Should I do-it-myself or hire a professional?
SEAL" is easy to apply for the do-it-yourself homeowner. There
are several reasons for hiring a professional contractor for taking care of
these kinds of projects. Contractors do this work every day (rather than
once every year or two, like most homeowners). They have the tools, techniques,
and products all figured out, which means that you get a better, longer-lasting
should I look for in hiring a professional?
Selecting the right contractor can be a tough decision, because the only
criteria most homeowners have to base their decision on is price and their
neighbors' experience. If you go strictly by price, you will inevitably
select a contractor who doesn't have experience, hasn't invested much in
training and tools, will be using the cheapest sealer and may not be in the business next year when the job
fails. We suggest you seek a contractor who has been in business for at
least five years, specializing in working with wood. Check references and
other credentials and find out if the contractor has a reputation for standing
behind his work. When comparing estimates from other contractors it is the
utmost of importance that you know what product your contractor is going to be
type of warranty should I expect?
maximum warranty that anyone can offer for ANY product is 2 years or vertical
surfaces and one year on horizontal surfaces (limited to product
replacement). The United States
Department of Agriculture Forest Products Laboratory Journal Vol.
51, Nov/Dec 2001, pages 27-32 suggests that there is NO
product on the market today that can be warranted for any length longer.
cautious when buying a natural wood finish and
do not fall for something that is too good to be true, because it probably is.
Is there any wood that "READY SEAL" cannot be used on?
"READY SEAL" can be used on just about any type of wood. There is
another formula that is made especially for redwood called Redwood Only.
Care must be taken when using this formula because it will lap and streak.
This formula is also recommended for Mahogany and furniture.
What is the coverage rate?
One section of fence is about 50 square feet per side.
One 5-gal pail will cover approximately 750 square feet. (Approximately
15 sections - 1 side)
Add 30% more material for Brazilian pine, cedar, board on board, shadowbox,
and very old dark gray fences. (Approximately 20 sections - 1 side).
New Pressure Treated: 150-200 sq/ft/gallon
New Cedar & Brazilian Pine: 125-150 sq/ft/gallon
Older Wood: 100-125 sq/ft/gallon Rails: add 20% to rail coverage if spraying.
What are the temperature limits on "READY SEAL"?
"READY SEAL" can be used in hot or cold conditions. Bright sun is
not a problem. It will penetrate a little slower in colder conditions as
the wood grain begins to shrink. It also is harder to get wood to dry out
in cooler times.
Why do I need to do anything if
my deck is made of Pressure Treated Wood?
Pressure Treated Wood is protected against rot and decay. Pressure Treated
does not mean weatherproofed, in fact pressure-treating wood can make it more
susceptible to moisture damage. Moisture damage leads to splitting,
warping, and cracking, and can cause wood to become discolored and unattractive.
Pressure treated wood also contains CCA, Chromated Copper Arsenate, and contains
the dangerous chemical arsenic. As of December 30, 2003, CCA products
cannot be used to treat lumber intended for residential settings. The US
EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) does not recommend replacing your
pressure treated wood structures, it does however suggest finishing them with
oil-based semitransparent stains on a regular basis to reduce CCA exposure.
Does Treated Pine need any
Treated Pine is normal Radiata Pine that has been pressure-treated to
resist decay, termites and fungi. The treatment involves saturating the
timber so it is essential to leave treated pine to dry properly before applying
a coating. While it will remain in good structural condition for many
years, the initial green color will fade and the surface will become gray over
time. Applying "READY SEAL" to Treated Pine will give the desired
appearance in addition to prolonging the lifetime of the timber.
When applying "READY SEAL" to a
log home, should I chink or stain first & when?
Stain should be applied first, prior to
the application of any caulking or chinking, and allowed to thoroughly dry
(24-72 hours after the last coat of stain depending on the weather). On
new construction, this will be after the walls are erected, the roof is on, the
windows have been installed, and any cleaning/borate treatments have been
applied. On existing homes, this will be after any previous finishes have
been removed and the logs have been cleaned and allowed to dry. The stain will
provide a clean/primed surface for the caulking or chinking to adhere to and you
won’t have to be concerned about coloring the chinking.
