You should use only as much stain as will soak into the wood. Some areas will absorb more (softwood) than others (knots). Wipe up any excess before it starts to cure to avoid shiny tacky spots. Preserva Wood® is a very flexible barrier that protects your wood from moisture and sunlight. It is not formulated to be on the surface of the wood, like a paint.
Depending on the porosity of your wood, Preserva Wood® will cover approximately 200-400 square feet per gallon. Rough surfaces, such as fence boards, tend to soak up more product, whereas smooth deck boards do not take as much stain.
Any transparent finish will allow the beauty of the natural wood grain to show through. Blemishes, water-stains or weathered areas will also show through. Wood Renewer™ can, in many cases, remove discoloration and restore the natural beauty. Applying a finish to a discolored area will seal in the discoloration permanently. There are many restoration products available, however Preserva Products™’ Wood Renewer™ ‘Cleaner’ is non-toxic and will not harm plants or pets, while rejuvenating wood even more effectively. Whatever beauty the wood has to offer can be brought out by the use of Wood Renewer™ ‘Cleaner’ prior to the application of any finish.
Mildew appears as persistent black spots when your wood is wet. It is always a good idea to get the wood wet the day before staining to make sure it is clean and free of mold or mildew (even new wood!!). Before staining your wood, you need to kill the mildew; otherwise you will seal in the black color. This will return as black spots when the rainy season begins. A 50-50 mixture of chlorine bleach and water, applied in sunlight will kill mildew. You will want to wash off the bleach and allow 24 hours for the wood to dry before staining. For tougher mildew, you can use a little more bleach than water and scrub with a brush.
If it has rained, you should wait 24 hours for the wood to dry before applying Preserva Wood®. Ideally, you need at least 24 hours after applying Preserva-Wood for it to dry, before it rains.
Ideal circumstances are to allow your deck to dry in good weather for at least 24 hours before allowing pets or anyone else to walk on your deck. Should your animals walk on wet Preserva Wood® and get it on their feet (paws), then wipe with a moist towel to remove the stain.
Any areas of Preserva Wood® that have not been absorbed within 15 minutes needs to be wiped up while still wet. If these puddles are allowed to dry, they will appear shiny. If you have shiny spots, and it is within 24 hours of application, lacquer thinner or acetone will take care of the shiny spots. After 24 hours, simply broadcast regular playground sand over the effected area. Use your foot to scuff off the thin surface film of stain. Complete by sweeping the sand off the deck. This process will etch the shiny surface film allowing for complete drying. Commercial paint removers are another way of removing excess Preserva Wood®. Follow the directions on the label. All that you are doing is removing the excess Preserva Wood® that has dried on the surface, not taking out what is inside the wood. DO NOT APPLY ANOTHER COAT OVER THE TOP, or you are back where you were in the beginning.
As with any oil based paint product, to avoid the possibility of spontaneous combustion, oil soaked cloth, paper, or other application material should be soaked in water. Spread out material and dry outdoors, away from the sun, heat, flame, or combustibles. Once they are air-dried, dispose of in accordance with local trash regulations.
Oil based formulas of Preserva Wood® can be applied at temperatures above 50 and below 90 degrees Fahrenheit, low wind conditions, and out of direct sunlight. Your wood should NOT be hot when applying the stain.
The solid content (what stays in your wood for protection and does not evaporate into the atmosphere), is roughly 65% for Preserva Wood® and Preserva Wood® Architect Series™ wood stains.
Contact the manufacturer of your windows to determine if there are films laminated to the glass that might be damages by using solvent to remove the dried stain. If approved, citrus based strippers work best and are generally safe to use.
While the formulation is proprietary information, we can tell you that Preserva Wood® has ingredients to address all the problems associated with exposing wood to weather and sun. These include additives that protect our stain against mold and mildew, UV light, and water damage. In addition, Preserva Wood® contains organic oils and resins that address dimensional stabilization, as well as metallic pigments (Transparent oxides) for long lasting color retention and additional UV protection.
Preserva Wood® was developed in the Lake Tahoe area of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It was engineered for extreme weather and extreme sunlight. Additionally, Preserva Wood® is environmentally friendly and designed to last longer. It has a high solids content to protect your wood in a one-coat application, and natural wood-tone tints to enhance the appearance of the wood. One application of Preserva Wood® will not protect your wood forever, but with an annual cleaning to remove dirt and pollen, re-applications become less frequent. When your wood appears dry or has lost its natural color, then it is time for a “light” re-application of Preserva Wood®.