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Protek Packaging has a MAKEOVER

Protek Wood Stain - New Packaging

Over the last year we have been updating our packaging and in the coming weeks and months you will start to see the results. 

 

We worked with a highly experienced and award-winning designer Tracey O’Doherty, who has worked on many well known brands including Marks and Spencer, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols.  She has radically changed the packaging. 

 

The new packaging reflects the importance of wood to Protek.  Using wood images to distinguish between the designs, the individual products now have a fresh new identity that is clean and clear.  

 

The range has been clearly differentiated by colour banding.  

 

Preparation products such as wood preservers and primers are in Red. Wood Preserver Plus uses a sawn tree stump as its image highlighting the beauty of wood and the need to protect it. 

 

Core products are in Grey, this includes Wood Stain and Protect and Shed and Fence.

 

New packaging designs for the Protek range - Wood Stain and Protect

Wood Stain and Protect is a great all-round garden product and uses fence slats to showcase the bright and varied colour palette.  With over 35 colours to choose from it is now available in three sizes 1L, 2.5L and 5L. 

 

Shed and Fence a great value product also uses fence slats to showcase the more traditional colours available in the range. 

 

Our premium products Royal Exterior and Royal Interior are set on a Putty coloured base that really highlights the sophistication of the product. 

 

Royal Exterior uses Hadspen blue cladding with white windows for a sophisticated look. 

 

Royal Interior uses a lovely chair image to showcase the colour range 

 

Royal Metallic adds some ‘sparkle’ to the tin. 

 

New Timber Eco Shield is dramatic in Black, the image of raindrops on a vivid green leaf show the water repellency of the product and it’s eco credentials.

 

Icons

Alongside the new designs are icons.  The icons were designed to make it easy to see the different product features and benefits. Every feature has an icon- e.g. whether it is sprayable, uses nanotechnology, is child, pet and plant friendly or the coverage per SQ M.  Simple designs to make it easier for the customer. 

 

Packaging 

With the attention on plastic and plastic pollution we have made the decision to move our products into tins.  As tins can be more easily recycled it felt like the right choice to make for the environment. 

 

The only exception to the tin policy will be Shed & Fence which will be moved to a plastic container that contains 100% recycled plastic and is in turn fully recyclable.  

 

Over the coming months as we phase in the new designs you may see a mix of old and new packaging. Bear with us …..it is the same great product. 

 
Our Favourite Colours for Spring

Our favourite colours for SpringNothing says Spring quite like green. Green is such a versatile colour and can take on many different tones, for Spring 2020 we are loving a soft, muted sage green. Also symbolic of new beginnings we have chosen our greens from the reinvigorated Wood Stain and Protect range. Newly packaged in tins as we move away from plastic packaging.

 

Wood Stain and Protek - Willow Wood Stain and Protek - Pale Sage  Wood Stain and Protek - Soft Sage

 

 
Covid-19, Protek Wood Stain is Open and Operational

Update 23/9/2020 - 12.24pm

 

Orders are now taking up to 5 working days* 

 

*Some orders are taking up to 10 working days where we need to manufacturer more paint in specific colours but we are working on this lead time daily.

 

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Update 03/5/2020 - 06.18am

 

We are taking and delivering your orders.

 

All orders received are being processed but due to the high demand and the strain on the courier network you may experience a delay in receiving them. Please allow 10  - 15 working days for delivery. Once your order has been shipped we will send an email to update you on the status of your order.

 

Thank you for your understanding at this time.

 

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Update 4/5/2020 - 07.51am

 

We are taking and delivering a limited number of your orders.

 

All orders received are being processed but due to the high demand and the strain on the courier network you may experience a delay in receiving them. Please allow 10  - 15 working days for delivery. Once your order has been shipped we will send an email to update you on the status of your order.

 

Thank you for your understanding at this time.

 

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Update 2/5/2020 - 17:00

 

Temporary Suspension of orders.


We will open again at 9am on 4/05/2020

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

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Update 3/5/2020 - 08.08am

 

We are taking and delivering a limited number of your orders.

 

All orders received are being processed but due to the high demand and the strain on the courier network you may experience a delay in receiving them. Please allow 10  - 15 working days for delivery. Once your order has been shipped we will send an email to update you on the status of your order.

