Product Spotlight: Outlast® Moldbuster™ Mildewcide

Outlast® Mold-Buster™ Additive is an EPA-registered product designed to stop mold, mildew, and algae growth on paints, stains, coatings and adhesives. Its active ingredient is IPBC (3-iodo-2-propynyl butylcarbamate), a broad-spectrum fungicide with a distinguished history of use. Each 7.5 oz. container of Mold-Buster additive treats up to 5 gallons of paint or stain; or, it can be measured out in single gallon doses through the “view finder” strip on the side of the container. It does not alter the color of the coating and its thin viscosity allows easy mixing.  The formulation is freeze-thaw stable, and has low odor and low VOC’s . Outlast Mold Buster is suitable for use in oil and/or water-based coatings, Mold-Buster should still be working hard to protect the paint film after 3 years or more.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF 
OUTLAST MOLD BUSTER?

  • No Odor
  • Low VOCs  – Approved for use in all 50 states
  • Designed for use in virtually every water and oil based paint and stain product
  • Approved for Interior and Exterior Use
  • Excellent Freeze/Thaw Stability
  • EPA Registered.
  • Approved for consumer and professional use
  • Mixes easily
  • Broad Spectrum Protection

HOW IS OUTLAST MOLD BUSTER PACKAGED?

Outlast Mold Buster  is stocked by Logfinish.com in 7.5 OZ plastic containers to treat 5 Gallons of paint or stain.

WHERE SHOULD OUTLAST MOLD BUSTER BE USED?

Mold Buster should be added to exterior finishes when a home is located on a river, stream or lake. It should also be used on homes located in forested areas where little sun reaches the home. Outlast Mold Buster  should also be used on homes located in moist climates (i.e. Louisiana,  Coastal Texas, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Hawaii, Coastal Washington and Oregon)  If previous finishes have had problems with the growth of mold and mildew, always add Outlast Mold Buster. On the interior of homes use this product in Bathrooms, Spa Rooms, Greenhouses, Basements and any other areas with lots of moisture and poor humidity control.
Important Notice: OUTLAST MOLD BUSTER CAN NOT BE USED IN LIFELINE ADVANCE SATIN OR GLOSS TOPCOAT.

HOW  DO YOU MIX OUTLAST MOLD BUSTER WITH YOUR FINISH?

Just pour the entire contents of the 7.5 ounce bottle of Outlast Mold Buster  into five gallons of paint or stain and shake or stir thoroughly for 2-3 minutes.  Apply the coating per the manufacturer’s directions. It is a violation of federal law to use Outlast Mold Buster in a manner inconsistent with its labeling. Outlast Mold Buster  is designed to control surface mold and mildew and should be used only in the final coat of finish coat being applied at any one time.

Product Spotlight: Keep Your Home Insect Free, Naturally!

NBS30

Do you have Carpenter Bees or boring wasps that are drilling holes in your wood?  Ladybugs in the eaves and nooks of your roof and attic? Silverfish coming from your basement? It’s never too early to start thinking about protecting your home from the pesky insects that come out around March or April.   Treat all of these and many more with Outlast™NBS 30, an all-natural, plant oil-based insect repellent.

The benefits of NBS 30 include:

  • Mixes easily with both oil and water-based paints and stains          
  • Can be mixed easily with water for spray application
  • Repels crawling and nesting insects
  • Discourages Carpenter Ants and Bees
  • Reduces Ladybug Infestations
  • All Natural Ingredients
  • 100% Botanical
  • Safe for Pets and People
  • Will Not Harm Plants
  • Extremely Low Toxicity 

 NBS 30 additive is designed for use in exterior oil or water-based coatings where it encapsulates the NBS 30 to provide a “time release” insect repellent.  NBS 30 will deter and inhibit insects from burrowing through or crawling on exterior coatings, and can be used in residential settings as well as dairy facilities, restaurants, parks, playgrounds, agricultural settings, schools, zoos, etc.  NBS 30 is effective in controlling crawling and nesting activity on painted or stained surfaces to which it has been added.  Ants, cockroaches, beetles, mites, spiders, fleas, ticks, silverfish, dirt daubers, bees and wasps are deterred from crawling on, nesting on or burrowing through coatings treated with NBS 30 Additive.

For more information on NBS 30 click here.

 

Product Spotlight: Lead-Out Lead Paint Remover, Removing lead paint is finally easy, safe and affordable!

No more complicated, dangerous and unsafe lead paint removal!

