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Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log & Siding Stain

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log and Siding is a high-performance translucent exterior stain for log homes. Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log and Siding’s two-coat satin finish creates a protective film that gives siding and logs a premium furniture-like finish that allows all the natural characteristics and grain of the wood to show through. FREE SHIPPING ON 5 GALLON PAILS TO CONTINENTAL USA.

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Save $10 per gallon up to $100 total on qualifying Sikkens Proluxe Cetol stains from May 19th - July 8th, 2017. This is a customer mail-in rebate, discount is not provided at checkout. Please see the PDF Rebate Form for more details.

Free Ground Shipping on 5 Gallon Pails
We are offering free ground shipping for 5 gallon pails of this product purchased online and shipping to the Lower 48 United States. Offer does not apply to Alaska, Hawaii, and the US Territories.

Sikkens Proluxe. The same great Sikkens formula you know and trust, slightly different labels.
The high quality formula that is synonymous with the Sikkens name is exactly the same as before. Only the name is changing. You can be confident that the product is the same in the can regardless of whether the name is Sikkens or ProLuxe . Please click here or here for further information from PPG on this change.

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log and Siding is a high-performance translucent exterior stain for log homes and wood surfaces. This alkyd high solids formulation offers optimum protection and a premium look in just two coats. The high solids alkyd resin used in Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log & Siding is another example of Sikkens Proluxe’s commitment to providing superior quality wood coatings.

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log and Siding’s two-coat satin finish creates a protective film that gives siding and logs a premium furniture-like finish that allows all the natural characteristics and grain of the wood to show through. The product creates a durable surface barrier to prevent wood from weathering.

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log and Siding Recommended Usage
• Cetol Log & Siding can be used on logs, siding, trim, and garage doors. Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log and Siding can be used on species of wood such as cedar, fir, pine, spruce, and redwood.
• Cetol Log & Siding cannot be used on and horizontal surfaces that may be walked on such as a deck. Please check out Cetol SRD or Cetol DEK if you are in need of a premium Sikkens deck stain.
• Cetol Log & Siding is compatible over an existing Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 1 and Cetol 23 Plus system.

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log and Siding Features and Benefits
• High Solids Alkyd Resin - Fewer coats needed for optimum protection and premium look. Proluxe Cetol Log and Siding utilizes Sikkens Proluxe's patented Next Wave Technology.
• Translucent Iron Oxide Pigments & UV Absorbers - Combination gives high performance UV protection, preventing graying and deterioration.
• Microporosity & Excellent Flexibility – Minimizes blistering and cracking due to expansion and contraction or moisture build up.

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log and Siding Color Chart

Cetol Log and Siding Color Chips

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log and Siding Stain Sample Cans
• We highly recommend that you try a sample can of any new stain color you are considering. The finished color of translucent stains can vary substantially based on species, texture, porosity of wood, and application technique. Sampling on your own wood is inexpensive and the best way to make sure you get the color you want for your home.
• Sikkens Proluxe no longer manufactures new sample cans of Cetol Log and Siding. However, we have several colors available in the 4 oz. factory cans while supplies last. 4 oz. sample cans of all other colors of Cetol Log and Siding are packaged in-house.

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log and Siding Color Visualization Tool
• You can model what your home would look like with Sikkens Proluxe Cetol finishes using the Sikkens Proluxe "Color Your Home" website.
• Please note that colors render differently on different computers and may not precisely match the color of your delivered stain.
• Sample color cans are also available for purchase if you would like to test how your home will look with any particular color.

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log and Siding Coverage Rates
• Coverage areas per coat for Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log & Siding as follows:
• On rough and weathered surfaces, 150-225 sq. ft./gallon.
• On smooth surfaces or hardwoods, 300-400 sq ft./gallon.
• Actual coverage may vary depending on the type, age and texture of the wood and application method.

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log and Siding Application Methods
• Long Haired Natural Bristle Brush.
• Airless Sprayer - Use a .011”-.013” tip at 1200 - 1700 psi. Back brush immediately.
• Roller - Back brush Immediately.

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log and Siding Dry Time
• Drying Time – 24 hours minimum at 68°F and 65% relative humidity. At temperatures below 50º F (10º C) or conditions of high humidity the drying time will be extended.
• Proluxe Cetol Log and Siding dries to touch in approximately 6 hours.
• Dries to recoat in 24 hours additional coat may increase these times.
• Wait 7 days before using furniture.
• Low temperature, high humidity, thick films or poor ventilation will increase these times. Avoid heavy abrasions immediately following application.

