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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, here, or here for further information from PPG on this change.
Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 23 RE is a premium, translucent, exterior wood base coat to be used with Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 1 RE Wood Finish. Its superior oil alkyd formulation offers excellent penetration and adhesion to vertical wood surfaces. Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 23 RE offers superior UV protection, and is highly transparent, water repellent, weather resistant, flexible, and breathable.
When used as a system, this product provides a durable, rich film that will protect from harmful UV rays and minimize peeling and blistering. The inclusion of translucent iron oxide pigments and UV absorbers gives excellent UV protection and color retention. Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 1 RE Wood Finish MUST be applied to properly prepared wood as the basecoat before applying the Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 23 Plus RE Top Coat.
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 23 RE may be used as the second and third coat for the Cetol 1 RE/Cetol 23 RE Plus system.
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 23 RE can be used on the following: Log Walls, Siding, Garage Doors, Outdoor Furniture, Trim, Windows, Entrance Doors, Log Homes.
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 23 RE 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.
Key Features and Benefits
• Translucent Iron Oxide Pigments - Improved clarity and color retention; protection from graying.
• UV Absorbers - Added UV protection leads to less frequent maintenance.
• Microporous - Allows the wood to breathe, minimizing peeling and blistering.
• Translucent Film Forming Finish - Durable, rich “look” with a satin sheen.
Sikkens Proluxe Color Visualization Tool
• You can model what your home would look like with Sikkens Cetol finishes using the Sikkens "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 see how your home will look with any particular color.
• Coverage areas per coat for Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 23 RE as follows:
• On rough and weathered surfaces, 200 – 300 sq. ft./gallon.
• On smooth surfaces or hardwoods, 400 - 500 sq ft./gallon.
• Actual coverage may vary depending on the type, age and texture of the wood and application method.
Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 23 RE Colors:
• Natural Oak (005), Dark Oak (009), Mahogany (045), Butternut (072), Cedar (077), Natural (078), Teak (085)
Special Shipping Note
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 23 RE may not be shipped via air transit due to D.O.T. restrictions.
Additional Technical Information and Resources for Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 23 RE:
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 23 RE Product Brochure
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 23 RE Tech Data Sheet
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 23 RE Safety Data Sheet (Spanish)
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 23 RE Safety Data Sheet (French)
• Cetol 23 RE CPSC Certificate of Compliance
• Long Haired Natural Bristle Brush.
• Airless Sprayer - Use a .011”-.013” tip at 1200 - 1700 psi. Back brush immediately.
• Roller - Back brush Immediately.
• 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 23 RE dries to touch in approximately 6 hours.
• Dries to recoat in 24 hours additional coat may increase these times.
• Light foot traffic after approximately 48 hours.
• 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.
• All wood surfaces must be thoroughly clean, dry and free of dirt, grease, grime, mildew, mill glaze and previous coatings before applying Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 23 RE 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.
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. For achieving optimum wood surface porosity and natural uniformity sand all pre-cleaned wood using 80-120 grit sandpaper for vertical surfaces and 60- 80 grit sandpaper for horizontal surfaces. Always sand in the direction of the wood grain and remove sanding dust.
7. Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 1 Re Wood Finish and Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 23 Plus RE Top Coat should be applied within one week of preparation for horizontal surfaces (decks) and within four weeks for vertical surfaces (siding), provided that the surface remains free of dirt, grease grim, mildew.
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 23 RE is not manufactured with lead or mercury containing materials.
• 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 three days 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 Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 1 RE and Cetol 23 RE System.
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 1 RE is always used as the first coat in any bare wood application.
• All systems consist of three (3) coats.
Previously Coated Wood - Previous stains, varnishes or sealers must be completely and thoroughly removed prior to application of Proluxe Cetol 23 RE Wood Finish. 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.
Weathered Uncoated Wood – Clean and prepare surface as specified above.
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 23 RE 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 at 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 23 RE Stain.
• 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.
• 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.
• Cetol 1 RE Wood Finish and Cetol 23 Plus RE Top Coat color Natural Light (996) will weather faster than others. This color is not recommended for use on darker colored woods.
• Stir thoroughly with a 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 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 one even coat of Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 1 RE Wood Finish, avoiding heavy application.
• Allow to dry a minimum of 24 hours.
• Must be top coated with two coats of Sikkens Proluxe Cetol® 23 Plus RE Top Coat, following label application directions.
• 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 Sikkens 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.
• Coat all end grains and the back of all boards if possible.
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 23 Plus RE Top Coat is not recommended for outdoor furniture or fences. Since outdoor furniture and fences are considered to be in a high moisture environment three coats of Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 1 RE Wood Finish would be your best method of application.
Application Note: 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 of 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 rise with clean water. DO NOT ALLOW solution to dry on wood surface.
Cleanup & Shelf Life
• Clean all tools immediately with mineral spirits.
• Clean spills right away with a damp cloth.
• Shelf Life: 5 years maximum - unopened.
• 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 Cetol 23 RE or Cetol Maintenance RE.
• For outdoor furniture, apply a maintenance coat of Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 23 RE every one to two years.
• 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 house wash helps to prevent any accumulation of dirt, pollen, dust and airborne contaminates.
Application Do’s and Don’ts
• 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 the Wooster 5 1/2" Bravo Stainer).
• Stir well before using with a Shurline 5 Gallon Paint Mixer. Do not shake if using product the same day.
• Back prime (if possible).
