MicroShades® is a unique coloured pigment system designed to enhance the natural beauty of treated timber.
Koppers MicroShades® is the only micronized “in-solution” system, specifically developed for timber treated with the MicroPro® preservative. This system provides a significantly improved colour life in treated wood products, compared to traditional dye based systems.
The MicroShades® colour system uses micronised iron oxide pigments. Iron oxide colour pigments are also used in commercial exterior grade paints and stains. The MicroShades® pigment is applied during the pressure treatment process giving the timber deep colour penetration which cannot be matched with a brush-on product.
Unlike dye-based colour systems, the MicroShades colour pigment system provides superior colour fastness. The MicroShades system exhibits longer lasting colour when compared to traditional dye based systems.
BENEFITS OF MICROSHADES TIMBER
- Retains its rich colour for longer
- Colour will deepen over time.
- Little or no maintenance required
- Sustainable, and Greenguard certified (VOC) for schools
- Added protection against insects by wood-boring beetles or termites
- Protection against fungal decay
When micronized timber is freshly treated it is lighter in colour than traditional treated timbers. It has the unique advantage of weathering to an attractive honey tan shade before going driftwood grey. The lighter colour beneﬁts subsequent painting and staining.
Microshades timbers are setting a new benchmark in environmental timber procurement. Also, Microshades timber products are certiﬁed by the Greenguard Environmental Institute for use in schools, playgrounds, ofﬁces and other sensitive environments.