Penetrating oil for wood with UV protection

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  • Developed for weathered wood and available in 4 colours
  • Penetrates and protects from within the wood
  • Non film forming - will not crack, peel or flake
  • Protects against moisture and UV damage
  • Easy one coat maintenance - no stripping or sanding

Textrol is a penetrating wood oil finish for exterior softwood and hardwood on both horizontal and vertical surfaces. It is a penetrative product which saturates the wood to protect it from within – as there’s no film on the surface it will not peel or flake.

Textrol enhances the natural beauty of the wood whilst providing a mildew-resistant finish with exceptional and long-lasting protection from the effects of moisture, weathering and UV rays. It can be applied wet-on-wet which saves time as you don’t need to wait for coats to dry during application and the maintenance is easy with local touch-ups and no laborious sanding required!

When first applied, Textrol will give the wood a rich, matt colour which will gradually lighten over time to the finished look. It is now available in 4 different colours for a range of looks all with premium protection.

Why should I use Textrol?

If you are looking for a finish that brings life to older wood and allows the wood to shine through then Textrol is perfect for doing just that. It is also great if you are looking for a protection from the effects of moisture, UV rays and weathering.

The maintenance of Textrol is very simple too, there is no sanding required and you can bring the finish back to life with a few localised touch-ups wherever you may need them.

When Textrol is first applied it will leave the wood looking nice and rich. Over time this will fade into a lighter colour to give the finished look. Using this oil-based wood finish gives you the best of both worlds. It provides brilliant protection from the elements while enhancing the beauty of the wood.

Applying Textrol to hardwood or softwood couldn’t be simpler, it is a nice and quick process with very simple clean up. As Textrol’s place is within the wood, the application process involves repeated coats being applied ‘wet-on-wet’ until no more oil can be absorbed into the wood.

Ideal Uses for Textrol Penetrating Wood Oil

  • Reviving dried-out and weather-beaten decks
  • Protecting garden fencing and gates from splitting and cracking
  • Maintaining decking with no laborious sanding
  • Enhancing the natural wood look of garden furniture
  • Showcasing beautiful sidings and cladding
  • Protecting decks for the future

Please Note swatches are given as a guide only and are based on use for light coloured softwoods. Actual colour will depend on the type and age of the wood surface treated. Always test a sample first before coating the entire surface.

Always read the Textrol Product Information before using and follow the instructions carefully.

Surface Preparation

New wood surfaces

New wood surfaces have a hard shiny surface known as mill glaze which prevents maximum penetration and bonding of any finish. To properly prepare the surface for application, and minimise splitting, swelling, cupping and checking caused by exposure to the sun and rain, first treat with Seasonite and allow the wood to weather for 6-12 months before applying Textrol.

Weathered wood surfaces

All surfaces must first be clean, dry and free of dirt, grease, grime and mildew. If any mildew is present, treat it with a solution of 1 part bleach to 3 parts water. Scrub the solution on to the surface and allow to stand for 10-15 minutes then rinse thoroughly. Clean weathered wood with Net-Trol to remove the loose wood fibres, dirt and other surface contaminants. If necessary sand the surface after cleaning (80 grit paper). After cleaning, allow the wood to dry for 2-3 days before finishing.

Previously oiled surfaces

Textrol may only be applied to bare wood surfaces or a weathered wood that was previously finished with Textrol. All other oils or sealers must be completely and thoroughly removed with a wood oil remover such as Owatrol’s Aquanett and then the surface must be cleaned and neutralised with Net-Trol before applying Textrol. If necessary sand the surface after cleaning and stripping (80 grit paper). After cleaning, allow the wood to dry for 2-3 days before finishing.

Previously coated surfaces

Textrol may only be applied to bare wood surfaces or a weathered wood surface that was previously finished with Textrol. All previous coating must be completely and thoroughly removed with a stripper such as Owatrol’s Dilunett and neutralised with Net-Trol before applying Textrol. If necessary sand the surface after cleaning and stripping (80 grit paper). After cleaning, allow the wood to dry for 2-3 days before finishing.

