Sikkens Decorative Wood Coatings

Sikkens Decorative Wood Coatings

With so many Sikkens products available it can sometimes be difficult to know which one to select and use. Read the below information to find out more about the Sikkens Decorative Wood Coatings, and to select the right wood coating for your project.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Sikkens Decorative Wood Coatings Range

What’s the difference between Sikkens Cetol or Sikkens Rubbol?
Sikkens products come in two ranges: Cetol and Rubbol

Sikkens Cetol Range:
The Cetol range of products are all high-performance semi-transparent wood stains and coatings. Semi-transparent, or also known as translucent, refers to the way in which you can partially see through the coating. With the wood grain still visible, this will enhance the natural appearance of the timber.

The semi-transparent coatings will protect your timber from UV damage, as well as exterior weather conditions. And, with products suitable for both interior and exterior wood, there are Sikkens Cetol products suitable for a vast range of projects.

Semi-transparent coatings are often seen on windows, doors, exterior joinery, cladding, fences, log cabins, timber buildings and sheds.

Semi-transparent Sikkens Cetol coatings can be tinted a range of semi-transparent shades from the Sikkens Cetol Design Concept Colour Collection. To discover the tinting possibilities of Sikkens view and order your FREE Sikkens Cetol Colour Card Here

*Sikkens Cetol Product Note: We do not reccomend that the Sikkens Cetol is applied as a clear, un-tinted product. As this will not provide adequete UV protection for your exterior timber. 

Sikkens Rubbol Range
The Rubbol range are for creating more traditional, solid painted finishes. Rubbol products consists of high-quality coatings with good colour, opacity and durability. These paint products also offer superb flexibility and extensibility, adhesion and colour retention.

A painted finish, like the Rubbol range, will be more durable than a semi-transparent finish and will be able to withstand exterior weathering conditions and generally last longer. With longer maintenance cycles, painted coatings are low maintenance and result in saving both time and labour costs.

Rubbol opaque painted finishes can be tinted to a vast range of paint colours, and in a range of sheen levels from satin to gloss. Often used for painted finish on items such as doors, windows, sheds, garden buildings, conservatories and more.

Sikkens Rubbol Coatings can be tinted to a range of Colours from the following colour ranges: RAL, Dulux, British Standard (BS) and NCS. For more information on colour tinting options and availability, please see the specific product pages. 


Solvent Based or Water Based Sikkens Decorative Wood Coatings?
Traditionally most Sikkens Decorative Wood Coatings have been created from solvent based formula and, the majority of Sikkens Wood Coatings are solvent borne. 

Sikkens Solvent Borne Decorative Wood Coatings

Sikkens Cetol Semi-Transparent Coatings
Sikkens Cetol Novatech
Sikkens Cetol Filter 7 Plus
Sikkens Cetol Novatop
Sikkens Cetol HLS Plus
- Sikkens Cetol TSI Satin Plus
Sikkens Cetol THB

Sikkens Rubbol Opaque Coatings
Sikkens Rubbol AZ Plus
Sikkens Rubbol Primer Plus
Sikkens Rubbol Satura Plus
Sikkens Rubbol XD

*Product Range Note: As of June 2017 Sikkens AZ Plus and Sikkens Rubbol XD are available in a White Base Only. This means these two products only come in a standard white, or can be tinted to light/pastel shades. Light/Pastel colours from RAL, Dulux, British Standard (BS), and NCS colour ranges only. For alternative high-gloss wood finishes call Holman Specialist Paints on 01793 511537 or read our blog here: High Gloss Wood Finishes for Exterior Wood


What about the VOC content in Sikkens Decorative Wood Coatings?
VOC Content in Solvent Based Products
However, some people still prefer to use solvent-based coatings! And, in some circumstances, solvent based coatings can still be very beneficial (for example in low temperature application, or when applying onto resinous woods like oak)

If using a solvent based coating, you’ll need to be aware of the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emissions which can be hazardous to the environment. However, the VOC 2010 Legislation, has put stricter limits on the maximum amount of VOC’s that can be contained in decorative paints, stains and varnishes.


Sikkens Decorative Products with the added ‘Plus’
To adhere to the latest environmental legislations, manufacturers Akzo Nobel have re-formulated the Sikkens Decorative Wood Coatings range to ensure they meet the regulations. All previously non-complying Sikkens Solvent Based products now all meet the required VOC content levels.

To identify which products have the new formulations, you will see the word ‘plus’ added to the product name. The new generation of Sikkens Decorative Wood Coatings all have the same high-standards and high-performance levels but with a more environmentally friendly formula.


Sikkens Water Based Decorative Wood Coatings
However, the latest developments in water-based coating technology means that there are also Sikkens Wood Coatings water-based alternatives.

The development of water-borne products is one of the most important steps in reducing environmental impact of paints and coatings. Water-borne paint products generally have a lower carbon footprint and are better for air quality.

The environmental benefits of water-based formulations come with no loss of quality to the Sikkens Decorative Wood Coatings. As the water-based versions of Sikkens products come with the same high-performance and durability as their solvent-based alternatives.

