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CLEAR TOUGH COAT changes name to CLEAR TOP COAT
Since the addition of Royal Exterior to our retail Woodcare Range, Clear Tough Coat is no longer the toughest kid on the Protek block.
Royal Exterior is the highest-spec, hardest-wearing, longest-lasting woodstain finish that we now manufacture, apart from Decking Stain that is specially formulated to withstand the extreme pressures of foot traffic and exposure.
Top of the Pots
The summer months has seen a steady and fairly constant supply of fair weather that has seen everyone getting busy in their gardens. Top colours have remained fairly consistent with the usual soft heritage tones and natural wood colours constantly buzzing around the top ten.
Monthly variations see some favourite colours being replaced with other shades, only to make a return the following month. Brighter more vibrant colours sit happily in the Wood Stain & Protector 1 litre top 10 where they are used to add a splash of colour in the garden.
Potting Shed Makeover
Whilst the summer was treating the garden to nice hot, dry weather, I thought I should treat an unloved old potting shed to a makeover.
With a selection of green woodstains from our Protek Royal Exterior range, I transformed my tatty old shed in to a thing of beauty. It is now an attractive garden feature that will last and bring me pleasure for years.
Garden Fence Makeover
This summer I decided to make the most of the good weather and the fact that I work at a woodstain factory.
The boundary fencing was of good quality but well-weathered and looking drab & dirty. Under a mature tree there was a large amount of algae build-up and the time had come to treat the timber to prolong its life.
Experimenting with an oriental/mock-Tudor style, I got busy with the brushes and created a design that looks great and makes a brilliant backdrop for planting.
Garden Obelisk Makeovers
This summer has been the perfect time to get creative and have some fun in the garden. A couple of areas in my garden needed brightening up and climbing plants were in desperate need of supports.
Two obelisks gave the perfect solution adding some architectural interest, climbing support and all year round colour by treating them with wood stains from Protek’s Royal Exterior range.
Treating a trellis with woodstain not only prolongs its lifespan but also creates a stunning backdrop to planting.
Two of my roses were in need of some support and as they grow up against the house wall a trellis was the obvious support solution. The first rose, a David Austin Ferdinand Pichard has lovely large pink striped blooms so I chose Protek Royal Exterior Rose Pink woodstain for its trellis.
The second rose, David Austin Rambling Rector has a glorious display of delicate light yellow blooms that would be complimented well by Protek Royal Exterior Lemon Yellow.
Front Door Makeover
The first job was to remove all of the old paint from the door and surrounding panelling. There were years worth of paint layers smothered on so removal wasn’t easy. We used a combination of chemical paint stripper, heat gun and power sanders. Four (very long and dirty) days later the paint was off and the bare wood sanded back to a nice finish.
This month's colours – DECEMBER 2014
While my garden borders are sleeping for winter I’ll be taking the opportunity to get out my paint brushes and finish painting some fencing. Not only will it provide them with long-term protection from the elements, it will also create an attractive backdrop for plants when they start to emerge in the spring. Although your windows of opportunity are somewhat diminished by seasonal weather, this month is the perfect time to see the boundaries of your garden whilst flora is pruned back and dormant. It is also a great time to be able to reach fencing to maintain it without being attacked by or damaging your plants.
This months colours are inspired by the shades I’ll be using on a run of fencing, changing tones as the planting progresses and performs a minor metamorphoses. Royal Exterior in Hazelnut is used on the posts and horizontals to add contrast and continuity throughout the scheme.
Win with Wood Competition 2014 – The Results!
It was another fantastic year for the competition seeing lots of fantastic photos being sent in. There was an impressive range of uses for our wood stains with many original designs and constructs.
With such high standards and variety it was extremely hard to pick the winners and a lot of conferring was required. In the end we awarded 3 additional ‘High Merit Runners Up’ places as it was impossible to choose!
The winner of the 1st prize was Trevor Bean from Doncaster with his beautifully stylised Japanese Tea House. The quality of finish and combination of colours across our woodstains range impressed us all. He is now the very happy recipient of the Elite Arch kindly supplied by AVS Fencing, 3 pots of wood stain worth over £100 and a range of garden goodies.
‘Love Your Garden’ splash out with Protek
The ever popular ITV primetime gardening show returned to our screens this summer with another stunning series. With viewing figures now exceeding those of BBC Gardeners World, millions of people tuned in every week to see horticultural legends Alan Titchmarsh and David Domoney team up with Katie Rushworth and Frances Tophill to transform the gardens and lives of well deserving members of the public.
For the third year running the production team and designers used Protek wood stains as an integral part of their garden designs. Urban wastelands were transformed in to stunning gardens with the help of great planting, structures and landscaping features.
Charmouth Beach Huts given the Royal Treatment
Following the storm devastation at the start of 2014, the parish council at the picturesque and historic village of Charmouth in Dorset set about repairing some of the damage to their coastline.
On a stretch of the beach renowned for fossil hunting, a strip of new beach huts were supplied & erected by Beaminster Sheds treated in Protek’s Royal Exterior Soft Mocha, blending naturally within the coastal defences.
Garden Chair Makeover
At the back of my shed sat a very old and dirty garden chair that hadn’t seen the light of day for some time. It was still structurally sound and with a little love was transformed in to a thing of fun and beauty.
After a quick sand to remove the muck from the bamboo slats the chair was decorated using a selection of blue sample pots from the Protek Royal Exterior range. Now it looks great and will last for years!