Wooden furnishings add an original touch to home decoration, both indoors and out. They have been very popular in recent years.

However, outdoor wood is often damaged by the weather conditions to which it is exposed on a daily basis. To remedy this, there are protective products on the market, including wood saturator. Find out more about its application from Anova Bois.

Why use a wood saturator ?

Here are the reasons why you should use a wood saturator.

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Protection, durability

Wood saturator is a protective product that can be based on oil or various resins that nourish the wood. It saturates the material by impregnating it deeply, reducing its capacity to absorb water. This protects the wood against the weathering that causes it to grey. Saturation treatment also protects against the effects of chlorinated water on wood if it is used for decking. Such protection increases the durability of the wood. As a result, you can enjoy the benefits of your various wood products (cladding, decking, pergolas, garden furniture,...) for much longer.

Colouring, renovation

In addition to its protective role, what is a wood saturator? What can a wood saturator do for your decor? The saturator is also a product that can be used to coat wood. It is available in a range of colours. In addition to the colourless saturator, there are shades that imitate the tones of different woods (oak, Douglas fir, natural wood, etc.) and preserve the natural grain. You can also choose more original colour options (black, grey, white, etc.) to dress up your wood fittings. They can also be an interesting alternative to paint. What’s more, the various pigments contained in a coloured wood saturator provide even better protection against the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Wood saturator can also be used for renovation to bring out the original colours of the wood.

Easy to apply and maintain

You don’t need any special skills to apply wood saturator. Anyone can do it. Wood saturator is a ready-to-use product. You don’t have to dilute it before applying it. What’s more, it’s easy to maintain. All you have to do is dust the treated surface regularly. You can also clean with water, using a brush if necessary. As well as saturator, there are other products that can be used to protect wood. These include wood stain and oil. These products also protect against the elements and UV rays. Choosing between saturator and wood stain will depend on your objectives. Note that saturator is not a film forming productand can be used on all surfaces, while wood stains cannot be applied to all surfaces.

Where is wood saturator applied?

Wood saturators can be applied to different types of surface and wood species.


The saturatorcan be applied to any type of surface . The only condition is that it must be wood. It can be applied vertically or horizontally. Wood saturator can be applied to terraces, cladding, garden furniture, garden sheds, shutters, parquet flooring, gates, swimming pool surrounds, pergolas, etc. It will protect all your outdoor woodwork.

Types of wood

There are many different types of wood. Each has its own specific characteristics. They are used in the manufacture of different types of outdoor wood fittings. Exotic woods such as teak, ipe, itauba and cumaru are best suited to decking and other horizontal wooden surfaces. Softwoods, which fall into the category of local woods such as pine, spruce or Douglas fir, are more commonly used for cladding. Wood saturator can be applied to all these species. The number of coats to be applied may vary, however, depending on the absorption capacity of each species. You can apply saturator when you notice that the wood in your fittings is becoming dull or has lost its colour through greyin.

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How do you apply wood saturator?

There are several steps to applying wood saturators. The first is to prepare the surface to be treated. This involves cleaning the surface to remove all impurities (dust, etc.). The surface must be clean so that the saturator can impregnate it properly. Stains from any old finishes should also be removed. You can strip or sand to make sure they are all removed. Then there’s the actual application stage.

We recommend that you apply the saturator in the direction of the wood grain, making sure that it penetrates well. The final stage is drying. You should leave the saturator to dry for at least 24 hours before putting the surface back into use. Saturator or protective oil should not be applied in wet weather. You should also avoid application at temperatures below 10° C or above 35° C. You should also avoid doing so when you notice mould or black spots on the wood.

Note: : applying saturator doesn’t require much equipment. All you need is a brush, roller or spalter. You can also use a sprayer if the surface is large. However, it is advisable to smooth the product with a brush after spraying.

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