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Original Finish Application:

Stir or shake before use, and avoid application in direct sunlight or rain. Test our product first on a small test surface to make sure you like it. In some applications, such as a log home, initial treatment with a borate salt solution should be considered for long-term protection against mold, insects, and sap stain, as well as "breaking" the mill glaze.

Apply to woodwork of any type, using a real lambswool applicator or pad, pump-up or airless sprayer, or a well-made brush. We do not recommend application with a paint roller, however many of our customers have been using high quality lambswool, short nap rollers and had great success.

On logs and timbers, fill all checks with the product. This will greatly reduce further checking, even on freshly sawn species such as oak. Using a wet-on-wet technique, apply only as much finish as the wood will absorb in a day, or buff off excess as needed. For a log or timber frame home exterior, apply 2-4 wet-on-wet coats, applying the final coat(s) in 3-4 months. Top-coat with more Original Finish, Concentrated Finishing Oil, or Liquid Wax End Sealer. Wet sand or power buff for a furniture-grade finish. Original Finish may be thickened with Concentrated Finishing Oil or Liquid Wax End Sealer as desired, or thinned with Pure Citrus Solvent.

For a deeper finish (both visually and in terms of penetration), apply several coats over several days, optionally wet-sanding between coats, top-coating and/or buffing, depending on the grade of finish you want. Clean wood surface and re-apply as often as desired or as required by your climate (in some areas it could be up to 10 years before you need another coat); there is no need to sand, just re-apply directly over existing Land Ark products.

DO NOT apply our finishes over the top of other products or finishes; the wood should be bare, free of dust and dirt, and untreated (except as noted above). Land Ark finishes are very durable; repair by rubbing in more finish to abrasions, scuffs and scratches with an abrasive pad. The nature of Land Ark prevents most problems with air bubbles, lap marks, and dust.

Photo credit: Interior woodwork and photo by Bear Creek Timberwrights Inc., Victor, MT. Used with permission.