Tim-bor Professional - Questions & Answers

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  • Asked by Thomas from Ruskin, Fl
    07/18/2017
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    Can Timbor be mixed with ethylene glycol to help it penetrate into the wood? This would be less expensive than using Boracare.
    A

    Timbor will only penetrate 1/4 inch into the wood since it is a powder.  It should only be mixed with water as directed on the product label.  If you do mix it with other products, it will clump and not work the way you would like it to.  If you need better penetration, Boracare is the only way to do so.

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  • Asked by Bill from New Hampton Ny
    10/31/2014
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    How many feet 6 in wide does 1lb of Timbor cover?
    A
    1.5 pounds of Timbor will treat up to 200 sq. ft of untreated wood
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  • Asked by D from Poulsbo, Wa
    07/18/2017
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    Can mixed Timbor solution be stored for short periods?
    A

    Once mixed, Timbor should be used within 24 hours.

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  • Asked by Carl from Orem, Ut
    10/27/2015
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    Can I put finishes over a reclaimed fir beam after I treat it with Timbor on the interior of a home?
    I have several big reclaimed fir (I think) beams going up on the inside of a new home. Can I put something like a clear finish over them after treating with Timbor, after it has dried completely?
    A

    Yes, it is recommended that you use a finish and/or sealant after using Timbor. It will potentially dry with a texture so you may have to sand it first.

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  • Asked by Peter from Alpharetta, Georgia
    08/22/2015
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    Can I mix a small amount of Timbor for injecting into holes with an injector needle?
    I would like to mix a small amount for hole injection. I have a log home and have been trying to treat the holes, but I would like to mix small amounts for injection with a small injection type needle.
    A

    Timbor should only be mixed and applied according to the product label. Because of the formulation, the Timbor solution would most likely clog any type of small applicator you would try to use. Jecta is a ready-to-use borate wood treatment that can be applied to specific areas.

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  • Asked by Gina
    04/12/2011
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    I was taught to use Timbor for roach and German roach control, any guarantee that it works for these pests?
    A

    No. Timbor is not labeled for roach control and would not be the best choice for this type of application. If you have a current infestation of roaches we recommend the products that come in our Roach Control Kit. The products in the Roach Control Kit are perfect for most roach control problems in most indoor settings. This professional kit includes Cyzmic CS Insecticide for spraying the outside perimeter of the home and inside underneath appliances, behind cabinets, under toilets and sinks, etc.  Advion Roach Bait Gel--one of the best roach baits on the market. Advion can be applied up high in the kitchen in the corner of cabinets and in cracks and crevices in kitchens and bathrooms. The bait contains a slow-acting poison that attracts and kills feeding roaches, who also spread the bait to other roaches by contact or by sharing food. