Wooden shutters are constantly subjected to natural aggression (UV, rain, wind, snow...). In time, the wood can become tarnished and damaged. To avoid this, it is necessary to maintain your wooden shutters regularly. Protecting new or old wooden shutters is necessary to ensure that they are well protected.
Before applying a protective product (paints, stains, saturators), it may be useful as a preventive or curative measure to apply an insecticide treatment such as Wood Bliss or the Wood Bliss High-C. These insecticides are natural (no xylophene) and will protect your wood effectively against pests.
The application of an insecticide-fungicide on wooden shutters is not necessary for exotic wood species which are naturally resistant to this type of aggression. These products are recommended for local woods that are naturally less resistant. Insecticide treatments depend on the type of wood and the exposure (humid areas).
Then, whether you apply an insecticide or not, you will have to protect your wooden shutters. There are different products such as paints, stains, saturators...
The paints are film-forming and UV and weather resistant. They make the wood opaque and will not allow you to retain its grain. Wooden shutter paints are a good choice to give a more modern look to the wood.
In order to allow the surface to breathe, we advise you to choose a microporous paint. Within our range, you will find Exterior Wood Paint PBE900 for coloured paints and Exterior Wood White Paint BLE900 for the white version.
If your wooden shutters have traces of flaking paint, you will need to sand them down before applying a new paint. It is advisable to repaint your wooden shutters every 5 years on average.
To learn more about the different types of paint, you can read our article on exterior wood paint.
Stains are film-forming wood shutter protectors that allow you to preserve the natural grain of the wood. The light film created on the surface protects the wood from UV and weathering. Stains are very durable, so maintenance of wooden shutters is infrequent (every 3 to 6 years) but heavy (sanding is required at each maintenance).
Saturators are non-film-forming products with a matt finish. They allow you to preserve the touch and the grain of the wood. They are the ideal products to preserve the authenticity of wooden shutters while protecting them.
Saturators protect wooden shutters from UV rays and the weather by impregnating the wood. Maintenance is more frequent but also easier. To protect your wooden shutters with a saturator, you will find the Siding Saturator SB600 on our website.
If you are located in a marine environment (seaside), we advise you to choose a specific product such as Marine Wood Saturator SBM600. This product is specially adapted to harsh climatic conditions such as UV and sea air.
The ideal time to apply a protective product is in spring because of the temperatures that allow the product to dry well.