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How to Use Eco Wood Treament
Eco Wood Treatment is purchased as a powder concentrate in 4.5 litre and 22 litre packages. Just mix with water. Some particles may not dissolve completely, and this is normal. Stir occasionally during use to maintain proper solution. Apply to bare, untreated or pressure treated wood using normal application methods – brush, roller, dipping or spraying. To maximize the infusion of substances from the herbal components in Eco Wood Treatment allow the solution to steep for 5 – 10 minutes after mixing, even overnight. For spray application, strain the mix through a coffee filter paper or similar to prevent particles blocking the nozzle. A good quality pressure garden sprayer is suitable for application.
Ensure that all wood surfaces are completely wetted, especially end grains, fresh cuts and open cracks. Some types of wood surfaces will show no immediate visible change in colour. This is normal. For increased penetration, and to ensure a uniform rate of application, wood can be immersed in Eco Wood Treatment for a few minutes, with the excess then being allowed to drain off. For posts and other wood that will be in contact with the ground allow to soak in triple strength solution for 3 or more days. A shallow tray can be constructed using building polythene with a timber surround, for soaking timber lengths or to catch run-off during application. The bottom end of posts can be soaked by standing them in a blanked off plastic pipe for single posts or a suitable sized drum for multiples. Eco solution remaining in the tray or drum can be used for other application such as treating timber cut ends during construction. Remaining 'ground contact' solution should be diluted to standard solution before reuse.
Wood can be handled while wet without leaving marks on the wood making it a convenient application process during a construction project. The weathering process helps penetration and can be accelerated by wetting and drying the wood. Eco treated wood is best allowed to dry completely (1 - 2 days) before being exposed to water, including rain, so as to maximize its affinity with the wood fibres.
Easy to clean-up - Eco Wood Treatment cleans up simply with soap and water.
Shelf life - In its concentrated, dry form Eco will store indefinitely. After mixing with water, the solution keeps best in a sealed jar and will last a very long time. With increased time, water will become stagnant unless distilled water is used in the mixing process. If you mix only what you need, you minimize the possibility of having large amounts of Eco Wood Treatment solution left over.
Sealers or colored stains - Sealers are not necessary and not recommended. Eco Wood Treatment does not seal wood but instead allows the wood to breathe and age naturally. Coloured stains can be applied over Eco but most commercial stains do not offer the weathering feature that is integral in the Eco process. Water based pigments can be successfully added to Eco Wood Treatment.
Eco treated wood is harmless to people, soil, plants, water and gardens. The dry powder concentrate is acidic. Avoid inhalation and contact with eyes. In case of accidental contact with eyes, flush with water for a minimum of 15 minutes. If irritation persists, seek medical attention. Ingestion of solution may cause gastro-intestinal irritation. Use care in applying solutions, as it may permanently stain clothes, fabrics, windows, stucco, concrete, stone work etc.