It’s important to note that certain pretreatments, such as WOCA’s antique lye pretreat, have the greatest impact on white oak. Check the product’s details to make sure it’s compatible with the species you’ll be treating.
One of the effects you can achieve using WOCA oil pretreatments is an aged appearance in the floor.
Using a pretreatment to achieve an aging effect works well with species that contain photo-reactive resins, such as Brazilian and American cherry. When the resins in the wood are blocked from sunlight, the wood ages, changing in color. This happens, for example, when a hardwood floor is covered by furniture for a long period of time and the area beneath the furniture stays lighter than the rest of the floor.