PRELUDE is a clear wood sealer and primer for surfaces that have been media blasted. PRELUDE is enhanced with UV Boost for maximum protection against graying due to ultraviolet light exposure.

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To Our Customers and Manufacturers, Dealers, and Applicator Partners

The entire Nation is stalled with this Coronavirus, Federal State and Local governments are gridlocked on what they should and can do, local business are trying to figure out if they should or can continue to function and there is uncertainty everywhere. Bottom line is we don’t know how long beating this virus will take or what options we might have to weather the storm. But one thing we do know is that if we can’t work, we don’t have income. In my opinion we don’t run on handouts or the hope of money dropping out of the sky – we take care of our own and make our own way.

There is a popular misconception that spraying the wood with water prior to applying a borate will aid the penetration of the borate into the wood. In reality, wetting the surface does not increase the interior moisture content enough to matter. What does happen is that the pores of the wood get filled with water and less borate will be absorbed into the wood. When it comes to treating a log home, the drier and more absorbent the surface is, the better the treatment will be.

While adequate air exchange is essential for health and safety, many older log homes have a far higher rate of air exchange than is necessary. This is often due to poor design and/or construction which allow air leakage from the inside or outside of the building, but log homes are additionally prone to settling, seasonal expansion and contraction of the logs, and other factors that can cause log joints to move over time. Given that the typical 30 x 40 log home can easily have more than a linear half mile of log-on-log surface area, determining leakage pathways is often complex and extremely difficult to visualize; leaving log home owners no other choice than to apply a sealant to all log joints in hopes of locating and correcting the problem areas.

Shell-Guard™ Concentrate, Shell-Guard RTU, and Armor-Guard™ are all used as solutions that contain water. Since time and cold temperatures affect each of these products somewhat differently, we’ll address each product individually.

Lifeline Interior is a natural looking, transparent wood finish. It forms a breathable protective layer for your walls and ceilings while highlighting the beauty and grain of the wood. Our unique breathable formula allows natural wood moisture to escape from the wood yet provides a tough surface film that can easily be cleaned and dusted, especially when top coated with our Acrylic Gloss or Satin clear finish.

WHAT EXACTLY DOES ‘BREATHABLE’ MEAN?

To understand, it takes a little bit of chemistry and physics but the concept is fairly simple. Technically, for those of you who want to impress friends, the scientific term is vapor permeability - the ability of water vapor to permeate through a film.

Deck Defense Deck Stain for Decks, Railings, and Fencing

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Deck Defense™ deck stain was reengineered for better performance, longer life and easier application. We started by removing the oils and hazardous driers to produce a friendlier product. Although it is a totally waterborne product, it has the penetrating properties like oil. Unlike oil, Deck Defense hardens into a lattice, supporting and strengthening the natural cellulosic fibers to protect from the inside out, not just on the surface.

Additionally, powerful additives to Deck Defense inhibit the growth of mold, mildew and algae within the cured film. We also have incorporated a bit of wax to help repel surface water. Homeowners can feel secure in the knowledge that their investment is protected from the damaging effects of wind, sun and water.

Deck Defense is easily applied to dry surfaces with a pump-up sprayer, roller, brushes, pads or an airless sprayer. Designed for a one coat application, an additional coat may be applied using a “wet on wet” method in order to achieve a deeper and richer color. Wet product should be back-brushed to eliminate splotchy areas and reduce the chances of lap marks and eliminate pooling of product.

By Jeff Kyger
Northwest Log Home Care
www.northwestloghomecare.com

 

Pressure washing (also referred to power washing) is the function of using highly pressurized water to remove mildew, mold, dirt, pollen, UV graying, etc. You’ll hear different recommendations whether or not pressure washing your logs is the best cleaning method.

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Generally speaking, pressure washing is the quickest and least expensive choice.

One fallacy is that you’re saturating and “damaging” your logs with water as a result of pressure washing. This simply isn’t true. On hard, sound, rot-free logs, you’re only introducing water into the top fibers of the wood.

This year Perma-Chink's Technical Team has devoted a tremendous amount of time on projects to develop high quality products. These projects involved a significant amount of scientific testing that helped define our product portfolio with new and improved products. 

Here are 4 things we have learned along the way:

1. The more sterile the log surface is prior to staining, the less chance there is for mold formation underneath the stain. 

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