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Can I get Transformation in California and other VOC states?

YES! We have a VOC compliant formula you can get in CA and other VOC states.

Can I get Transformation shipped to me overnight?

No. Because Transformation is considered a “combustible” product, freight companies will not allow us to ship it via air.

Can I put Cascade over High Sierra or Transformation?

Yes. And in fact, Cascade will help add some life to your stain, helping you avoid having to re-coat with the High Sierra or Transformation as often.

Can I stain over another brand of stain?

The best advice is to call both stain manufacturers and inquire about compatibility.

In general, our products can be used in conjunction with other water-based stains and drying-oil based stains. However, if the stain contains non-drying oils and the stain was applied in the last 18 months, our stains will not be compatible. If the non-drying oil-based stain has been on there for 18 months or longer, you can apply Transformation over it. We have tested several different competitive stains for compatibility. Call Sashco at 1-800-767-5656 for more specific information.

Of course, no matter what you’re doing, you’ll want to make sure that you’re applying the stain over a sounds surface free of any dirt, debris, unsound or loose wood fibers, etc.

Can I throw out my rags used to clean Transformation?

NO! Any rag, drop cloth, or article of clothing that has wet Transformation on it must be laid out flat (NOT balled up) to thoroughly dry before being disposed of. This is because Transformation contains linseed oil and may spontaneously combust if you ball up the rags before the oil dries. This is true of any product containing linseed oil or other oils.

Alternatively you can submerge such oil-laden items in a container full of water, and then dispose of the items according to local regulations. Such oil-soaked items should never be kept near any buildings, vehicles, or other valuable structures that could suffer damage if spontaneous combustion should occur.

Also, don’t smoke or use fire while working with Transformation – be careful out there!

Can I use Transformation on the interior of my home?

No. The solvents used can remain very toxic smelling over time so it should not be applied in enclosed spaces. Sashco’s High Sierra and Capture Log Stain are water based products particularly suited for interior use. We recommend top coating High Sierra and Capture Log Stain with Sashco's Symphony.

Can I use Transformation over my log home if I’ve previously used a stain containing a “non-drying oil”?

Yes, in most cases. Some stains are formulated with oils that never dry. Typically these stains are solvent based products that work by penetrating into the wood, leaving very little if any surface film on the wood. The advantage of these stains is that they never peel. The disadvantages are that very little surface protection is afforded, meaning they fade very quickly and require frequent re-staining, and they cause compatibility issues with film forming stains and with sealants.

If you have a non-drying oil based stain on your log home, Transformation is your best bet to minimize any compatibility issues. We recommend you let the previous stain weather for at least 18 months, if it hasn’t already, which allows most of the oils and waxes to wash and wear off the surface. Then Transformation will have a better chance of performing well. It is important to note, however, that no film forming stain can guarantee performance over wood that is highly saturated with a non-drying oil.

Can I use Transformation over top of Capture Log Stain or High Sierra?

If the Capture Log Stain Log Stain or High Sierra are in good shape, meaning there are few, if any, areas of bare wood and little discoloration, it is best to stick with what you started with, followed by a coat of Sashco’s Cascade top coat every year or two. If, down the line, one has to completely strip the home down to bare wood, it would then be OK to use Transformation to re-stain. It is not advisable to use an oil-base over top of a water-based coating because most water-based coatings are much more elastic than oil-based stains. As the logs move and breathe, the oil-base stain will be more rigid than the water-based stain and may cause the water-based product to peel under the pressure of being pulled with normal log movement.

Do I have to use Cascade? Will Cascade rejuvenate my existing stain?

Yes when using it in conjunction with the Capture Log Stain Log Stain. Here’s why:

a) The relatively tacky surface of Capture Log Stain, which is due to its elasticity, can pick up lots of dirt without Cascade (which dries a little harder than Capture Log Stain).

b) When Cascade is applied over Capture Log Stain Log Stain, it brings out the “depth” of the stain, enhancing the grain of the wood and providing a soft luster that is very attractive.

c) Cascade provides the majority of the water repellency of the system.

d) Cascade has UV inhibitors that help protect the color of the Capture Log Stain itself, which means that your stain will not darken as much over time. If a reapplication of clear Cascade is done 1-3 years after the initial application, then the overall system can be bolstered, both aesthetically and in endurance. Eventually, just reapplying more Cascade will no longer be sufficient, and at that point more colored Capture Log Stain Log Stain will be required.