• 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.
You should have no problem at all there. That is because the Sikkens Cetol 23 Plus RE is the same product as the Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 23 Plus RE.
When Akzo Nobel sold Sikkens Wood Care to PPG, they required PPG to change the brand name after a few years. The PPG management has been adamant from the beginning that they would only be changing the name. Here is an excerpt from Sikkens Proluxe about the change:
Why is the brand name changing from SIKKENS® to PROLUXE™?
The Sikkens brand is owned by AkzoNobel and has been licensed to PPG for North America. The agreement stipulates that we introduce a replacement brand and use Sikkens at a reduced size beginning in 2015.
Are the products any different now that they have a new name?
No, the formulas in the can are exactly the same as they were under Sikkens. The formulas are PPG’s and we do not have to change them under the terms of the agreement. 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.
I understand your confusion. There is no actual difference here. The official name of the product is Cetol 23 Plus, but it frequently is referred to more simply as Cetol 23. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at all.
One contractor has recommended a light powerwash and full sanding (1300 sq feet), then reapply. The second recommends deep powerwashing, but no sanding. Both caution me to go with a darker shade than the current aged darker color. However, I hope to get it back to the lightest tone possible.
what should I insist is the preparation step? What can I expect in terms of getting it back to the "original " cedar tone?
Thanks for your question. I agree with your contractors that the first step here should be cleaning the siding. Cleaning will tell us a lot about what sort of condition your stain is in. You may also find that the color is lighter than before cleaning because of all the dirt and grime that was removed.
We recommend using a cleaning agent to do the real work when you wash it, with the pressure washer being used mainly to ensure all the bleach has been gotten off the siding. You can see our full recommendations at our "How Do I Prepare My House for Staining?" Tips Page.
The Cetol 1/23 system is designed so that you should only have to do a good cleaning for most restain jobs. It is designed to coat over itself instead of having to be taken down to bare wood.
Our recommendation on how to proceed for your individual case will depend on how your stain looks after the cleaning. We would be happy to look at pictures of your home if you would like.
That said, I can give you some general principles here. If you can tell after cleaning that your stain is in good condition and has not worn down to bare wood, you normally would only have to wash then apply one coat of Cetol 23 when restaining. More coats may be needed if the stain is in rougher shape.
Additionally, I try to avoid sanding the whole house on recoats because it is such a labor intensive process. After all, not having to sand on recoats is one of the benefits of getting a higher quality layering stain like Cetol 1/23. Sanding is generally restricted with Cetol 1 and 23 to cases in which the stain is in pretty bad shape.
Lastly, regarding the color, with stain it's usually much more difficult to make a dark stain lighter than it is make a light stain darker. In your case I would be inclined to match the new color as close as possible with the wall cover after cleaning. Another option to keep in mind is the Cetol Maintenance clear topcoat. It is compatible over Cetol 1 and 23, and was introduced to help keep houses from getting darker on recoats.
Please call or email if you would like for us to look deeper so we can give more tailored recommendations for your job. We can also provide sample bottles if you would like to test colors on the jobsite.
Thank you for your question. I confirmed with Sikkens Tech Support a few minutes ago that this should work just fine for you. I would recommend taking the door slab off the hinges and not do the application inside your living area. This way you can paint the edges easier and the fumes from the solvent will vent directly outside. Please don't hesitate to ask if we can help any further.
Sikkens reports that both Cetol Log and Siding and Cetol Maintenance are compatible over an existing Cetol 1/23 system. However, Cetol 23 is not compatible over either Cetol Log and Siding or Cetol Maintenance.
If your home has Cetol 23 right now, in most cases you are better off staying with Cetol 23. It is cheaper than either Log & Siding or Maintenance and doesn't present any concerns about compatibility. However, if you are dissatisfied with Cetol 23, either of these stains will provide you another option for your maintenance coats.
Best of luck with the job and please don't hesitate to call or email us if you have any questions at all.
Sikkens definitely uses their share of acronyms, which can make things confusing.
The SRD in Cetol SRD is short for Siding, Rails, and Decks. SRD is essentially a one-coat all-purpose wood finish, which is reflected in its name.
The RE you find on several of the products is short for Reduced Emissions. Some time back Sikkens formulated alternate versions of several of their oil based products to have lower levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s). As EPA rules have become steadily more stringent, Sikkens has discontinued production of the standard formula versions and is now producing only the Reduced Emission versions in Cetol 1, Cetol 23, and Cetol Maintenance. Both standard and RE versions are still available in Cetol SRD.
The colors are keyed the same from Cetol 1 to Cetol 1 RE, so I believe we can help you in matching your old finish. Please don’t hesitate to call or email us if we can help you.
Thank you for your question. I certainly understand your confusion. We called PPG for clarification when we first encountered this on their cans that arrived with the new labels. We spoke directly with the Sikkens ProLuxe chemist and were assured that none of the products had changed. He told us that the change in wording was simply to bring the descriptive language used with the Sikkens ProLuxe line into conformity with that of PPG’s other stain brands. In this case, PPG uses the word “Transparent” to describe a finish in which you can see the wood grain clearly through a pigmented stain. Akzo Nobel, the prior owner of the Sikkens Wood Finishes brand, uses “Translucent” to describe the same thing. PPG simply altered the Sikkens ProLuxe descriptor on the labels and did not make any changes to the product formulations. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any other questions you may have.