The Many and Unique Uses of Lexel®

Sashco products have been used for many things over the years, but none as storied as Lexel® uses. A friend of Sashco asked this question: “An Irishman walked out of the bar? Well, it could have happened. The real question: Will any Sashco product seal the crack in my stein?” Indeed, many Sashco products are great for random stein cracks, amoungst other things. In particular, Lexel® has been used in a variety of interesting applications. Its superior adhesion to a ridiculously wide array of materials, as well as its unmatched clarity, makes Lexel® perfect for both normal,... Read More

The (Messy) History of Chinking

On last week’s episode of Cabin Fever, Grizzly Bob gave us a brief history of chinking while showing Sashco’s Log Jam® being applied to Crazy Mountain Brewing Company’s offices in Edwards, CO.   It got us thinking of other chinking recipes we’ve come across: Two parts Portland cement, one part oakum, one part random grass found on the ground = chinking. One part muddy clay, one part goat hair, one part spit = chinking Fruit of the Loom found around the house (hopefully unused) = chinking (Check out that picture!) The... Read More

Sashco Products Used on National Geographic’s “Cabin Fever”

We’ve been saying it for years…”Logs Ain’t Wood.” Now, more people than ever are going to hear it. (Did we mention that we’re going to be on TV?!) Today, February 24th, at 10pm EST, National Geographic Channel’s new series “Cabin Fever” is set to premier. They’ll be following Heim Log Homes as they build eight incredible log cabins across the United States, and one thing is perfectly clear: logs ain’t wood. It’s why Grizzly Bob of R.G. Kenel Builders and Nat Geo called on Sashco to provide the best in log home finishing products... Read More

Black Spots on Your Home: Is It Really Mildew?

Mildew vs Algae   What is that black stuff growing on my house? Mildew, right? Well…maybe not. For the past few decades, homeowners, contractors, and paint and stain manufacturers have automatically labeled black spots on paints and stains as “mildew,” but recent studies have shown that as much as 50% of these black growths are actually algae. (Yep, that same stuff that grows on rocks. Yuck.) Many folks will ask specifically about stains that resist mildew, and rightfully so – mildew resistance is important! But did you know that the fungicides added... Read More

Splits and Tears in Your Caulk? Oh My! – Adhesive Failure

Winter is winding down, and you might be noticing some tears in the caulking around your windows, doors, siding and more. What causes these tears, and what can be done to fix them? There are three types of caulking failures. We’ll discuss their causes and, (most importantly), the solutions, so you can get on your way with permanent fixes. After all, who cares to caulk over and over again? Not you.     Caulk can fail in 3 different ways: Cohesive failure – when the caulk bead splits down the center. Read about causes... Read More

Chinking 101: How to Apply Chinking

How To Apply Chinking Good v Bad

First thing first, choose a good quality chinking. Let Sashco teach you how to apply chinking! We prefer Log Jam, it has been the recognized industry stander in elasticity, adhesion and durability since 1985. So what makes it so great and what should you expect from a quality chinking product? Log Jam moves with your logs and sticks like no other, eliminating costly repairs. Superior early water resistance. No more worrying about that unexpected rain storm. It won’t eat away at Styrofoam bead board. No more unsightly chinking lines that... Read More

Sashco Thanks You

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Dear Friends and Loyal Patrons, Sashco would like to take a moment to say thanks. Thanks for making our caulking and stains look so darn good. Thank you for giving us a reason to wake up, drink some coffee and head into work everyday. We live to make awesome caulking and stains for your do-it-yourself projects. After all, there wouldn’t be an us without a you.

Staining Tips: Part 4 – Routine Maintenance

Staining Tips

Routine Maintenance Everyone knows that a $30 oil change twice a year beats a $2,000 mechanic’s bill. Routine maintenance on your logs, timbers or wood could be the difference between $2,000 every 3-5 years or $20,000 to completely redo the job. It’s truly the key to “a better way to stain.” 1. Cleanliness is still a virtue: Lightly power wash your logs or timber to remove grease spots, pollen, bird droppings and other surface contaminants. If mildew is present, apply Sashco’s CPR® in the cleaner strength according to the directions, or apply fresh... Read More

Staining Tips: Step 3 – Stain Application

Staining Tips

Here are some more staining tips from Sashco. Proper application of stain, combined with the sampling and proper prep discussed in steps 1 and 2, will complete the transformation of your wood. You’ll turn your dull, gray or unfinished yellow wood to the home or deck your neighbors envy, with the natural beauty of the wood grain both highlighted and protected. Follow these steps to staining your wood right the first time. 1. Stay dry Use a moisture meter to make sure wood is at or below 19% moisture content level... Read More

Staining Tips: Step 2 – Proper Preparation

Staining Tips

Some more staining tips from Sashco. Proper substrate preparation and application mean greater longevity, better color, and better long-term performance. Make sure it sticks If you are changing from one stain product to another, make sure your new stain can be used over top of the old. Be aware that any product already on the wood that contains waxes, non-drying oils, silicones, or anything that forms thick layers on the wood, can interfere with the adhesion and penetration of any stain and must first be removed. Many surfaces that have had an oil-based... Read More