What woodstain / system for timber fascia/ply soffit

24 Jul 2015
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United Kingdom
I have been getting into researching this wood stain lark and it's doing my head in.

I need to 'do' a brand new redwood timber fascia and soffit and not sure what to plump for

I phoned the Sikkens hotline; they said to use HLS+ then Filter 7 top coat (blurb recommend 2 coats each) but after the i looked at the finer print online and it seems like they would recommend two coats of Cuprinol Trade Wood Preserver Clear (BP) to saturation prior to that as it's softwood
6 coats are you kidding me ?

Wondering whether to do the dulux water based
2 coats of Aquatech Preservative Basecoat followed by 2 (to 3) coats Dulux Trade Ultimate Woodstain. they say this is good for up to 10 years wheras sikkens say top finish good 5 years.

I hear that many people think water based is carp, but then the promo's say water based is now a lot better.

Any recommendations for any system welcomed

UPVC is out BTW
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