Franmar has developed a revolutionary paint stripper that renders lead paint non-hazardous for safe removal and inexpensive disposal.  Made from soybeans, LEAD OUT™uses a special patented Molecular Bonding System or MBS® that reacts with lead at the molecular level to alter the lead compounds to a non-hazardous compound. The result is a simple and affordable way to safely remove lead-paint.

Because the lead in the paint is converted to a non-hazardous product, waste disposal is easy and inexpensive. LEAD OUT™will remove multiple layers (20+) of lead paint, latex, oil paints, enamels, varnish and urethane in one application and even cleans up with a simple degreaser such as Franmar’s EMERGE Surface Degreaser or Dawn dish detergent.

Once clean up is complete, surfaces treated with LEAD OUT™ consistently produce test results well below the EPA’s lead safe limits.

LEAD OUT™ contains no methylene chlorides,  is non-caustic and is 100% biodegradable.

LEAD OUT™ is safe to use on wood, brick, stone, metal, plaster and concrete.

For a look at LEAD OUT™ in action, check out our video: Lead Out Lead Paint Remover in Action

For more information on LEAD OUT™ from LogFinish.com click here.

 

 

Product Spotlight: Introducing A Marine Waterproofer That Is Safe For Use Over Fresh and Saltwater

Many boat owners will use the Fall and Winter seasons to clean and re-stain their docks and piers.  Often times, re-staining a dock involves moving the structure out of the water, which  can take up a lot of time and labor.  With All Wood Cleaner and Seal Once Marine Waterpoofer, docks no longer need to be moved.  You can clean and re-stain your dock all while doing no harm to the water environment around you.

All Wood Cleaner is a concentrated cleaner and brightener that can be used directly over water to clean and brighten your wood.   Applied with a backpack sprayer and washed off with a pressure washer,  All Wood Cleaner can restore a  sun-damaged dock to it’s former glory.

Seal-Once Marine is a water-based, odorless, non-flammable, non-combustible, UV stable wood waterproofer.  Seal-Once uses  co-polymer nanotechnology, to allow the waterproofer to penetrate 1/4″ into wood and offers a 6 year performance warranty on properly prepared horizontal surfaces.

Check out the video below, outlining how Seal-Once works:

Seal-Once Marine WaterProofer

For more information on these products and more visit www.LogFinish.com.

 

5 Reasons To Clean Your Log Home This Weekend

 1.  Maintain the beauty and functionality of your exterior finish.

2.  Dust, pollen, and other airborne gunk provide a food source for all kinds of ugly fungal growth on your logs.

3.  If you added a contact insecticide to your exterior stain:  dirt accumulating on the exterior surface of your home will prevent bugs from contacting the treated surface and the attempt at bug-be-gone just won’t happen.

4.  Helps you spend some quality time with the exterior of your home by getting a good look at the physical condition of your logs/siding to see if there are any areas that need caulking or chinking.

5. A regular gentle cleaning of the exterior of your home can extend the life of the finish making less work for you in the long run.
Remember: A complete and regular maintenance schedule will save you money and time!

 

To find instructions on cleaning your log home and why we strongly recommend you don’t use bleach:  Cleaning Your Log Home

Helpful Hints for Winterizing Your Log Home

It’s October, and that means it’s time to winterize your log home. You may have cold weather already, or it could be just around the corner, but taking these simple steps to winterize now means your home will be protected before it gets too cold to bear!

Inspect Your Logs
If you have temperatures above 50 degrees, you can still re-coat your home and decks with stain. Follow-ing recommended maintenance schedules protects the integrity of the wood and enhances the beauty of your home. We recommend washing first with Log Wash for light surface cleaning.
Fill checks in logs, and any gaps around doors, windows, and exterior ventilation openings to prevent moisture infiltration from ice, rain and snow, and to keep indoor heat from escaping. We recommend Energy Seal, and Checkmate 2.

Inspect Your Landscaping
Trim tree branches resting on your roof or hanging too close to power lines. Heavy snow piling up can wreak havoc!
Fall is the perfect time to seal concrete driveways and patios so they hold up to damaging Winter salts and freezing temps. It’s also important to fill cracks while they’re small to prevent spreading. We recommend Seal-Once Concrete & Masonry Waterproof Sealer.
Pulling up a dock or keeping your outdoor wood furniture on the patio? Seal it with a good water-proofer to protect it from harsh elements. We recommend Seal-Once Poly Blend and Seal-Once Marine.

Inspect Your Foundation and Roof
Rake leaves and excess vegetation away from your foundation to keep unwanted critters and wood boring insects at bay. Dry, brittle pine needles are a potential fire hazard. Reduce your risk by clearing them away from your home and off your roof. If you are in an area prone to natural fires, consider protecting your home with a flame retardant. We recommend Flame Seal Wood Seal.

