LotusPro™ water repellent is a patented, water-based industrial sealant that shields mass timber products from the effects of mold and moisture by providing a barrier from those natural enemies of wood. This innovation is a manufacturer-applied, specialty coating with a superhydrophobic technology formulated for engineered wood.
When applied to CLT and glued laminated timber (glulam), the coating forms a durable superhydrophobic film that both penetrates and coats the wood surface, providing premium protection for wood products. LotusPro™ water repellent give today’s high-value engineered wood resistance to staining and other water damage, soiling and deterioration caused by mold or mildew. This clear, natural-looking protection allows the beauty of the engineered wood to shine through without affecting the color and overall appearance. LotusPro™ water repellent is compatible with oil-based and some water-based finishes.
LotusPro™ water repellent dries in less than half the time and resists water absorption better than existing technologies at 1/3 the application rate. This exciting technology also has significant UV resistance and resists dirt pickup better than other commonly used products.
LotusPro™ water repellent takes its name from the “lotus effect,” which refers to self-cleaning properties of the lotus flower. Dirt particles are picked up by water droplets due to the micro- and nanoscopic architecture on the surface, which minimizes the droplet’s adhesion to that surface. As with the flower, LotusPro™ water repellent prevents water from penetrating the surface, thereby protecting the wood beneath.