 

Thank you for your understanding at this time.

 

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Update 2/5/2020 - 19:00

 

Temporary Suspension of orders.


We will open again at 9am on 3/05/2020

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

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Update 2/5/2020 - 08.45am

 

We are taking and delivering a limited number of your orders.

 

All orders received are being processed but due to the high demand and the strain on the courier network you may experience a delay in receiving them. Please allow 10  - 15 working days for delivery. Once your order has been shipped we will send an email to update you on the status of your order.

 

Thank you for your understanding at this time.

 

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Update 1/5/2020 - 17:00

 

Temporary Suspension of orders.


We will open again at 9am on 2/05/2020

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

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Coronvirus update- 24.03.20
Still Manufacturing and Delivering Wood Stain and Paint
 
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday 23rd March we can confirm that we are able to keep our factory manufacturing and fulfilling all our paint orders.
 
As a small business being able to trade is a significant, BUT and here’s the BUT we can only do it with our team and couriers.
 
The Team
Our staff’s health and welfare remain our biggest concern.
 
We will continue to operate the social distancing policy and support any of them if they are ill.  If any of their family members are ill we will ensure that the whole family isolate.  
Thank you again to our team.
 
Couriers*
As an on-line business we rely heavily on our couriers.  We will continue to send out orders as long as the couriers turn up.   We are hugely grateful to the couriers who really are ‘Keeping Britain moving’. Thank you.
 
Free Next Working Day Delivery with Orders over £30.
 
We offer next working day delivery on all our orders and free delivery for over £30. We are committed to this promotion and will endeavour to get all orders on a next day service BUT this may not always be possible if the couriers are overstretched with the anticipated HUGE number of on-line orders. If this happens, please bear with us.
Finally, THANK YOU.  Thank you so much for buying wood paint and wood stain from us. We know you have a choice.  We hope that you all stay, well, fit and healthy. 
 
During these very challenging and unsettling times, we hope that if you are lucky enough to have an outside space, that you can create an oasis of your own, to support your mental health, please share images to give positive hope to others.
 
 
*We use a reputable courier who will continue to deliver their excellent service. They have reviewed their procedure and have implemented the following methods to deliver your order in a safe way.
 
For Deliveries to Residential Address
 
• Courier will place parcel on doorstep and ring the door-bell or knock on the door
 
• Our courier will then step back approximately 2 meters from the door
 
• Our courier will explain to occupant that due to extra precautions over Coronavirus we will not requiring a signature.
 
• The driver will enter the DEL code onto his EPOD device (and)
 
• Ask the recipient’s name and enter this onto this onto the EPOD device
 
• Courier will enter CV into the signature field.
If no one answers a We Called Card will be left in the normal manner and the parcel will be returned to the depot.
 
For Leave safe parcels that have specific leave safe instructions in the Special Instruction Field
• Our courier will leave the parcel in a safe place
 
• Our courier will complete and post a We Called Card stating where the parcel has been left
 
• Our courier will take a photograph showing the parcel and surrounding environment to identify location.
 
• Courier will enter code LAI (Left as Instructed) onto his EPOD device.
 
This is obviously a constantly changing situation and we will continue to run our business by adhering to the latest government guidelines.

 
Timber Eco Shield's TV Debut on Love Your Garden

Timber Eco Shield’s TV debut

 

Back in October, ITV’s Love your Garden team of Alan Titchmarsh, Frances Tophill, Katie Rushworth and David Domoney took on their most challenging garden to date. Father-of-three Chris Garlick lost his hands and feet to sepsis just 22 months before. Chris, who at the time just felt a bit under the weather with flu like symptoms, was in fact going Septic. This was spotted by his amazing wife Karen who had just by chance recently done her “return to nursing” practice and spotted 5 of the 6 red flags! Despite this an attack of Bacterial Meningitis followed and when it came to saving Chris’s life, they had to decide to either, hopefully save Chris by removing his hands and feet, or very much face losing him completely. After the surgery he has fought to walk and move but his restricted mobility has meant that most of the garden was out of bounds to him.

