Exterior wood can be affected by many factors, including rain, snow, mildew, mold and UV rays. For the best results on your project follow these simple tips and trick when applying wood finishes:
- Make sure that the wood surface is in good condition
- if mildew is present, clean all surfaces using the following procedure:
- Spray all wood surfaces with clean water, completely wetting the wood.
- For optimum wood surface porosity and uniformity you can sand all pre-cleaned wood. Always sand in the direction of the wood grain and remove sanding dust.
- If rot is present on the wood surface, replace the affected boards before finishing.
- We recommend performing a color test on a sample of the wood being used in the project with the number of coats required. This will confirm you get the color and sheen you desire.
- Prepare your wood properly for stain and finish application. Mill glaze, the shiny surface created when lumber is planed, may keep coatings from penetrating.
- Apply when the surface and air temperature is between 50ºF and 95ºF (10ºC and 35ºC).
- Stir well before using (do not shake if using product the same day).
- Saturate all end grains.
- Maintain a wet edge to prevent lap marks.
- Apply in the direction of the wood grain.
- Intermix batches/cans of product to ensure color consistency.
- Do not apply when the surface is hot to the touch.
- Do not apply when rain, dew or frost is present or expected within five hours.
- Do not apply when moisture content of the wood is greater than 18%.
- Do not thin.