b'1.6 Staining: Natural Range1.6.1 NATURAL PRODUCTSThe Weathertex Natural Range are uncoated hardwood timber products that will fade to a rustic grey with UV exposure just like raw timber. Manufactured with a mixture of native Australian eucalypt species, the original colour and greying process can vary due to the seasonal variation of harvesting areas.Weathertex Natural may be left raw to grey off, be stained with a quality decking stain to maintain the rich appearance of new timber / stained with a controlled erosion stain for timber to mimic greying off and maintained as per below.NOTES:1.Painting Natural range with a standard top coat (paint) finish or a clear coat will void the manufacturers warranty. If a top coat finish is to be applied, it must be onto Weathertexs pre-primed products.2.Varnishes, oils & clear coats are not suitable for external applications of Weathertex products. They do not provide adequateUVprotection,theirinflexibilitycanresultincracking/crazingandwhenexternallyexposedcancause irregular and blotchy surface aesthetics. It is the customers responsibility to confirm coating suitability from the coating manufacturer.SURFACE PREPARATION - CLEANING & WASHING: After installation, prepare the surface by removing dust and contaminants with an Oxalic Acid based timber cleaner solution. A soft broom or cloth may be used to gently scrub all surfaces. Wash down with fresh water and allow to completely dry. Not allowing the board to dry before coating is a common cause of coating failure. Failure to properly prepare the surface may result in poor adhesion and may void the coating manufacturers warranty. Never use high pressure washers as this can cause coating or even board damage and water ingress into the wall cavity.1.6.2 STAINING NATURAL PRODUCTSSTAINING:Apply 2-3 coats minimum of a recommended water based deck stain in accordance with the staining manufacturers application instructions. It is best to brush apply staining to ensure proper penetration into the woodsman featured surface. Cutting in should be performed after the first coat is applied to avoid a dry-line border in the finish. Weathertex Natural may also be left to lighten before staining for different colour results. Staining providers offer a wide range of colours that may be used and a test sample should always be performed to confirm colour expectations and performance before staining.COATING WITH A CONTROLLED EROSION STAIN PRODUCT:Apply a controlled erosion stain in a colour that is in accordance with the staining manufacturers instructions. Weathertex Natural may also be left to lighten before staining for different colour results. Staining providers offer a wide range of colours that may be used and a test sample should always be performed to confirm colour expectations and performance before staining.WEATHERTEX LEFT NATURAL (UNCOATED):Left to weather naturally by the sun, the uncoated timber will lighten and grey off over time similar to raw hardwood. The degree and speed of colour change will depend on the intensity of UV exposure. The design of the installation must allow for consistency of sun exposure as shade lines caused by other features will result in colour variation and inconsistent weathering patterns. When allowed to weather naturally some small black spots on the surface may become more visible. This is carbon which is inherent within raw timber and the manufacturing process. These small black spots are not mould and will not affect the performance or longevity of the product.NOTE: Natural Products are composed of unsealed natural hardwood timber which may occasionally exhibit tannin bleeding. Consideration must be taken if installing unsealed Weathertex products above porous or light coloured features.STAININGSPECIFICATIONS ATweathertex.com.auUnstained (silvered off 2 years) Stained (Charcoal)Weathertex12'