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How to apply Treatex Colour Tones (Natural)

How to apply Treatex Colour Tones (Natural)

Posted by Treatex on 5th Apr 2018

How to apply Treatex Colour Tones (Natural)

This video demonstrates how to apply Treatex Colour Tones, in this case our New Natural formula. Treatex Colour Tones can alter the colour of your wood surface before being finished Treatex Hardwax Oil Clear. Natural Colour Tone is designed to prevent the warming effect of Treatex Hardwax Oil Clear on lighter timbers, keeping the wood as natural looking as possible.


We advise that when using Natural Hardwax Oil, sufficient product is purchased to complete the project and when more than one tin is required it is advisable to mix them together before use.

We strongly recommend a small trial application prior to starting a project.


Treatex Hardwax Oil Natural has 2 specific uses:
1. As a base coat for lighter coloured woods to retain the natural colour. Hardwax Oil Natural contains a small amount of white pigment to neutralise the darkening effect of a Hardwax Clear top coat. To avoid a patchy finish it is important that the Natural base coat is applied evenly. To avoid overlap marks wipe the wet surface lightly with a lint free cloth to distribute the colour evenly. Allow to dry – maintaining warmth and ventilation will enable the surface to dry within 3-6 hours. Once dry, seal with two coats of Treatex Clear Hardwax Oil which is available in Matt, Satin or Gloss sheen levels 

To keep the finished colour closer to the original untreated wood colour, apply a coat of the Hardwax Oil Natural, followed by a coat of Hardwax Oil Clear.

2. As a top coat to protect and enhance the finish of the Treatex Colour Tone - Spruce which also contains a white pigment. If you have applied a coat of Treatex Spruce Colour Tone within the last 24 hours then little preparation is needed. Make sure the previous coat is fully dry before overcoating with Natural Hardwax Oil. Remove dust, dirt, and any contaminates from the surface. Stir tins and ensure product is at room temperature before use.

Insider Tips

  • Natural Hardwax Oil is not a finish in its own right and should not be used on its own. If Natural Hardwax Oil is applied too thickly drying time will be increased - keep room well ventilated. 
  • Wet brushes and rollers can be cleaned using white spirit. 
  • To safeguard floors we recommend all furniture be fitted with felt pads. Similarly, any objects you place on worktops such as chopping boards, containers, flower/tea pots may have rough and abrasive bases. Stick small rubber or felt pads to these to avoid scratching. 
  • Mop up spills of water and other liquids as soon as possible. When using a mop, ensure that the mop is only slightly damp and never dripping with water. 
  • Do not use bleach or aggressive cleaners on wood. Never use a steam cleaner on your surface. 
  • Use a chopping board for food preparation - do not chop directly onto wooden worktops. Protect floors by using a good quality doormat to trap abrasive particles at the door. 

1L will cover approximately 20m² in one coat depending on the timber and method of application.
2.5L will cover approximately 50m² in one coat depending on the timber and method of application.

Easy to apply 
Quick drying
Low odour
Should not be used on darker timbers
Meets with VOC emissions regulations
Tinted with natural pigments
Keeps lighter timbers from warming when Hardwax Oil is applied