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Subject: One TIME on Cedar
Hello, can you explain the reason for the following statement from your web site?
"NEW CEDAR AND REDWOOD decking needs to be naturally weathered a few months before applying One TIME®. Choose Red Cedar or Clove Brown for the best performance on any cedar and redwood."
I have some decking material in cedar that has been drying in the garage for about a month. I would like to apply One TIME on the cedar lumber before I build the deck so that I can cover all surface of the wood. If I build the deck and let it weather for a few months, I wouldn't’t be able to coat the underside. It will also be in the rainy season. So I wonder what the reason is for the statement and if I really need to follow it. I would also prefer Honey Gold. Why are the two colors mentioned in the statement more preferable? Thanks
The weathering is to “open up” the wood a little. Many times cedar and redwood come very slick from the milling process, and can inhibit the penetration of the One TIME. The slickness can be alleviated by weathering, sanding, and in some cases a cleaner or mill-glaze remover.
Some clients choose to coat back side and end grain saw cuts during construction, then let the deck weather a bit before coating. You could pre-sand the top side, then coat all 6 sides prior to construction. The downside is you would need to coat the bottom (unsanded, un-prepped is fine), allow it to cure in the sun, then flip the boards and do the top. Sometimes it is just easier to coat topside in place.
The Golden Honey is fine. We just don’t like the Natural on cedar, as there is very little pigment for UV protection. Golden Honey is a newer color released after we wrote the article.
Subject: Using One Time on an old deck
We have a deck that is 20 years old and we have been power washing it every two years and then applying Thompsons and more recently Cabot Clear Finish. All of these products last two years max. We have never put a stain on or anything with color. I am very interested in the One Time Wood product since it is said to last 7 years. I have several questions:
Those are all common questions. We too, are frustrated at the performance at most of what is available at the big boxes and warehouses. One TIME is more of a protector than a stain, so the wood is protected for several years against moisture intrusion, and fungal attachment to the wood. What that means is that you will not have to ever strip or use bleaches and other harsh chemistry again. Unfortunately, because the failed products used are still present on some of the wood, it will need to be stripped. This can be achieved by chemical softening and removal, in combination with sanding in some cases.
Do I have to strip the old finish?
Power washing alone will remove some surface product, and some dead wood fiber, but we like to do it chemically. The more bare the wood, the more One TIME that can soak in and cure to protect your wood. Long answer to a short question- Yes…You must use a chemical stripper when an existing failed product has been previously applied to the wood.
Curing in Limited Light
As long as it is not a covered area more than 10 or 12 feet in, and it gets daylight, even indirect, it should eventually cure…it just may take a few days or longer. Just do a test. Put some One TIME Liquid Sample on a piece of wood, and place in the least lighted area and see how it cures.
Does the Natural One Time Wood provide protection for as long as the colors?
The Natural does not provide as much UV resistance as the other darker colors. You may need to refresh color a little more frequently with the Natural, and you can always step to a darker color later.
Subject: Applying One TIME to "Thompsonized" and
other Water-Repellant pre-treated wood.
Thank you for the wonderful information on your website. We would like to apply OneTime to our newly constructed deck. It was built with Water Repellent pressure treated wood, and it is low to the ground (approx 1 foot some areas). We are not able to access the underside for treatment. The deck does get plenty of sun (Florida) and is ventilated along one side. Would you recommend OneTime for our situation, and if so, how long should we wait before applying it? Thank you for your help!
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