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® SRD Wood Finish offers a non-film forming, high-quality, translucent oil-based finish for a variety of exterior wood surfaces such as logs, siding, rails, decks and deck furniture. This easy to use, one-coat formula incorporates finely ground transparent iron oxide pigments that provide a rich, natural color.
Sikkens Proluxe Cetol SRD Recommended Uses
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol SRD can be used on the following: Log Walls, Siding, Garage Doors, Outdoor Furniture, Trim, Windows, Fences, Entrance Doors, Log Homes, Shakes and Shingles, and Boat Docks.
• Cetol SRD can be used on many species of wood such as cedar, fir, pine, spruce, and redwood.
• Cetol SRD is not compatible over other existing Sikkens Proluxe systems.
Sikkens Proluxe Cetol SRD Key Features and Benefits
• Easy, One-Coat Application - Easy to Use.
• Translucent Iron Oxide Pigments - Excellent UV protection and wood grain clarity.
• Good for Decks and Siding - Multi-use product for a variety of applications.
• Highly microporous for areas subjected to high moisture.
Sikkens Proluxe Cetol SRD Color Chart
Sikkens Proluxe Cetol SRD 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 SRD Coverage Rate
• Coverage areas per coat for Sikkens Proluxe Cetol SRD as follows:
• On rough and weathered surfaces, 150-250 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 SRD Translucent Stain Colors:
• Natural Oak (005), Dark Oak (009), Mahogany (045), Butternut (072), Cedar (077), Natural (078), Teak (085), Redwood (089)
Sikkens Proluxe Cetol SRD Shipping
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol SRD may not be shipped via air transit due to D.O.T. restrictions.
Sikkens Proluxe Cetol SRD Use Restrictions
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol SRD RE is a reduced-emission version of Cetol SRD Stain. The following states and counties have designated that only the reduced-emission versions may be shipped into their areas.
• Cetol SRD RE should be used in place of Cetol SRD for the following states: CA, CT, DC, DE, IL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, and N.E. Corner of Virginia (Counties - Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, Spotsylvania & Stafford; Cities - Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Manassas, & Manassas Park). Cetol SRD RE is only available in the above mentioned areas.
Sikkens Proluxe Cetol SRD Resources
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol SRD Product Brochure
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol SRD Tech Data Sheet
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol SRD RE Tech Data Sheet
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol SRD MSDS Sheet
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol SRD RE MSDS Sheet
• Cetol SRD CPSC Certificate of Compliance
Sikkens Proluxe Cetol SRD 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 SRD 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 SRD dries to touch in approximately 6 hours.
• Wait 24 - 48 hours for light foot traffic.
• Wait 72 hours 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 SRD Preparation Instructions
• 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 SRD 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. Sand all 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. Proluxe Cetol SRD Wood Finish should be applied within one week of preparation for horizontal surfaces (decks) and four weeks for vertical surfaces (siding), provided that the surface remains free of dirt, grease, grim and mildew.
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol SRD 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 Proluxe Cetol SRD.
Previously Coated Wood - Previous stains, varnishes or sealers must be completely and thoroughly removed prior to application of Cetol SRD 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.
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 SRD 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.
• Fill all joints, cracks and nail holes with a quality acrylic latex caulk/filler such as Perma Chink Energy Seal or Weatherall UV Guard Premium Caulk prior to applying Sikkens Proluxe Cetol SRD.
• 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 SRD 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.
• Stir thoroughly with a drill mixer such as 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” Oil Stain Brush), 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.
• When using Sikkens Proluxe Cetol SRD, brushing is the required method for application on decks and other horizontal surfaces.
• 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.
• During application moisture content of the wood substrate should not exceed 21%.
• After preparation, apply 1 coats of Proluxe Cetol SRD, 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.
NOTE: Tannin containing woods such as redwood, red cedar, mahogany, douglas fir, etc. contain tannic acid which tends to migrate to the surface and can discolor the finish. The discoloration is not harmful and can usually be removed by cleaning with a solution of four (4) ounces of oxalic acid to one gallon of warm water. Apply with a garden sprayer or heavy nap roller cover. Allow to sit on surface for 20 min. Rinse thoroughly with clean water. DO NOT ALLOW solution to dry on wood surface.
Sikkens Proluxe Cetol SRD Cleanup & Shelf Life
• Clean all tools immediately with mineral spirits.
• Clean spills right away with a damp cloth.
• Shelf Life: 2 years maximum - unopened.
Sikkens Proluxe Cetol SRD Maintenance Instructions
• Proper maintenance starts with visual inspection.
• 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 Proluxe Cetol SRD.
• 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 Perma Chink Woodsman Caulk 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 such as Perma Chink Log Wash or TruClean EX House Wash helps to prevent any accumulation of dirt, pollen, dust and airborne contaminate.
Sikkens Proluxe Cetol SRD 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 a Wooster 4” 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.
• Do not use Proluxe Cetol SRD as a primer with other Sikkens products.
• 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 21%.
• Do not thin with any mineral spirits or paint thinner.
Thank you for your question. Sikkens Proluxe informed us that you can add silica sand, but cautioned that any type of additive will affect the look and can make it break down quicker. You might also consider switching to Cetol SRD as its lower amount of film build makes it less prone to slickness. Please don’t hesitate to call or email if we can help you in any way.
Thank you for your question. This product is the Cetol SRD Translucent, which is a different product than the SRD Semi-Transparent. The difference in these products is that the SRD Semi-Transparent has a higher pigment density than the SRD Translucent. With more pigment, the Semi-Transparent has a greater hiding effect on the grain of the wood. In other words, you'll see less wood grain and more of the stain itself with the Semi-Transparent. With the SRD Translucent you get a more natural look that lets more of the grain show through. Here is a link to our Cetol SRD Semi-Transparent page as well: https://www.twincreeksloghomes.com/sikkens-proluxe-cetol-srd-semi-transparent-stain.html
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. These are actually two different products within Sikkens' Cetol family. Cetol SRD is a one coat, oil-based stain that works well for a wide variety of areas like siding, rails, and decks. Cetol 23, on the other hand, is the tinted topcoat to the Cetol 1 and Cetol 23 system, and is designed to work best on vertical surfaces such as log walls. Because the Cetol 1/23 system layers well together, it has a thicker film build and lasts longer between maintenance coats than Cetol SRD. For log structures, I typically recommend Cetol 1/23 or Cetol Log and Siding for the log walls, and Cetol SRD for the decks.
In nearly all cases, I would recommend using the Cetol SRD for a dock. Cetol DEK is a wonderful finish gives a deck a furniture-like appearance and a hard shell coating in two staining coats. Its hardness means it will stand up well to traffic, but it also means it doesn't respond well in predominantly wet environments.
By contrast, Cetol SRD is a one coat, all purpose wood finish that can go on practically any wood surface. Its appearance is not as deep or shiny as the Cetol DEK, but it is flexible enough to perform well on nearly all decks and docks.
Thank you for your question about Cetol SRD. Sikkens does not make a separate sealer for Cetol SRD as it is designed to protect exterior lumber with stain and sealer in one coat. Please don’t hesitate to call or email if we can be of further help to 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.