Application of Textrol penetrating wood oil

Application Tools

  • Brush
  • Roller
  • Air-less sprayer .011 – .015 fluid tip/ 700-800 psi or less
  • Garden sprayer

Apply the first coat of Textrol and allow it to penetrate into the wood (15-30 minutes). Apply a second application and allow it to penetrate for 15-30 minutes. If required repeat this procedure until the wood is saturated i.e. will accept no more oil. Do not allow Textrol to become touch dry or dry between coats. Once the timber is saturated, brush out or wipe up any excess product that has not penetrated to avoid shiny spots. NOTE: Textrol is not a surface coating, its place is in the wood not on the surface.


Decks & other horizontal surfaces

Most decks & horizontal surfaces will only require a maintenance application of Textrol every other year. A single application of Textrol every other year will be sufficient to refresh the natural beauty of the deck/horizontal surface and to maintain protection. A periodic clean between applications with Net-trol to remove dirt and contamination will renew the appearance of the wood.

Cladding & other vertical surfaces

Most cladding and vertical surfaces will only require touch up applications of Textrol. When areas treated with Textrol turn grey, clean with Net-trol and apply a single application of Textrol to replace material which has weathered out. Areas retaining good colour do not need a maintenance application. Badly weathered areas may require 2 applications of Textrol (apply the second application as soon as the first has penetrated the wood). Surfaces with harsh exposures to the sun and weather will weather wear more quickly than other areas. If this happens, clean effected areas with Net-Trol and apply Textrol as necessary, blending into areas which still have good colour.

Clean Up

Clean all tools and equipment with white spirit whilst still wet. If allowed to dry, remove with paint stripper.

NOTE: Any rags, steel wool etc. soaked in Textrol may spontaneously catch fire if improperly discarded. These must be saturated with water after use or placed in a sealed, water filled metal container, before disposing with household waste.

Things to Remember

  • Before starting, test the colour choice on a small area. Allow to dry to determine final colour (remember that this colour will lighten over a couple of months to the final colour).
  • Cover everything you do not wish to coat, including plants and shrubs.
  • Apply between 5°C and 35°C.
  • Do not apply if cold and/or wet weather is expected within 24-48 hours.
  • Mix product thoroughly before and during application.
  • Do not thin.
  • Always work the entire length of a deck board or horizontal siding to a logical break, such as a window or door frame.
  • Never stop the application in the middle of the wall.
  • Vertical siding should be coated from top to bottom.
  • Do not allow to dry between coats – apply Textrol ‘wet on wet’
  • After spray application, always back-brush or back-roll to improve penetration and uniformity of coverage
  • If using an airless sprayer it should be .011 – .015 fluid tip/ 700-800 psi or less

31 reviews for Textrol

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    Annette Cooksey Verified Owner

    This is my second review!
    I have been using Textrol every year for 11years on my oak bi fold doors and as a result of doing that they look as good as the day they were installed

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    Annette Cooksey Verified Owner

    Been using Textrol for 12 years on my oak bi fold doors they’ve kept looking as good as the day they were installed

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    Chris Irving Verified Owner

    I volunteered to repair the local Church gates a job that demanded a good finish that would be on show to many. After applying a light spirit stain to boost the much faded oak I applied the penetrating finishing oil. Extremely easy to apply. Excellent viscosity. The second coat has left the gates with a deep coloured finish with substantial body which I am confident will last for many years. The result has been praised by many and I am off the hook. I will certainly investigate the Owatrol range of products when planning my next project.

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    Paul Mason Verified Owner

    We have a small cottage by the sea in the North East of Britain. It has a court yard at the rear which faces east so it has a south and a north wall as well. We did not like the colour of the bricks used on the walls so we decided to put up rough sawn cladding on two walls and along the external east facing walls.
    We followed the instructions for new wood by putting two coats of textrol on all surfaces and lathes. We then left the surface to over winter and this spring we gently power washed the surface. After several days of dry weather we were ready to start with Textrol in the Ash Grey.
    It was not easy to put on as it is runny but we had prepared with tarpaulins etc. We found that we only needed a small amount on the roller which we then brushed out whilst the surfaces were still wet. The coverage was fantastic and we are very pleased with the result. The uneven colour is due to the different woods being used. I would like to add photos but there does not seem to be that option.

    • Owatrol Team

      Owatrol Team Verified Owner

      Hi Paul,

      Thank you very much for your review of Textrol – we are very happy you had such a good experience with it.
      As for the photos, if you are happy to, you could send them to us via email to: sales@owatroluk.com – we could create a case study about your experience for our blog, as well as share it on our social media pages.

