A few weeks ago, I was re-introduced to water-based wood stain, and the product caught my attention. For years, I’ve been specifying the tried-and-true Cabot’s semi-solid linseed oil-based stains, and I love this product. However, given the improvements that have been made with micro-polymer water-based products, I’m very interested in trying this product this summer – It’ll be educational and non-toxic. OK – Why do I believe this product might be a game changer for home-owners?
“Seal-Once,” is an Eco-Friendly, water-based wood stain.
This is fantastic. Seal Once is different from other exterior semi-transparent stains because: (1) It’s a durable product; (2) It doesn’t have the toxic fumes associated with oil based or Alkyd products – so it’s safe for humans, pets, and the environment; (3) It’s easy to clean up; and (4) It has a nice color palette to choose from.
“Seal Once” can be used on exterior wood siding, shingles, decking, railings, and fences. And because it’s a sealer, it’s a penetrating product that allows the wood to breath and doesn’t sit on top of the wood like paint. It won’t peel. It may fade – but maintaining this finish is so much easier than paint.
Also, this product can be used inside, where the VOCs from off-gassing is greatly reduced. Whether the wood is being pre-finished off site or on site, this is a real benefit for any project that’s looking to be sustainable.
I don’t know if custom colors can be requested. For example, can they match a Cabot Stain Color? I’ll have to ask before I specify a semi-transparent stair for any upcoming projects. This summer, it’s time to experiment.
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