We use a commercial grade product called Ready Seal. It is an oil based, semi transparent, stain and sealer in one. It is made with the highest quality blend of resins, oils, and finely ground pigments. We stain fences, decks, arbors/pergolas, gazebos, wood siding, garage doors, wooden beams, ext. wooden shutters, etc. Our product contains Penetrating Oils, Transoxide Pigments, and the Ultimate in U.V. Protection. It is Mildew Resistant and will not Crack or Peel.
We have specially designed spray rigs that are low volume low pressure, this allows us to meet the application rates of our stain. It allows the proper amount of product to be applied which in turn allows the proper rate of saturation. Most of our competitors use Airless Paint Sprayers that cause tremendous overspray, you can buy these at any home improvement store. Airless Sprayers are High Volume High Pressure and because of this it atomizes the stain causing a cloud of stain above and all around your home and your neighbors.
Our Spray Rigs reduce Overspray greatly, keeping the stain on the wood, where it should be, not in the air.
Duty Cleaners offer chemical cleaning services to remove mold and mildew ( greying ) from your existing fence or deck prior to staining. We use a special chemial blend of HYPO. We use our specially designed spray rigs to apply the chemical clean to your fence or deck as well. DO NOT be fooled by companies that want to powerwash your fence with store bought Clorox Bleach. The high pressure will cause the wood to blister and split open, causing a cotton ball look effect on the wood. This allows all the natural oils in the wood to escape reducing the woods ability to fight away insects and greatly reduces life expectancy of your fence or deck.
The Ready Seal® Advantage
Ready Seal’s unique formulation allows for deep penetration into the woods surface, offering better protection than other available coatings. This deep penetration is compared to paint and solid color stain penetration in Figure 4.1 below.
The Ready Seal® Application Advantage
Ready Seal® contains all the essential elements of a quality coating for exterior wood projects. Ready Seal® is superior to other products when it comes to ease of application. Application processes where kept in mind throughout the formulation of Ready Seal® to ensure all consumers a hassle-free application, saving time for the contractor and promising a Goof-Proof ™ process for homeowners.
Typical wood coating applications require:
- A time-consuming application process
- A limited temperature range for proper application
- A process where the applicator must quickly smooth out the product being applied to prevent any unsightly runs, laps or streaks in the coating.
- Thinning or diluting when using a spray application
- A primer coat for proper adhesion
- Prolonged drying times
- Maintaining a wet-line during application to prevent dark lines where coats overlap
Ready Seal® Stain and Sealer for Wood:
- Requires no primer
- May be sprayed, rolled or brushed onto the wood surface
- Requires no diluting or thinning prior to spray applications
- Requires no back-brushing
- Ready Seal® will never leave runs, laps or streaks
- Requires no wet-line application, the product will blend itself
- Requires only 48 hours of drying time
- Requires no specific temperature range for proper application
Watch how quickly Ready Seal® spreads and penetrates the wood’s surface through capillary action, leaving no unsightly runs, laps or streaks.
The Ready Seal® Maintenance Advantage
To ensure continued protection against the elements of weathering, all wood coatings must be maintained to some degree. Ready Seal® is easier to maintain than other coatings used on exterior wood.
All exterior coatings begin to show signs of weathering after prolonged exposure to the elements. Table 4.3 illustrates the maintenance processes and frequency of maintenance of the different coating types typically used to protect exterior wood surfaces.
|Coating Type||Maintenance Process||Frequency|
|Paint||Sand or scrape to remove flaking, clean wood surface and reapply topcoat when primer begins to show||7-10 years|
|Solid Color stain||Sand or scrape to remove flaking, clean wood surface and reapply topcoat when primer begins to show||3-7 years|
|Semi-transparent stains (Ready Seal®)||Clean with detergent and reapply||3-7 years|
|Transparent stain||Clean with detergent and reapply||1-3 years|
|Water repellent||Clean with detergent and reapply||6-24 months|
|Varnish and lacquers||Sand or scrape to remove flaking, clean wood surface and reapply||6-12 months|
Ready Seal® Maintenance Process
Ready Seal® requires minimal maintenance when compared to other products with similar life expectancy. Because Ready Seal® penetrates the surface of the wood and does not form a film, Ready Seal® will never crack, chip, flake or peel. Gradual fading is normal over the life of the product.