      Thanks again.

      All the best,
      The Owatrol Team

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    Steve Hiorns Verified Owner

    After having a large area of my garden decked and fenced off, I needed a product that would compliment the work that had been undertaken. After much research I can across Owatrol Textrol, being a little sceptical what I was reading I took further advice from other sources. Very quickly it became obvious this product came with glowing references so my decision to purchase became a no brainer. I will say please do not be put off by the prices after all you get what you pay for. The finished product was even better than I could have hoped, the icing on the cake as they say, resulting comments have all been positive. I will say please read the instructions on when and how to use this product, this will result in an outstanding finish.

    • Owatrol Team

      Owatrol Team Verified Owner

      Hi there Steve,

      What a fantastic review – thank you so much for your kind words.
      We are very happy you had a great experience using our products and love the end result.
      If you have any before and after shots of your project (or just after shots) we would love to make a case study of your experience. Feel free to drop us an email and we will get right on it.

      Thanks again Steve.

      All the very best,
      The Owatrol Team

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    Philip Richardson Verified Owner

    I have used Textrol clear on my Romanian log cabin since it was first erected in my back garden in 2005. Having applied two coats initially to the untreated wood I have since recoated it once each year. Textrol has protected the cabin amazingly. Last year I had the windows replaced and called in the company who first supplied the cabin to do the work. When the owner came he could not believe the condition of the building and asked what I had been using. On being told it was what he had recommended 12 years ago he could not remember! He has been using and recommending different products since then. He now recognised his mistake and left with my half-used can of Textrol to order some for his display cabins. I have ordered another 5 litre can which will last me another couple of years. Very pleased with the product.

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    Julie Hannaford Verified Owner

    Amazing wood treatment product. Well worth the money. I used it to restore and waterproof a 1950s oak bench which had had rough treatment over the years. Having stripped off the old paint and sanded down, I treated with Netrol and then 3 coats of Textrol in the rustic oak finish. Not only does it look amazing but it is totally waterproof. I would buy this product again & recommend to others. I have never come across such an effective wood treatment.

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    Mike Hughes Verified Owner

    good stuff, goes into the wood and easy to apply. Looks good

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    Michael Nolan Verified Owner

    I have used Textrol for many years now and I am convinced there is nothing that comes close to it in terms of protection, appearance and finish. Some of the decking in my garden is over ten years old and family and friends are amazed at how good it still looks.

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    Time will tell how good this product is. Goes on easily and looks stunning.

    I purchased the golden oak, wasn’t much for the colour and after sanding it down brought the rustic colour and mixed them together.

    Looks fantastic.

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    David Lean

    Product arrived on time, was very easy to apply with a brush and even easier with a roller. We gave the deck two coats and it looks superb.

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    Nancy Luke Verified Owner

    Easy to use product which produced great results on my garden table and chairs. The colour is great and they look almost new again. Definitely a product I would recommend.

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    David Kay Verified Owner

    Cleaned a 7 year old untreated 4 x 3meter decking with Netrol followed by treating with Textrol. I followed the instructions to the letter and the results are amazing. I had previously used different, popular brand named products on other decks with “ok” results that didn’t last beyond 12 months. Having recently moved to a different house, I wanted to try a different system and after doing a lot of research decided to try Owatrol. I can’t comment yet on the longevity of the product but the initial appearance is nothing short of astounding. I followed the instructions exactly as stipulated but found that the calculator at the head of this web page underestimate the amount I needed by just over half a litre. I had to order a litre more but it arrived the day after ordering, hence the loss of a star in my rating. I can highly recommend but make sure you follow the instructions and make sure you buy enough from the outset.

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    Rhonda Verified Owner

    This is a brilliant product – I have a large decked patio and it looks stunning now I have stripped and treated it with the Owatrol rustic oak decking oil. Just one thing I find puzzling – why is it cheaper to buy from one of your stockists rather than from you direct? I ordered the first tin from one of your suppliers but ran out.
    I only ordered it direct because you did next day delivery however it was almost £25 more expensive and then on top of that there was the delivery charge!

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    S. Lingam Verified Owner

    I’ve just moved into a new house with very weathered and grey decking in the garden.
    We had to replace some broken boards – so used Aquanett, then Netrol and then finally Textrol. Decking now looks great. The Rustic Oak textrol is a dark rich colour which I really like and best of all the replaced boards blend in seamlessly. Very pleased with the end result.

