Creating artistic finishes with BRODA ® low-VOC natural oil wood coatings

artistic-wood-finish-sampleMost contractors appreciate the smooth, consistent finish of our BRODA ® coatings, but for some, a weathered country-style finish or distressed surface is a true thing of beauty. We have been asked to create artistic finishes on many occasions, by architects, designers and homeowners. Here are a few of our insider tips and tricks to get the wood protection you need with the colour and impact you want.

Surface: To begin with, the surface of the wood is going to dictate what features and textures can be brought out with the layers of colour. Choose wood with a strong grain, and/or add to the look by beating and distressing the wood before you stain (but after you sand and remove any mill glaze!) We like to use chains, hammers and other instruments of torture, depending on how worn the customer wants the wood to look.

Base Coat: Choose the colour you want o come through from underneath. Often, the antique look is achieved with a dark colour underneath, and a lighter colour over top, but this is your artistic statement. It’s a good idea to create a series of test sections where you can try out colours and see what looks best. We are happy to send you samples of our products, and with over 50 stock colors to choose from, you can have a lot of fun.

Overcoat: Spread this colour and use a cloth, brush or textured fabric to wipe some of it off. Experiment with thicker applications, more than one coat, etc.

Sanding/Weathering: You can sand or erode the topcoat further after it has dried. Some finishes go right down to the wood level on corners and other protruding areas, but you’ll have to use a topcoat to protect in those situations.

Topcoat: Once you are happy with your surface, choose the right protective topcoat. For outdoor applications, this could be a BRODA ® PRO-TEK-TOR SLT or DR formula. For sheltered or interior applications, you could choose BRODA ® CLARITY Acrylic, and for heavily-trafficked areas such as floors, doors or furniture, try hard-wearing BRODA ® PRO-THANE water-borne urethane coating.

Take pictures as you go! People will be interested to see how you achieved your masterful effect, and you may even need to remind yourself how it was done if you need to match it later. And please, send your pictures along to us. We love to see what people do with our products.

If you need any help, or want us to tackle the finishing for you, just give us a call at 1-888-311-5339. Our brushes and chains are waiting!

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We’re pleased to help bring colour to another Project in Place Community Playground.

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Vancouver-based landscape architects Sharp & Diamond are doing it again with their Projects in Place Society. This non-profit group brings construction professionals together with the general public to design and implement projects that benefit their community.

The CBR Projects / BRODA ® Coatings team has worked with Sharp & Diamond on several projects, including the sustainable and beautiful Visitor Centre at VanDusen Gardens, Vancouver. We are happy to be donating some of our colourful PRO-TEK-TOR Natural Oil Wood Stain (in 231 Pavestone Red, 236 Savanah Gold and 339 Smoke Blue) to add a touch of low-VOC colour to the wood benches, wood tables and playground elements in this great incentive. To find out more about Projects in Place, check out their website.

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Do-it-yourself Easy Deck Restoration Video

If you’re looking for an easy way to restore weathered grey wood on your deck or fence, we have the answer.

Check out this video from one of our happy customers who shows that you don’t need to be a pro painter to get great results. Just plan your deck restoration project, follow instructions and start with the right stuff – namely, a pressure washer, some x-180 Weathered Wood Restorer and a supply of BRODA ® Water-Borne Natural Oil Wood Finish.

You’ll also see a pretty clever way to apply stain in between the deck boards without the use of a sprayer.

Grab a can of your favourite beverage and get ready to turn that old gray wood deck into a fresh outdoor space, over just one weekend.

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One-year Powell Street road closure brings new directions to CBR Products.

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The City of Vancouver is busy again, this time building a new railway overpass right in our front yard. So until sometime in 2014, customers coming to our retail store will have to access CBR Products from Campbell Avenue on the Hastings Street side.

The Powell Street Overpass project is a $50-million major road and rail infrastructure project designed to expand rail network capacity and improve access for pedestrians, cyclists and commuters.

It’s also going to make it a whole lot trickier to get to Starbucks across Cordova. So you may want to BYOCoffee.

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Artdec brings BRODA ® natural wood finishes to even more of the Quebec market.

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Since 1990, Artdec.ca has been searching out and profiling greener, safer and better-performing products in the wood finishing industry, and bringing them to the Quebec market. So they are a natural fit to carry the BRODA ® line of water-borne natural oil wood stains, acrylic and urethane coatings.

