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As of Feb 2012 High Sierra Log Stain was renamed Transformation Siding and Trim. All shipments for this product will now be shipped with Transformation Siding and Trim Labels.
High Sierra Log Home Stain now known as Transformation Siding and Trim is the latest innovation in log home stains. A unique formula of water and acrylic modified resins, Transformation Siding and Trim Stain offers durability and a breathtaking finish for your log home or other wooden vertical surfaces. Use it indoors and out, since High Sierra Stain is 100% VOC compliant.
Here are some of Transformation Siding and Trim additional advantages:
First coat: 150-250 square feet per gallon
Second and Maintenance coats: 250-350 square feet per gallon
Note: As with all stains, coverage will be dependent on roughness and porosity of the wood.
Application and Clean-up Guidelines
High Sierra Log Stain can be applied to wood surfaces with a temperature as low as 40°F (but rising), but this is the extreme and should be avoided if possible. Avoid working in direct sunlight or applying product to logs that have a surface temperature of 95°F and rising. The ideal temperature range for application is between 60°F and 90°F. Protect the coating with plastic sheeting if rain is expected within 6 hours of application (or longer if the weather is cool and/or humid).
All homes should be chemically protected from insects, rot and fungi. If using PeneTreat, or another borate-based product, it must be applied to logs prior to staining. If this step is missed, the home must be stripped of any coating and then the borate-based product ( PeneTreat) can be applied to protect the bare logs. Borate-based products can be applied to bare wood only.
The stain should be thoroughly stirred (preferably with a squirrel cage mixing blade), making sure that all the pigment at the bottom of the pail has been dispersed. High Sierra should be stirred frequently while using. Since there is always a chance of small color differences between lots of stains (like lot variations in carpet or drapes), it is important to make sure before starting a job that containers of stain with different lot numbers be "boxed" or inter-blended before using. This will help ensure uniformity of color even when different lot numbers are used.
For best results, application is 2 heavy coats sprayed and then vigorously back-brushed (to greatly help penetration). Longer stain durability can be achieved if the log surfaces, especially the upper curvature of the logs, have been well textured, e.g., roughened by cob blasting. The second coat can be applied as soon as the first coat has largely penetrated into the surface and is tack free. This can be within about 30 minutes, or as long as 1-2 hours (or more), depending on the porosity, moisture content and the temperature of the wood. Please note that lighter colors of stain will require more frequent re-staining.
For best results (because finish coatings on wood act as a primer for sealants) and ease of application, stain and clear-coat before caulking and/or chinking. Let High Sierra Log Stain completely dry
(dry time is dependent upon the porosity, moisture content and the temperature of the wood), then seal your home with Log Builder or Conceal caulking and Log Jam chinking. Or, if you want the caulking (Log Builder or Conceal) to blend in with the stain, let the caulk dry first (dry time is dependent upon temperature and humidity); then stain with High Sierra Log Stain.
Plan to apply High Sierra to one wall at a time, starting at the top and working completely across 3-4 logs high. When the top 3- 4 logs are stained, then move down the wall to the next 3-4 logs. Continue in a similar pattern to the bottom of the wall, working around doors and windows as shown in the diagram. Clean any drip marks that may occur on lower logs to avoid overlap marks. This technique will help to eliminate the possibility of lap marks. High Sierra Log Stain has an open time similar to that of oil-based stains, allowing more time to work with the product before it begins to dry at the surface. This will greatly help with eliminating or minimizing brush or lap marks during application. It is still important to maintain a wet edge and vigorously brush the product out after applying with a sprayer, especially during application of the first coat. Good staining practice is to work horizontally until you reach a natural break in the wall surface, i.e., windows, doors, log butt joints, etc. If stopping in the middle of the log is necessary, simply “feather out” the stain when you need to stop in the middle of a wall, trailing it off into nothing to help minimize
While still wet, tools and equipment can be cleaned with soap and water or ammonia-based cleaners, like glass cleaner or household ammonia. If allowed to dry, mineral spirits or stronger solvents will be required.
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High Sierra Log Stain- Now Transformation Siding & Trim - 5 Gal.