NORclad Partner Products: Sioo:X
Long lasting, water based and low maintenance are just a few reasons that make Sioo:X the perfect coating for protecting both internal and external timber.
SIOO:X Wood Treatment – Further Information
Background into Sioo:X
Founded in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1998 by Herje Bostrom, Sioo Wood Protection are the creators of the ground breaking, patented, Sioo:X Impregnation system using silicate technology. Sioo Wood Protection AB was established in 2008 to carry forward marketing and support across Scandinavia and internationally.
Today the Sioo:X products are in widespread use by consumers and professionals and applications have been in the field for in excess of ten years. Sioo:X was introduced to the UK in 2012 where it is marketed, supported and distributed. The Sioo:X products are specified by world leading architects, professionals and clients seeking natural and sustainable wood protection solutions that give long life and a beautiful even weathered aged appearance which allows the timber to blend into its environment. Sioo:X sustains an on-going R&D programme with Chalmers Technical University and the world leading SP Technical Institute.
Water is the activating factor
After the application of all three treatment coats (2 coats of Premium Wood Protector + 1 coat of Premium Surface Protector), and when dry, the surface needs to be in contact with water to activate the silicon to form a network of silica crystals. This crystallisation eventually makes the surface become a beautiful silver-grey colour and smooth and strong. This process can take up to 2 months depending on how much it rains for the effect to show. Thereafter, the crystallisation continues to develop. On treated wood which is sheltered such as under roof eaves or where rain water cannot reach, we recommend that you should rinse the surface with water several times. If you want to accelerate the silica crystal formation, you can use a brush and work in the water. Before silica crystals have had time to form a finished surface, it will look a yellowish brown. Be patient, wait and water. The surface must be clean.
New untreated timber can be coated with Sioo:X directly. Older timber or timber which has been oiled, such as a patio or balcony which has blackened, needs to be cleaned. You either need to wash with a pressure washer and decking detergent or caustic soda. Rinse well. Alternatively, you can sand the whole patio or timber surface. On untreated wood that is well maintained, it is sufficient that you wash off with the Sioo:X Maintenance Wash. Wash and rinse well. Sioo:X penetrates the wood and gives a light surface that is pleasant to touch and walk on in the case of decking. The surface is very easy to wipe down making maintenance simpler. The Sioo:X treatment reinforces and strengthens the wood surface and is very easy to apply. It is applied once as against the necessity of annual treatments with oils.
The system gives major advantages in: providing long life protection, minimising life time cost, providing all round UV protection with even colouration, toughening the wood surface and developing a beautiful natural silver grey nuance as the timber matures.