Outdoor Products

Why is the Economical RV Plumbing Antifreeze only safe for plastic pipes? Could one use it on a motor boat for winterizing a cooling system made of metal? Is there a problem with the product being in contact with metal? It does not seem to contain any corrosive ingredient.

Our Economical and Premium products contain the same ingredients, but in different proportions.
The reason for the warning is not because of corrosion issues or incompatibilities with metal, but rather because the Economical product exhibits more physical expansion at -50°C and this could damage metal pipes that are inherently less flexible than plastic pipes.

Can R.V. Plumbing Antifreeze contaminate my well water?

R.V. Plumbing Antifreeze is non-toxic, however it isn’t recommended for use in wells. If some product gets into the well, it isn’t harmful.

I used R. V. Plumbing Antifreeze in my pool line. When I flushed it, the smell of R. V. Plumbing Antifreeze remained. What should I do?

Normal pool opening procedures should remove the smell of the R. V. Plumbing Antifreeze, and if an odour remains, continue the flushing procedure until the smell diminishes. If the odour lingers after the water runs clean, simply open the pool as usual, and the odour will fade. The presence of an odour once the water runs clear does not mean that R.V. Plumbing Antifreeze is still trapped in the lines; it is the plastic in the hoses that absorbs the smell. However, always be sure to flush with copious amount of water.

Can I use a hydrometer to test your R.V. Plumbing Antifreeze product that provides protection to -50°C?

Handheld hydrometers do not give accurate readings. In order to achieve the best protection from our product, first drain the system as much as possible. Pour antifreeze into the fresh water lines through the pressurization system or by removing faucet stems. Add antifreeze until colour is evident at drain points. Have a mechanic test the ratio if necessary.

Can R.V. Plumbing Antifreeze be used as a thermal fluid/heat transfer fluid?

Do not confuse this product with radiator antifreeze/coolant. Never use R.V. Plumbing Antifreeze as a heat transfer medium. R.V. Plumbing Antifreeze can be used to protect heat transfer pipes from freezing when not in use, but pipes must be flushed thoroughly before using.

Can Wood Preservatives be used indoors?

Wood Preservatives are not intended for indoor use. These products are intended for outdoor use only on decks, fences, picnic tables, or on any uncoated or pressure treated wood.

Can I use Wood Preservatives on wood that has already been treated with a varnish, clear coat sealer, or any other type of coating system?

Wood Preservatives should be applied before treating with stains and water sealers and cannot be applied over new varnish or paint. The preservatives would not penetrate into the wood enough to be beneficial. The only exception is if the stain or water sealer is very old (more than 5 years), then Wood Preservatives can be applied without risk of damaging the old finish.

What is the difference between Copper II and Clear Wood Preservative?

Copper II is a bright green preservative based on copper naphthenate as the active ingredient so it is best used where the greenish tinge on the wood is not a problem or a dark paint will be used over it. It cannot be painted over with pale colours and will show through transparent stains. Copper II provides slightly better protection than clear preservative so it is often recommended for wood in contact with soil or to reduce maintenance. Clear preservative is based on Zinc naphthenate and provides invisible protection. It is ideal where the natural colour of wood is desired or where the wood will be painted with light coloured paints or transparent stains.

When will my Green Wood Preservative stop smelling? Can I paint over it?

Most Wood Preservatives dry in 2 weeks or when the temperature reaches roughly 28°C. Once dry, the odour will dissipate. Green Wood Preservative could bleed through paint, so use a dark colour to prevent discoloration or refrain from painting all together.

Can I paint over Clear Wood Preservative once it is dry?

Yes. It is called clear, paintable preservative because it will not bleed through paint. Even light coloured paints can be used successfully.

How often should I reapply Wood Preservatives to previously treated wood?

Reapply Wood Preservatives every 3 to 5 years in normal conditions and more frequently when conditions are more severe, such as shaded damp areas or those exposed to prolonged direct sunlight.

How long does Clear Wood Preservative last?

Under normal conditions, Clear Wood Preservative lasts approximately 2 to 3 years.

