Organiclear™ TM-5 First Treat wood coating is used to protect newly debarked (green) logs and timber during processing, storage, and delivery. The special one-coat water based formulation penetrates deep into the interior of green wood. Optimal protection is afforded against discoloration from UV rays. TM-5 First Treat is a concentrate that can be diluted with two parts water, or 1:1 for high moisture woods such as Norway Pine or Aspen. TM-5 First Treat is designed for dipping, though spraying works well. If you choose to dilute at 2:1, it may require monitoring logs for additional coatings. Made in the USA.
Technical Data | MSDS
Application: Apply one coat within 24-48 hours after logs are peeled. Allow 12-24 hours for drying, depending upon the temperature and humidity.
Application Temp: 50°-80° F (Do not apply to frozen wood).
Coverage: 200-400 sq. ft. gal. depending on dryness and porosity of wood.
Note: Sanding areas after coating will leave light areas (especially if using Honey). Honey is a lightly pigmented version to hold the logs longer. Do Not Freeze.
Is TM-5 First Treat hazardous?
No, but do follow the manufacturer’s directions and warnings.
Does TM-5 First Treat clear affect the color of the stain?
No. TM-5 FT honey will retain a honey color to the logs.
Can I use PeneTreat (Tim-bor) with TM-5 First Treat.
Yes; however, you need to apply PeneTreat (Tim-bor) before applying TM-5 unless you clean the logs (power wash) and apply PeneTreat (Tim-bor) just before staining.
Should I dilute TM-5 First Treat or not?
The suggested dilution is two (2) parts water to one (1) part TM-5 FT. A 1:1 dilution can be used for high moisture woods such as Norway Pine and Aspen.
TM-5 First Treat comes in honey and clear; what’s the difference?
Honey will stain your logs a honey color and make it easy to see where you have applied it. Honey will not provide any more sapstain protection than the clear, but will provide additional UV protection and give the logs a light honey color even after powerwashing. TM-5 FT does not need to be removed by powerwashing before applying a finish. Honey is not recommended if the logs will be sanded after coating with TM-5 FT. Sanded areas will stand out as light patches.
What are the main differences between TM-5 First Treat and Timber-Tec?
Timber-Tec contains surface protectants and needs to be powerwashed off before applying a finish. Timber-Tec and TM-5 FT come in clear and lightly pigmented formulas. Timber-Tec and TM-5 FT are not freeze/thaw stable. TM-5 FT can be diluted 2:1 or 1:1.