One aspect of preserving wood is preventing wood destroying organisms from attacking the wood. All preservatives are made to stop nature's biological process, so proper precautions with regard to handling, application, and proper disposal of containers is very important. Follow the manufacturer's cautions and consult the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) for special precautions.
Most preservatives offer some type of guidelines to the actual life expectancy of the product, but as a rule of thumb, you can expect two to four years before a reapplication is necessary.
Conventional methods used to apply stain or finish may also be used to apply many preservatives. While they may not require the brushing, they can usually be sprayed, rolled, or brushed in the same way you would apply finish. Make sure you follow the recommendations that are on the label.
Use Shell-Guard for the protection and preventative treatment of wood against termites, carpenter ants, wood destroying beetles, wood decay fungi and for remedial control of such pests in infested wood or wood foam composites. Apply the solution of Shell-Guard by brush or spray until surface is thoroughly wet (1 gal per 108 square feet).
Application may also be made by drilling and then injecting the solution under pressure into sound wood or until run-off is observed from entry/exit holes of infested wood. Treatment methods as described yields an approximate retention level of .24 pounds per cubic foot boric acid equivalent (BAE) in the outer 3/4" of the wood.
To minimize borate leaching apply a water resistant sealer such as Lifeline Ultra-2 or Lifeline Exterior after the surface is dry to the touch - in low temperature and high humidity locations this may take 1-4 weeks.
Shell-Guard RTU is a ready-to-use, EPA registered, termiticide, insecticide and fungicide.
Like Shell-Guard concentrate, Shell-Guard RTU is colorless, odorless, has a very low level toxicity to people and pets and is just as effective for preventing wood decay and insect damage to interior and exterior wood members.
But since it is ready-to-use, you can pour it right out of the container into your pump-up sprayer without the fuss of measuring, mixing and stirring. And if you are not able to complete a job in a single day, don't worry, just pour any unused product back into its original container, put the cap back on and it's ready to be used the next day, next week or next month. The application of Shell-Guard RTU is permanent treatment. You will never have to go back and do it again. The unique formulation allows the active borate ingredient to penetrate deep into the wood thus protecting your home from wood destroying insects and decay for years to come. Shell-Guard RTU's advantage is relatively quick drying time. Your logs will be ready to stain within one to three days after the application.