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Question: What kind of preparation is required before I use the WoodCare Professional Series of products.

Answer: Surface preparation is as important to a successful project as using the WoodCare Professional Series. The wood surface you are treating MUST be able to absorb the oil in order to do what it is intended. The WoodCare Professional Series looks and performs best when applied to a clean and like-new appearing wood surface.

Preparing New Wood
New wood is often times not very absorbent because of excessive levels of moisture (even though it is said to be dried) and natural oils in some species of wood, such as redwood and cypress wood. Milling, tannins (wood oils), and excessive moisture in new wood can inhibit the absorption of The WoodCare Professional Series.

We do not recommend treating new wood until the wood is dry enough and the pores have opened up. The wood should be allowed to naturally weather, to the point that it begins to slightly gray or discolor, before you apply The WoodCare Professional Series.

Preparing Weathered Wood
Old, Weathered, Grayed, or Discolored Wood: We recommend pressure washing as a primary means of preparing a wood surface that has already weathered or discolored. Pressure washing serves two purposes: 1) it can restore the appearance of the wood to a like-new appearance by removing the decayed and/or discolored surface area; and 2) it can remove the decayed surface layer to allow penetration of the WoodCare Professional Series product into the newly exposed, healthy wood cells. Graying and some discolorations can also be removed through the use of wood cleaners, bleaches, and oxalic acid solutions, however, they don't remove the decayed surface layer unless the surface is thoroughly scrubbed or pressure washed. A skilled pressure washer operator can restore a new appearance to most natural wood surfaces.

Preparing Previously Stained or Treated Surfaces: Stripping previously applied products can be a difficult task. Consult your Boodge Company representative or an experienced professional for specific advice and recommendations. You must apply The WoodCare Professional Series to an absorbing surface. It is absolutely necessary to remove any form of surface layer that may inhibit the ability of the oil to penetrate. Do not apply this product over another product.

Question: It is November in Boulder, Colorado. With the colder temperatures, is it too late in the year to use Boodge Deck Defender on my deck?

Answer: It will be fine to use the product in colder temperatures so long as the wood is plenty dry. The biggest risk this time a year is that the wood is holding moisture in it below the surface, even though it appears dry. Bottom line is to make sure there has been at least a couple of days since any precipitation or the pressure washing and that the day time highs are in the forties or better. As far as the product being applied in cold temperatures, it is very forgiving and can be applied as low as 40 degrees, however, the colder it is, the higher the viscosity and consequently less penetration will occur which, in turn, will tend to shorten the service life of the product. There is a direct correlation between the quantity of Deck Defender applied and the longevity that will be attained. Bottom line is that the warmer it is, the better, but it is not a significant aspect to worry about. The cold will slow drying time as well. In general, Deck Defender has a slow dry time. The issue of most concern is whether or not one would track the oil from the deck onto other surfaces because it is still wet. I like to see a couple of days to stay off of it and then caution should be exercised for about a week. In other words, take your shoes off and/or use a doormat. As for harming the finish, once the product is in the wood, it is unlikely to be affected by either walking on it or water. It could conceivably rain or snow almost immediately after application and the only way it would hurt it would be if there were still pools of oil on the surface.

Question: How long after applying a WoodCare Professional Series product before it can get wet?
Answer:Ideally it shouldn't get wet until it is evident that no oil is still pooled or standing on the surface. However, it could get wet immediately and would have no significant affect on the outcome should this occur. The only time water on it becomes a major concern is when there are pools of oil that have water beads in them which in turn causes the oil to separate and if left in that state until it dries then it causes uneven pigment dispersion. What you end up seeing is little spots or dots around where the water beads were. If this occurs, it is possible to get them out as long as not too much time has passed. You can take a rag with mineral spirits or the WoodCare Professional Series product that you are using on it and rub out the spots. This remedy works within 24 hours of application. After that it gets pretty difficult to correct.

Question: I have a Brazilian Mahogany deck that I am going to have a deck contractor prep and apply the product on the first time but was thinking of reapplying in later years myself. Your website says its easier than other products. What are the steps?
Reapplying requires only a light pressure washing to remove what surface oxidation that has occurred and any surface dirt that is present. Then, you can reapply using a brush, foam stain applicator, roller, or whatever you choose as long as you make sure to give it a saturation coat.

Question: How often should it be reapplied?
On my own deck, which is also Brazilian Mahogany, I have been finding that it could be redone every year to keep it looking really fresh. I am using the Transparent Natural Cedar which isn't going to last quite as long as the semi-transparent choices. I also have surmised that, because the wood is hard, as compared to redwood and cedar, it tends to appear faded sooner than it might on redwood or cedar, even though it will absorb the same amount of material. So from an aesthetic point of view you might consider reapplying every year or year and a half, but from a functional point of view the wood will certainly be well protected for 2 or more years. On the semi-transparent choices, I normally recommend every 2 to 2-1/2 years for the deck floor or horizontal surfaces and every 4 or 5 years for the vertical surfaces.

Question: What are VOC's and why does it matter whether there are low VOC's?
VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compound. In essence VOC's are the components of a product that evaporate from a product once it is applied or exposed to air. Translation- air pollution. In recent years the EPA has adopted stricter standards for the paint coatings industry in an effort to reduce air pollution. Some states have their own regulations. The WoodCare Professional Series features very low VOC levels that range from about 160gr/liter to 310gr/liter. A major benefit from low VOC's is a noticeable reduction in odor, which in turn makes a given product easier to work around without being overwhelmed but fumes and fowl odors.

Question: What is the difference between OF and RNF?
The difference revolves around the idea that in some situations the wood you are treating needs rejuvenation and in other situations the wood just needs maintenance. The OF stands for Original Formula or Old-Wood Formula. The OF formulas are meant for wood that has dried out significantly or been weathered significantly to where it could use a good dose of replenishment in the form of oil. The OF formulas have a higher percentage of solids and lower percentage of VOC's than the other formulas.

The RNF stands for Renewing or New-Wood Formula. This formula is meant to be more of a sustenance or maintenace type of treatment intended for redo situations and new wood applications where the need to rejuvenate or replenish is not significant.

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