Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE Clear Topcoat

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Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE is a premium clear exterior finish to be used over existing Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 23 Plus or Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log & Siding as a maintenance coat. With a one coat application of Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance, the wood will retain the same look and color.

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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 Maintenance RE is a premium clear, non-pigmented exterior satin finish to be used exclusively over existing Sikkens Proluxe Cetol® 1RE and Cetol 23 Plus RE or Sikkens Proluxe Cetol® Log & Siding as a maintenance coat where the surface is in good condition and has been maintained according to Sikkens Proluxe guidelines. Typically, with maintenance coats, pigmented products will further darken the wood. With a one coat application of Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE, the wood will retain the same look and color and minimize blistering and cracking due to expansion and contracting of wood.

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE Recommended Uses
• Cetol Maintenance RE is to be used exclusively over existing Sikkens Proluxe Cetol® 1 RE and Cetol 23 Plus RE or Sikkens Proluxe Cetol® Log & Siding as a maintenance coat where the surface is in good condition and has been maintained according to Sikkens Proluxe guidelines.
• Cetol Maintenance RE can be used on the following: Log Walls, Siding, Garage Doors, Trim, Log Homes.
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance 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.
• Do not apply Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE on decks, doors, outdoor furniture or over Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Door & Window, Cetol SRD, or Cetol DEK Finish. It is also not intended for use on raw wood or marine applications.

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE Features and Benefits
Non-Pigmented (Colorless) Maintenance Coating – Developed to provide a non-darkening maintenance coat for vertical surfaces (siding, logs & trim).
High Solids Alkyd - Provides maintenance protection in one coat.
UV Absorbers - High performance UV protection, preventing graying and deterioration of the wood surface.
• Excellent Microporosity and Flexibility – Minimizes blistering and cracking due to expansion and contraction or moisture build up.

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance Stain Sample Cans
• We highly recommend that you try a sample can of any new stain 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 Cetol Maintenance RE Coverage Rates:
• On properly prepared surfaces, 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 Maintenance RE Shipping
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE may not be shipped via air transit due to D.O.T. restrictions.

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE Use Restrictions
Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE is not permitted for use in portions of the following counties of California:
• Los Angeles
• Riverside
• San Bernardino
• Orange

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE Color Options:
• Clear - (SIK61003)

2019 Name Update:
• PPG has announced that Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE Wood Finish will now be known as Proluxe Maintenance RE Wood Finish. Please click here for further details on this change.

Recent PPG Proluxe Manufacturer's Rebate Forms:
PPG Proluxe Rebate July 2022

Guides / Product Info

Additional Resources for Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE:
Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE Product Brochure
Cetol Maintenance RE CPSC Certificate of Compliance
Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE Safety Data Sheet (Spanish)
Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE Safety Data Sheet (French)

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

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE 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.
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE dries to touch in approximately 6 hours.
• Dries to hard cure in 24-48 hours.
• Low temperature, high humidity, thick films or poor ventilation will increase these times.
• Avoid heavy abrasions immediately following application.

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE Preparation Instructions
• All wood surfaces must be thoroughly clean, dry and free of dirt, grease, grime, mildew, mill glaze and previous coatings before applying Cetol Maintenance RE Wood Finish.

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.
7. Cetol Maintenance RE Wood Finish should be applied within four weeks for vertical surfaces (siding), provided that the surface remains free of dirt, grease grim, mildew.

Special Notes:
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE is not manufactured with lead or mercury containing materials.
• 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.

Checking Moisture Content Before Staining:
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance 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 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 Maintenance RE.
• 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 Maintenance RE 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 a Shurline 5 Gallon Paint Mixer before and periodically during application. Intermix all products together before starting to avoid color variance.
• Brushing is the preferred method of application, using a natural bristle brush (such as a Wooster 5 1/2” 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).
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE needs UV light to cure properly. The absence of UV light will significantly slow the drying process.
• 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 Cetol Maintenance RE Wood Finish, avoiding heavy application.
• Allow to dry a minimum of 24 hours.
• 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.
• Coat all end grains and the back of all boards if possible.
• Apply over Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 23 RE Plus or Cetol Log & Siding where the surface is in good condition and has been maintained according to Sikkens guidelines.
• Do not apply Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE over raw wood, decks, doors, outdoor furniture, or fences. Do not apply over Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Door & Window, Cetol SRD, or Cetol DEK Finish. Do not use for marine applications.

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.

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE 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 Maintenance RE Reapplication 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 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 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 Additives for preventive solutions.
• An annual cleaning of the structure with a house wash such as Perma Chink Log Wash helps to prevent any accumulation of dirt, pollen, dust and airborne contaminates.