 

Timber Eco Shield’s TV debutOur new Timber Eco Shield in Black was seen on the large garden building that was erected for Karen’s therapy business. It was chosen to be in keeping with the rest of the garden.  The Garden Room Linda from Summerhouse 24 was an ideal solution that not only looks great but is incredibly functional as well as having additional space for the family to enjoy. We were so delighted that Timber Eco Shield was chosen to be used as Summerhouse 24 are great customers of ours and already sell Protek with their buildings.

 

Timber Eco Shield in Black was chosen as the designer’s wanted a flatter black treatment as seen on Norwegian buildings. It was also used on the Adirondack chairs that looked super stylish with the blue geometric print cushions.

 

It was a complete WOW of a garden.

 

Timber Eco Shield - BlackWe were delighted to play our part in supporting this transformation and even more excited to see our brand New product - Timber Eco Shield used across the garden.

 

Good luck to Chris and his family- you have inspired us all.

 
Christmas homemade decor inspiration

This year we have decided on a natural theme and colour choice for our Christmas decorations, which include upcycled, handmade and foraged items. To tie in with the launch of our new Timber Eco Shield, we have used Red Cedar, Moss Green and Weathered Wood, adding a delicate twist on the traditional colours. Of course to add a little bling, we couldn’t help but accent these with our wonderful Royal metallics wood paint. 

 

Products we have used:

 

Royal Metallic Exterior - Cooper    Royal Metallic Exterior - Bronze   Royal Metallic Exterior - Gold   Royal Metallic Exterior - Silver   Timber Eco Shield - Weathered Wood   Timber Eco Shield - Cedar   Timber Eco Shield - Moss Green   Royal Interior - Snow

 

Bringing your staircase to lifeBring your staircase to life over the Christmas period by giving it a festive makeover. Whether it’s the first thing to greet people as they enter your home or if even it’s tucked away, they are a perfect place to drape a garland or dangle some decorations to brighten up an often overlooked space. Make a green faux garland your own by adding natural evergreen foliage like Ivy or some with red berries such as Cotoneaster. You could even add something aromatic like Eucalyptus or Rosemary, which will release their scent as you brush past. This gives a perfect base to add your own hand painted Christmas decorations and a little sparkle. We embellished wooden and cardboard decorations from Hobby Craft and Baker Ross using Timber Eco ShieldRoyal metallics and Royal Interior. If you don’t have a stair case, or need to keep the area clear, you can use the same idea around a door frame or mantelpiece. 

 

Glitzy make-over using Royal metallic BronzeA larger paper mache reindeer’s head was given a glitzy make-over using Royal metallic Bronze for the antlers and Royal Interior Snow for the head. Team this with smaller reindeer heads, also painted in Royal Interior Snow, but using Royal Metallic Copper and Gold for the antlers, interwoven into a garland for your stairs. On it’s own, set against a wall painted in Farrow and Ball Arsenic green, this effortlessly simple decoration could undoubtedly stay up all year round. 

 

 

 

 

Help your kids make some rustic Christmas decorations using foraged twigs from your garden or a wintry woodland walk. They don’t have to be perfectly straight as this adds to the character and texture, but try and get them thinner than a pencil. You will also need a glue gun, secateurs (or a sharp pair of scissors) and some embellishments such as paint, ribbon, twine or even buttons. Gather your twigs together and cut them into sets; two longer pieces for the sides, one slightly shorter for the bottom and a much shorter piece for the truck. First glue the two longer pieces together at the top, making sure the gap at the bottom will fit the twig for the base. Then take your base twig and glue it in place to finish the triangle. Lastly take the very short twig and glue it roughly in the centre of the base twig. Set them aside to dry and continue with the other sets you are making. Once they are dry you can add your embellishments. We kept it simple by painting stripes with Royal Metallics, but you could decorate your trees with anything you have left over from wrapping presents or you can find around the house. Wrap ribbon or twine around the twigs, from side to side making the middle more solid, or glue buttons or pompoms on. The possibilities are endless!Rustic Christmas Decorations

 

 
Welcome to Winter

Welcome to Winter

 

There is no winter without snow, the wintry trees all shivering silvery and brown weighed down and heavy. Burnished copper reflecting the warmth of a burning fire, on these short dark days. 

