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Editor's Review

Renowned for their quality and performance, Sikkens HLSe and Filter 7 stains have earned a strong reputation in the painting industry. I’ve used these products across a variety of projects, from client work to my own home builds and renovations, particularly on timber joinery and furniture. They have consistently proven to be a dependable choice, holding up well against the harsh UV radiation of New Zealand’s climate.

I’ve experimented with a variety of paints and stains on wood, but Sikkens products consistently come out on top for their durability. But remember, it’s not a quick slap dash process. For the best results, careful application is key, following the instructions carefully. Doing so not only provides the timber with protection but also brings out the wood grain – a detail I value greatly.

While these products excel in durability, weather resistance, and aesthetics, they are oil-based, which does raise environmental concerns when compared to water-based alternatives. However, it’s not necessarily a direct comparison – we might be comparing apples with oranges here. As an aside, Sikkens has introduced a water-based range, which I haven’t had the chance to test yet.

Let’s look at the two products in question:

HLSe is a satin woodcare product, transparent and suitable for both interior and exterior use. Its transparent nature maintains the visibility of the timber grain. It works well with most types of timber and can be used as a standalone 3 or 4 coat system.

Filter 7, on the other hand, is a top-tier, film-forming, transparent, satin woodcare product created for exterior use. It’s weather-resistant and highly transparent. Unlike rigid coatings, Filter 7 is flexible, expanding and contracting with the timber. It incorporates potent UV filters and is microporous.

As with any product, Sikkens HLSe and Filter 7 stains have drawbacks. They come with a higher price tag than other stains and require meticulous application for optimal results – but don’t let that put you off, the investment is worth it.

In conclusion, if you’re after a durable and aesthetically pleasing stain for your timber projects, Sikkens HLSe and Filter 7 should be on your consideration list. They are premium products that necessitate a careful application process, and while they might be a bit pricier, their durability could prove cost-effective in the long run as other stains and paints might need replacement sooner.


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