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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 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 works well on logs, siding, trim, beams, 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 should not be used on horizontal surfaces that may be walked on such as decks. 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
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 Stain Colors:
• Natural Oak (005), Dark Oak (009), Butternut (072), Cedar (077), Natural (078), Teak (085), Natural Light (996)
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 Shipping
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log and Siding may not be shipped via air transit due to D.O.T. 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
Additional Technical Resources for Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log and Siding Stain:
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log and Siding Product Brochure
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log and Siding Tech Data Sheet
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log and Siding Safety Data Sheet (Spanish)
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log and Siding Safety Data Sheet (French)
• Cetol Log and Siding CPSC Certificate of Compliance
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.
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).
• 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 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 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 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
• 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).
• 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.
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. Working with a new redwood fence, you have a lot of workable options in the Sikkens Proluxe line. My thoughts are that both the Cetol DEK and Cetol Door and Window are suitable for this use, but you may get the best results with Cetol Log and Siding. The reason for this is in how they’re formulated. These three finishes have a lot in common as they are all high-solid, oil-based finishes that provide a deep, furniture style finish to wood surfaces. The difference is in how they approach flexibility and hardness. Cetol DEK is formulated to be a fairly hard finish, so it will not get worn away easily by foot traffic. Cetol Door and Window is quite a bit different, as it’s made to be extra flexible to cope with extremes in temperature changes that doors and windows experience throughout the day. Cetol Log and Siding is formulated to have a balanced mix of flexibility and hardness that will allow it to flex more than the DEK, but will typically last longer than the Door and Window between maintenance coats. Additionally, Log and Siding is a two-coat application product, as opposed to three. I hope this helps you in choosing the perfect product for your project.
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.