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE Application Do’s and Don’ts

Application Do’s…
• Apply over existing Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 23 Plus RE or Cetol Log & Siding.
• Intermix different batches/cans together to ensure 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 a liberal coat in the direction of the wood grain using a long haired natural bristle brush such as a Wooster 4” Oil Stain Brush. (Cetol Maintenance RE may be sprayed when backbrushed).
• 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 on decks, doors, outdoor furniture or fences.
• Do not apply over Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Door & Window, Cetol SRD or Cetol DEK Finish. All previous coatings must be completely removed, except structures already coated with Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log & Siding or Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 1 RE & 23 RE systems.
• Do not apply on raw wood.
• Do not use for marine applications
• 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 Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE Clear Topcoat:
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE Clear Topcoat is available in a satin finish for maintenance applications.

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DP
12/19/2022
Don P.
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I recommend this product

Sikkens

Product can’t take sunlight Not satisfied at all

GK
09/02/2022
Gary K.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Sikkens Log Ckearcoat

This product is excellent, adding years to the stained finish.

DO
07/28/2022
DEAN O.
United States United States
I recommend this product

maintenance clear topcoat

was easy to aply and fairly easy to cleanup

DO
07/21/2022
DEAN O.
United States United States
I recommend this product

real satisfied

having real good luck with it

A
07/08/2022
Anonymous
United States United States
I recommend this product

Awesome Product

It was very easy to apply and clear.The house looks Awesome!! The only complaint I have with this product is the smell and burning of eyes. Since I use this product outside it’s wonderful but for some reason it burns my eyes so I keep the can away from me not right in front of me but to the side of me when using it..Also why is this product only in Satin and not Glossy??

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05/29/2022
Anonymous
United States United States
I recommend this product

5 star

Fast delivery. Great product

A
04/21/2022
Anonymous
United States United States
I recommend this product

Highly recommended

I use Maintenance RE over the Cetol Log & Siding yearly, it's a bit more forgiving and easier to apply than the Log & Siding, it also does not have the tendency to run or sag either. It must be applied over the Log & Siding products only and cannot go over bare wood.

A
02/07/2022
Anonymous
United States United States
I recommend this product

Great Outdoor Protection

Great product! Applies evenly and gives a smooth finish to my log Vegas

A
12/24/2021
Anonymous
United States United States
I recommend this product

Stalker fabrication

This is the best product I can find to make my red cedar furniture really bounce!

Twin Creeks Log Home Supply Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE Clear Topcoat Review
BA
11/07/2021
BRANDON A.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Stain

The stain was good. The best experience I got was the kind customer service lady I spoke too! No call waiting or talking to prerecorded junk, I loved that!

A
09/28/2021
Anonymous
United States United States
I recommend this product

Application easy

This is thinker than the cetol stains and applies easily. Can’t rate it any better until time passes and I see how it holds up.

JC
08/25/2021
Joseph C.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Sikkens Proluxe Maintenance

I have been using Sikkens products on my log house as well as my son's for over 11 years. Outstanding performance. Extremely happy with the durability. Joe Carey

Product Questions

  • Can the maintenance coat be applied shortly after the two coat color product has been completed to better protect the finish?

    Thank you for your question. PPG recommends against this practice as it could build the film too thick to pass water vapor through as efficiently as it should. The Cetol Log and Siding performs best when it is built out to two coats' thickness.

    The film will get thinner as it weathers over time. The best time to recoat Log and Siding is when the outer layer has weathered down. A good indicator of this is when the coating starts to look dull and has lost its sheen.

    The ideal case for using Cetol Maintenance is if you find at this point that the color is where you want it to be and you want to avoid the possibility of making it darker. Cetol Maintenance is formulated very similarly to Cetol Log and Siding, just without the pigment. Using Cetol Maintenance here will build the coating thickness back and restore the sheen while avoiding making the wall any darker.

  • I used Cetol Log and Siding before. Can I use Cetol Maintenance on top of it?

    Yes, you can certainly use Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance directly over Sikkens Cetol Log & Siding stain as a maintenance coat. This will seal and protect your finish with a clear coat without darkening the existing color.

  • Can I use this on its own?

    Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance is a topcoat that can be used on Sikkens Log & Siding and Cetol 23 but it is not formulated to use as a stand-alone clear topcoat. You could possibly have an issue with peeling and poor performance if this product is used directly on top of your wood so be sure to have the proper coating applied before using the Cetol Maintenance.

  • Will this maintenance coat stick to other exterior products ?

    Sikkens recommends this product for use as a clear maintenance finish over Sikkens Cetol 23 Plus and Sikkens Cetol Log & Siding only.

