Natural Decoshield Finish
Natural Decoshield Finish
Painted
Painted
Stained
Stained

No finishing required.

Panels can remain uncoated for a natural look, or can be painted or stained to suit your taste and style.
Premium Natural Finish

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. No painting is required to protect the material’s integrity. 

Most panels are installed in outdoor applications and are left unpainted, with no secondary coatings. However, the panels are easily coated with solid-stain and sealers to preserve the original look and color or with paint to suit the palette of your style and environment. Decoshield™ which acts as a primer and is easily painted, stained or sealed.

To maintain the premium natural finish, we advise applying an exterior, water-based deck sealer or stain. To keep a rich dark look, choose a clear product or a stain color that will enhance the depth of the original finish. Reapply at regular intervals to maintain the color, as you would a wood deck.

Natural Rustic Look

Factory Finish
Aged 12-24 Months

As the panels age and weather, the timber’s natural tannins change the panel color to a silvery gray, similar to aged teak. This aesthetic works well with contemporary architectural hardwood features that are allowed to age naturally. Integrated panels and hardwoods can weather and age together for beautiful, rustic effects.

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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

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

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

  • 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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