Sadolin Classic Wood Protection

  4.9/5.0 (131 reviews)
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Wood type and application method can vary coverage.

  • A high quality, protective all purpose woodstain for exterior timber
  • Suitable for use on large surface areas
  • Ideal for cladding, fascias, decking and rough sawn timber
  • Absorbs deeply into the wood
  • Provides exceptional protection against weathering
  • Touch dry within 6 hours
Brand Sadolin
No. of coats 1-2
Coverage Up to 10 per litre
Drying time 24 hrs
Size 1L, 2.5L, 5L
MPN 5028483, 5028457, 5028479, 5028475, 5028470, 5028465, 5028498, 5028491, 5028502, 5028473, 5028487, 5028461, 5028484, 5028458, 5028480, 5028476, 5012903, 5028466, 5012901, 5028492, 5028503, 5012897, 5028488, 5028462, 5028485, 5028459, 5028481, 5028477, 5012924, 5028467, 5012923, 5028493, 5028504, 5012919, 5028489, 5028463
GTIN 5721147602418, 5721147660210, 5721147602111, 5721147660913, 5721147600513, 5721147660418, 5721147605716, 5721140068853, 5010131426759, 5721147600711, 5721147602517, 5721147660319, 5721147602456, 5721147660227, 5721147602128, 5721147660920, 5721147600520, 5721147660425, 5721147605723, 5721140068860, 5010131426773, 5721147600728, 5721147602524, 5721147660326, 5721147602432, 5721147660234, 5721147602135, 5721147660937, 5721147600537, 5721147660432, 5721147605730, 5721140068877, 5010131426797, 5721147600735, 5721147602531, 5721147660333

Sadolin Classic Wood Protection absorbs deeply into the timber to provide exceptional protection against weathering. It is ideal as a base stain for other products in the Sadolin range including Sadolin Extra Durable Woodstain and Sadolin Extra Durable Clearcoat.

Timber surfaces must be suitably prepared, clean, sound and dry. The moisture content should not exceed 18% prior to coating.

Bare Timber

  • Degrease any exposed bare timber surface by wiping with a cloth dampened with methylated spirits to remove any surface impurities or resinous deposits
  • Knotting agents should not be used with Sadolin woodstain systems
  • Hardwoods such as Teak, Ipe, Meranti and Balau must be thoroughly de-greased with methylated spirits prior to applying Sadolin Classic Wood Protection, as they contain a lot of natural oils
  • Any minor surface defects, imperfections or open joints can be filled with a suitable wood filler prior to coating
  • Only use non-ferrous screws, nails and fixings

New Timber

  • Any timber that has not been previously treated with a wood preservative should be treated with two liberal coats of Sadolin Quick Drying Wood Preserver paying particular attention to end grains, allowing 24 hours drying time between coats, before overcoating with Sadolin Classic Woodstain
  • Where possible, the base coat should be applied to all surfaces of the wood prior to fixing in place
  • Please Note: If using this product on decking, be advised that it is only suitable for new decking or decking that has been completely stripped or sanded back to bare wood

Previously Stained Timber

  • Lightly abrade, in the direction of the grain, ensuring not to break through the surface coating, and removing any remaining sanding dust after
  • Where there is localised damage, or deterioration has occurred as a result of exposure of the factory coating for longer than 3 months, affected areas should be thoroughly sanded back to a sound substrate and recoated
  • If a coloured base stain is required in order to match the existing factory applied coating, use Sadolin Classic Wood Stain in the most appropriate colour before proceeding as described above


  • The backs of new glazing beads, end grains and rebates should be brought forward to a finish using the full Sadolin system prior to fixing
  • Joinery to be coated with Sadolin Wood Stain should be glazed using a suitable sealant
  • The use of linseed oil putty or modified, non-setting compounds are not recommended in conjunction with Sadolin Wood Protection systems
  • To confirm compatibility, please consult the manufacturer of the relevant glazing material
  • Silicone glazing materials should only be applied upon completion of the finishing coats

Applying Sadolin Classic Wood Protection

Always do a test area before starting any project to test product suitability, adhesion and final finish. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on the tin at all times.


Do not apply if there is a risk of rain, or when air / substrate temperatures are below 8℃ or above 25℃, or if the relative humidity is above 80% during application or drying periods. Protect from frost and rain until dry. Failure to meet these requirements may adversely affect the drying, visual quality and durability of the finish.