DETAILS

Free Ground Shipping on 1 Gallon and 5 Gallon Pails
We are offering free shipping for 1 gallon and 5 gallon pails of this product shipping to the Lower 48 United States. Offer does not apply to Alaska, Hawaii, and the US Territories. Free Shipping applies to this item only and not the entire order.

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 Maintenance RE is a premium clear, non-pigmented exterior satin finish to be used exclusively over existing Sikkens Proluxe Cetol® 1RE and Cetol 23 Plus RE or Sikkens Proluxe Cetol® Log & Siding as a maintenance coat where the surface is in good condition and has been maintained according to Sikkens Proluxe guidelines. Typically, with maintenance coats, pigmented products will further darken the wood. With a one coat application of Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE, the wood will retain the same look and color and minimize blistering and cracking due to expansion and contracting of wood.

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE Recommended Uses
• Cetol Maintenance RE is to be used exclusively over existing Sikkens Proluxe Cetol® 1 RE and Cetol 23 Plus RE or Sikkens Proluxe Cetol® Log & Siding as a maintenance coat where the surface is in good condition and has been maintained according to Sikkens Proluxe guidelines.
• Cetol Maintenance RE can be used on the following: Log Walls, Siding, Garage Doors, Trim, Log Homes.
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance 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.
• Do not apply Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE on decks, doors, outdoor furniture or over Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Door & Window, Cetol SRD, or Cetol DEK Finish. It is also not intended for use on raw wood or marine applications.

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE Features and Benefits
Non-Pigmented (Colorless) Maintenance Coating – Developed to provide a non-darkening maintenance coat for vertical surfaces (siding, logs & trim).
High Solids Alkyd - Provides maintenance protection in one coat.
UV Absorbers - High performance UV protection, preventing graying and deterioration of the wood surface.
• Excellent Microporosity and Flexibility – Minimizes blistering and cracking due to expansion and contraction or moisture build up.

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance Stain Sample Cans
• We highly recommend that you try a sample can of any new stain 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 Cetol Maintenance RE Coverage Rates:
• On properly prepared surfaces, 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 Maintenance RE Shipping
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE may not be shipped via air transit due to D.O.T. restrictions.

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE Use Restrictions
Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE is not permitted for use in portions of the following counties of California:
• Los Angeles
• Riverside
• San Bernardino
• Orange

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE Color Options:
• Clear - (SIK61003)

2019 Name Update:
• PPG has announced that Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE Wood Finish will now be known as Proluxe Maintenance RE Wood Finish. Please click here for further details on this change.

Recent PPG Proluxe Manufacturer's Rebate Forms:
PPG Proluxe Rebate July 2022

MORE INFORMATION
Guides / Product Info

Additional Resources for Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE:
Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE Product Brochure
Cetol Maintenance RE CPSC Certificate of Compliance
Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE Safety Data Sheet (Spanish)
Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE Safety Data Sheet (French)

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

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE 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.
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE dries to touch in approximately 6 hours.
• Dries to hard cure in 24-48 hours.
• Low temperature, high humidity, thick films or poor ventilation will increase these times.
• Avoid heavy abrasions immediately following application.

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE Preparation Instructions
• All wood surfaces must be thoroughly clean, dry and free of dirt, grease, grime, mildew, mill glaze and previous coatings before applying Cetol Maintenance RE Wood Finish.

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.
7. Cetol Maintenance RE Wood Finish should be applied within four weeks for vertical surfaces (siding), provided that the surface remains free of dirt, grease grim, mildew.

Special Notes:
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE is not manufactured with lead or mercury containing materials.
• 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.

Checking Moisture Content Before Staining:
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance 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 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 Maintenance RE.
• 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 Maintenance RE 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 a Shurline 5 Gallon Paint Mixer before and periodically during application. Intermix all products together before starting to avoid color variance.
• Brushing is the preferred method of application, using a natural bristle brush (such as a Wooster 5 1/2” 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).
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE needs UV light to cure properly. The absence of UV light will significantly slow the drying process.
• 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 Cetol Maintenance RE Wood Finish, avoiding heavy application.
• Allow to dry a minimum of 24 hours.
• 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.
• Coat all end grains and the back of all boards if possible.
• Apply over Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 23 RE Plus or Cetol Log & Siding where the surface is in good condition and has been maintained according to Sikkens guidelines.
• Do not apply Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE over raw wood, decks, doors, outdoor furniture, or fences. Do not apply over Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Door & Window, Cetol SRD, or Cetol DEK Finish. Do not use for marine applications.

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.

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE 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 Maintenance RE Reapplication 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 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 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 Additives for preventive solutions.
• An annual cleaning of the structure with a house wash such as Perma Chink Log Wash helps to prevent any accumulation of dirt, pollen, dust and airborne contaminates.

Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE Application Do’s and Don’ts

Application Do’s…
• Apply over existing Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 23 Plus RE or Cetol Log & Siding.
• Intermix different batches/cans together to ensure 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 a liberal coat in the direction of the wood grain using a long haired natural bristle brush such as a Wooster 4” Oil Stain Brush. (Cetol Maintenance RE may be sprayed when backbrushed).
• 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 on decks, doors, outdoor furniture or fences.
• Do not apply over Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Door & Window, Cetol SRD or Cetol DEK Finish. All previous coatings must be completely removed, except structures already coated with Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Log & Siding or Sikkens Proluxe Cetol 1 RE & 23 RE systems.
• Do not apply on raw wood.
• Do not use for marine applications
• 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 Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE Clear Topcoat:
• Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE Clear Topcoat is available in a satin finish for maintenance applications.

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DP
12/19/2022
Don P.
United States
I recommend this product

Sikkens

Product can’t take sunlight Not satisfied at all

GK
09/02/2022
Gary K.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Sikkens Log Ckearcoat

This product is excellent, adding years to the stained finish.

DO
07/28/2022
DEAN O.
United States United States
I recommend this product

maintenance clear topcoat

was easy to aply and fairly easy to cleanup

DO
07/21/2022
DEAN O.
United States United States
I recommend this product

real satisfied

having real good luck with it

A
07/08/2022
Anonymous
United States United States
I recommend this product

Awesome Product

It was very easy to apply and clear.The house looks Awesome!! The only complaint I have with this product is the smell and burning of eyes. Since I use this product outside it’s wonderful but for some reason it burns my eyes so I keep the can away from me not right in front of me but to the side of me when using it..Also why is this product only in Satin and not Glossy??

Twin Creeks Log Home Supply Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance RE Clear Topcoat Review
A
05/29/2022
Anonymous
United States United States
I recommend this product

5 star

Fast delivery. Great product

A
04/21/2022
Anonymous
United States United States
I recommend this product

Highly recommended

I use Maintenance RE over the Cetol Log & Siding yearly, it's a bit more forgiving and easier to apply than the Log & Siding, it also does not have the tendency to run or sag either. It must be applied over the Log & Siding products only and cannot go over bare wood.

A
02/07/2022
Anonymous
United States United States
I recommend this product

Great Outdoor Protection

Great product! Applies evenly and gives a smooth finish to my log Vegas

A
12/24/2021
Anonymous
United States United States
I recommend this product

Stalker fabrication

This is the best product I can find to make my red cedar furniture really bounce!

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BA
11/07/2021
BRANDON A.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Stain

The stain was good. The best experience I got was the kind customer service lady I spoke too! No call waiting or talking to prerecorded junk, I loved that!

A
09/28/2021
Anonymous
United States United States
I recommend this product

Application easy

This is thinker than the cetol stains and applies easily. Can’t rate it any better until time passes and I see how it holds up.

JC
08/25/2021
Joseph C.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Sikkens Proluxe Maintenance

I have been using Sikkens products on my log house as well as my son's for over 11 years. Outstanding performance. Extremely happy with the durability. Joe Carey

PRODUCT QUESTIONS

Product Questions

  • Can the maintenance coat be applied shortly after the two coat color product has been completed to better protect the finish?

    Thank you for your question. PPG recommends against this practice as it could build the film too thick to pass water vapor through as efficiently as it should. The Cetol Log and Siding performs best when it is built out to two coats' thickness.

    The film will get thinner as it weathers over time. The best time to recoat Log and Siding is when the outer layer has weathered down. A good indicator of this is when the coating starts to look dull and has lost its sheen.

    The ideal case for using Cetol Maintenance is if you find at this point that the color is where you want it to be and you want to avoid the possibility of making it darker. Cetol Maintenance is formulated very similarly to Cetol Log and Siding, just without the pigment. Using Cetol Maintenance here will build the coating thickness back and restore the sheen while avoiding making the wall any darker.

  • I used Cetol Log and Siding before. Can I use Cetol Maintenance on top of it?

    Yes, you can certainly use Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance directly over Sikkens Cetol Log & Siding stain as a maintenance coat. This will seal and protect your finish with a clear coat without darkening the existing color.

  • Can I use this on its own?

    Sikkens Proluxe Cetol Maintenance is a topcoat that can be used on Sikkens Log & Siding and Cetol 23 but it is not formulated to use as a stand-alone clear topcoat. You could possibly have an issue with peeling and poor performance if this product is used directly on top of your wood so be sure to have the proper coating applied before using the Cetol Maintenance.

  • Will this maintenance coat stick to other exterior products ?

    Sikkens recommends this product for use as a clear maintenance finish over Sikkens Cetol 23 Plus and Sikkens Cetol Log & Siding only.