Finishes, Sealers and Cleaners
Make sure to follow the finish brand manufacturer’s application instructions. If you choose to apply a coat of a synthetic oil we suggest not finishing the dassoXTR Bamboo right after installation. Like other “smooth wood” hardwood products, with synthetic oil finishes we recommend installing XTR and let it weather for approximately 1-6 months, then, follow the application directions of the finish brand you select – including what they suggest as to how soon after the installation to apply their product.
After the synthetic oil’s initial waiting period, or when following either type finishes’ maintenance application schedule they may also suggest using their brand’s cleaner and a wood brightener to remove the dirt, UV graying, and in the case of a penetrating oil, opening up the pores for better penetration. Remember to let XTR bamboo, just like wood, dry for a few days after the cleaning.
dassoXTR fused bamboo Decking, Decking Tiles, Porch Flooring, and Siding is Pre-Primed so there is no need to finish all 4 sides when you might traditionally consider this a good additional step. Decks and porches that have very little ventilation should have finish on all four sides of the deck boards prior to installation to ensure equal moisture content on all sides of the boards and help to stabilize the material after installation.
If you have already applied a cross cut sealer (like Anchorseal 2) to cut board ends remember not to apply oil or finish to these ends as the crosscut sealer prevents the oil from penetrating and the finish from bonding.
Penetrating Oil Finishes
Penetrating Oil is among the oldest of finishes. It is basically a natural oil – often linseed oil - with mixture of synthetics resin and diluents/carriers and additives added into it. As the term penetrating oil denotes, it protects natural bamboo/wood fibers by penetrating into the natural fiber. Most penetrating oils also contain additives for various benefits, like: preventing fungus and microbial growth or inhibiting UV light from changing the color of the bamboo.
Penetrating Oil finishes should not be used over sealers, cross cut sealers, or fillers as these products prevent penetrating oil from “penetrating”. Note, Oil finishes do not “build up” to fill the open-grain in bamboo/wood, and letting them weather a bit allows the fibers to open up and accept a deeper application of penetrating oil.
The key to applying a penetrating oil finish to dassoXTR bamboo is to follow the finish manufacturer’s recommendations and directions.
Click on a finish company learn more about their compatible finish and what they recommend
Messmers Penetrating Oil
Woca Exterior Oil
Synthetic and Synthetic Polymer Finishes
Synthetic finishes dry by an evaporation or a curing process and creates a coat or “film” on the board that it’s applied to. It is often a synthetic polymer resin base dissolved, referred to as "carried”, in either a solvent/volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or water/Non-VOC, and can have added pigment for colors and additives for various properties. This type of finish protects the bamboo/wood by creating a film on the surface and is therefore considered more durable than Penetrating Oil Finishes when applied properly. As it creates a film on the surface, this allows pigments to sit on top of the surface and thus synthetic finishes are better at staining – changing of the existing color.
The key to applying any finish is to follow the finish manufacturer’s recommendations and directions.