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2. Finishes & Stains

Perma-Chink Systems have the best stains for log and timber homes. While we tend to call our stains "finishes," most consumers are used to the phrasing of "wood stain." Why the difference? The quick answer is that stains permeate the wood, while finishes form a film over the surface, protecting the wood. If you want to know more about the difference, our tips below can answer your questions.

The Tech Tips are grouped below by how our system works. Like most things in life, success is determined by a strong foundation. So the first section contains information on getting your log or timber home ready for the finish of your choosing. Following the surface prep section, we've consolidated information about our finishes for both exterior and interior. The final section is dedicated to known issues with log and timber homes that all homeowners have to deal with, regardless of which finish they choose.

 

Surface Prepping, Cleaning, & Washing

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Buying the System pdf small Avoiding Metallic Contamination pdf small
About Sealers, Stains, and Topcoats pdf small The Use of Steel Wool or Wire Brush pdf small
Application Temperatures pdf small Calculating Square Footage pdf small
About Osborn Brushes pdf small  About Linseed Oil pdf small
Sanding Tips pdf small  Coating Shakes & Shingles pdf small 
Cleaning Guidelines pdf small  Hot Weather Applications pdf small 
About Spot Cleaning & Stripping pdf small  How to Clean Bare Wood Surfaces Using Wood Renew & Log Wash pdf small
Media Blasting Versus Chemical Stripping pdf small About Pressure Washing pdf small 
Washing Media Blasted Surfaces pdf small About Pressure Washers pdf small
How to Remove Existing Finishes pdf small  The Dynamics of Weathering pdf small
Freeze-Thaw Stability pdf small  Why Log Homes Need a Pigmented Finish pdf small 

 

About Stains & Finishes

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What is a Breathable Finish pdf small About Back-Brushing pdf small
Maintenance Coats of Finishes pdf small About Using Quality Brushes pdf small
Peeling Issues on Logs & Siding pdf small How to Repair Peeled Spots pdf small 
Removing Dried Finishes, Sealants, Borates, and Cleaners From Surfaces pdf small About VOCs pdf small
Mixing & Boxing Stains & Topcoats pdf small  About Log End Seal pdf small 
Oil Based Stains Versus Lifeline Water Based Stains pdf small Sealing Grayed Wood pdf small 
Penetration of Film Forming Stains pdf small  Beading Water pdf small 

 

Exterior Finishes

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How to Apply Lifeline Exterior pdf small  Applying Lifeline Over Oil-Based Stains pdf small 
Applying Lifeline Over Existing Stains pdf small About UV Boost pdf small 
About Clear Exterior Finishes pdf small Stain and Topcoat Additives to Lifeline Finishes pdf small
About Prelude Clear Primer pdf small  Sealing Log Siding pdf small
The Role of Advance Exterior Topcoat pdf small Mixing Advance Satin pdf small
Coating Shakes & Shingles pdf small  About VOCs pdf small

 

Interior Finishes

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How to Apply Lifeline Interior pdf small Applying Sure Shine pdf small
Interior Color Coats & Topcoats pdf small  Finishing Floors pdf small

 

Moisture, Mold, & Wood Issues

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What is Mill Glaze? pdf small About Water Stains pdf small 
About pH pdf small About Moisture Content pdf small 
About Moisture Meters pdf small About Mold & Mildew pdf small 
About Resin Bleed pdf small  Preventing Mold Growth pdf small

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