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log and Siding Preparation Instructions
• All wood surfaces must be thoroughly clean, dry and free of dirt, grease, grime, mildew, mill glaze and previous coatings before applying Proluxe Cetol Log & Siding Wood Finish.
• The best method to prepare vertical wood surfaces is to sand with 80-120 grit sandpaper. However, the following preparation may be used as an alternate to sanding.

Cleaning Recommendations:
1. Spray all wood surfaces with clean water, completely wetting the wood.
2. Generously apply a cleaning solution of four (4) ounces of 100% powdered Tri-Sodium Phosphate (TSP) or phosphate-free substitute with one (1) quart of liquid bleach and three (3) quarts of water to the wood surfaces with a garden sprayer or a heavy nap roller cover.
3. Let the solution dwell on the wood for 15-20 minutes as you scrub the surface with a hard bristle brush to help remove mill glaze or weathering. Do not allow solution to dry on the wood surface.
4. Power wash cleaning solution from the wood with plenty of clean fresh water using 500-800 psi with the nozzle 8-12 inches from the surface for full effectiveness of the cleaning and to prevent damage to the wood.
5. Allow the surface to dry for at least 48 hours, or to have a moisture content of 18% or less before finishing.
6. All horizontal surfaces must be sanded using 60-80 grit sandpaper. Always sand in the direction of the wood grain and remove sanding dust.
7. Proluxe Cetol Log & Siding Wood Finish should be applied within four weeks provided that the surface remains free of dirt, grease grim, mildew).

Special Notes:
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log & Siding is not manufactured with lead or mercury containing materials.
• New pressure treated lumber requires a six-week drying period. Water-repellant lumber requires one year of weathering prior to application.
• New rough-sawn wood less than four weeks old should be dry-brushed with stiff bristles to remove loose dirt and fibers. If debris is still present, follow the preparation procedures.
• Weathered grey wood or wood affected with blue fungi or rust from nails may be treated after the surface preparation by applying a solution of four ounces of oxalic acid crystals in a gallon of warm water. This solution should be allowed to sit on the affected areas for 15-20 minutes before the final rinse with clean water. Let dry 48 hours before coating.
• It is always recommended to perform a full system color test on a sample of the wood.
• Previous coatings must be removed prior to the application of Cetol Log & Siding.

Previously Coated Wood - Previous stains, varnishes or sealers must be completely and thoroughly removed prior to application of Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log & Siding. After removal of previous coatings, clean and prepare surface as specified above.

New Wood - Clean and prepare all wood surfaces as specified above. Pressure treated wood must be properly seasoned, dry with a moisture content of 18% or less and free of salts and other water soluble materials before applying stain. Water- repellent treated lumber requires one year minimum of weathering prior to cleaning and application.

Exotic Hardwoods - Ipe, mahogany, iron wood, tiger wood and teak woods exhibit a dense cell structure which may reduce the ability of a coating to penetrate the wood surface. Clean and prepare all wood surfaces as specified above. Immediately prior to applying coating, wipe surface with acetone.

Checking Moisture Content Before Staining:
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log & Siding cannot be applied when the moisture content of the wood is over 18%.
• If applied on wood with over 18% moisture content, mold and mildew may grow beneath the finish which may cause peeling, cracking and failure over time.
• It is recommended to use a Moisture Meter to test the moisture content of your wood before starting your staining project. A good moisture meter can be purchased am most hardware or home improvement stores.

Caulking Cracks, Checks, and Gaps:
• Fill all joints, cracks and nail holes with a quality acrylic latex caulk/filler such as Perma Chink Energy Seal or Weatherall UV Guard Textured Caulk prior to applying Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log & Siding.
• Any cracks or checks that are upward facing which can hold water need to be sealed immediately to prevent any future rot or decay.
• Some larger cracks may need Closed Cell Backer Rod to help insulate and fill the space in ensure a proper seal.
• An annual inspection of all corners, butt joints, windows and doors is helpful in insulating and maintaining the life of your log home.