Problems with Fence Paint or Solid Color Fence Stains
Fence paint, while offering exceptional protection against UV-rays, has many issues that make it a less than desirable choice for staining a fence:
- Fence paint and solid color fence sealers, often called opaque stains, hide all of the natural characteristics of the wood. No grain or knots are visible after application.
- Many fence paints require applying a primer coat prior to applying the top coat.
- Application of fence paints or solid color fence stain requires careful attention to avoid lap marks, or runs, and when spraying, backbrushing is necessary for an even finish.
- Fence paint and solid color fence sealers sit on the surface of the wood, forming a rigid film that cannot flex with the wood. Over time small cracks form and moisture is allowed to penetrate through the coating, via these small cracks, and into the wood, leading to coating failiure, cracking, chipping of paint and also rot, mold and mildew issues.
- Although fence paint may last 5 to 7 years, maintenance can be very time consuming and costly, usually requiring a total stripping or sanding of the fence back to bare wood prior to re-application.
Problems with Clear Fence Sealers
Clear fence sealers are not fence stains, they do not contain pigments and do not change the color of the wood. Clear fence sealers do a great job of sealing out moisture, however, they contain no pigment and allow harmful UV-rays to pass through the clear coating and degrade the surface of the wood. These types of fence sealers include varnishes, lacquers, sealers and various other products that are not pigmented. Even clear sealers that claim to contain clear UV-inhibitors provide little to no protection.
- Many clear fence sealers may be film-forming finishes, prone to the same cracking, flaking and peeling as deck paint.
- Penetrating clear fence sealers are not subject to cracking and peeling, but still offer minimal UV-protection.
- Application of clear fence sealers typically require backbrushing and attention to detail during application, even when being sprayed.
- Because a clear fence sealant contains no UV-protection, the coating will typically last 6 to 24 months before a cleaning and re-application is required.
- Fence Cleaning or re-application of clear products may be very time consuming, sometimes requiring a total stripping or sanding of the fence back to bare wood prior to re-application.
Problems with Transparent Fence Stains and Sealers
Transparent coating products are fence stains and/or sealers that contains a very small amount of pigmentation, but still allows the natural characteristics of the wood, such as grain and knots, to be seen. This addition of pigment adds color to the wood and provides more UV-protection than clear sealers. Although they contain pigments, these coatings still offer only a minimal amount of protection from harmful UV-rays. Transparent fence stains and/or sealers may be either form-filming or penetrating formulations.
- Some transparent fence stains may not include a sealer to block moisture and may need to have a clear fence sealant applied on top of the stain.
- Many transparent fence stains and/or fence sealants may be film-forming finishes, prone to the same cracking, flaking and peeling as deck paint.
- Penetrating transparent fence stains and/or fence sealers are not subject to cracking and peeling and are a better option than acrylic or latex type film-forming varieties.
- Application of transparent fence stains and/or fence sealers typically require backbrushing and attention to detail during application, even when being sprayed, to avoid runs, laps and streaks.
- Transparent fence coatings will typically last 6 to 36 months before a cleaning and re-application is required.
- Maintenance of transparent fence stain products may be very time consuming, sometimes requiring a total stripping or sanding of the fence back to bare wood prior to re-application.
Problems with Semi-transparent Fence Stains and Fence Sealers
Semi-transparent fence stains and/or fence sealers are heavily pigmented to provide exceptional UV-protection. The amount of pigment is not so much that it hides the natural characteristics of the wood. Semi-transparent coatings may come in a pentrating formula or a film-forming type formulation that sits on the surface of the wood.Many of the issues concerning transparent fence stains are shared by semi-transparent coatings.
- Some semi-transparent fence stains may not include a sealer to block moisture and may need to have a clear fence sealant applied on top of the stain.
- Many semi-transparent fence stains and/or fence sealants may be film-forming finishes, prone to the same cracking, flaking and peeling as fence paint.
- Application of semi-transparent fence stains and/or fence sealers varies with the formulation, but typically require backbrushing and attention to detail during application, even when being sprayed, to avoid runs, laps and streaks.
- Semi-Transparent fence coatings will typically last 1 to 7 years before a cleaning and re-application is required.
- Maintenance of semi-transparent fence stain products varies with the formulation, but generally will be very time consuming, sometimes requiring a total stripping or sanding of the fence back to bare wood prior to re-application.