Exterior Finishes, Coatings and Cleaners

Make sure to follow the finish brand manufacturer’s application instructions. If you choose to apply a coat of finishes, we suggest not finishing the dassoXTR Bamboo right after installation. Like other “smooth wood” hardwood finishes, we recommend installing XTR and let it weather for approximately 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.

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.


Penetrating Oil Finishes

Penetrating Oil is among the oldest of finishes. It is basically a natural oil - often linseed oil but not necessarily always the case - 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.  The oils and stains are seep into the fiber surface and solidify further the fiber surface to prevent further immediate "penetration of liquids" through the surface of the material and hence protects the material.  Penetrating Oil however does not form a film on the surface of the substrate like most polyurethane and emulsion paints. Due to this fact, it does not flack or peel.  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.

Use penetrating Oil finishes on raw, unfinished surfaces only.  Do not apply penetrating oil on saturated surfaces, finished surfaces or coated surfaces.  It is obvious if the material is already saturated with oil or sealed with finishes, additional oils and stains will not seep in.  This will lead to stains coming off or oil not dried.

Penetrating Oil finishes should not be used over sealers, topcoats, 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. It however does saturate the direct surface of material to seal them.  Thus letting oiled surface to weather a bit allows the fibers to open up and accept a deeper application of penetrating oil.  Pre-primed dassoXTR usually will require at least 6 months to 2 years before you could successfully recoat the material again with meaningful results.  

The key to applying a penetrating oil finish to dassoXTR bamboo is to follow the finish manufacturer’s recommendations and directions.

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Messmers Penetrating Oil Woca Exterior Oil



Exterior Decking/Siding Oil - Natural - 2.5Liters. Suitable for staining to your choice of colors.


Exterior Decking/Siding Oil - Walnut - 2.5Liters. Suitable for Classic Espresso..


Exterior Decking/Siding Oil - Teak - 2.5Liters. Suitable for Epic Cognac.


Exterior Decking/Siding Oil - Bangkirai - 2.5Liters. Suitable for staining scratches, over-sanding spot to mask-off the area for Epic Cognac colors.


Exterior Decking/Siding Oil - Teak - 0.75 Liters. Suitable for Epic Cognac.


Exterior Decking/Siding Oil - Natural - Test Size 0.9 oz


Exterior Decking/Siding Oil - Walnut - Test Size 0.9 oz


Exterior Decking/Siding Oil - Teak - Test Size .9 oz


Exterior Decking/Siding Oil -Bangkirai - Test Size 0.9 oz


Exterior Decking/Siding Oil - Silver - Test Size 0.9 oz


Exterior Decking/Siding Oil - Hazelnut - Test Size 0.9 oz


Exterior Decking/Siding Oil - Anthracite - Test Size 0.9 oz


Exterior Decking/Siding Oil - Black - Test Size 0.9 oz


Exterior Decking/Siding Oil - Larch - Test Size 0.9 oz


WOCA Exterior Wood Cleaner 2.5 Liter


WOCA Exterior Deep Cleaner. For Spot Cleaning. Use monthly, weekly or daily as you prefer.


Professional wood cleaning and restoration agent- 5 liter jug.


Silicon Carbide Broom Head Bamboo Decking Cleaning Brush

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