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log and Siding Application Information
• Test wood for absorbency by sprinkling water on the surface – if water is absorbed within 30 seconds – 2 minutes, depending on climate, the surface is ready for finishing. If water is not absorbed, wait 30 days and re-test.
• Before starting, test your color choice on a small area, applying all coats required. Proluxe Cetol Log & Siding Wood Finish color Natural Light will weather faster than others. This color is not recommended for use on darker colored woods.
• Stir thoroughly with drill mixer such as a Shurline 5 Gallon Paint Mixer before and periodically during application. intermix all product together before starting to avoid color variance.
• Brushing is the preferred method of application, using a natural bristle brush (such as a Wooster 4” Bravo Stainer), if applied by roller (such as a Merit Pro Roller Cover) 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.
• Apply when the surface and air temperature is between 50° F (10° C) - 90° F (32° C).
• Do not apply in direct sunlight, if rain, snow, heavy dew or low temperatures below 40° F (4° C) are expected within 48 hours.
• Do not thin.
• After preparation, apply 2 coats of Proluxe Cetol Log & Siding, waiting a minimum of 24 hours between coats.
• The first coat must be thoroughly dry before application of the second coat. If possible, back prime with the first coat. During application, saturate all end grains, nail holes, cavities, and cracks in the wood.
• Brush on a liberal coat and maintain a wet edge to prevent lap marks. Brush in the direction of the wood grain starting at one end of the board or log and continuing to the other end of the board or log.
• The first coat of any Proluxe Cetol system should be applied from the bottom up to avoid drips which may streak the surface below. Follow with recommended maintenance procedures and schedule.

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log and Siding Cleanup & Shelf Life
• Clean all tools immediately with mineral spirits.
• Clean spills right away with a damp cloth.
• Shelf Life: 5 years maximum - unopened.

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log and Siding Maintenance Instructions
• Proper maintenance starts with visual inspection.
• To maintain the products protective characteristics apply a maintenance coat, when visibly required or sheen appears dull and before wood starts to turn grey.
• Areas that show minimal wear should only be lightly coated. Hardwoods and lighter colors may require more frequent maintenance.
• A timeframe of 2 to 3 years on the south and west exposures and 3 to 4 years on the north and east exposures can be used as a general guideline.
• As weathering, exposure conditions, altitude, and applications can vary, maintenance may be needed sooner and should be performed when visually necessary, regardless of timeframe.
• To identify the changes caused by weathering, we recommend saving a coated board from your project and storing it indoors. This can be used to periodically compare to your exterior surface to determine when cleaning, maintenance or replacement are needed.
• Before application of a maintenance coat, prepare the surface using the previously mentioned TSP solution but reducing the solution to 2 ounces of 100% powdered Tri-Sodium Phosphate or phosphate-free substitute.
• Let the surface dry 3 days after power washing. Apply 1 coat of Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log & Siding or Cetol Maintenance RE.
• An annual inspection of all new cracks/checks, corners, butt joints, windows and doors is helpful in maintaining the life of your log home.
• Fill any new cracks with a quality acrylic latex caulk/filler such as Sashco Conceal Caulk, Perma Chink Energy Seal, or Weatherall UV Guard Textured Caulk.
• If Carpenter Bees are present and have drilled any new holes, it is best clean the area and seal the bee hole. Please check out our Carpenter Bee stain additives for preventive solutions.
• An annual cleaning of the structure with a log wash like Perma Chink Log Wash or TruClean EX House Wash helps to prevent any accumulation of dirt, pollen, dust and airborne contaminates.

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log & Siding Application Do’s and Don’ts

Application Do’s…
• Prepare your wood properly for stain and finish application. Mill glaze, the shiny surface created when lumber is planed, may keep coatings from penetrating.
• Intermix different batches/cans together to ensure color consistency.
• Apply when the surface and air temperature is between 50ºF and 95ºF (10ºC and 35ºC).
• Saturate all end grains, nail holes and cracks in the wood.
• Maintain a wet edge to prevent lap marks.
• Apply in the direction of the wood grain using a long haired natural bristle brush such as Wooster 5 1/2” Brush, roller, or airless sprayer.
• Stir well before using with a Shurline 5 Gallon Paint Mixer. Do not shake if using product the same day.
• Back prime (if possible).

Application Don’ts…
• Do not apply over previously coated surfaces. All previous coatings must be completely removed, except structures already coated with Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log & Siding or Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 1 & 23 systems.
• Do not apply when the surface is hot to the touch.
• Do not apply when dew or frost is present or expected within five (5) hours.
• Do not apply in wet weather.
• Do not apply when moisture content of the wood is greater than 18%.
• Do not thin with any mineral spirits or paint thinner.

Special Note
Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log & Siding is compatible over an existing Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 1 and Cetol 23 Plus system.

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log and Siding Resources
Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log and Siding Tech Data Sheet
Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log and Siding MSDS Sheet

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log and Siding Shipping
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log and Siding may not be shipped via air transit due to D.O.T. restrictions.

