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
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