Barrettine ArmourFlex Hardwax Oil Review

Updated Apr 20, 2024 | Posted Feb 14, 2023 | Product Reviews, Paints | 1 comment

At the time of writing this review, Barrettine ArmourFlex Hardwax Oil is a new product. I’m a professional decorator, and I’ve had the pleasure of using it on my last couple of jobs, so I thought I’d share a quick review. It is available to buy online in matt or satin. ArmourFlex is described as “tough, durable and water repellent. Containing a blend of natural oils and waxes”.

You might use ArmourFlex Hardwax Oil on furniture, veneer, or even flooring. It’s suitable for any type of timber. A minimum of two coats should be applied to bare surfaces. The recoat time is 6 – 8 hours, but it takes around 16 hours for Barrettine ArmourFlex to harden enough to cope with foot traffic.


My Barrettine ArmourFlex Hardwax Oil Review


A product like this needs to perform well on a couple of fronts. Firstly, it needs to protect timber from contaminants such as dirt, water, grease and even cleaning products. It also needs to look good. Even though ArmourFlex is clear, wax oils do change the colour of timber slightly. A little bit like “wet look gel” changes the colour of someone’s hair.

ArmourFlex Hardwax Oil is no exception. It penetrates the timber a slightly and enhances the natural colour. The finish is deep and rich, and the grain is highlighted.

That said, it doesn’t penetrate the timber too far like some of the thinner products do. This makes it safe for use on veneer, as there is no chance of ArmourFlex sinking too far into the veneer and lifting it.


The ease of use is good too. It flows nicely from a brush and is easy to work into your timber. ArmourFlex doesn’t dry too quickly, which means you’ve got time to go back over your work if you spot a miss. Another advantage of the slower drying time is you avoid “overlapping marks” on large surfaces like doors or floors.

Finally, the durability. As mentioned in the opening section, ArmourFlex can be used on any internal timber, including floors. I haven’t used it on a floor yet, but one of my best mates has, and he was throwing furniture around two days later. No scuffs or marks. So, if Barrettine ArmourFlex Hardwax Oil stands up to being used on a timber floor, you can be certain it will last on a door or a bit of furniture. I have absolute faith the finish will last.


Where to Buy


As it’s a new product, there are limited merchants who stock ArmourFlex Hardwax Oil. Your best bet is to look online. Click here to see online prices.

Barrettine ArmourFlex Hardwax Oil Review – by Lee Thornton

Updated Apr 20, 2024 | Posted Feb 14, 2023 | 1 comment

About the Author

About the Author

Mike Cupit has been in the decorating industry since 2002 and has mostly worked as a Trade Decorator in the domestic sector (peoples’ homes). Self-proclaimed “product geek”, Mike has a passion for paint and decorating tools. Mike now spends most of his time testing paint products and tools, comparing them to similar products on the market, and blogging about the industry in general.

1 Comment

  1. Richard

    The product sounds great, very detailed review and I’m sure product has its place a slight word of warning using on venner doors eg Howdens state oils/wax not to be used except osmo oils.

    If used and venner lifts now or in the future then it’s going to be problem time.

    Caution is the name of the game with venner doors.

    Please double check if apply any non standard products to new doors.


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