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    Janet Sycamore Verified Owner

    Great product, fast delivery, exceptional service! Caring for your outdoor wood products and keeping them looking good is very rewarding especially with products as easy to use and effective as this.

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    Tom Moreland

    Having been told about Owatrol from a friend I used it to restore our graveyard family bench. This had been covered with varnish for several years and was looking very shabby. After the hard work of cleaning off the old (pealing) varnish and painting with Owatrol, the bench looks brand spanking new. Two seasons later and after a light coating in spring and another before the winter sets in, the family still congratulate me on my restoration work. I tell them that they should not congratulate me, they should thank Owatrol. I only wish that I had known of your product before I varnished my wooden river boat.

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    Linda Green Verified Owner

    Bought Owatrol after searching for products on internet. Reviews and product info sold it and we are delighted. The ‘no build up’ is a massive plus. Thank you

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    chris williamson Verified Owner

    this is with out doubt the best product for woodwork that you don’t want to creosote. make sure your wood is clean as per instructions,it soaks in and enhances the grain slightly. two coats on my decking and the rain is standing on it like a newly waxed car. one tip. order slightly more than you first think and you will find a use for any left over.

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    J. Allerton Verified Owner

    Easy to apply with brush or cloth (on rails), certainly looks good, waiting to see how it weathers over winter…

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    Sandy Langford

    Please would you pass on my grateful thanks to Ken for the free Aquanet to sort the rain damage to the then newly treated Textrol decking. We have now had sufficient good weather to try it out and it has certainly worked. I have also used it to remove some Textrol splash marks from the white upvc step too where I had tried all sorts of things to remove them but none had any effect whatsoever until Aquanet.

    The finish of Textrol is worth waiting for and even when unexpected disasterous weather arrives or accidental splashes occur on white plastic, it can be rectified! Excellent customer service, thanks.

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    David Lawson Verified Owner

    In 1998 I bought a full set of Hardwood garden furniture, and life promptly overtook me, and I ended up neglecting it. The external surfaces oxidised, turned a “silver” colour, and life went on. In 2007, I moved house and took the set with me as it was a long lasting hardwood not attainable these days. After the Big Recession in 2008/2009 I started to drift into “Retirement Mode”, and belatedly thoughts returned to sorting out the garden furniture. Out came the Sander, rolled the sleeves up and set to.

    Two months later a big garden table and 8 chairs were sanded down to the original wood, and the moment arrived …… will it restore or not?

    It did, and Textrol did a fantastic job, I was mentally prepared for parts of it to be beyond restoration after – literally – 12 years outside bare to the elements – wind, rain, snow, the lot(!). It was incredible, it restored just like new, repeals water like a medieval crewman repealing borders on his ship, and – literally – looks like new.

    If this stuff can do that kind of restoration job …. well, it’ll “do anything” as they say. For the last 5 years I have dutifully given it a single light coat at the Season start, and a single light coat to “tuck it up” for the winter under proper garden furniture waterproof covers.

    So here we are, now 17 years since I bought the hardwood garden furniture set, having now treated it properly for the last 5 years, and its stunning …… all the original patination is still there, the colour is as vibrant as ever, there is no “thick layer” building up to a mess (its all soaking in nicely).

    I cannot praise this stuff highly enough, if my garden furniture can survive that abuse, be restored to new, and turn it into a waterproof vibrant wood – it’ll do anything if you use it wisely, sparingly and as per instructions on the tin. Run don’t walk and get some – and provided you initially sand it all down very carefully (take the time to do it properly) – you will not regret it, magical results ….. 🙂

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    Sue Thompson Verified Owner

    This is the second time that I have bought Textrol, and I wouldn’t consider buying anything else for our hardwood decking. The first tin lasted two seasons and after each treatment, the wood reverted to its original condition, with complimentary comments from everyone who saw it.

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    Michele Williams Verified Owner

    With 100sq m of decking which is exposed to the sea air keeping it looking good is always going to be an expensive business. I have adhered to the Owatrol system (Seasonite/Netrol/Textrol) since the wood was new and treated it annually. 3 years on there is no flaking and water still sits on the wood. The real test will come this year when I sit back and put the ‘system’ to test. There is no doubt that Textrol knocks the others into a cocked hat and it’s simple to apply.