When using in conjuction with High Sierra or Transformation stain, you don’t have to use it.

How does Transformation compare with all those other Log Home stains on the market?

There are many other stains directed towards the Log Home market available! Only a few of these (Sashco’s stains, and a few others out there) are truly “high performing”. Often, lower quality log home stains will look beautiful right after application, but require frequent maintenance.

All of Sashco’s stains are formulated to look great after application, and to maintain this look for as long as possible. We use the highest quality raw materials to ensure this.

Transformation requires only 2 coats of the stain itself – sprayed on and back brushed in. This makes application less time consuming. (For even more protection for your wood, you can apply a topcoat of Cascade over Transformation – this is easily applied by spraying and lightly brushing out any runs. Let Transformation dry 24 hours and then apply Cascade).

Transformation is guaranteed to be compatible with all of Sashco’s other products.

What are the main differences between your three staining products?

Sashco's stains have many similarities, but the differences include:

a) Basically, a different “look,” which provides more aesthetic choices to the user. Transformation, being oil-based, tends to allow more of the grain to show through, while both Capture Log Stain and High Sierra, being water-based can cover up a bit more of the grain.

b) Capture Log Stain is more flexible than both High Sierra and Transformation.

c) The three stains have different polymers in their formulas.

What is better about oil based stains than water based stains?

Both oil-based and water-based stains perform very well if the wood is prepped well and is dry. Transformation (Sashco’s oil based stain) is specifically formulated for log home restoration. Here’s why: a homeowner often doesn’t know which stains have been used on the home in the past. In this situation, Transformation stands a much better chance of compatibility than a water-based stain.

For new construction, both water-based and oil-based stains are good choices. There are some people who strongly prefer oil-based stains – perhaps they have more experience with an oil bases, etc. For them, Transformation is an excellent choice for new construction. We have formulated Transformation with one of the highest quality resins available and have loaded it with UV inhibitors. This product is formulated specifically for log homes to accommodate extreme log movement and mountain weather.

For customers who prefer the easier clean up and environmental advantages of a water-based stain, our Capture Log Stain / Cascade system will give superior performance. Like Transformation, Capture Log Stain and the Cascade topcoat are formulated with the highest quality resin and loaded with UV inhibitors to afford excellent performance on log homes.

Remember!! Careful wood preparation (i.e. corncob blasting or thorough power washing) and dry wood check by a moisture meter are CRITICAL to any stain’s performance – oil- or water-based.

What is the best way to apply Sashco stains?

It's best to apply them with an airless sprayer with a Graco 313 or 515 tip (or the equivalent in a different brand). One should spray on and back brush in 2 coats of the stain (High Sierra, Capture Log Stain Log Stain or Transformation), and when using Capture Log Stain Log Stain, it must be followed by 1 coat of the Cascade sprayed on, with any runs being brushed out. Make sure to thoroughly read through the individual product data tec for more detailed information or contact Sashco for the appropriate documents.

NOTE: Cascade can be used over top of High Sierra and Transformation and is especially recommended for maintenance purposes; however, it is only necessary at initial application with Capture Log Stain.

What is the shelf life of Transformation?

3 years minimum, in tightly sealed containers stored at room temperature.

What makes Transformation so good for restoration jobs?

Often in a restoration situation, the homeowner does not know all the stains that have been previously used on the home. Some stains contain “non-drying” oils that can cause compatibility issues with future stains. Transformation is an oil based stain formulated with one of the highest quality resins available. As such, compatibility issues with previous stains are minimal. But, if a non-drying oil stain has been applied to the wood, it would be best to wait 18 months before applying Transformation.

Why is Transformation the stain of choice for rainy, humid climates?

It is generally true that for rainy, humid climates (like the coastal areas of Washington and Oregon), an oil-based stain performs better than water-based stains. The reason is because when log surfaces remain wet for long, sustained periods of time, this unrelenting wetness can have a more negative affect on many water-based resins than oil resins, which are generally much less sensitive to sustained moisture exposure. When the wetness is more intermittent, then water-based stains can often perform as well or even better than oil-based coatings.

Despite this, we have many customers in humid rainy climates that have been very successful using our water-based Capture Log Stain / Cascade stain and our High Sierra stain. As always, excellent surface prep and proper wood moisture content prior to staining is critical.

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