"Here are the two types: water-carried and glycol-carried. No difference in penetration or protection between the two (at least, not according to a chemist with the company who mines the stuff - see this article), so we always recommend you go with…"
"I tell so many people that. :-) Are overnight temps above 40? You'll want to make sure of that, too. The lower the temp, the slower the moisture is to evaporate and the stain to cure.
No, labels rarely say anything about those specific…"
"Depending on the humidity the last few days, you might wait a bit longer to see if that reading will go down. Most oil-based semi-transparents are breathable, but check to make sure it doesn't include any waxes or silicones. Those are the worst…"
"That will depend on your location. :-) In Tucson, AZ, 12 would be high. In Alaska, 12 would be low. Have you already done the cleaning on the deck, or is it awaiting cleaning still? Power washing will increase that reading. Have you had any…"
"We've tested our fair share of chemical strippers around here and found methylene chloride to work the best. It's very toxic, so must be handled carefully. It usually has to be followed by neutralization with another product, power…"
"Wow - that's pretty bad. In all our years of doing our Zero Failures contractor training course and blasting the same log walls over and over and over again, I've never seen that. I imagine poor technique has a lot to do with it. I've…"
"Beautiful home, Bill. Finally got around to looking at those pics. Excellent work, and I'm sure the homeowners will be pleased for a good long time. In our experience and in all our testing in our lab, Sikkens makes a good stain.
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One more question....IYHO would it be worth our while to order enough of the Stay Clean I/E for a five gallon bucket and use it when we do our maintenance coat in a couple years? Or would there be a shorter shelf life on it?
Charis, Hi. with the wealth of information/help you've given others here, we're hoping you can help us as well.
Our log home is a little over 1 year old. We've noticed some black spots on the underside of our entry porch roof beams (this is the only place we see anything like this). Wiping them with a damp rag, they fade a little, then return so we know it's not something as simple as dirt. We're thinking possibly mold and/or mildew? We'd like to get this under control as soon as possible to keep it from spreading/ getting worse.
What we know:
Stainers did NOT properly clean logs/posts/beams prior to staining.
Stain used is Sikkens Cetol 1 & 2/3 (Teak) which we love.
First, how do we determine for sure it is mold/mildew? What process/solutions would you suggest we use to take care of it?
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Thank you in advance for any help/advice you can give us.
Hi Charis. We love our property. Its 10 acres almost all wooded with a great creek running thru it. The front, like in the picture is already cleared off. We planted several cherry and apple trees plus a variety of other trees and bushes to attract birds. We are fairly sure we will be going with Golden Eagle. We don't have the mountain views tho..... just none available at the current time in Kansas.....Been to Co. many times skiing in different resorts. I need to look up and see where Henderson is. I love the beauty of Co.
Thanks Charis. I got that as a Christmas present a couple years ago. The picture it is in is our actual property we will build on some day not too far off. The other picture is a plan I have been designing on the computer. I put some of the log walls on, but the gables is a real pain to put the logs on with this program and of course it has changed again since I drew that one. Part of trying to fit every desire into a smaller package. BTW thanks for all your expertise you have given. It really has helped me. I try to become knowledgeable in things I do and probably go a little overboard. But its always better to be informed than to shoot in the dark. The company I will be going with use Shashco for the inside stain, which I probably will put on myself.