How long should I wait to stain a new deck or
Your deck or fence should be sealed immediately using
"READY SEAL". It is misinformation if a contractor says to wait
at least 6 months
a year to stain your wood. A lot of damage occurs during this first year,
and much of it is irreversible. During this time, your wood will be exposed to all of the
elements, and promote premature warping and cracking of the wooden boards.
Think of your new deck or fence as your skin. How long would your skin
last unprotected if you were to stay out in the sun all day every day?
Why is it important to clean the wood, or rather remove the
gray, before applying "READY SEAL"?
If you apply to a dirty wood surface, the wood stain will go on dark and dingy.
If there were any gray colored areas in the wood beforehand which was not
removed, that area will now appear black.
How do I remove nail streaks
from my fence?
Apply a wood brightener with an active ingredient of Ethanedicarboxylic
acid or most commonly known as Oxalic acid (2 1/2 pounds of powder crystals to 5
gallons of water) and let it evaporate naturally by the sun. Oxalic acid
or a wood brightener can be purchased at your local paint company or hardware
store. For stubborn rust stains, apply more solution and let it stand
longer. Be sure to follow all cautionary statements on the label to avoid
damage to nearby plants or personal injury.
How do I remove candle wax from my deck?
In the case of removing candle wax, place a rag saturated with mineral spirits
on the dried wax. The rag will absorb the wax. Be sure not to allow the rag to
dry out and never perform this procedure in the heat of the day or in direct
sunlight, due to potential combustion. Do not leave any oily rags contained in
a non-ventilated area as they could combust and cause a fire. For proper
disposal, contact your household refuse collection service.
How do I remove barbeque grease stains from my deck?
Try using a water-soluble automotive degreaser or carburetor cleaner;
or with TSP (tri sodium phosphate).
with the candle-cleaning method, do not apply this product in the heat of the
day or in direct sunlight. Rinse thoroughly with fresh water. Do not leave any
oily rags contained in a non-ventilated area as they could combust and cause a
fire. For proper disposal, contact your household refuse collection service.
What is the best way of removing the manufacturer ink stamps off of my new
Lumber-grading stamps are nearly impossible to remove from the surface of new
wood. The only way to remove these enduring marks is by sanding. Use
a 10,000 rpm orbital sander starting with 40 grit paper and finishing with 80 to
100 grit paper. Caution: 140 grit sand paper will produce a finish too
fine for the wood sealer to penetrate. Do not sand rough sawed lumber.
Note: you cannot sand wet wood.
Does wood preservation protect against moths?
No. The purpose of wood preservation is to deter insects and fungi.
Moth control is usually attributed to aromatic woods such as cedar.
Why can't I just put a clear
waterproofer on my wood to keep the natural look?
Any clear waterproofing agent you put on your deck first of all is
water-based, and will not last for more than 8 months on average.
Water-based products do not penetrate the wood they are applied to, they just
sit on top of the wood, and actually trap any moisture inside, causing premature
decay. Also, if there is no pigment in the stain, then you are not getting
any protection, because the pigment in the stain deflects the sun's rays.
The rule of thumb is, the more pigment in the stain, the more protection your
deck is getting.
Does "READY SEAL" need to be back brushed?
No back brushing is needed because it penetrates quickly without any
laps, runs or streaks.
How long a drying time does it need before it rains?
It can be rained on 15 minutes after it is applied.
How long does it take for oil to soak in after sealing?
There will be a oily residue on wood for 48-72 hours after
My color is too dark when done?
It takes 10 days to 2 weeks for "READY SEAL" to reach its true color
after it is applied.
Some pickets doesn't look like it took the stain while the
others look fine?
Unlike paint products which mask the beauty of the wood, "READY SEAL" is a
stain that will reveal all variations of the wood being good or bad.
Knotholes will sometimes have a white area surrounding but will eventually
darken over time. Some areas of wood will have a characteristic of a
lighter or graying color because the wood is dead. Dead wood is the result
of rot caused by nature when the timber was left laying on the ground.
Dead wood is the result of fungal decay, (more commonly known as 'dry rot' and
'wet rot'), and wood boring insects. Dry rot (Serpula lacrymans) can be
seen by the fine gray strands (hyphae) of the fungus spread over and through the
wood. Wet rot (Coniophora puteana) leaves the wood a dark brown color with
small cuboidal splits or longitudinal cracks. Wood boring insects,
commonly, called 'woodworm', lay their eggs on or in the timber and the larvae
that hatch from these feed on and bore through the timber causing damage.