Réalisation_prato-Verde2With a wide range of natural oils, waxes, varnishes, paints, stains, glues and wood finishing tools, Artdec.ca has become a leader in wood finishing and is proud to provide and share knowledge with customers through their forums and online technical support.

BRODA ® products have been successful in the Quebec market for a number of years. A love of wood and respect for the environment makes our natural oil woodstain and water-based acrylic and urethane finishes very popular with our friends in La Belle Province.

So here’s to many years of fine finishing together. Salut!

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Can’t get your bees to buzz or your buckwheat to buck? The Homesteader’s Emporium is your store.

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Our Strathcona neighbourhood in East Vancouver is full of interesting people and businesses. But this has to be one of the most original.

When Rick Havlak decided he wanted to make his own cheese, jam and roast coffee, he also made his fair share of greenhorn mistakes. So he founded the Homesteader’s Emporium, offering supplies, equipment and know-how to help give other urban do-it-yourselfers a leg up.

Whether you’re interested in making bread, cheese, or preserves, roasting coffee beans, cultivating mushrooms, sustainable urban gardening, weaving, soap- or candle-making, keeping backyard chickens, or beekeeping, The Homesteader’s Emporium has the goods to get you on your way.

Now that’s Protecting It All!

For more information, call the store at 604.568.7675, stop by 649 East Hastings, or go to www.homesteadersemporium.ca


The Homesteader’s Emporium is open Tuesday – Friday, 11am – 6pm; Saturday, 10am – 6pm; Sunday, 11am – 5pm; closed Mondays.

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Apple-box siding makes this is one of the sweetest cabin designs around,coated with wood finish stains by Broda.

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One of our BRODA ® customers, Shamus Finnegan at Green Suite Painting, recently sent us some pictures of his off-the-grid cabin currently under construction in the Okanogan Valley. Design builder Goodweather­ set out to transform this 5 acre farm into an “organic cornucopia” with simple passive design strategies and sustainable ideals including Broda low VOC coatings.

Responsible living in mind, much of the material has been reclaimed from the property on which it sits. Barn timbers, Douglas Fir floor boards and all of the 2×2 siding squares in this clean, modern design are actually 40 year old wooden apple orchard box sides (3/4” plywood) stained in BRODA ® PRO-TEK-TOR Natural Oil Wood Stain Siding Log & Timber (SLT) 231 Pavestone Red & 314 Silver Grey.

The front door is also a genuine relic from a 1913 sailor’s bar in San Francisco, found in a Vancouver Main Street antique shop.

The young family is working together to prepare a clean and organic space to put their roots down and grow. BRODA ® Clarity finishes will provide much of the interior coating, used clear and white-washed, accenting what is present and contributing to a clean, bright future just as our clients here surely are.

This is definitely one for cabinporn.com (which, fortunately, is not what it sounds like).

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When a wood finish fails, don’t give up.

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It can happen to the most diligent tradesperson or homeowner. The wood finish chosen (often by someone else entirely) fails and the project starts to look bad.

This can be a case of film-forming coatings that do not let the wood breathe, improper application or the wrong product chosen for the wood type or exposure.

Whatever the case, there’s nothing for it but to refinish.

We have been able to help many customers get back to happy with their coatings. On one recent job, we helped refinish a yellow cedar home with a custom colour formula of our BRODA ® PRO-TEK-TOR Siding Log Timber Natural Oil Wood Stain. The customer called us a year later to say they were very happy with the coating’s performance, and to check on any maintenance work that would be required.

We recommended a simple washing and perhaps a light application of clear BRODA ® PRO-TEK-TOR to keep it looking perfect.

So if you end up with a failed coating, give us a call. There will be some work involved, but in the long run, you’ll be happier.

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Want to see how your painting project will look? Let us paint it digitally, first.

Digital-PreviewMaybe you have an important building project for which you need to select paint tints. Perhaps you’re a contractor with a very picky client. Or maybe you’re just having a spousal colour spat about staining the porch.

Why not to ask for one of our CBR Custom Digital Previews? You provide us with a high-resolution photo of your home, building, shed, whatever. We digitally colour it with BRODA® tints.

It’s a great way to get just the look you want, before opening that first can on painting day. You can also experiment with a few different combinations, and even some bolder colours than you might otherwise try.

If you’re interested, give us a call.

Prices vary, based on the complexity of the project and the number of colours you want to try. But it’s guaranteed to be cheaper than repainting.

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