Wood Sealer Frequently Asked Questions
Are Seal It Green Plant Based Wood Sealers a one time treatment?
Yes, you can apply this one time, as long as you don’t mind your deck silvering in time, it will still greatly prevent the wood from twisting, cupping, checking, etc. A lot of architects like the aged wood look but don’t want to see their wood rotted and cracked. The Wood Armor@ Plant Based Wood Sealer line of products will accomplish this.
How many square feet does Total Wood Armor@ Plant Based Wood Sealer Cover?
Total Wood Armor@ Plant Based Wood Sealer covers 400 to 600 square feet on soft wood and old wood. If the wood is dry then it will take in more sealant. On new wood, hardwoods such as Ipe and Thermal wood, it covers 600-800 square feet.
How many square feet does
Bamboo Armor@ Plant Based Wood Sealer Cover?
Since bamboo is a harder material Bamboo Armor@ Plant Based Wood Sealercovers 600-800 square feet.
What tool can I use to apply the sealant?
Microfiber brush, garden hose sprayer, airless sprayer, air sprayer, roller, paintbrush, Lambswool applicator, Shur-line Stain pad with groove tool.
What if it rains on my deck during application?
With any of our plant based wood sealers if you are using the product with a stain, it will blotch, but don’t fret, wait for the rain to stop and the deck to dry. Applying a thin coat will reactivate the blotched areas and will become uniform again. If you are using Wood Armor™ in clear, your deck will be fine unless it is a very hard rain. Applying a very thin coat after the deck dries will make everything smooth again. Always remove any excess
Can I apply sealant to a wet deck?
No. You cannot apply to a wet deck, the wood needs to be dry and moisture free.
How long does it take to dry?
This will depend drastically on your environment, if you are in a low humidity and very high temperature area our product will dry in a couple hours. In high humidity, low temperature days the dry time could take 2-5 days. On wood surfaces, dry time takes about to 5 days to dry depending on the humidity and temperature. A couple hot dry days will dry your deck faster.
How many coats should I put on?
For Seal It Green's Non-Toxic Plant Based Wood Sealants we recommend applying 2 thin coats. Apply the first coat, let it dry, then apply the second. Make sure to remove any excess, do not allow puddles as these will become sticky.
When does the tint fade?
Unlike other companies our tints have a choice of sunblock of 55 spf, 65 spf, and 75 spf to prevent sun damage which causes wood to fade. The tint may fade depending on your environment. It could be one to 2 years the first time you seal, the second time it could be 3 to 5 years before reapplication because of the accumulative effect of the sealers properties. On vertical surfaces it can go for 5 to 10 years between coatings. If you don’t mind your wood fading out to a silver gray color, we recommend using a clear coat of our sealer to prevent future recoating. If you stain the deck the closest color to the original deck color, even If the coating fades, our active sealant product remains actively in the wood protecting against rotting, cupping, twisting, warping, checking, and cracking. While with other coatings when the stain starts to fade you need to recoat right away because your deck is in jeopardy of mold growth, cracking, warping, checking, twisting, warping.
What color should I pick to stain my deck?
Rule of thumb: pick a color closest to the original wood color, if fading occurs you will not see a big color difference and you will have longer times between coats resulting in less maintenance.
Why is this product expensive?
When you break it down, our square foot coverage is 2 to 4 times more than other companies. Our products in many cases are less expensive because you don’t need to buy as much quantity. Our products last longer.