No matter how many times you apply stain to these areas, they will not change
color. If you decide to replace the wood with new wood, the stain will not
come out the same color because you are working with a variance of two different
types of wood. It may be of best interest to leave the old wood alone.
What do I do about the dark
stains in cedar & in redwood known as tannin bleeding?
Tannin is just one type of organic
material that occurs naturally in decay-resistant species. While
aesthetically displeasing, this discoloration does not harm the timber or the
coating. Extractive bleed is not stain failure. When extractive
discoloration occurs, tannins are dissolved by moisture and are then drawn to
the surface by the sunlight. When extractives do appear, they
can often be removed with detergent and water.
Stubborn tannin stains can be removed with an oxalic acid-based wood brightener.
How do I remove pitch stains, or
crystallize sap from my pressure-treated wood?
Pitch stains, or crystallized sap, found
mainly around the knots of pressure-treated wood, can be removed with turpentine
or simply scraped away. Turpentine will not harm an existing coating.
Pitch is a non-water soluble, organic wood extractive material found in species
such as Ponderosa, Southern and White Pine.
How long do I have to stay off my deck once it
Once the deck is sealed, you can literally walk on it within a half hour,
and you can safely put your deck furniture back on within 24 hours of dry
weather. If you do need to walk on the deck immediately, it will not harm
the finish, but it may leave some residue on your shoes, so be careful not to
track it in your house.
What type of salt
is recommended to put on my deck during the winter?
Only use sodium chloride (i.e. Halite) types
of salt on a wood deck or porch that has been water-sealed or stained.
Calcium chloride salts will reduce the effectiveness of a water-repellent
coating. Furthermore, do not use a metal shovel to remove snow from a
deck; it can pierce the underlying coating and cause it to erode.
Why does product stop beading water?
After the product has completely soaked in the beading will stop.
This does not mean that it has stopped performing. "READY SEAL" is made to
spread water out so it will dry up as quickly as possible. It is still
keeping water out even though it is not beading water.
How do I get over spray off?
Try to get it off before it dries with a rag and mineral spirits. Simple
Green works well also, but do not get it on the fence or deck after
sealing. Other products that have proven to remove stain from surfaces is
a spray-on can of foaming bathroom cleaner like Scrubbing Bubbles. Also, a
spray can of WD-40 has also proven successful. Always test an area to see what affect it has on the substrate
How do I remove stain from metal fence posts?
A strong ammonia works best in removing "READY SEAL" from metal
fence posts. Do not let the ammonia dry on the surface as it will etch the
surface. Always wear protective goggles, rubber gloves, and a self-contained breathing
apparatus when using this type of chemical.
How do I remove stain from windows?
You can try using Simple Green All-Purpose cleaner, but a
strong ammonia works best in removing "READY SEAL" from glass. Make sure
it doesn't get on any painted surfaces as it may remove the paint. Do not
let the ammonia dry on the surface as it will etch glass. Always wear
protective goggles, rubber gloves, and a self-contained breathing apparatus when
using this type of chemical.
How do I remove stain from my swimming pool?
Manually remove the stain from on top of the water with a net and allow the
pumps to circulate water/stain through the filters. Check and clean the
filters periodically. Clean all pool equipment and tile with Simple
Green or a strong ammonia. Make sure it doesn't get on any painted surfaces as it may remove
the paint. Do not let the ammonia dry on the surface as it will etch the
surface that it is on. Always wear protective goggles, rubber gloves, and a self-contained breathing
apparatus when using this type of chemical. You may need to hire a
professional pool cleaner in accomplishing this particular task.
How do I remove stain from my vehicle?
Professional car wax (i.e. Turtle Wax) or diesel truck soap will work in
most cases if caught early. You can also try using Simple Green
All-Purpose cleaner. If all else fails, then the vehicle may have to be professionally
detailed in order to remove sealer that has dried on the surface.
How do I remove stain from brick or concrete?
It is very difficult to remove "READY SEAL" from brick or
hot water pressure washer along with strong chemicals & acids may do the
job, but it is recommended that you hire a professional in accomplishing this
How often should "READY SEAL"
It should be done at least every two years on horizontal surfaces, and
three to five years on vertical surfaces.
if your deck gets excessive sun or mildew, than it may need to be serviced every