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    20 / Jun / 2024

    Ankolux Aqua: ultimate translucent wood protection

    The Ankolux Aqua water-based translucent range offers versatile, eco-friendly wood protection with products that can be used individually or combined for enhanced durability and color depth. The 16-0201 Ankolux Aqua Impregnating Woodstain and 16-0221 Ankolux Aqua Woodcoat provide deep penetration, UV protection, and a beautiful translucent finish, making them ideal for various exterior joinery applications.

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    Ankolux Aqua Water-based Translucent Range

    The range was designed to cover all bases. Each product in the range can be used as a 3-in-1, one-pot system, however, they can also be combined for better durability and colour depth. Such as with the Cities Collection for translucent windows and doors. All these products can be sprayed, brushed, rolled and even used for dipping.

    16-0201 Ankolux Aqua Impregnating Woodstain

    The 16-0201 Ankolux Aqua Impregnating Woodstain is designed to penetrate deeply into the wood, offering superior protection from the inside out. Here are some of its key features:

    • Deep Penetration: This woodstain soaks into the wood fibers, enhancing the natural grain while providing robust protection against moisture and UV rays.
    • Water-Based Formula: Being water-based, it is environmentally friendly, low in VOCs, and easy to clean up.
    • Translucent Finish: It enhances the wood's natural beauty by allowing the grain to show through, giving a rich, natural look.
    • Durability: Offers long-lasting protection, reducing the frequency of maintenance.

    Application

    Applying the 16-0201 Ankolux Aqua Impregnating Woodstain is straightforward:

    1. Preparation: Ensure the wood surface is clean, dry, and free from any previous coatings or contaminants.
    2. Application: Use a brush, roller, or spray to apply the stain. Allow it to soak in and wipe off any excess.
    3. Drying: Let the stain dry completely before applying any additional coats or topcoats.

    16-0221 Ankolux Aqua Woodcoat 

    The 16-0221 Ankolux Aqua Woodcoat is a topcoat that provides an additional layer of protection and enhances the finish of the woodstain. Here are its standout features:

    • Enhanced Protection: Forms a protective barrier that shields the wood from weathering, UV rays, and moisture.
    • Translucent Finish: Maintains the natural look of the wood while adding a subtle sheen.
    • Flexibility: The coating is flexible, preventing cracks and peeling over time.
    • Eco-Friendly: Like the woodstain, it is water-based and low in VOCs, making it safe for the environment and easy to use.

    Application

    For the best results, follow these steps to apply the 16-0221 Ankolux Aqua Woodcoat:

    1. Surface Preparation: The surface should be clean and dry, and it is recommended to apply over the 16-0201 Ankolux Aqua Impregnating Woodstain.
    2. Application: Apply using a brush, roller, or sprayer in thin, even coats. Multiple coats can be applied for additional protection and finish.
    3. Drying and Curing: Allow each coat to dry thoroughly before applying the next. Ensure proper curing time as per the manufacturer’s recommendations for maximum durability.

    Combining the Two for Optimal Results

    Using the 16-0201 Ankolux Aqua Impregnating Woodstain in conjunction with the 16-0221 Ankolux Aqua Woodcoat provides a comprehensive solution for exterior joinery. The woodstain penetrates deep into the wood, providing foundational protection and enhancing the natural grain, while the wood coat adds a durable, weather-resistant layer that maintains the wood's beauty and extends its lifespan.

    Choosing the right translucent coatings for exterior joinery is essential to enhance both the aesthetics and durability of the wood. Dimensionally stable joinery, like sapele and Accoya, retains its shape despite environmental changes, while non-dimensionally stable joinery, such as pine and fir, is more susceptible to swelling and warping. The specific application—whether for windows or cladding—also influences the choice of coating.

    Understanding the differences between film-forming and non-film-forming coatings is crucial. Film-forming coatings, like paints, provide a protective surface layer ideal for windows and doors but may crack or peel if exposed to excess moisture. Non-film-forming coatings, such as oils and stains, penetrate the wood, allowing it to breathe and move naturally, which is essential for non-dimensionally stable joinery. Pigment load is another critical factor, as pigments enhance wood color and provide UV protection, preventing fading and damage. A completely translucent finish without pigments is ineffective, as it will fail quickly despite having UV blockers.

    The Ankolux Aqua translucent system is designed to address these needs, offering versatile solutions that can be used individually or combined for enhanced durability and color depth. By understanding these factors, you can make informed decisions to ensure the lasting beauty and protection of your exterior joinery projects.

    If you need help specifying your next project get in touch with our team.

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