How To Apply



Proper surface preparation is essential to assure maximum performance. Wood must be clean and dry, even brand new wood needs to be cleaned before staining. Mildew must be treated prior to stain application with appropriate product and/or procedure. Mildew is not caused by Preserva Wood®. The cured sealant is mildew resistant. When cleaning, be sure to use a quality, environmentally safe wood cleaner such as Preserva Products™ Wood Renewer™ Cleaner. Allow 24 hours for the wood to dry after cleaning. Make sure that small drops of water easily soak into the dry wood. If the drops of water readily absorb into wood then stain will be able to penetrate as well.



Mix vigorously making sure that all pigment on the bottom of the can has been suspended in solution. Re-stir every 10-15 minutes while using product, if using a sprayer then re-stir each time you add stain to the sprayer. Blend together all containers of Preserva Wood® when using multiple gallon or quart sizes. Use a pigmented version of Preserva Wood® for maximum color retention. Do not thin product. Preserva Wood® should be used as it comes in the can. Coverage should be calculated at a rate of 200 to 400 square feet per gallon. Rough wood will use more product than smooth wood.




Cover plants, trees, concrete, siding, etc. to protect from spills and over-spray. Apply a small amount of product in an inconspicuous area to test for penetration and color satisfaction before continuing with the entire treatment process. Allow test area to dry thoroughly as stain is darker when first applied.




Be sure that the weather will be clear and dry for 24 hours before and after application of Preserva Wood®. Apply to horizontal surfaces (decks) with a stain pad or brush.  Apply to vertical surfaces (fences) with a pump sprayer or brush. Apply only ONE coat to wood with stain pad, pump sprayer or brush (DO NOT use a paint roller, as this may result in over-application or uneven application). Only apply as much as the wood will absorb. Be sure to treat the full length of boards, keeping a wet edge. When possible, apply Preserva Wood® in the cool of the day and not in direct sunlight.  Important that the wood be cool to the touch before staining. Back brush Preserva Wood® into wood, making sure to eliminate puddles or drip lines. This process will ensure proper penetration and color uniformity.  Remove excess stain with a rag before it begins to cure, usually within 15 to 20 minutes.

Final Steps

Be sure to wipe-up any areas that remain shiny, wet or puddled within 15 to 20 minutes. DO NOT allow Preserva Wood® to dry on the surface. Re-apply Preserva Wood® as necessary. Remember do not over apply. Keep in mind that wood will not be as porous as it was prior to the first application. That means that you should use less Preserva Wood® when applying maintenance applications. Dry time will vary from 12 to 24 hours depending on climate, sun exposure, temperature, humidity, and the amount of Preserva Wood® applied.


Clean Up

DO NOT throw oil soaked rags and tools into the trash! Immerse ALL oil soaked rags, clothes, or any application materials in water to avoid spontaneous combustion. After soaking in water, wring dry and lay out flat to dry in an open area away from all heat and sources of ignition. All tools and equipment should be cleaned thoroughly with paint thinner/mineral spirits. 



If you find you have excess Preserva Wood® after your project, you might consider giving it to a local school, church, or other community organization for their use. Dispose of empty cans in accordance with local, state, and/or federal regulations. Keep container tightly closed when not in use.