Bio-Based Timber Ox Green Wood Protectant Stain is Naturally Robust
When it comes to wood, natural is better. That's the idea behind Timber Ox Green, a wood finish line made from premium agriculturally-renewable materials, and free of toxic, polluting petrochemical solvents. The product was developed by an Indiana wood restoration contractor seeking to offer long-lasting protection for log homes, decks, siding, and cedar shake roofing.
The product differs from conventional wood finishes in several important ways. Its robust formula relies on castor oil to achieve deeper penetration, coupled with a citrus-based solvent. As it cures, it forms a triple polymer bond within the wood; by contrast, water based finishes typically form a film on top of the wood.
Titanium dioxide micro-particles help protect the wood from ultraviolet rays, and automotive grade iron oxide pigments provide long lasting color. The finish is mold resistant, water resistant, rot resistant, and comes with an impressive 3-year warranty for horizontal surfaces and a 5-year warranty on vertical.
In addition to supplying contractors and independent retailers across the U.S., the parent company itself stains over 100 decks and restores more than 30 cedar shake roofs per year. "From the outset we really wanted to make the very best finish we could, for use in our own exterior wood restoration business," said John Nearon, sales manager for Timber Ox. That hands-on experience has led the company to continue tweaking the product for enhanced performance as new bio-based technology becomes available.
Timber Ox offers a variety of marketing aids, including a field sample kit that shows off its palette of 7 exterior and 2 interior colors and demonstrates how well the product penetrates into sample planks of radiata pine.
VOC compliant Timber Ox can be used in all 50 states, qualifies as a USDA Bio-Preferred Stain and can contribute to LEED (Credits MR 4.2 and MR 6) and NAHB-Green.