Here are answers to some technical questions you may have about Bodyguard®.

How do I handle Bodyguard products?

As with all wood products, we recommend wearing leather gloves when working with Bodyguard products. Wear a dust mask and eye protection when using woodworking machinery.

Bodyguard products are safe to handle. The active ingredients in Bodyguard’s treatment system are all approved for use on food crops. The USA EPA has specifically approved the preservative system for this application.

How do I store Bodyguard products before installation?

At the warehouse Bodyguard product should be stored and protected in its packaged form within a roofed building that provides complete weather protection.

On a job site product should be kept under cover and away from the ground. Learn more about how to store your Bodyguard product.

What fasteners should I use for Bodyguard products?

Whilst there is no risk of corrosion to fasteners from the carbon-based biocide in Bodyguard’s preservative system. When used outdoors, corrosion resistant fasteners should be specified, such as hot-dipped galvanised nails or stainless steel.

What maintenance is required?

Like all wood products, the long-term appearance and performance of Bodyguard products can be extended through regular painting and washing. Refer to your paint supplier for suitable coatings.

Will Bodyguard products shrink or swell in storage or after installation?

Bodyguard wood products are supplied in a kiln-dried form at around 10-15% moisture content. However like all wood products Bodyguard will experience some dimensional change with changes in moisture content. Strict adherence to the product storage guidelines and the painting recommendations will minimize this.

Are Bodyguard sidings approved to California Wildfire Urban Interface building standards?

Yes, 10 siding profiles have been approved. In addition our T&G profiles have been approved for use under eaves. See our Fire Approval page for more detail.

Are there any emissions to air from Bodyguard products?

Yes. When packaging is removed it is possible that an odor from residue treatment and paint solvent may be detectable, don’t worry with ventilation the odor will disappear within days.

Will preservatives leach from Bodyguard wood?

No. The carbon-based biocides used in the Bodyguard process do not dissolve in water; any potential for leaching is further reduced by painting the product.

How do you know the treated wood will resist rotting?

The preservative formulations used in Bodyguard products have been commercially used in the United Kingdom for many years. It also has a successful 30-year history of durable use in New Zealand and Australia and continues to be the treatment of choice for products and profiles similar to Bodyguard.

New Zealand radiata pine treated with these preservatives has been tested under extreme conditions by the New Zealand Forest Research Institute and been found to provide excellent resistance to decay.

What are the minimum active ingredient retentions in Bodyguard?

The minimum ‘retentions’ are:
– Tebuconazole. 0.03 % mass of ingredient/mass of oven-dry wood substance.
– Propiconazole. 0.03 % mass of ingredient/mass of oven-dry wood substance.
– Permethrin. 0.02 % mass of ingredient/mass of oven-dry wood substance.

Can Bodyguard be used in structural situations?

The current standard Bodyguard range is non-structural. For structural solutions please contact Bodyguard directly with your requirements.

Can I paint Bodyguard with dark colors?

We recommend Bodyguard is painted with colors that have a Light Reflectance Value (LRV) of 45-100 (100 being pure white). Colours with a LRV of 44 to 0 (0 being pure black) progressively generate extreme surface heat when exposed to direct sunlight. Over time this heat can cause resin bleed, shrinkage, distortion and cracking and will also reduce the service life of the paint coatings.