Paints and Waxes
Beeswax is the traditional and most appropriate finish for exposed structural timber. It nourishes timber whilst providing a beautiful finish. Make sure that your beams, trusses etc. are free from contaminates such as paints and varnishes. If these are present they can be cleaned with relative ease using a variety of methods, please contact us for assistance.
‘Defrassing’, which is the removal of the top layer of timber to reveal previously unexposed timber beneath, is a crude way of achieving the desired finish and frowned upon in the conservation world. You also risk losing carpenters’ and possible apotropaic marks. Painting and varnishing internal timber should also be avoided.
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