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This month's colours – DECEMBER 2016

Protek Create Christmas Decorations

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

 

The Protek elves have been hard at work using our range to create festive decorations. All carefully dipped in Royal Pillarbox Red, Snow, Forest Green and Black with, of course, a little sprinkle of glitter. The Snowmen have their hats on and Rudolph’s nose is aglow while snowflakes cheerily fall.

 

Protek wood stains are so versatile they can be used on many different projects. Be it treating a large range of stables, modernising indoor furniture or having fun with Christmas crafting transforming wooden decorations. The comprehensive colour range means there is never a dull moment.

 

We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Royal Exterior - Pillarbox Red     Royal Exterior - Snow     Royal Exterior - Forest Green    Royal Exterior - Black

 
The results are in for 2016 Win with Wood competition

 

We would like to thank everyone who entered this year, it is very rewarding for us to see what you have used our lovingly made wood treatments on. 

 

Win with Wood - Runner upTHE RUNNERS UP

So we are in turn rewarding the following contestants with 15% Runners Up Discount Vouchers….

 

Pat Burgess: Chosen for bright colour and complementary planting. "Summer house, painted in Royal Exterior Meadow Green and Snow. So many lovely comments from my neighbours loving the colour.  My refuge."

 

Win with Wood Runner Up George HughGeorge Hugh Thistlethwaite: who transformed his garden buildings and sent us great before and after photos. His summerhouse painted with Royal Exterior:  Pond Green and Cornish Cream.

 

Win with Wood Runner Up - Jaqui HortonJacqui Horton: entertained us with her entry describing how she now has a “loo with a view”. Her many projects have seen her upcycle old materials and then use Protek Wood Stain  “It is the painted finish that makes all of these projects rock!” she kindly told us. “I used the Slate Grey on the outside of projects with the Royal in Silver Grey, Anthracite and China Clay for the doors / windows and wood panelling inside.  So far I have built an Outdoor Kitchen, Greenhouse, Treehouse, Cabin, Dove Cote and also renovated an old Shed into a composting Loo for the Cabin… I have even used the Royal inside on our doors and the downstairs loo panelling, which also features some vinyl frosting I designed with the Welsh weather in mind!”

 

Win with Wood Runner Up - John Kemp's WifeJohn Kemp:  entered his wife’s shepherds’ hut studio which they painted using Protek Royal Exterior Eggshell Blue and Snow earlier this year. We want one!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN 3rd PLACE

Win with Wood Runner Up Emma Glading

Emma Glading: we were so pleased to see our lovely sample pots put to such creative use to brighten up a dark, gloomy corner of her garden. Emma told us “I painted the back panel, door and all trims in Snow (1ltr was enough). I found that a 125ml tester pot was enough to paint 2 stripes on my tongue and groove shed, so I used 1 pot each of (from the top, down): dove grey, iris blue, French lilac, drawing room gold, lemon yellow, fuchsia pink, teal, regency puce, silver grey, meadow green and saffron.”

 

Emma receives a 20% discount voucher to be used for a future order from Protek Wood Stain.

 

IN 2nd PLACE

Mark Deans with his clever use of our wood stains that demonstrate they can be used with dramatic effect inside as well as out.

 

Win with Wood 2nd Place - Mark DeansMark told us "We needed a piece of storage for our top floor room, with a seaside feel. The room is a funny shape with an angled ceiling and since buying such a thing was impossible it had to be built. 

The whole thing was constructed from a simple wooden frame finished with timber planks. To achieve the finished effect we bought regular kiln dried construction timber, distressed it using a power tool with a wire brush and then painted each plank individually to give the appearance of old seaside wood - perhaps off an old beach hut or even a wooden boat...


The colours and products we used were Royal  China Clay as the base coat (x2) followed by dabs of Wood Protector Warm Grey, Cornflower and finally Royal Eggshell Blue. 


It took some time (!) but was really worth the effort and the final effect is better than we could have hoped for."

 

Mark will receive an attractive Worthing Hanging Bird Table from the Hutton Premium bird range.

