In our wood sealing process, we start out by determining if the wood is old enough to be cleaned or if it just needs to be protected. If it needs to be cleaned we use a commercial grade pressure washer with special tips to ensure that we don’t etch or make marks into the wood. Once the wood is cleaned we wait around 24-48 hours for the wood to dry. After the wood has dried out completely we come back and prepare all surrounding walls and surfaces that we do not want to get sealant on, with painter’s tape and protective paper. After everything is secured we start sealing with a backpack sprayer with special tips to ensure the sealant goes on smooth and even. We cover all sides and angles of the wood that are possible to get to. With simple sealant the wood usually darkens but does not change in color, after the sealant has had time to dry you can check the wood by applying water to it and looking for the water to bead up on the surface, instead of soaking into the wood like it would before the sealant was applied. If the wood is new and not dirty then we can simply seal it, without having it cleaned first.