How To Apply Blanchon Hard Waxoil Colours
Your choice of colour for Oak flooring comes in all manners of styles, be it the darkest of tones or the lightest of whites.
To achieve a rainbow of colours, one of our more popular products of choice is the Blanchon Hard Waxoil - Colours.
Currently the Blachon Hard Waxoil - Colours is available in a number of shades: Light Oak, Golden Oak, Smoked Oak, Walnut, Black, Graphite, Metallic Grey, Light Grey, White Grey, White, Rough Timber, Old White and Weathered Wood.
In this guide we show you the process of applying the Blanchon Hard Waxoil - Colours. For this example; the Golden Oak colour has been applied to our unfinished European oak flooring.
What You Will Need
- Blanchon Hard Waxoil - Colour
- Optional Blanchon Hard Waxoil - Top Coat (Available in Natural Ultra Matt, Natural or a Satin Natural finish)
- Vacuum Cleaner/Dust Pan and Brush
- Natural Bristle Hand Brush
- Floor Brush (Peak Oak Floor Brush used in example)
- Buffing Machine or Cotton Cloths
- Stirring Implement
The Blanchon Hard Waxoil should only be applied to clean, unfinished timber. The old or new wood flooring should be sanded to create a smooth, even surface - finished with a 100 or 120 grit.
Any traces of dust should be thoroughly removed - using either a vacuum cleaner / dust pan and brush - prior to the application of the hard waxoil.
Underfloor heating systems should be turned off - as this can impact the drying process.
Begin by shaking the container of your chosen Blanchon Hard Waxoil - Colour well.
In a well ventilated area, ensure that the overall temperature is not below 12°C.
For this room we have decided to use a Floor Brush for the application of the hard waxoil. A smooth spatula or short-haired roller can also be used for this process.
You should begin the process of application by starting from the furthest point away from the door.
Pour your chosen colour into a larger container or flat tray.
Being careful not to overfill, carefully dab the floor brush into the mixture.
Dependent on the size of your room, apply the oil thinly to one or two runs of the flooring. Follow the length of the board, thoroughly brushing outwards down the plank. The oil should be applied very thin at a coverage of around 20 to 25m2 per litre per coat.
It is important at this stage to not apply too much oil that cannot be successfully wiped off later in the process. Applying over too big of an area will make it more difficult to work with further in the process.
Work on a few boards at a time, always finishing at the end of the board - never half way through.
The wood flooring will now resemble a colour much thicker, bolder and darker than what will be the finished floor.
With your designated run completed, the next stage is the buffing / wiping stage. This process removes the excess oil - leaving a more desirable finish.
Using either a clean cotton cloth (in a circular motion), a buffing machine fitted with a beige pad, or a polishing machine fitted with soft brushes - wipe the surface of the wood regularly.
Buffing the oil like this enables you to achieve a beautiful uniform finish, that deeply impregnates the wood.
Failing to buff the coloured hard wax oil at this stage can result in a finish with undesirable excess thickness on the surface.
Continue buffing the run until all thicker patches of coloured oil are removed - resulting in a clean uniform finish.
Continue this same process of a few runs at a time, brushing on and wiping off the colour across the room.
Make sure to work your way out of the room, finishing the process at an exit point.
The Blanchon Hard Waxoil - Colours will take approximately 4 to 6 hours after buffing to dry.
8 to 12 hours should be allowed before proceeding.
With the first coat dry, you may find that the overall finish does appear not as perfect as expected. This can happen but will generally even up upon application of the second coat.
Proceed to apply the second coat of the Blanchon Hard Waxoil - Colour following the same method as before.
Brush on the oil, again only applying as much as can later be wiped off.
As before, the brushed on coat will appear thicker and shinier before the buffing process.
With the run complete, buff off the oil using the same method as before - be that wiping with a clean cotton cloth in a circular motion, a buffing machine with a beige pad or a polishing machine fitted with soft brushes.
Continue the process of brushing on, wiping off for the remainder of the room - working your way out through a doorway.
Once more, allow 8 to 12 hours for drying under normal conditions.
You should now be left with a beautifully finished floor coated with the Blanchon Hard Waxoil - Colours.
To maximise protection of your flooring, it is possible to apply a single final coat of the clear Blanchon Hard Waxoil.
This top coat should be applied following the brushing method as before. Apply the clear hard waxoil outwards, evenly and thinly to the boards. There is no need to wipe or buff at this stage.
Continue around your room, finishing the application through a door way.