Whether you plan to stay in your log home through the Winter or leave and return in the Spring, properly winterizing protects your home through those cold Winter months and extends its life for many years of enjoyment.

 

Many thanks to LogFinish.com’s, Jennifer Fludd for this fantastic article!

Quick Maintenance Checklist for Your Log Cabin

Take a moment to walk around your home.

Here are some signs that your cabin may need a new coat of stain or caulking/chinking maintenance:

  1. Faded finish on South or West exterior walls
  2. Varying shades on top and bottom of logs
  3. Gray discoloration from weathering
  4. Blonde color around checks and cracks
  5. Gaps between caulking/chinking joints
  6. Presence of mold, mildew or excessive dirt
  7. Cracking,  peeling or flaking of the log finish
  8. Water repellency is an easy way to determine when it’s time to apply a maintenance coat.

To check if the stain on your home is still repelling water, perform the following simple test:

Hose down your home. If the water beads up, you still have good protection and can wait 6-12 months before your next application. If the water soaks into the wood, it’s time to reapply.

 

For more information on all things log cabins, check out our other Log Blog articles, check out www.LogFinish.com, or give us a call @ 1-888-208-2248.  We are here to help!

Product Spotlight: Seal-Once™ Total Wood Protection-Breakthrough Technology in Wood Finishes

LogFinish.com has been in the wood finish business for nearly two decades.  In all this time, there have been very few major product developments, despite changes in customer demand.  We believe we have finally found a game changer!

Seal-Once Total Wood Protection offers a state of the art approach to protecting wood surfaces.  We have  joined forces with it’s developer, New Image Coatings, and we are proud to offer you this revolutionary product proudly made in the USA.

Seal-Once Total Wood Protection is a high-performance water-based, non-toxic waterproofer and wood sealer that incorporates nanotechnology to provide a unique, long-lasting protective coating for all wood surfaces.  It is available in clear and tinted formulas which penetrate deep into the wood’s surface.  As it cures, it forms an interior film that prevents water from infiltrating the wood.

Seal-Once protects wood against water, mold, mildew and UV damage.  It is non-flammable, contains no V.O.C.s, toxins or irritants, and it exceeds current eco-requirements.  Best of all, Seal-Once lasts for up to 6 years on horizontal surfaces and up to 10 years on vertical surfaces.

Seal-Once Total Wood Protection has proven excellence in field performance.  Give it a try for your next project; you will not be disappointed!

Also, check out Seal-Once Marine for docks and piers.  This one-of-a-kind formula is safe for use directly over water without harming aquatic life or polluting the environment.

 

Check out how Seal Once™Total Wood Protection works in the video below:

 

For more information on this breakthrough in wood finishing technology click here

 

What You Should Know Before Using a Clear Wood Finish

Our customers often ask us for a clear or “natural” finish that will protect their wood.  The truth is, clear finishes may provide water repellency, resistance against mold and mildew and insecticidal properties.  However,  clear finishes do not  protect your log home from UV rays that cause weathering and graying of your home’s exterior, decks and rails.  With most clear finishes you will notice graying wood within 1-2 years of initial application.

Why will the exterior of your home turn gray if you only use a clear finish to protect it?   UV rays break down the lignan fibers in the wood which in turn causes the wood to gray.  

Semi-transparent, tinted wood finishes provide your wood with UV protection.  Different stain brands contain various UV inhibitors, but the rule of thumb is the darker the tint of the stain, the better the UV protection for your house.  If your house is located in a high sun area, where it is fully exposed for hours at a time, LogFinish.com recommends going using a finish with a medium to dark tint.

If your deck or wood exteriors are weathered and gray and you are looking to clean them up, re-stain and bring the wood back to it’s natural color, we recommend using an oxalic acid based product like X-180 Weathered Wood Restorer from American Building Restoration.  This product is a wood cleaner and brightener and will take the gray out of lightly to severely discolored wood.

Another option for cleaning gray, weathered wood is oxygen based detergent and brightening cleaners like All Wood Cleaner from New Image Coatings.  This is cleaner has very low environmental impact, can be used safely over water and will not harm plants.  All Wood Cleaner harnesses the power of oxygen to clean and brighten wood without harsh chemicals.

When cleaning your deck or exterior wood we do not recommend using bleach.  Bleach can cause streaking, spotting and even break down wood fibers.

 

Product Spotlight: Flame Retardant For Your Home

Wild fires were devastating to many homes, families and businesses all over the the United States last year.   The following product spotlight focuses on Flame Seal’s Wood Seal™ Class A,  a revolutionary product that can mean the difference between a home or business to return to or a pile of ashes.

