. On the whole I'd agree with these claims, except perhaps resistance to scratches. Timbercare may seem a bit on the thin side physically but, to be fair, additional coats might increase its scratch resistance. It probably also performs best when applied to rough-sawn timber, as recommended.
Certainly, compared with preservatives used in the past, this product is relatively odour-free. Having said that, I actually quite liked the smell of creosote. Mind you, I don't object to the smell of coal tar either - no accounting for tastes!
~~Help and advice~~
Apart from the basic information on the tin, it may be worth checking the B&Q website for their DIY tips and guides, also for details of their 'You Can Do It Classes'. (See links below)
A quick search engine lookup will also list numerous links to further information on wood preservatives and preservation.
~~Health & Safety~~
The following timber care information is taken from the B&Q website (See below):
*Keep out of the reach of children
*Avoid contact with skin and eyes.
*In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with plenty of water and seek medical advice.
*After contact with skin, wash immediately with plenty of water.
*Use only in well-ventilated areas.
~~Availability & Price~~
From your local B&Q DIY superstore:
5 litres : £7.98
9 litres : £11.98
Good value for money. Saves me time and effort.
*B&Q website : www.diy.co.uk
[© SteveS001 2012. A version of this original review may appear on other review sites]
Summary: Cheaper than main branded alternatives, B&Q's Timbercare represents good value for money.