 

AND THE WINNER OF THE 2016 WIN WITH WOOD COMPETIION......... Peter Rebbeck

 

After careful consideration of all the truly high quality entries we decided to award this year’s 1st Prize to Peter Rebbeck. We just loved his subtle choice of our Royal colours that have given his timber building a really stylish finish.

 

Peter told us about his entry "The product and colours used were Royal Exterior, Mendip Mist and Lime White.


I also tried several colours using test pots - this was very helpful in deciding which colours to use and to experience the excellent cover properties of the product. The paint was easily applied to the timber garage that hadn't been treated for a few years - after making some of our multi-legged neighbours homeless!


I decided to use 3 coats of the Lime White to get best coverage - 2 coats of Mendip Mist were sufficient.


One other major benefit of Protek products was that brushes etc. were easily cleaned in soapy water."

 

Peter has won a beautifully crafted Cotswold 5ft bench from Hutton Garden Products RRP £325.00 plus free tins of Royal Superior Wood Finish worth over £115.00.

 

Win with Wood Winner - Peter Rebbeck

 

We just had to make a High Merit award to the totally glamourous Ark at Leewood Glamping.

 

A 100% upcycled material shed , coated in  Protek Wood Stain & Protector Ebony.

 

The Interior was treated with Protek Woodstain & Protector Gun Metal Grey & Sky Grey Blue, with stunning effect. 

 

We have awarded them a 20% discount voucher in the hope they will use more Protek on future glamping “sheds”!

 

Ark at Leewood Glampin

 
News from the factory

Over the past few months things have been expanding here at Protek. With warehousing space more than doubled increasing our capacity for retail and industrial products. We endeavour to despatch our customer’s order as quickly as possible and the increased storage space means we will continue to hold good stocks of all products. 

 

New products have been taken on this year with the Restol and Horva ranges and with a continuing commitment to be at the forefront of colour technology; things couldn’t be brighter. Along with Protek’s keen customer focus that enables us to supply our products to nearly all sectors of the market, the ethos is clear.

 

“We are a family run company who recognises the pressures of modern business; we are committed to forming partnerships with our customers and suppliers that will be beneficial to all. We feel it is important to be ahead of the game and plan for the future” says company director Harriet Farquhar.

 

With a firm base in our traditional industrial market; supplying fencing and shed manufacturers with water-based wood treatments. We have expanded successfully into the retail sector, a move that has made us end-user focused and dedicated followers of fashion, gone are the days when you could have any colour, as long as it was brown!

 

We are currently recruiting for more sales staff with the aim of increasing the number of local stockists; we would be interested in hearing from our customers who they think would be suitable in their area to stock the Protek range. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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This month's colours – NOVEMBER 2016

Breath-taking variety of colour on show from the Somerset beech hedges

We have enjoyed a most beautiful dry autumn full of colour, with clear skies and stunning sunsets. This favourite time of year sees food harvested, fields ploughed, apples picked and gone for pressing to make the local cider. The breath-taking variety of colour on show from the Somerset beech hedges turning their beautiful green leaves first gold to copper then russet and the bright red berries in our gardens and hedgerows. So we need to look no further than outside our door for inspiration.  From the Shed and Fence range the rich natural colours of Gold, Russet, Cedar and Dark Green reflect nature’s mood. Applied to garden fences they will enhance and reflect this glorious season.

Shed and Fence Stain - Gold     Shed and Fence Stain - Russet     Shed and Fence Stain - Cedar    Shed and Fence Stain - Dark Green

 
Win With Wood Competition - Sneaky Peak

Win with Wood 2016We have been over-whelmed with the number of beautiful, clever and diverse entries in this year’s Win with Wood competition. So much so we thought we would let you have a sneaky-peak at some of the entries before judging. 

 

The winner will receive a Cotswold 5ft wooden bench from Hutton Garden and Landscaping Products (RRP £325.00), plus free tins of Protek Royal Superior Wood Finish worth £115.00 along with a selection of garden goodies.

 

Win with Wood 2016Win with Wood 2016One lucky runner up will receive a prize of an attractive Worthing hanging bird table donated by Hutton Garden Products. 