What is Flame Seal Wood Seal ™ A?

Flame Seal Wood Seal is a clear, water based, penetrating product designed to be applied to all unfinished wood surfaces inside and outside the home prior to final finishing. With Flame Seal’s Wood Seal treatment, your logs are transformed from a flammable material into a “flame resistant” material. If logs are exposed to a flame, instead of growing into a destructive fire,  in most cases the flames will simply burn themselves out, and the exposed surface of the logs will only be discolored or charred. Most non-flammable finishes can be applied over Wood Seal but check with your manufacturer before using.  Wood Seal meets most commercial building code requirements, giving structures a Class A fire rating.   Wood Seal is  non volatile, non-toxic, and contains no petroleum derivatives.

What woods work best with Flame Seal Wood Seal?

Softer woods such as Fir, Pine and Cedar work best and allow for maximum penetration of the Wood Seal product.  Harder woods such as Oak will not absorb as much Flame Seal, and therefore might be less resistant to fire.  

What wood finishes work best with Flame Seal Wood Seal?

Flame Seal’s Wood Seal works best with water based interior finishes such as PermaChink’s Lifeline Interior.  For exterior applications Flame Seal Wood Seal works well with water-based exterior systems such as Perma-Chink’s Lifeline Ultra-2 System  and Seal Once Poly Blend. Flame Seal Wood Seal also works well  with alkyd resin systems such as Sikkens Cetol Log and Siding and WeatherSeal. Check the Flame Seal product page for information on what class fire ratings are achieved when using the above wood finishes over Flame Seal.  Flame Seal’s Wood Seal is not compatible with penetrating log finishes such as Q8 Log Oil.

Are Test Results Available Which Prove Flameseal Woodseal’s Class A Fire Rating?

Yes. Click Here for Flameseal Wood Seal Test Results.

Will Flame Seal Wood Seal Protect My Home In All Fire Situations?

Wood Seal flame retardant cannot provide 100% protection against all fire situations. The product makes it difficult for a fire to start, or spread, which will defeat many fire situations.  Flame Seal will always increase the time that you will have to escape or take action to put out the fire. Flame Seal’s Wood Seal will protect your home against 95% of the common causes of house fires that can, if left unchecked, destroy your home.

How Do You Apply Flame Seal Wood Seal?

  • Always remove any mill glaze from milled logs or siding.
  • Apply a light initial coat of Flame Seal, followed by two heavy saturating coats.
  • Flame Seal  can be applied with a brush, roller or spray equipment to any clean unfinished raw wood surface.
  • Apply Flame Seal to saturation so that it is running off the surface of the wood.
  • Allow Flame Seal Wood Seal to dry for 24 hours before applying your compatible log finish.
  • Do not dilute Flame Seal: it must be applied full strength to yield full protection.
  • For exterior applications, apply your log finish within 24-72 hours after the Flame Seal application.

 

What is the coverage of Flame Seal’s Wood Seal?

Depending on the porosity of your wood, Flame Seal’s Wood Seal coverage will range between 750 and 1750 square feet per 5 gallon pail.

Who Developed Flame Seal’s Wood Seal?
Flame Seal’s Wood Seal was developed and is manufactured by the Flame Seal Corporation.  Flame Seal is a leading supplier of flame retardant coatings for the commercial aircraft industry.

Here is an amazing testimonial LogFinish.com received from a satisfied FlameSeal customer in Tujunga, CA the site of the Station Forest Fire in 2009.

I have been wanting to tell you about the successful use of your Flame Seal fire retardant on our forest cabin. In May of 2009 we refinished our deck, and since our home is in a fire prone area inside a National Forest, we wanted to use a fire retardant. We selected your Flame Seal and treated the wood on the deck with a generous amount of it before we put on the top coat.

It turns out this was a lucky, or perhaps prescient, move on our part. Four months later, on August 29, 2009, the Station Fire consumed more than 50 of our neighbors’ homes. This fire eventually became the largest blaze in Los Angeles County history. While we watched the devastation we didn’t have much hope for our cabin, but two days after the fire ran through, we were allowed to return and see to our amazement that our house was still standing! There were a thousand tiny burn marks all over the surface of the deck where embers landed, and the back of the house, which was also treated with Flame Seal, had bubbling paint and a warped plastic thermometer, but none of the ignition points sustained burning. We were so pleased, we bought another five gallons to seal the entire surface of the house, which had to be repainted after the fire.

This stuff works! We will tell all of our neighbors who rebuild and who still live in the area about your product.

Mark  T., CA

 For  more information or some friendly help with the product call 1-888-208-2248.