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36" x 48" Panels
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Rich or Rustic?
The choice is yours.

Panels can be painted or stained to suit your taste and style or can remain uncoated to age naturally.

Treated with Solid Stain or Paint

To preserve your OUTDECO panels’ rich, dark natural color, we advise applying an exterior-grade, water-based solid stain or fence sealer. The product should be reapplied at regular intervals to maintain the color over time, 

To enhance your decor, OUTDECO panels also can be painted to suit the color palette of your environment. 

The factory-applied Decoshield™ Semi-Transparent Stain acts as a primer allowing for easy application of paint, stain, or sealant.

Untreated to Age Naturally

All OUTDECO USA panels are coated with our Decoshield™ Semi-Transparent Stain which is specially formulated to provide initial protection against UV and water damage.

As the panels age and weather, the timber’s natural tannins change the panel color to a silvery gray, similar to aged teak.

Panels that are untreated and allowed to age naturally remain durable and long-lasting. No staining or painting is required for the panels to be resistant to water damage and termites. 

Natural Rustic Look

New Panels with Decoshield™ Finish
Untreated Panels aged 12-24 Months

As OUTDECO USA panels age and weather, the timber’s natural tannins change the panel color to a silvery gray, similar to aged teak.

When panels are installed with unfinished hardwoods, both wood surfaces can weather and age together for beautiful, rustic effects. This aesthetic works well with contemporary architectural hardwood features that are allowed to age naturally.

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Finishing Basics

Protected & Ready-to-Install with Decoshield™

As a factory standard, all OUTDECO USA panels are coated with the Decoshield™ Penetrating Protective Stain System which is formulated to provide protection against UV and water damage.

  • Decoshield™ acts as a primer and is easily painted, stained or sealed.
  • The panels’ hardboard surface is machine-finished providing a good surface for accepting water-based paints and stains.
  • Timber products’ finish and rates of absorption will vary, as is the nature and beauty of natural products.
  • If you plan to treat the panels, we recommend water-based, low-VOC, exterior-grade solid stain or paint that are intended for timber.
  • It’s advised to apply coatings at the time of installation.
  • If in doubt about your choice of color, coating product, or technique, test a patch on the back or concealed edge.
  • In keeping with the sustainable characteristics of OUTDECO USA products, please use water-based, low VOC-sealer, stain and paint products.
  • Always follow coating product directions.

Coatings

Keep your OUTDECO USA panels sustainable. Use water-based, low-VOC sealer, stain and paint products.

For ease of finishing and best results, coat your panels before fitting and installing.

  • When timber panels are coated on one side only, the difference in moisture absorption from front to back can cause minor warping. If applying a coating on the front, we recommend applying at least a light coat to the back.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. Some products are explicitly formulated to be applied only as a single coat, others require two coats.
  • Applying more coats than recommended will create a film that is likely to peel.
  • Follow product guidelines for drying time between coats. A second coat applied too soon won’t penetrate evenly and may not dry at all.

Revive the Color of an Existing Installation

If your panels have weathered slightly, and you wish to bring back a darker, rich look, coat the surfaces with an exterior-grade, water-based solid stain and sealer. 

Stain

  • Use any solid-stain or clear sealing products.
  • Pigments in a solid-stain will help to enrich the natural color and maintain the rich timber-fiber texture longer, reducing maintenance.
  • Solid-stain pigments also help to further block UV rays.
  •  Maintenance for this treated panels will be similar to that of a hardwood timber deck. 
  • If using a sprayer, back brush the spray, or better yet, use a sponge-pad applicator to push stain deeper into the wood. 

Sealer

  • Use any solid-stain or clear sealing product.
  • Pigments in a solid-stain will help to enrich the natural color and maintain the rich timber-fiber texture longer, reducing maintenance.
  • Solid-stain pigments also help to further block UV rays.
  • Maintenance for treated panels will be similar to that of a hardwood timber deck. 

Paint

  • Use any solid-stain or clear sealing products.
  • Pigments in a solid-stain will help to enrich the natural color and maintain the rich timber-fiber texture longer, reducing maintenance.
  • Solid-stain pigments also help to further block UV rays.
  • Maintenance for this treated panels will be similar to that of a hardwood timber deck. 

Application

Solid stains and paints can be applied with a sprayer, roller, or brush.

For ease of finishing and best results, coat your panels before installing.

  • Carefully read and follow the coating manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Apply finishes to dry panels that are free of dirt and dust.
  • Spray or brush in a horizontal direction only.
  • Apply several light coats, instead of one heavy coat, to minimize drips in the cut-outs.
  • Cleanup excess drips on edges after each coat.
  • When timber panels are coated on one side only, the difference in moisture absorption from front to back can cause minor warping. If applying a coating on the front, we recommend applying at least a light coat to the back.
  • Follow product guidelines for drying time between coats. A second coat applied too soon won’t penetrate evenly and may not dry at all.

Spray Gun

  • A sprayer allows for ultimate control and even coating on the panel’s surfaces and in the cut-outs.
  • Alternate light coats at 45° angles around the panel to get all edges evenly and minimize build-up in any one area.

Roller

  • Use a short-to-medium nap roller and make sure the roller is not too wet when applying.
  • Several light coats maybe better than one heavy coat to minimize drips into the cut-outs.
  • Roll coating horizontally across the panel’s surface and wipe off any excess drips in the cut-outs.

Paint Brush

  • Coat with several light coats instead of one heavy coat.
  • Do not overload the brush. 
  • Wipe off excess drips often while painting.

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