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    John Cunningham Verified Owner

    Been meaning to protect my hardwood decking for a few years and let it slip, so I firstly needed to clean the wood prior to oiling it. I spent ages online reading reviews and looking at processes to remove the aged look of the wood and the moss covered areas. I am so lucky I didn’t waste my money on cheaper alternatives to begin and have to redo the deck. I made the decision to spend that little bit more on these products and get it right the first time as I really didn’t want to waste time, effort and money on failed attempts. I bought both the Net-trol to clean and Textrol to protect and though expensive together, its so much cheaper than paying some company to do the job. I applied a coat of Net-trol (using old paint brush) to a pre soaked decking in sections working to the instructions and keeping it wet for 15mins by reapplying a mix of 3-to-1 water with Net-trol that I mixed in an old paint bucket, then washed it all off with a hose and scrubbing some parts with a brush. The wood when dry looked like i had just sanded down the decking, I was amazed at how easy that part was. Left it for a few days to dry fully, then planned to protect it using the Textrol. I bought a mini paint roller from DIY store and poured small amounts of oil into the tray and applied it to the wood using the roller. It was so easy this way and took me about 1.5 hours to apply two coats of oil. The results were stunning! From grey weathered wood that was slowly turning green over the past few years, I now had a deep hardwood decking fully restored for minimal effort and £100 cost. I really can not praise the products enough and how easy it all was to do. Well worth paying a few pound more and getting the right result first time.

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    Eileen Chin Verified Owner

    I was genuinely surprised by the superb results that I got from Textrol. My furniture had been sadly neglected and weathered for many years. It now looks as good as the day that I bought it. Amazing!

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    Jacqueline Verified Owner

    This is a great product which we use in our second year. Make sure you buy enough as you will need more than suggested. We used it also on our furniture with great results and looking fantastic. Delivery was very quick and we can only recommend this product even if it is pricy.

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    helmut Verified Owner

    Well, what can i say except ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT.
    Before I read a blog about owatrol products I went with the advice of a so called Expert and was utterly disgusted with the result. I had spent over £120 and all I got was a worse looking decking than I ever had. I had no other choice but to remedy this and that’s when I read about owatrol.
    OK, cost rather more than the like of conceal, cuprinol and others I could mention but the result I have achieved leaves me kind of gobsmacked.
    I could not be happier with the outcome. the decking NEVER LOOKED BETTER.
    I can only recommend to spend the extra money for this product, if applied as instructed (and I am 63 year old with two left hands DIY-er) nobody will be disappointed with the result.
    …and if the maintenance is going to be as good as the first job I will be proud as punch and gladly pay the extra £££.

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    After a little accident with the sprayer emptying 5l of the Textrol on the deck I finally finished. I must say my wife and I are very pleased with the end result. Expensive but you can clearly see where the quality is.

    Thank you for your assistance.

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    A New Pensioner

    I have just completed my teak furniture using Owatrol Textrol and in my opinion it is the best product I have ever used. The furniture came up looking as new. I jetwashed it first. A tip maybe is to use a mohair application pad – not the smooth variant, instead of a brush (I used the one from a previous wasted tin of Ronseal), it spread the oil great and was completed in super fast time especially the slatted chairs! Now going to attempt the decking with Net-trol to clean and Textrol to protect. If you need advice I found the guys at Owatrol Direct to be extremely helpful!

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    Plan It Contractors – George McKendrick

    It is not often that we write to suppliers but I have done so today to say that put simply your products are one of the best we have seen in 38 years. We bought Net-trol and Textrol for decking now fully restored after going grey having NEVER been treated ever. It has restored the wood, they shed water like an umbrella and look stunning. Our Client is delighted with us and we are delighted with Owatrol. I have heard it said that it is an expensive product; rubbish, an expensive product is one that has to be applied three times, last five minutes and ruins your reputation. Owatrol is quite simply the best that money can buy at any price.

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Coverage: Initial application: 5m2 per litre
Maintenance: 10-12m² per litre
Tools: Brush, Roller, Airless Sprayer or garden sprayer
Suitable for: Exterior use
Clean up: White Spirit
Drying Time: 24-48 hours
Re-coating Time: Apply ‘wet-on-wet’
Suitable Surfaces: Weathered softwood & hardwood

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