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This product is manufactured and marketed by Akzo-Nobel. It is for use on windows, doors and other exterior joinery.
I like the Sadolin brand and have previously bought their products so when I wanted to sand down the threshold steps on two doors and four sets of patio doors, I bought a 500ml tin of Sadolin Extra Durable Woodstain in Ebony. I remember it being quite expensive but I had worked out that from the stated 12/15m coverage per litre I would have enough to slap on two coats.
The sanding done, I cleaned off any loose material, opened the tin, stirred and set about my task with enthusiasm. I like painting. It's one of those tasks where you can see an end result. With most painting tasks, much of the success or otherwise comes from thorough preparation of the surface. Also important are the quality of the brushes and of course the painting technique employed.
Saturday morning saw the first of the 2 coats applied. It says on the tin that you can recoat in 12-24hrs so I waited until Sunday morning (with a good weather forecast) to complete the job.
It looked good on completion and dried to a semi-gloss finish. I could apparently expect the finish to be tough and durable and, according to the tin, it should resist peeling, blistering and flaking. Well, on the patio doorsteps it has proven to be tough and durable but at the front and back door which we use more often, there has been a lot of peeling and flaking.
It's my fault though as, unusually for me, I failed to spot the wording which stated that it should not be used on decking and that it was not suitable for areas of heavy wear. I was mightily cheesed off when I spotted this after the event. Stupid Boy!
Now I face the prospect of doing the job again before the winter and even though the other doorsteps are OK, I'm going to do them all again because I want them all to match. Needles to say I shall do my research this time and will be doing this job again as a kind of penance for my own stupidity.
This is an excellent product which met all my requirements in terms of quality and coverage and, in the right location, I would certainly recommend it.
About 18 months ago we had all of our windows replaced with double glazing. There really wasn't anything seriously wrong with them. They were single glazed but the window casement fit was good, there weren't any significant draughts, and, as they were stained, they looked good as well. Clearly a better quality of wood had originally been used in their construction since I am sure that they were the same windows that were installed when the house was originally built some 25 years ago.
Of course, stained wood always looks much nicer than painted. There is probably little difference in the maintenance effort required to maintain the appearance of the window frames in good order whichever approach is used. Anyway, time moves on and now we have lovely wood effect uPVC windows with secure, high efficiency double glazing. Although the windows are new we still wanted the appearance to remain as near the same as possible, hence the chestnut finish. I've written a review of our experiences with the installer (Brackenwood).
Before we had the new windows installed I had maintained the old ones on a regular three to four year cycle, rubbing down the old stain and applying new. However, as I get older the effort involved has become more than I want. Over the years I've used a variety of stains. Some have been dire, some have been quite good. In the recent past I've been a big fan of Cuprinol. The reason I changed allegiances is because of the general trend within the decorative finishes market away from oil based products towards water based ones.
My experience of water based products is not good. The primary problem with them is that when being used on wood that has previously been treated with non-water based products, the wood has to be stripped of all traces of the previous finish. This often involves removing a substantial amount of underlying wood, so potentially affecting the appearance and even then not assuring that the new finish will key successfully.
The problem though is that oil based stains have been becoming more and more difficult to find but fortunately one manufacturer still has faith in them and continues to make them, though alongside a range of water based stains as well. That company is Sadolin.
Sadolin woodstain was the last make that I used on the old windows. It proved a very good choice and lasted longer than I had experienced with other brands before needing re-treatment. Even now that the old windows have gone and been replaced with ones that need no maintenance at all, that doesn't mean that my need to use a woodstain has gone with it. Although we had the windows replaced we didn't have the fascias, barge boards and soffits replaced. Those are still the originals that were installed when the house was built.
So, I still have some maintenance to do, though a lot less and a lot less fiddly than before. The primary requirement is to address the barge boards and fascias. The soffits are pretty well protected from the weather being under a large roof overhang and have suffered little deterioration.
Unfortunately the old range of traditional Sadolin woodstains has ended. The good news is that they have been replaced by a new range, "Extra Durable Woodstain". I have been using it recently and the results so far are good. There are no actual claims made on the tin about how long the coats should last before needing to be retreated but if it is anything like the range it replaced then that should be a good few years.
Being an oil based finish it doesn't dry as quickly as water based. The tin states 4 to 6 hours to be touch dry and 12 to 24 hours before a second coat should be applied before needing a light rub down first. The other issue that needs to be recognised is that brushes need to be cleaned with White Spirit rather than under the tap.
I like the appearance that Sadolin Extra Durable gives to wood. The finish is semi-gloss and so gives a polished appearance. The stain is available in all the sorts of colours you would expect, such as chestnut, teak, walnut, oak and so on. There should be one that suits your needs. A 1ltr tin should set you back about £12.