It is important to remember that Excalibur Wood is a natural wood product and grain, original color variances and other characteristics of wood are still present. Excalibur Wood will experience graying when exposed to UV rays like all other wood products, but UV inhibitors will slow this process.
As with all high quality woods, pre-drilling prior to installation is recommended.
Oil based stains and paints are suggested as the thermally modified wood does not absorb water very well. Water based glues and paints will work but absorption will take longer.
Initially there is a slight smell of thermally modified wood, similar to charcoal, which some people find unusual. This aroma will fade away in 1-2 months and finished or “smooth” lumber rarely has any smell.