 

Watch this space; we will be announcing the winners soon…..

 
Glee-Full Return for Protek

Team Protek at Glee 2016Protek again exhibited their comprehensive retail woodcare range they manufacture at GLEE, the garden and leisure industry exhibition this September. This year a new merchandising stand solution displays Protek’s wood stain garden care range; from the Royal Exterior range annually featured in ITV’s “Love Your Garden” with Alan Titchmarsh, to their unique Stable Coat and water-based Wood Preserver products. Merchandiser POS material adorns the display showing how the ranges can be confidently and easily sold in-store. Protek’s can now offer further consumer support with a new series of ‘makeover advice’ videos which brings the beauty of their products to life. You can view the latest video at YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3AVsKvfj4g.

 

Horva Anti SlipA new product for the upcoming season Protek exhibited HORVA ANTI-SLIP for decking; a ready-to-use product for decking and timber terraces. Invisible microbeads give Horva ANTISLIP an anti-slip layer, making a deck or timber terrace a lot safer.

 

Director Ben Thornborough explained; "we've been supplying water based wood finishes for 30 years and now we have extended our range by adding Restol oil based finishes the newest of which is the Horva Anti Slip for decking.” 

 

“Our Wood Preserver is proving a good seller as it conforms to all of the latest regulations, as is our Stable Coat which has been developed in conjunction with the racehorse trainer Paul Nichols.”

 

Protek Stable Coat is used to water-proof and protect pressure treated buildings and is increasing in popularity. It is suitable to use on all types of animal housing and garden sheds, its value for money and great coverage has seen its popularity rise as a fence paint. Stable Coat is available in 5 litres and the popular 25 litres, making it the ideal product for the equestrian and agricultural sectors.

 
How to Protect your Timber Products

Treat your timber planters with some colour before planting your spring bulbs this autumn.

 

See Protek Royal Exterior and Restol Wood Oil in Anthracite Grey applied to Hutton planters in our new “how to” series of short films. This first short demonstrates the difference between our water-based and oil-based products, the ease of use and their beautiful final finish.  Both products will ensure your planters are weatherproofed for many years to come.

 

 
Look out for the other films in the series available on YouTube: 
 
This month's colours – OCTOBER 2016

The Great British Bake Off

 

As summer turns to autumn, many of us relax in the company of Mary, Paul, Mel and Sue, for what may be the last time, to enjoy the successes and failures that make the Great British Bake Off. The large marque that is transformed into a quintessentially English kitchen is the inspiration for this month’s colours. Use some of our beautiful Royal Superior pastel shades inside your home to upcycle furniture and create a pop of colour. Team the hugely popular Eggshell Blue with glamourous French Lilac, soft Lemon Yellow or retro Spring Green to create a quirky finish. All colours these colours can be seen on the kitchen furniture in this year’s Great British Bake Off.

 

Why not use Protek Royal Superior to decorate your home interiors and add that vintage vibe to remind you of happy summer days.

 

Protek Royal Interior - Egg Shell Blue     Protek Royal Interior - French Lilac     Protek Royal Interior - Lemon Yellow    Protek Royal Interior - Spring Green

 
This month's colours – SEPTEMBER 2016

Wow what an inspiring, colourful Olympic Games we have just witnessed. It would have been easy to pick the red white and blue of the magnificent Team GB in their relentless gold rush as the inspiration for the month’s colours. Instead we have gone with the blue, green yellow and orange that was the backdrop to the games.

 

The visual identity of the Rio 2016 Games was inspired by the harmonic diversity and contagious energy of Brazil’s people and Rio de Janeiro’s exuberant nature. The opening ceremony was a celebration of nature and sustainability, values we also hold dear here at Protek. The colours looked fabulous against Brazil’s tropical plants that festooned the podiums; something we saw a lot of! #beinspired

 

Protek Wood stain & Protector - Bristol Blue     Wood stain & Protector - Grass Green     Protek Wood stain & Protector - Primrose    Protek Wood stain & Protector - Marigold

 
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