General Prep and Finish Guidelines

Properly Prepare the Surface

Proper preparation of exterior wood surfaces is essential to ensure effective application of One TIME and to ultimately achieve a desirable and enduring finish. Removing past applications of stains, sealers and coatings, as well as dirt, grime and contaminants, will ensure that One TIME stain and sealer penetrates deep into the wood for curing.

If a new wood surface is being sealed, we recommend cleaning off any dirt, grime and contaminants before applying One TIME. Any dirt or stains not removed will be permanently sealed into the wood.

To remove most other sealers, coatings, deck stains, or other treatments previously applied to your wood surface, One TIME Stain and Sealer Remover is the ideal solution. One TIME Stain and Sealer Remover will remove both water and oil based stains and sealers.

One gallon of One TIME Stain and Sealer Remover will cover approximately 150 – 200 square feet.

Caution: Wear protection for skin and eyes when using One TIME Stain and Sealer Remover; the product is corrosive and will cause burns.

Smooth Cedar

Mill glaze on smooth cedar wood will restrict One TIME from working properly. ALL mill glaze must be removed before applying One TIME.

Sanding the wood and following up using a mill glaze remover may work (We suggest using One TIME Stain and Sealer Remover to remove mill glaze). Test a small area before applying the One TIME.


Avoid contact with the liquid or spray mist- wear protective clothing when applying this material. Chemical resistant coveralls, chemical goggles and chemical resist gloves, may cause rash or in rare instances second degree burns. READ THE LABEL ON THE CONTAINER FOR ALL CAUTIONS AND USER SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS

Professional Tips

Preparing Your Wood

Applicators and Tools for applying One TIME Wood Protector.

One TIME Wood Protector Colors

Features of One Time Wood Protector

One Time Wood Protector

Applying One TIME Wood Protector

How to apply stain to deck spindles- One TIME Wood Protector

Deck Design Discussion

Pre-Application Checklist

  1. Estimate the amount of One TIME needed to ensure you have the proper supplies.
  2. Check for any loose boards, steps or benches, and exposed nails or screws. Reset or replace any loose nails or screws.
  3. Remove any feathered areas in your wood with a light sanding.
  4. Cover surrounding vegetation with plastic tarps to protect them while working.
  5. Check the weather service to make sure there is no chance of rain for the next 24 hours.

Achieving a Stunning and Sustaining Finish

Once you have completed your basic checklist, you can begin applying One TIME. Feel free to choose among any of the standard methods – brush, low nap roller, paint pad or an airless paint sprayer – to apply One TIME to the wood surface. You will see that One TIME immediately begins penetrating across and deep into the wood surface – delivering 1 1/2 times the coverage of conventional treatments.

Once applied, One TIME immediately begins curing in both direct and indirect sunlight. Under overcast conditions, 48 hours is needed for curing. In direct sunlight, One TIME cures in less than 48 hours. Over-application may result in slower cure time, and could cause a shiny finish.

To rejuvenate the color of your wood surface at any time within 7 years, simply clean the wood and re-apply One TIME.
Never strip again!

  • Only one coat of One TIME is needed
  • One TIME will not leave overlap, run or drip marks
  • One TIME will not crack, peel, flake or chip

How to use One TIME’s Stain and Sealer Remover

NOTE: For success in using One TIME Preservative, Protector and Stain all in One, past applications of other stains MUST be removed… One TIME Stain and Sealer Remover removes both water & oil-based stains (will not remove paint).

After removing old products, completely rinse One TIME Stain and Sealer Remover from the wood to avoid leaving any residue behind which may hinder the application of One TIME Preservative, Protector and Stain all in One.

Please wear rubber gloves and eye protections when applying because One TIME’s Stain and Sealer Remover is corrosive. Handle with care. Also, protect the grass and plant life by watering down the grass and plant life by the area you are using the Stain and Sealer Remover.

The coverage is about 150 square feet per gallon. You can apply One TIME's Stain and Sealer Remover on dry wood with an all plastic garden sprayer (not metal parts) or roll or brush it on. You can also agitate or work in sections if so desired.

Mist the remover with water if it starts drying on you wood. You do not want it to dry on the wood.

After 15 – 20 minutes lightly pressure wash the remover off your wood. Do not harm the wood when using a power washer. If another area of your wood gets wet before applying the Stain and Sealer Remover, it is OK.

After you are done, if you see any spots, apply the Stain and Sealer Remover on that area and agitate with a synthetic bristle brush as needed to remove all of the old stain or sealer.


How to use One TIME’s Deck Wash Powder Cleaner

STEP 1: Pour: Pour water and contents into a pail. Stir and let product activate for 10 minutes. At contents to a pump sprayer and apply.

STEP 2: APPLY: Horizontal Surfaces: Apply Deck Wash solution with sprayer, brush, or mop, working on small areas, (20-30 sq. ft.) at a time.

STEP 3: BRUSH: Horizontal Surfaces: Let solution stand approximately 15-20 minutes, keeping area wet with additional Deck Wash solution. Thoroughly scrub with a stiff, short bristle broom or brush. Vertical Surfaces: Let solution stand approximately 15-20 minutes, keeping surfaces wet with additional solution. Thoroughly scrub with a stiff, short bristle broom or brush working from bottom to top.

STEP 4: RINSE: Rinse thoroughly with water from hose or pressure washer using lowest pressure that cleans without damaging the wood. Repeat steps 2-4 on next small area. Rinse cleaned area of vertical surfaces to avoid streaking as work progresses. Allow wood surfaces to thoroughly dry before applying finishes. Coverage: One gallon of Deck Wash cleans and restores 100-200 square ft. depending on wood porosity and applicator used.

STEP 5: BRIGHTEN: *Optional* After cleaning the entire project, brighten wood by using a deck brightener. If this Step is used, any wood brightener will work. Make sure all cleaner and brightener is completely removed before application of One TIME.