Wood coatings: paints or water repellents?

It is well known that wood is a strong, aesthetically pleasing, and very durable material when properly maintained and used. At the same time, under certain conditions of use, particularly when it becomes wet, wood may rapidly decompose because of organic decay or natural weathering agents. And the main acting agent is water.

Usually, wood is protected against water damage by impregnation with drying oil or coating by lacquers or paints, but by using these methods of treatment you lose the essential advantage of wood – its ability to “breath”. The alternative way is wood treatment using water repellents that preserve vapor permeability and allow the wood to “breathe”.

What are the pros and cons of these coatings?



Pluses: wonderful decorative effect.

Minuses: non-durable, needs regular restoring, as once a crack or scratch has occurred, nothing can stop the penetration of water, which accelerates the destruction of a coating film.


Water repellents

Pluses: forms an invisible coating, demonstrates high water repellency, easy-to-use.

Minuses: treated surfaces may be further painted (if it’s necessary) only with an oil-based or alkyd based (not a water-based!) paint.

What to use?

It’s your choice!

But if you are a fan of natural and pristine wood surfaces, if it’s a wonderful thing for you to smell the natural wood scent, water repellents are your best choice!

And we recommend HydrophobNeo-W, specially designed for the best protection of wood surfaces from moisture penetration and water saturation.

How to use


Water Repellent Agent For Wood

Why are HydrophobNeo water repellent compositions so effective? 

What’s the difference between water repellents and other protective coatings?

HydrophobNeo-W water repellent agent is one of our unique products, specially designed for better protection of wood surfaces from moisture penetration and water saturation.

Let’s look at the key benefits of HydrophobNeo-W unique composition: 

  • forms a water repellent layer within the material;
  • preserves vapour permeability, allows wood constructions to breathe;
  • prevents wood deformation and cracking;
  • does not change wood natural color and structure;
  • is safe for human health and environment.

This short video demonstrates how treated with HydrophobNeo-W surfaces repel water.

It’s fantastic! Just have a look!


HydrophobNeo-W unique composition improves water repellent properties of articles made of wood and wood-based materials (plywood, wood chipboards, oriented strand boards etc). 

You can use HydrophobNeo to protect wood constructions and articles from moisture penetration. As a result wood surfaces do not swell, crack or buckle.

Invisible and careful protection! Just have a look!