Sikkens Decorative Wood Coatings: Water Borne Products

Sikkens Cetol Semi-Transparent Coatings
Sikkens BL Unitop
Sikkens Cetol BL Primer

Sikkens Rubbol Opaque Coatings
Sikkens Cetol BL Opaque
Sikkens Rubbol BL Primer
Sikkens Rubbol BL Satura

*Product Range Note: As of January 2018, the Sikkens Cetol BL Opaque and Sikkens Cetol BL Primer are being discontinued. For other alternative water based wood coatings for exterior wood call Holman Specialist Paints on 01793 511537


To help you select the right Sikkens Decorative Wood Coating for your next project,
Read the Useful Product Guides Below:

For a semi-transparent or Stained Wood Finish: Choose Sikkens Cetol Decorative Coatings

Product Name Product Type Finish Maintenance Cycle Coverage Rates Properties Suitable Surfaces Used For Pack Sizes
Sikkens Cetol Novatech Exterior Wood Stain Semi-Gloss 2-3 years 27-30m² per Litre High-solid content Dimensionally stable: Softwoods Perfect for large wooden surfaces such as: 2.5, 5L
  Solvent Based       Resists mould/algae   Front Cladding  
          Protects from UV Can be used on hardwoods as a base stain.  Structural Woodwork  
          Optimum colouring   Wooden Buildings  
          Excellent penetration   Lodges  
          Excellent adhesion   Chalets  
          One-pot system      
Sikkens Cetol Filter 7 Plus Exterior Wood Stain Satin 5 years 20m² per Litre Excellent UV resistance Dimensionally stable: Windows 1, 2.5, 5L
  Solvent Based       Longer-lasting coating Softwoods Doors  
          Excellent durability Hardwoods Exterior Joinery  
          Flexible coating   Exterior Furniture  
          No dirt pick-up      
Sikkens Cetol Novatop Exterior Wood Finish Satin-Gloss 3-4 years 17-20m² per Litre High-Solids Dimensionally stable hardwoods: House-front Joinery including: 2.5, 5L
  Solvent Based       Resistance to UV Dark Red Meranti Window-frames  
          UV absorption Iroko Windows  
          Flexible Coating Teak Doors  
          Water-repellent Merbau    
          Gloss Retention      
          No dirt pick-up      
Sikkens Cetol HLS Plus Exterior Wood Base Coat and Wood Stain Satin 2 years 10-14m² per Litre Low-build Dimensionally stable and semi-stable softwoods and hardwoods: Cladding 1, 2.5, 5L
  Solvent Based       Resists UV light Plywood Fascia’s  
          Resists surface mould and algae Block Board Architraves  
          Resists cracking/peeling Particle Board Timber Frames  
          Micro-porous   Fences  
Sikkens Cetol THB Plus Exterior Wood Stain Semi-Gloss 2-3 years 17m² per Litre Micro-porous Dimensionally stable: Softwoods New/Bare Windows and Doors 1, 2.5, 5L
  Solvent Based       Water repellent Hardwoods Previously Coated Windows/Doors  
          Resists cracking/peeling   Exterior Joinery  
Sikkens Cetol TSI Satin Plus Interior Wood Varnish Satin When required 11-13m² per Litre Resistant to knocks, spills, and abrasion Smooth Planed: Window Frames 1, 2.5L
  Solvent Based       Hard wearing Softwoods Handrails  
          Resists water and mild household detergents Hardwoods Skirting  
              Wood Panelling  
              Light Domestic Flooring  


For an opaque, painted wood finish: Choose Sikkens Rubbol Decorative Coatings

Product Name Product Type Finish Maintenance Cycle Coverage Rates Properties Suitable Surfaces Used For Pack Sizes
Cetol BL Primer Wood Primer N/A Dependent on Topcoat 10m² per Litre Protects against resinous woods,                 Soft and Hard Woods,             Doors,  2.5L
  Water Based        Micro-porous Exterior Surfaces  Windows  
          Good Hiding Power   Joinery  
          Insulating Properties   Furniture   
          Low Odour, Quick Drying      
Rubbol Primer Plus  Wood Primer Satin Dependent on Topcoat 11-14m² per Litre Good Adhesion to many surfaces  Soft and Hard Woods,             Doors 1L, 2.5L, 5L
  Water Based       Can be used as a mid coat for steel, non-ferrous metals and hard plastics.  Interior and Exterior Surfaces  Joinery  
Cetol BL Opaque Opaque Wood Stain Satin 4 years 8-10m² per Litre Very Good Outdoor Durability  Soft and Hard Woods,             Doors 2.5L, 5L
  Water Based       Micro-porous   Joinery  
          Quick Drying, Low Odor   Furniture   
          High-hiding power      
          Wood Grain Remains Visable      
Rubbol Satura Plus Wood Paint Satin 5 years 15-17m² per Litre Exceptional Durability New and Maintenance Windows 1L, 2.5L, 5L
        Outstanding Colour Retention Interior and Exterior Surfaces  Doors  
  Solvent Based       High Scratch Resistance  Soft and Hard Woods   Joinery   
          Attractive Low Satin Finish      
Rubbol AZ Plus Gloss Wood Paint  Gloss 5 Years 16-18m² per Litre Good Gloss Retention  Exterior Surfaces  Doors 1L, 5L
  Solvent Based       Weather Resistant  Soft and Hard Woods Windows  
          Superior Coverage, Excellent Flow Mid and Topcoats on Timber/Metal Surfaces Joinery   
Rubbol XD Gloss Gloss Wood Paint Gloss 7-8 years 12-14m² per Litre Exceptional Durability Exterior Surfaces  Doors 1L, 2.5L
  Solvent Based       High Gloss Stability Soft and Hard Woods Windows  
          Optimal UV Protection Mid/Topcoats on Timber, Metal and Hard Plastics  Joinery   
          Excellent Light-fastness Maintenance Coats    


For more information, we always recommend that you read the appropriate product data sheet for your chosen product.

Find the product data sheets on the product page, under the ‘downloads’ tab.

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