Use Restrictions
Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log and Siding is not permitted for use in the South Coast Air Quality Managment District (SCAQMD) which includes all or part of the following counties of California:
• Los Angeles • Orange • Riverside • San Bernardino

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log and Siding Stain Colors:
• Natural Oak (005), Dark Oak (009), Butternut (072), Cedar (077), Natural (078), Teak (085), Natural Light (996)

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Customer Reviews (22)

Good productReview by Larry
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The log siding is a very fine product, best we have used on our log home (Posted on 5/13/17)
Great ProductReview by Minnesota Lakelady
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This product was applied to our new log sided home four years ago. It has held up very nicely in our climate The areas that get the most direct sun look a little faded and dry but there is no chipping or peeling. We were told a new house should be done four years after it was first stained so that is why we are doing it again this year. The original staining has held up so well these first four years that we are hopeful that after this second staining we will have 6-8 years before it needs to be stained again. We do have large overhangs and stone on the bottom 18" which also goes a long way in protecting the wood. Twin Creeks was also great to order from. The product arrived four days after ordering and when I e-mailed a question it was promptly answered. Will order from them again. (Posted on 4/14/17)
Great stain for a log homeReview by Dave
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I have a log home in Maine, need a stain to hold up to the type of weather up here. You get what you pay for, very good stain. Follow directions, do a good job cleaning the wood and brush it on and you wouldn't have any problems. Very easy product to use and coverage is very good. I used the Natural Oak and like the color, like any stain on older exterior wood it will be a little darker. Great product.
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not sure what features has to do with thisReview by Sandra
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Good product and good services from Twin Creeks (Posted on 1/12/17)
Great product!Review by Aschmit
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We ordered the Teak color and absolutely love the richness of it. We are doing cedar shakes and cedar half logs and we expected the woods to take the color differently, so we were prepared for that part. It is a nice rich dark color on the open grained wood and lighter on the half logs that aren't open grained. After putting the second coat on it gets a nice glossy shine which looks awesome. We are really hoping this product stands up to years of Minnesota weather! (Posted on 10/5/16)
Great Look, Great CoverageReview by Randy
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We went with the 150 sq.ft/ gallon figure on coverage rate as I don't think the place had ever been re-stained or re-painted in 20 years, so it was VERY dry and a bit rough even after blasting and sanding...I'd say we got about 165 sq ft of coverage, and that's putting on 2 coats; the second coat uses a lot less.
We used Energy seal caulking, Earthtone color, which we put on 1st, and let it cure for 2-1/2 weeks, but the teak stain turned it a bit orange.....kind of a bummer, but it's only noticeable when in direct sunlight, and we have a lot of trees.
We'll have to see how it holds up. Hopefully it does well as we put ALOT of time and effort into the prep work. I really like the idea of being able to do a "Maintenance Coat", and not having to take it all the way back down to bare wood again...big selling point to me.
I called the people at Twin Creeks several times and they were very helpful and patient with all of my questions, Thanks! (Posted on 9/23/16)
Best of the BestReview by Kathy Swartz
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Hands down by far the best product on the market. Well worth the money. I wish I had picked this one the first time, instead of the other two. It would have saved a lot of time and money! Beautiful color, beautiful finish! I will recommend this product to anyone. (Posted on 9/6/16)
great product...but follow application directions !Review by charles
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This stain is expensive but so far has been worth it. You must follow the application instructions very closely. You MUST back brush. Since we live in the tenn. mtns. i found not to apply later in the day. The bugs come out and needless to say, they get stuck on the still wet stain. I bought the 5 gallon bucket....with this could you please enclose a bigger print of instructions ? Those on the bucket are way to small to try and read !! (Posted on 8/26/16)
Excellent productReview by Majors Ranch
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Excellent product. Our log cabin and cedar entry way look brand new. Twin Creeks has also always provided great service and prompt delivery. We highly recommend. (Posted on 8/22/16)
Color way offReview by Linda from DE
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I wanted my log cabin to be all natural. I power washed the entire cabin down to bare beautiful wood. I ordered a sample of Natural and tried a very small area it was completely to dark. so I ordered 20 gallons of Natural light Cetol Log and Siding. the stain is everything but light. My cabin is now once again dark. The product overall is great but the color is far the wrong color it looks like mahogany instead of natural light.