What is the water repellency rating of your Copper II or Clear Wood Preservative?

We do not recommend using a wood preservative as a water repellent. Recochem does have a product called Water Repellent item 13-754 that is excellent for providing water repellency.

What is the best method to apply Wood Preservatives? Can I use a spray gun?

Always use a paintbrush or roller to apply Wood Preservatives. Please note that government regulations prohibit the application of Wood Preservatives by a spray gun. Use a brush or roller.

Can I reduce the odour associated with Wood Preservatives?

Treat the wood outdoors, and take a break if you find the odour is strong. You can also make the odour less noticeable by mixing an ounce (ml) of aromatherapy essential oil (cinnamon or bergamot) into the preservative.

Are Wood Preservatives toxic? Can I touch the wood after it is applied?

Wood Preservatives can be touched once dry without any harmful side effects. Wood Preservatives are mainly toxic when wet. Once dry, they are safe for skin contact.

Do any of your wood preservative products contain arsenic?

No. Arsenic is sometimes found in the chemicals used to treat pressure treated lumber. Wood preservative applied by brushing on do not contain arsenic.

Once treated with Wood Preservatives, is the wood the same as pressure treated wood?

The result is similar, but pressure treating provides deeper penetration of preservatives into the wood.

What is the difference between Raw and Boiled Linseed Oil?

The main difference between these two products is that Boiled Linseed Oil contains drying agents to speed the drying of the oil and decrease working time.

Can I use either Raw or Boiled Linseed Oil on patio furniture or decking?

Either oil can be used for these applications, but Boiled Linseed Oil is easier for the novice. Several light coats provide the best protection, and applying too much Linseed Oil can result in a permanently tacky surface. Please follow the package directions closely, and wipe off any oil not penetrated after half an hour.

What is the correct way to use linseed oil?

For an even finish, Recochem Linseed Oil can be mixed with equal parts of Turpentine or Recordsol Paint thinner. Wipe off any excess oil. A minimum of 24 hours should be given to allow the first application to dry. Raw Linseed oil should be mixed with one part Turpentine to two parts linseed oil to ensure even penetration on the surface.

I used your linseed oil but now it’s all sticky, what can I use to remove it?

Linseed oil does not dry or evaporate like water. It fills the pores of the surface and forms a protective film. Perhaps too much linseed oil was applied at once, which caused the sticky finish. For an even finish, a very thin coat should be applied and rubbed well into the wood. Any excess oil left after 30 minutes should be wiped off. Linseed oil takes a long time to dry, and a second coat should be applied only after eight hours. To remove linseed oil, try using Recochem’s Paint and Varnish Remover. If the oil is still wet or fresh, a mixture of water and laundry detergent or Recochem T.S.P. all-purpose cleaner should remove it.

Can I apply a topcoat over Raw or Boiled Linseed Oil, like Varathane Gloss Clearcoat? Should the topcoat be latex or oil-based?

Only oil-based coatings can be applied, and only when the oil is thoroughly dry.

What is the weight or “cut” of your White Shellac?

Recochem White Shellac has a “2 lb. cut.”

What solvent should I use to dilute White Shellac?

The best solvents for dilution are Methyl Hydrate and Shellac Thinner.

What should I do if the White Shellac cures on my hand?

If White Shellac is spilled on your skin, plenty of warm soapy water should remove it. Otherwise, try an auto mechanic or shop hand cleanser.

Can items previously treated with White Shellac be painted over? Can I apply a polyurethane (or any other type) coating over White Shellac?

Both paint and coatings can be applied over White Shellac, and best results are achieved with oil-based polyurethanes.

Does White Shellac contain additives, like waxes?

Our White Shellac does not contain waxes.

Where can I use your Kerosene fuel? Can I use it indoors?

1-K specification Clear Kerosene is a fuel that has low sulphur content. It can be burned indoors because it will not produce fumes that can be present in cheaper grades of kerosene. Recochem product is good for catalytic stoves and kerosene heaters because it burns with little smoke or scent.