Sikkens ProLuxe Cetol Log & Siding provides prestige, performance and perfection in every bucket. Rich, saturated, vibrant colors make your home stand out with a satin finish.
Sikkens ProLuxe Cetol Log & Siding is a wood stain and sealant that provides prestige, performance and perfection in every bucket. Sikkens Log & Siding provides rich, saturated, vibrant colors that make your home stand out with a satin finish. Translucent pigments enhance the beauty of your wood. Superior durability means less time maintaining and more time enjoying your beautiful home.
Product Type: Oil-based, alkyd resin formula
Uses: Logs, wood siding and trim
Vertical Surfaces (log walls, wood-sided walls)
Great Preparation is the Key to Application Success!
Please Take Note:
Check the Moisture Content of Your Logs
Do not apply Sikkens ProLuxe Log and Siding to wood over 18% moisture content. Applying this product on wood with over 18% moisture content will create an environment where mold and mildew can grow beneath the surface of the wood finish creating peeling and lifting over time.
To test the moisture content of your wood, borrow a moisture meter from your contractor or purchase one at your local hardware store. For quick reference:
Laminated logs: The moisture content of laminated logs is generally below 14%. These logs are usually ready for immediate application of Cetol Log & Siding once they have been cleaned and allowed to dry for the appropriate amount of time. Always use a moisture meter to confirm the moisture content.
Kiln-dried or air dried logs: Use a moisture meter to check.
Green, wet, or treated logs: These logs have moisture content greater than 18%. Allow the logs to sit in a dry area and check their moisture content on a regular basis. Logs with a high moisture content can take up to 6 months to 1 year to reach the appropriate 18% or below moisture content for applying Cetol Log & Siding.
Apply a Wood Preservative (borate)
Have your logs been pre-treated with a wood preservative (borate) at the factory or mill? Contact your log or siding provider if unsure.
What is a wood preservative?
Wood preservatives (borates) make wood toxic to wood damaging organisms such as powder post beetles, carpenter ants and fungi. Wood preservatives (borates) do not protect against Carpenter Bees and other wood drilling insects; only those that ingest wood. Click here to find out about additives available for prevention of Carpenter Bees, wasps, etc.
Why apply a wood preservative ( borate ) before applying Sikkens ProLuxe Cetol Log & Siding?
Applying a wood preservative can protect your home from damaging organisms for the life of the home. Sikkens ProLuxe Log & Siding contains a mildewcide, water repellent and UV protection.; it is not a wood preservative. LogFinish.com recommends applying ShellGuard RTU or ShellGuard Concentrate on new construction before applying Sikkens ProLuxe Cetol Log and Siding..
Caulk All Gaps and Checks
It is natural for wood to crack/check over time due to changing seasons, temperature and aging.
Fill any spaces between the logs and upward facing cracks/checks in the wood after applying a wood preservative and before applying log stain. . Fill all joints, cracks, and nail holes with a good quality acrylic latex caulk/filler created specifically for use with wood like Energy Seal or Check Mate 2 prior to applying log finish.
Test the Stain
We always recommend performing a two coat color test to a clean, dry, bare area of the structure that you are planning on applying Sikkens ProLuxe Cetol Log & Siding. Please Note: Sikkens ProLuxe Log & Siding is difficult to remove once it has been applied. Before doing a full application make sure that your color selection is correct, has the look you want and a maintenance schedule you can manage.
Tannin containing woods such as redwood, red cedar, mahogany, douglas fir, etc. contain tannic acid which tends to migrate to the surface and discolor the stain, especially noticeable when using white or light colors. The discoloration is not harmful and can usually be removed. Apply a cleaning solution of four (4) ounces oxalic acid to one gallon of warm water using a garden sprayer or a heavy nap roller cover. Allow solution to dwell on surface for 20 minutes then thoroughly rinse with clean water. DO NOT ALLOW solution to dry on wood surface.
Apply Sikkens ProLuxe Cetol Log & Siding
Please Note: Sikkens ProLuxe Cetol Log & Siding is a two-coat application on clean, dry, bare wood. Any more or less than two coats will lead to peeling and decreased durability.
For wood already coated with this product, apply a single coat of Cetol Log & Siding. Please see the Sikkens ProLuxe Log & Siding Maintenance section for more details.
before starting to avoid color variance.
Brushing is the preferred method of application, using a natural bristle brush, if applied by roller or airless sprayer, back brush immediately to ensure penetration and to avoid an uneven finish. For airless spray, use a .011”-.013” tip at 1200 – 1700 psi, adjust pressure as needed.
Regular maintenance and annual attention to your log home can save you money and time. Proper maintenance starts with visual inspection. Weather, exposure and altitude may vary, so maintenance may be needed sooner than later in some locations.
A general estimate for re-application with Sikkens ProLuxe Log & Siding is as follows: Every 2-3 years on South and West exposed walls, and every 3-4 years on North and East exposed walls. Please note: Natural Light #996 may need more frequent maintenance than other Cetol Log & Siding tints.
Only one coat of Sikkens Log & Siding is necessary for a maintenance coat. Always follow preparation guidelines under “Clean Your Logs” and apply 1 coat of Sikkens Log & Siding.
Sikkens Log & Siding is available for shipment by ground only and is shipped via FedEx to the continental USA; with the exception of the following areas that are not approved for Sikkens Proluxe Log & Siding use due to VOC regulations:
Please Note: Sikkens ProLuxe Log & Siding cannot be sold to:
Please Note: South Coast Air Quality Management District of California has an exemption for locations registered above 4,000 feet.
Please click here to determine if your address is included in this exemption. To find out which California Air Quality District you are in click here.
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