Saturday, September 19, 2009

Questions and Answers

We have received a lot of questions by phone and email this week about using One TIME Wood Protector on a surface that was previously coated with another stain or sealer. We want to emphasize again that One TIME works by soaking into the wood and curing by natural sunlight. One TIME should be applied only to new or properly stripped bare wood. Many times sanding alone is not adequate to remove most stains. Most failed oil stains can easily be removed using a chemical stripping solution. Acrylic or water-based stains are another matter.

Many clients have expressed difficulty in stripping the Behr Stain widely advertised and promoted by HD. The Behr and many other widely sold stains continually fail, yet are difficult to strip because of the acrylic resin in it. Most available strippers are not so effective on the Behr for a couple of reasons. First is the chemistry; While many oil stains and sealers are easily stripped with Sodium Hydroxide Based strippers, the acrylics do not respond to the majority of deck strippers. Secondly, the Behr typically requires frequent maintenance, which leads to a buildup of layers and thickness. So we see thick buildup peeling in many areas, yet stubbornly attached to many other areas, especially vertical or sheltered surfaces.

Some log home owners we talk to are resorting to abrasive blasting with corncobs, or crushed glass media to remove the Behr. Then the wood has to be further smoothed by sanding or brushing to remove the fuzzed wood fiber.

The problem is similar on decks with a difficult- to-remove stain. Sometimes wood still needs sanding after stripping if some stain remains, or if the wood became extremely fuzzed or damaged.

Failed wood stain is a very costly, inconvenient, and preventable expense that so many homeowners have had to bear. We hope to educate anyone who is preparing to stain a deck, log home, or other exterior wood surface, and assist in choosing the proper products. We have a variety of wood care articles featured at .

For non-shiny, long-lasting protection, our product of choice for most exterior wood care continues to be One TIME Wood Protector.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Using One Time on an old deck

Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 1:36 PM
Subject: Using One Time on an old deck

We have a deck that is 20 years old and we have been powerwashing it every two years and then applying Thompsons and more recently Cabot Clear Finish. All of these products last two years max. We have never put a stain on or anything with color. I am very interested in the One Time Wood product since it is said to last 7 years. I have several questions:

• Will we need to sand or strip before applying One Time? We just completed power washing.

• The deck gets some sunlight but for the most part due to lots of trees it gets very little sun. Also a portion of the deck is covered and gets no direct sun. Since the sun is what cures One Time Wood, can we use it where there is little or no direct sun?

• Does the Natural One Time Wood provide protection for as long as the colors?

Thank you,



Those are all common questions. We too, are frustrated at the performance at most of what is available at the big boxes and warehouses. One TIME is more of a protector than a stain, so the wood is protected for several years against moisture intrusion, and fungal attachment to the wood. What that means is that you will not have to ever strip or use bleaches and other harsh chemistry again. Unfortunately, because the failed products used are still present on some of the wood, it will need to be stripped. This can be achieved by chemical softening and removal, in combination with sanding in some cases.

Do I have to strip the old finish?

Power washing alone will remove some surface product, and some dead wood fiber, but we like to do it chemically. The more bare the wood, the more One TIME that can soak in and cure to protect your wood. Long answer to a short question- Yes…You must use a chemical stripper when an existing failed product has been previously applied to the wood.

Curing in Limited Light

As long as it is not a covered area more than 10 or 12 feet in, and it gets daylight, even indirect, it should eventually cure…it just may take a few days or longer. Just do a test. Put some One TIME Liquid Sample on a piece of wood, and place in the least lighted area and see how it cures.

Does the Natural One Time Wood provide protection for as long as the colors?

The Natural does not provide as much UV resistance as the other darker colors. You may need to refresh color a little more frequently with the Natural, and you can always step to a darker color later.

I hope this helps.


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Common Deck Care Problems

Here are some recent thoughts about Deck Care:

Common Deck Care Problems

We hope this information is helpful.

One TIME on Cedar and Redwood or Tropical Hardwoods

Here is a discussion on Ipe, Mahogany, Cumaru, etc. We like to see this type of wood weather 3-4 months before coating the top side of the wood.

We have also been getting a lot of questions about using One TIME Wood Protector on Cedar or Redwood. Some of the manufacturer’s technical literature alludes to allowing Cedar and Redwood to weather one year before coating with One TIME Wood Protector. There are a couple of exceptions to this statement. First, our biggest concern is with smooth sanded Redwood or Cedar decking. Redwood is extremely high in tannin content. This tannin gives the Redwood its dark color but can cause problems if extractive bleeding occurs, and it is trapped in by the One TIME. It is best to weather smooth Redwood a few months before staining or coating. There are some steps that can help speed the weathering effect in some cases, including chemical cleaning, and sanding. If we are dealing with rough-sawn lumber, it is generally ready to coat with One TIME when dry.