Initial Procedure

Ensure that Sadolin Woodstain is thoroughly stirred before and during application, otherwise sheen and colour variations may be experienced. Sadolin Classic Wood Protection is ready to use from the tin and does not require thinning.


  1. For best results use a good quality, long-haired, soft bristle brush
  2. Apply Sadolin Classic Wood Protection in a full flowing coat, working well into joints and ensuring end grains or sawn timbers are coated to saturation
  3. After 5-10 minutes redistribute the coating by brushing evenly in the direction of the grain
  4. Avoid over spreading Sadolin Classic as this will reduce the long term durability and performance of the coating
  5. To ensure optimum durability and uniformity of appearance, we recommend the use of an overall coat of Sadolin Classic Woodstain prior to finishing with 2 full coats of Sadolin Extra


A lightening in colour, reduction in sheen and a loss of water-repellency is an indication that maintenance is required. For general maintenance, lightly abrade in the direction of the wood grain and clean using warm water and a mild detergent, then rinse thoroughly with clean water. Once dry, a fresh coat of Sadolin Classic Wood Protection can be applied.

If the finish is badly flaking or peeling, to the point where the bare wood is showing through or has started to grey, please follow the full Preparation and Application instructions above.

131 customer reviews
Excellent product by Douglas Bruce

used this product for a long time, consistent quality, long lasting.

Reviewed 2.5L, Rosewood on: 19/04/17
Very good by Roger Trevena
Reviewed 2.5L, Natural on: 14/04/17
Easy to use and excellent results by Mrs T Lomas

Easy to apply and colour true to sample. Even after one coat it masked uneven colour tones on the fence panels to give a natural finish .

Reviewed 2.5L, African Walnut on: 12/04/17
Brilliant by Sue Escott

Brought up wood like new

Reviewed 5L, Jacobean Walnut on: 07/04/17
Excellent, easy to administer and looks lovely by Pauline Shipley

Great product at a good price.

Reviewed 1L, Light Oak on: 23/03/17
It's Sadolin, it's as good as you can get! by Peter Bligh

Easy to apply, good finish, protects well. Just follow the instructions!

Reviewed 2.5L, Redwood on: 04/02/17
Does what it says on the tin! by Michael Thom

Results are just what I was looking for.

Reviewed 2.5L, Light Oak on: 26/01/17
Very professional and efficient by Keith Clarke

Just what I required

Reviewed 2.5L, Natural on: 11/11/16
Brilliant value and great quality by Keith Harpham

Excellent - this is my second purchase and very well pleased

Reviewed 2.5L, Mahogany on: 30/10/16
Very good by David Stevens

very good product

Reviewed 2.5L, Light Oak on: 28/10/16
Fantastic,!thiigh doesn't go as far as it says! by Mr Andrew Cross

Brilliant easy to use product, but don't be fooled by the coverage of painting old wood. Divide by 2 to ensure you buy enough!

Reviewed 2.5L, Mahogany on: 27/10/16
Perfect for my new cabin by Ian Bainbridge

Great product

Reviewed 2.5L, Light Oak on: 21/10/16
Quality external wood protection by Graham Richards

Does what it says on the tin!

Reviewed 2.5L, Natural on: 17/10/16
Great product by Mr K Harris

Excellent to apply

Reviewed 1L, Teak on: 08/10/16
I used Sadolin products in 1990 when I was converting an old Barn, it was so successfull that when I had a large area of decking to paint and preserved I did not even consider using any other product by R Botcherby

This product fulfills all my expectations of Sadolin's qualities.

Reviewed 2.5L, Redwood on: 30/09/16
It's the best! by Andrew Langridge

I don't re-stain my fence panels very often, but was recommended to use Sadolin by a friend and Wood Finishes Direct had just the right colour and at the right price!

Reviewed 2.5L, African Walnut on: 26/09/16
Good finish well worth a try by D Davies

good product and cost is reasonable

Reviewed 2.5L, Redwood on: 18/09/16
Perfect product and transaction by Clare Withnall

I am not aware of a better wood treatment

Reviewed 2.5L, Dark Palisander on: 14/09/16
Good by Rodger Welham
Reviewed 2.5L, Dark Palisander on: 12/09/16
Pricey but a really good product by Martin Rhodes

We were advised to use this to protect the new timber doors on our garage. It's expensive but very good results obtained. We were so impressed we subsequently bought some more to treat our front door.

Reviewed 1L, Antique Pine on: 12/09/16