Reply from Twin Creeks Log Home Supply

Hi Linda,
Thank you for your feedback on Cetol Log and Siding. I’m sorry the color does not look like you expected. Natural Light is definitely the lightest toned color in their palette. Since we’re working with a translucent stain, factors such as the wood species, surface texture, and moisture content will affect the completed appearance of the job. We do always recommend testing in a small area to make sure the color looks the way you expect. I definitely recommend stopping work and calling us or Sikkens’ Tech Support if you’re staining and the color is not what you expect. Please contact us if we can be of any help to you.

Best Regards,
Phillip Webb
Twin Creeks Log Home Supply
(Posted on 8/16/16)
Great product so farReview by Sikkens
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Great product, will see how it holds up to Minnesota weather in the years to come (Posted on 7/19/16)
Great productReview by Pok
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As good as advertised. Applies smoothly with good coverage. Time will tell on durability. (Posted on 6/21/16)
Definitely buy the sample can products to get a true look of the color you want. Review by migkiller
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Bought 3 test sample cans. Going to go with the cedar color. Good thing i used 2 coats on the sample siding to make sure what the end product color would be....it does get darker with each coat. Do you sand the log siding first then power wash or vice versa ? (Posted on 6/20/16)
great stainReview by ricky
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was very surprised at the ease of use and the color retention. key it blended very well and pay close attention to where you are staining cause each coat gets darker. (Posted on 4/28/16)
Color not the same.Review by Catch22
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I had no problem with this product except for the color. The color in the chart and on the can had no similarities at all. I gave the purchased product to a local painter to stain the entire log house. When I returned home the painter had completed half the house. The house was NOT the color we wanted.
I know all this will fall on deaf ears at Sikkens.


Reply from Twin Creeks Log Home Supply

Hi Catch22,

Thank you for taking the time to submit a review. I’m sorry you had a bad experience with the color on this product. We spoke with representatives at Sikkens about your issue, and they told us they are in process of improving the accuracy of the colors printed in the Cetol Log and Siding brochures and on-can color swatches. Additionally, we recommend always using wet samples on your logs as one color can look different from species to species. Please let us know if you have any further concerns.

Best Regards,
Phillip Webb
Twin Creeks Log Home Supply (Posted on 10/20/15)
Best log home stainReview by Gary
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This is the best log home stain you can buy! It cost a little more but worth it if you don't want to stain your home as often. You get what you pay for and this stuff is the best. (Posted on 10/20/15)
Awesome productReview by Cathy
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We cut a large tree on our property and wanted to save the last 6 feet to mount an eagle to, this product was recommended by our carver but we did not need the gallon size sold locally, Twin Creeks offers trial size which I ordered two of and that worked perfectly. We have three chainsaw carved bears that we reapply this to every 3 years and they still look like the day we purchased them! (Posted on 9/29/15)
love the product!!!!Review by Ken and Lynda
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Love the product, used it about 5 years earlier, the logs did turn dark in several spots since our first application which we
applied twice first time. Also used sand paper after the power wash thinking it would sand the dark off but just didn't work.
The places in the shade (under deck cover and front porch cover) look amazing. Still look new but the logs that are in direct
sunlight didn't weather as well. That is my only objection to the product.....but we think it gives the house "character".
Thank you so much for the rebate offer, just sent mine off yesterday and the product arrived just as you said it would, right
on schedule. (Posted on 9/24/15)
Beautiful FinishReview by Basset J
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Overall a good product. By far the best looking log home finish out there. Just wish it would penetrate the wood better more like a stain. Also turns a black color if moisture seeps behind it from a crack or joint. Still love the look of it though.
(Posted on 9/17/15)
Sikkens Log and SidingReview by Rosemary
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I am a Log Home Finisher and have used many different brands of stains. I started using Sikkens stain approx. 12 years ago. Nothing compares to it. I sand every cabin I finish with 80 grit sandpaper. As a result I use less product and its looks so much better. Restaining is a breeze just wash and reapply. Love this product!!!! (Posted on 9/6/15)

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Can Cetol Log & Siding be applied over Cetol Door & Window if I want to add color?
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what does srd & re mean? is there a difference between cetol1 srd re & cetol 1 re? trying to find near match in 077 cedar to the old cetol 1, thanks.
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can you use cetol log an siding over sickens 123?
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We have bare wood timbers open to weather and it is winter (cold Feb.). How warm does it need to be to get a first coat of log and siding stain on?
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I'm wanting to apply Log & Siding to my new home and wanted to know if it's necessary to sand the wood before applying the stain.
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