Using patination oil

Patination oil is applied to treat new installed lead.

So what is patination oil?

Patination oil was developed by the UK lead and building industry to prevent unsightly white staining on the lead work itself, or on the surrounding brickwork. That staining is a white carbonate which often occurs on newly-fitted lead when it is exposed to moisture in the air.

The problem isn’t just confined to the lead sheet itself. When it rains, deposits of the carbonate are liable to drip onto materials that are adjacent to, or below the lead.

The good news is, you can prevent this staining very easily…

How do you use patination oil?

Once the lead sheet has been put in place, you should apply the patination oil as soon as possible. Ideally, the same day. If you don’t do it soon enough, any dampness on the surface of the lead will inhibit the effectiveness of the patination oil.

This is all you have to do.

  • Ensure the lead is as dry as possible
  • Use a soft clean cloth to apply the oil into the lead (a single coat is all you need)

You’ll also find full instructions on the bottle.

The benefits of patination oil

That application of patination oil is all you need to guard against white carbonate deposits. And it’s cost effective too. It works out as just pence per metre.

Patination oil won’t clean any existing grime or stains. However, we also stock an easy-to-use cleaning gel. Then, once you’ve cleaned your lead, we recommend an application of patination oil to finish the job off. Wash down the lead work, then leave it to dry before applying the new coat of patination oil.

A lot of home owners do not fully understand the benefits of using lead sheets for your roof flashing and this article will highlight the serious benefits associated with using lead sheet as opposed to other materials on your precious roof. Remember this can be used across all roofs both for domestic, commercial as well as industrial applications.

  1. Lead is so much more durable than any other man made products and the fact is that lead lasts up to 3 times longer. This will save on maintenance and restoration costs later on down the track when wear and tear starts to set in.
  2. Can you believe this? Lead has the lowest carbon footprint of all hard material and the best part about it is that it is 100& recycled. So when you are using these lead products you are actually helping the environment in a small way.
  3. Statistics have shown that using lead over the medium to long term is a lot more economical than any other man made alternative. So if you are building a new home or are a commercial builder make sure you get in touch with the team at Midland Lead to discuss these options as it will end up saving your money.
  4. Many people think of lead as an out dated and very traditional product. How wrong they are! Not only is lead used in the restoration of roofs in historic and conservation projects / buildings, but lead is in fact becoming more fashionable and in vogue and used by architects Australia wide. Why? Because of it’s great aesthetics as well as it’s longevity.
  5. Lead is really a very flexible material and can be used on building sites and domestic roofs where corners are tricky and you need a material that can be moulded, customised and shaped exactly how you want it to. Lead does this job perfectly.

Lead is a fabulous building material especially when it comes to roofing. Make sure you speak to the team at Midland Lead about you next upcoming project on 1300 696 313. We are one of Australia’s largest suppliers of lead products and are known for our customer service and workmanship