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When it comes to ordering sealants like our Perma-Chink® or Energy Seal™, there are two dimensions that you need to know in order to determine how much product you will need: the width and the cumulative length (linear feet) of the gaps or joints that you want to seal.

Although most people use brushes to apply our finish removers they can be applied with airless sprayers as long as you know what to do. Here is some information that will guide you in using airless spray equipment to apply both S-100™ and StripIt®.

Perma-Chink Systems offers wood preservatives designed to protect your home from insects and wood rot. Below are our Tech Tips for our preservatives, along with some general product knowledge on storing procedures.

 

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How Borates Work To Protect Wood pdf small How to Apply Borates pdf small 
Washing & Staining After Borate Treatments pdf small  Storing Borate Solutions pdf small 
Removing Dried Finishes, Sealants, Borates, and Cleaners From Surfaces pdf small Application Temperatures pdf small
Freeze-Thaw Stability pdf small  Hot Weather Applications pdf small 
All About Wood Decay pdf small     

Perma-Chink Systems namesake product, Perma-Chink, is the leading sealant for log homes. We've extended the same performance and quality of Perma-Chink in our other sealants, Energy Seal and Woodsman.

Below are our Tech Tips for all our sealants, including our Chink Paint, which provides an excellent solution refresh old, but sealed, chinking.

Application Guide

Sealants Application Guide

Tech Tips For Perma-Chink | Energy Seal | Check Mate 2 | Woodsman

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Repairing Perma-Chink pdf small Protecting Uncured Chinking pdf small
How to Apply Energy Seal And Woodsman pdf small Why Use Backing Materials pdf small
About Bulk Loading Guns pdf small The Color of Check Mate 2 pdf small
Chink Paint Versus Chinking pdf small Removing Old Caulk pdf small 
Sealing with Log Gap Caps and Energy Seal pdf small Drying and Curing Times pdf small 
How to Seal Checks In Logs & Siding pdf small The Thermal Efficiency of Chink Joints pdf small

 

Tech Tips For Chink Paint

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Chink Paint Versus Chinking pdf small Chink Paint (Textured & Smooth) pdf small

 

Tech Tips For Product Application

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Calculating Linear Feet pdf small Calculating Square Footage pdf small
Application Temperatures pdf small Sealing Log Siding pdf small
Energy Audit pdf small  Finding Air Leaks pdf small 
Freeze-Thaw Stability pdf small  Hot Weather Applications pdf small 

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.

Application Guide

Wood Finishes Application Guide

Tips For 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 

 

Tech Tips 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 
About Handrails pdf small     

 

Tech Tips For Exterior Finishes

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How to Apply Lifeline Exterior pdf small  Applying Lifeline Over Oil-Based Stains pdf small 
How to Use Defense Products - Log & Timber/Deck pdf small  About VOCs 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

 

Tech Tips For 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

 

Tech Tips For 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

 

In today's economy energy efficiency is a subject that most people are aware of including log home owners and those people contemplating the purchase of a log home. With this in mind we occasionally get asked about the R-value of our chinking and/or backing materials since many people assume that they provide some insulation value to the exterior walls. In point of fact, neither the Perma-Chink nor the backing material contributes any significant insulation value to a wall. What they do is eliminate outside air infiltration into the home. This has a much greater impact on the overall energy efficiency of a home than adding a minor amount of insulation to a wall.

Although there is some controversy regarding its cause, the most commonly held theory about the formation of mill glaze is that it is created on logs, siding and trim by heat and mechanical compression generated during a high speed milling process. The combination of compressed wood fibers and high temperatures that melt the sugars, cellulose, and other water-soluble extractives present in the wood end up forming a surface glaze.

Q&A About Wood Deck Finish Deck Defense™

Do I have to remove old finish?

Over the past several years we have discovered many things about cleaning wood and existing finishes.

Dusty-copyFirst and foremost is that chlorine bleach is not a good product to use. In addition to its potential for damaging the finish and bare wood fibers, its use and misuse contributes to a number of problems including the loss of film adhesion, discolorations due to tannin extraction, and the formation of iron tannates, streaks, blotches and premature failures of the finish system. We have also discovered that a number of wood and deck cleaners available at paint and hardware stores, home improvement centers and Do-It-Yourself outlets contain components that interfere with the proper performance of our finish systems.

With this in mind we have decided that the ONLY cleaning products approved for use with our finishes are those products supplied or recommended by Perma-Chink Systems, Inc. We are not doing this to increase our sales of cleaning products. It is simply because we have tested our cleaning products with our finish systems and have confidence that when properly used and applied, their use will result in the best possible appearance and performance of the final Lifeline™ finish. We cannot say the same about the use of other types and brands of wood cleaners and strongly discourage their use with any of our Lifeline stains.

 

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