Frequently Asked Questions - Fiddes Australia
Hard Wax Oil
How long does it take for Fiddes Hard Wax Oil to dry?
4 hours in ideal conditions . Air movement after application will quicken the process. A closed up house will slow the drying time considerably.
All of our coatings will be fully cured in 7 days.
Hard Wax Oil is just as durable as our Water Based Polyurethane however it has the advantage of being replenishable.
De-nibbing is recommended for a smoother finish however it doesn’t need to be mechanically bonded between coats.
Under normal circumstances 2 thin coats is all that is required. Anything more than this will result in over application and the coating will be weaker not stronger.
For floors the preferred method is with a microfibre short nap roller and a paint tray. Do not use sponge, mohair or lambswool rollers or speed brushes as these hold too much oil and over application will occur. For furniture apply using a good quality bristle brush, microfibre roller or lint free cloth. You can also view application videos on our You Tube Channel and Facebook page. Please search Fiddes Australia.
The Tinted Hard Wax Oil can achieve very different looks depending on application and timber species. Refer to the application instructions or contact us via the Contact Us page to discuss options. You can also visit our You Tube channel or Facebook page for application videos.
120 grit is recommended for most substrates. Do not oversand your timber as it will close the grain and stop the oil from penetrating. Refer to Application Instructions in the Downloads section of our website for more information.
High traffic areas will tend to wear first. Typical signs are feeling dry when damp mopping or appear to look dull. If you have a solvent or waterbased polyurethane coating your floor will require a full sand and recoat. If you have a Hard Wax Oil coating the individual areas can be replenished without requiring sanding (please note if re-coat is left too long sanding may be required).
Hard Wax Oil After Care
How do I clean my floor/cabinetry?
Fiddes Wood Floor Cleaner and Fiddes Wood Surface Cleaner are compatible for use with all of our coatings. Refer to our Floor Care PDF in the Downloads section.
Furniture can be placed back once the floor is dry. Do not drag furniture across the floor – lift into position. Do not replace rugs, apply cardboard or carpet as protection until fully cured after 7 days.
Preferably wait 3 weeks before washing your floor. Spot wipe any spills with a damp cloth until then. We recommend the use of Fiddes Wood Floor Cleaner. Please refer to the Floor Care PDF in Downloads for more information on caring for your floor.
Preferably not as they can act as an abrasive. Mats at external entrances are recommended prior to entering the house.
Adequate protection on the bottom of chairs and other furniture can assist in preventing scratching. Felt or cork is recommended over plastic as they can cause scratching.
Have their nails trimmed regularly and discourage excitable play. Unfortunately all types of coatings will scratch from pet nails especially dogs.
General Questions
Refer to the PDF in the Downloads section of our Website for coating comparisons. Application videos are available on our You Tube Channel and Facebook Page. Please search Fiddes Australia.
Visit the Inspirations page on our website or visit our Instagram or Facebook pages for ideas. Note that stains will have a different look with different timber species. Once you have decided on the look you want to achieve you can contact us for more advice on which products in the Fiddes range can help you achieve this.
Yes we have Fiddes Outdoor Furniture Oil, which is clear and in a satin finish & Fiddes Universal Decking Oil, which comes in a range including clear and 3 colours. Contact your local stockist or view the product on our website for more information. Please note, a wood preserver is recommended if you want to prevent the timber from greying off.
Direct Stains
All Fiddes coatings are compatible with our full range of Fiddes stains.
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