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“What do they put in the ointment for that?” - Rubio Monocoat is a premium product. But is it reall

An important part of the budget plan for woodwork is the amount intended (or occasionally) for surface treatment. When determining it, it is worth considering that the chosen surface treatment affects both the aesthetic appearance and durability of the final result. Whether we make products for ourselves or to order, these two aspects are extremely important, so it is important to find a suitable surface treatment method in terms of value for money.

Let’s see how Rubio Monocoat Oil Plus 2C (indoor wood oil) and Hybrid Wood Protector (outdoor wood oil) perform in this regard.

0% VOC

0% VOC means that neither Oil Plus 2C nor Hybrid Wood Protector contains VOCs, i.e. volatile organic compounds. Thus, none of the products emits harmful substances at the place where the product is applied or where the finished wood is placed after application. This results in a very safe working and living environment without exposure to VOCs.


Oil Plus 2C is available as a two-component product. Component B is called a "setting accelerator" and is added in a 3: 1 ratio (oil: setting accelerator). Adding this B-component to the A-component, i.e. the oil, accelerates the drying and curing of Oil Plus 2C. Drying and curing are reduced to just five days (under favorable drying conditions) instead of two weeks, which is the normal drying time when the oil is used alone as a one-component surface treatment (e.g. for light-duty projects such as picture frames, etc.). The addition of component B provides more robust protection than Oil Plus 2c used indoors. Rubio always recommends that you use Components A and B together for best performance when using heavily used wood surfaces such as floors and tables. Two-component application is also recommended for wood surfaces exposed to moisture, such as kitchen cabinets, counters or wood surfaces in the bathroom. After application, the two-component oil mixture typically hardens to 80% after 48 hours under favorable drying and curing conditions.

When Hybrid Wood Protector is used outdoors, the drying time on most deck or cladding surfaces is similar, and the final cure usually takes about seven days. It is important that the freshly treated wood surface is not exposed to moisture for 24 hours.


Both Oil Plus 2C and Hybrid Wood Protector are single-layer products, so they are not among the typical oils or varnishes we are familiar with. Rubio oils do not form a film on wood surfaces. They preserve the natural feel and feel of the wood. You may be wondering, “Do I need to use a separate wood preservative for this to ensure full wood protection?

The answer is no.

Our oils are based on a unique molecular bonding technology that requires no topcoat at all. Instead, these products provide excellent protection (in one step) on the wood surface than other oils and / or oily wood surfaces.

Saving time and energy

Thanks to the single-layer application process, significant time and energy / labor savings can be achieved compared to conventional oils or polyurethane coatings. Generally, 2-3 coats of these conventional surfactants need to be applied, which is significant in terms of amount of material, time and labor.

Minimizes inconvenience and waiting

Because Oil Plus 2C has only a minimal perceptible odor (some users have used the terms "non-unpleasant odor" or "like honey", "apple pepper odor"), it also contains 0% VOC, which is solvent-free, and quickly hardens. Thanks to these features, homeowners can move in furniture and use wooden floors as early as the third day after oiling. Of course, do not place carpets on oiled wooden floors until the bonding process is complete!

Natural look and feel

The most attractive feature of Oil Plus 2C is its very natural look and feel. The matte effect and smooth feel provide the perfect wood surface for those who prefer authentic surface treatment. Rubio Monocoat hard wax oils do not form a film when properly applied, unlike conventional surface treatments such as polyurethane, which have a plastic-like effect. There’s nothing wrong with that, but many people today prefer non-film wood surfaces and want to preserve the naturalness of wood in their home.

It does not peel or bounce

Rubio Monocoat does not peel or bounce off the surface of the wood, also due to the non-film-forming nature of the hard wax oil system. Construction coatings, such as varnishes or thick glazes, carry a risk, as the previously applied coating must be adhered to for each application. If something goes wrong, there will be a loss of adhesion, such as peeling or chipping. With Rubio Monocoat hard wax oil, this is not a problem, it should not happen even during future maintenance. Because the application of oil in all future maintenance only feeds the previously applied material without leaving any extra layers. Keep in mind that all excess oil must be removed from the surface to do this, so after applying and leaving a short reaction time, the surface must be wiped back.

Plant based

The oils used to formulate and manufacture Rubio Monocoat oils are based on natural ingredients. This means that the product is very safe to use for both users and the environment. In addition, Oil Plus 2C certifications allow it to be used with confidence for surfaces in direct contact with food or children's furniture.


Rubio Monocoat hard wax oil products are very easy to repair if needed and can be done easily. Use the same sanding to make the surface to be repaired as it was originally, then clean it, apply oil of the same color as the original and rub over the surface. Finally, after a short reaction time, wipe the wood surface dry with a clean cloth and allow to dry. In most cases, that's all you need to fix it.


The great thing about Rubio Monocoat is that the interior wood oil is available in a wide range of colors, to exactly 44! All colors can be mixed together, so you can literally create thousands of shades if someone wants to have a unique color mix. Rubio Monocoat also offers a number of pre-treatment and pre-coloring products that further expand your creative color choices.

Specific cost, yield

Whatever the woodwork involved, cost-effective design is an important part of the process. The production of an average hardwood terrace can be calculated at a price of approximately HUF 25,000 / m², about 7-8% of which is the cost of surface treatment, which is a very interesting figure because in addition to the aesthetic value of the finished work, it also depends on the surface treatment. how durable, durable and healthy our wood surface will be - so how often and how much we will have to spend on maintenance, care, cleaning, and possibly renovation. It may seem like a good idea to get away with a cheaper solution at first, but will we still feel that way if it starts to crack off in a short time and we can re-sand it all before re-treating it? - We hope so now.

The specific price of our Rubio Monocoat Oil Plus 2C indoor wood oil is ~ 800-1150 HUF / m², while our outdoor wood oil, Hybrid Wood Protector, can be calculated at ~ 1350 HUF / m². Of course, the actual cost depends on the preparation of the wood surface, also on the method of application, so we usually say that 1 liter of indoor oil is applied by hand for approx. 30-50 m² is enough, as long as 1 liter of our outdoor oil can treat 20-30 m² of outdoor wood. It's amazing, isn't it?

So is it worth choosing Rubio? We feel it is totally worth it. Considering these benefits, value for money is a very good decision.

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