Gather your supplies
- Garden hose or pressure washer
- Sikkens Cetol BL Garden Furniture Cleaner
- Stiff bristle brush
- Drop sheet
- Sikkens Cetol BLX-Pro in Teak (used here) or colour of your choice
Note: This water-based finish allows re-coating within two hours compared to oil-based stains that need up to 24 hours.
Step 1 Wet the timber to delay drying out during the cleaning process. Avoid working in extremely hot conditions.
Step 2 Following the product directions, apply Cetol BL Garden Furniture Cleaner to the timber and work it in with a stiff bristle brush. Leave cleaning product to activate for 15 to 30 minutes.
Step 3 Rinse away the residue with garden hose and brush or pressure washer. Let dry completely.
Step 4 Lay out drop sheet. Using paintbrush, apply a liberal coat of Sikkens Cetol BLX-Pro, working in the direction of the timber grain. Let dry for 2 hours.
Step 5 Repeat Step 4 to apply two more coats. Let dry after each coat.
Tip: While this coating is long lasting and durable, a regular maintenance plan will keep it looking schmick. Once a year, give the timber a light sand with fine-grit sandpaper. Wipe away dust. Apply 1-2 coats of Sikkens Cetol BLX-Pro. Let dry after each coat.
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