 

Winter has given us the opportunity to highlight our favourite colours in two of our new products. From Timber Eco Shield we have the on trend Weather Wood, making new wood look old and full of character. This alongside Royal Metallics Copper gives us the most gorgeous combination. Against the pure white of Snow from our Royal Interior range.

 

Timber Eco Shield - Weathered Wood   Royal Metallic Exterior - Cooper   Royal Interior - Snow

 

 
Autumnal Hues - Be inspired by nature

Autumnal Hues

 

Autumn brings its own natural palette, changing from fresh green to rich shades of red, yellow, purple, orange, magenta, and brown. Seen here from the Royal Exterior range are Saffron, Drawing Room Gold, Pillar Box Red and Pond Green echoing beautiful cherry tree leaves.

 

This is the best time of year for a bracing walk, locally Exmoor National Park is abundant with beech trees that are a riot of autumnal colour. Or we recommend a visit to Hestercombe Garden where three centuries of exquisite garden design surround you with trees full of golden changing colour. 

 

Royal Metallic Exterior - Saffron    Royal Exterior - Drawing Room Gold    Royal Exterior - Pillarbox Red    Royal Exterior - Pond Green 

 
Grow Winter Salad

Grow Winter Salad

 

The warm and bright Summer months may be a distant memory as the nights draw in and the weather turns wet and windy, but there are still many things you can do in the garden. It is an ideal time to tidy and weather proof your garden, put in some effort now and your garden will look good over the winter months, but you can also still grow new crops.

 

Growing Winter SaladAs you savour your last few tomatoes or herbs, you may think the time for planting crops has gone, but it is still possible to grow vegetables over the winter months if you choose the right ones and give them a little protection. The slow growth of the plants can give an extra depth of flavour, so you may find some taste even better than those grown in the warmer months.  There are the usual root vegetables you can grow over winter, some of which are fully hardy, so can cope with the cold and wet, but these may need more space than you have. If you only have a small area such as a patio, balcony or windowsill there are other crops you can grow such as winter salads, spring onions or leaf vegetables that can be cooked quickly. 

 

There are a wide variety of containers you can choose to plant up, they may be ones you already have; either wood, ceramic or metal, but make sure they are clean and in good condition before you start. We used Timber Eco Shield Dark Brown on our wooden trough, but you could use a brighter shade from one of the 64 available in our Royal Range to add all year round colour to your garden. It is probably a little late to sow your own crops, as it should really have been done early to mid-September, but some garden centres are still selling plug plants which can give a head start. You can use new compost in your pots, or recycled, but in this case make sure it is pest free and add some slow release plant food or chicken manure pellets. The crops will be less hungry as they grow more slowly in Winter and therefore need less feed through the cold period. You can begin feeding again when the weather warms up in Spring. Place the container in a sheltered spot out of the wind, and if possible give them some cover; a cloche or fleece, as this should give you a more productive crop. You can buy these, but we’ve used recycled water bottles, (the large 5L ones are great as they give the plant more room to grow) or other recycled materials such as plastic piping and clear plastic packaging.

 

The final thing is what to grow!  Some of our suggestions for planting are; for salad crops ‘cut and come again’ salad mixes, rocket (less prone to bolting in the cooler months), Mizuna, Chicory or Winter Gem lettuce. Other leafy crops include Cavelo Nero, Spinach or Swiss Chard (this will give the added bonus of a splash of colour to your garden as well!).

 
Autumn is upon us

Autumn is upon us

 

Autumn is upon us and now is the perfect time to protect exterior wood.

 

We all love the season's spectacular hues, jumping in crunchy leaves, discovering shiny conkers while taking a walk through the changing colours of the landscape. Our NEW Timber Eco Shield has a rich natural colour scheme that lends itself perfectly to this time of year.

 

Our colours choice for this Autumn is Timber Eco Shield in Cedar, Black and Hazelnut

 

Timber Eco Shield Black is seen on this large outbuilding. Our friends at Mendip Fireplaces wanted to smarten up and weather-proof their timber clad buildings before their busy Winter period. This photo is after only one coat and looks fabulous, almost time to light those fires. 

 

Timber Eco Shield - Cedar    Timber Eco Shield - Black    Timber Eco Shield - Hazelnut            

 
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