Preserve the natural look of soft or hardwood flooring and wooden furniture with our high-quality wood oil and wood wax. We have a range of oils and waxes formulated to provide your wood with the protective barrier needed to withstand stains, heat, cracks, and harmful bacteria. 

Protect your wood with long-lasting oils and waxes from Rust-OleumOsmoSadolin and other leading brands, all available at The Paint Shed.

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What is wood oil? 

Wood oil is both protective and decorative. It is easily applied over wood stains or on to bare wood and timber. While not as protective as wood wax or varnish, oil seeps into the wood, replacing and replenishing the natural oils lost through age and exposure. 

Oils are favoured by woodworkers, as they actively work to bring wood surfaces back to life. The contrasting sheen helps restore the original character of the wood. Oils are easy to apply and easy to maintain. By layering wood oil, you help build a durable, healthy finish that significantly contributes to the wood's warmth and ambience. If you are in the business of caring for wood furnishings and fittings, natural, low VOC wood oils are a perfect choice.

What is wood wax? 

Wood wax is used primarily to protect the wood from absorbing moisture. It's a finishing product, with a matt or high shine finish that's ideal for worktops, furniture, floors and more. Waxes are suitable for household use due to their long-lasting water and stain-resistant properties. Unlike wood oil, waxes do not penetrate the wood but rather sit atop it. 

You can apply wax over other finishes to produce a smooth, soft sheen but do not attempt to apply anything over wood wax. 

Should I be using wood oil or wood wax?

If you want a protective product which prevents moisture from getting in and want something which keeps stains off surfaces indoors, wood wax is your best option. If you want something which protects wood but doesn't need much maintenance, you might prefer oil.  

What surfaces can I use wood oil & wax on?

It is best to use wood oil on previously oiled surfaces and wax on almost any surface. An important thing to know when thinking of using oil; you can't always use varnish afterwards if it is water-based, as you can't mix water and oil. If you are planning to varnish, take a look at some of our oil-based varnishes here

Are wood oil and wood wax shiny?

Wood oil tends to keep things dull as it is an absorbent. Wood wax will sit on top of the wood as a protective layer and have some shine to it. We stock a range of waxes in different finishes so that you can choose from clear, satin, matt & tinted wood oils.

How would I know if my surface was waxed or oiled?

If you've been staring at the floor and wondering which product was used, here is what you should do. Give a small section of the surface a quick clean and scratch it. If you can see something come off the floor and onto your fingernail/blade, there's a good chance you're looking at a waxed floor. 

If you wipe a small section with a cloth and it looks much shinier, it will most likely be wax. If you wipe and it remains dull, it should be wood oil on the surface. It is important to know that if your surface is much more reflective than just shiny, you will most likely be looking at a varnished surface. 

Can I colour my wood with oil or wax?

While wood oils do work to get in the word's pores, if you are looking to enhance or add some colour to your wood, we recommend getting a wood stain.

Can I use wood wax on untreated wood?

Yes. Wood wax can be applied without you needing to do any sanding or buffing, although it is best to ensure your wood is clean before using wax. 

How many coats of wood oil should I apply?

On average, three coats of wood oil should help protect any surface. A quick tip though for anyone using oil for the first time; don't overapply. Remember, you are looking for the oil to absorb into the wood. Applying too much on top will leave some oil incapable of doing so, and lead to blotching.

Shopping woodcare products at The Paint Shed

If you need any help finding the right wood oil or wood wax product for your surfaces, get in touch with The Paint Shed today. You can talk with woodcare experts at your local store, or by phone on 033 3320 2369.