How to prepare interior wood before oiling?

Wood that you want to finish with oil must be thoroughly sanded, even new wood. It's important you make sure that the surface is completely scratch-free. In case of renovation, all previous treatments should first be completely removed. We recommend you end with a screening net P100 (floors), P100 - P150 (furniture, stairs, worktops, ...) or P150 (MDF, Valchromat, Finsa boards). The final sanding grit will determine the end result. The smoother you sand, the less oil can penetrate in the wood and less intense the colour (and protection) will be.

Preparation products

After the sanding process, you need to remove all the dust. You can do this by vacuum cleaning and by using Rubio Monocoat Cleaner. This product removes all the microdust that is left and prevents the oil from bonding with the dust instead of the wood fibres. 

Depending on your goal or wooden support, you can use one of our other preparation products:

  • WoodPrep: use this product instead of Cleaner to achieve deeper colors or to minimise sanding errors. The product avoids (or reduces) the potential for visible sanding swirls, provides a more consistent and even colour penetration in case of uneven sanding and a more consistent colour penetration on naturally blotchy wood species ( e.g. maple).
    • Tannin Primer: use this product instead of Cleaner in case you're treating horizontal tannic woods (e.g. oak, chestnust, ...) that are often subjected to liquids. This product will prevent that tannin marks will appear on the surface. Be aware that this product, just like WoodPrep, will raise the wood fibres, so you'll achieve a more intensely coloured end result.
    • Deep Cleaner: use this product instead of Cleaner in case you're working with greasy (tropical) hardwoods ( e.g. teak, iroko, merbau, Afzelia, Afrormosia, ...). Deep Cleaner can also be used as a preparation when you need to re-oil in case of renovation. We advise you to wear gloves when using Deep Cleaner.



      • Don't use any preparation or pre-treatment product in case you're working with MDF, Valchromat or Finsa boards.
      • When making colour samples, it is essential to mimic the sanding and preparation process that will be performed on the actual project, regardless if it is a wooden floor or a wooden table.

    Optional pre-treatments

    Once the wooden surface has been sanded down and prepared, you can choose to treat it with one of our optional pre-treatments:

    Now the surface is fully ready to be finished off with our two-component Oil Plus 2C.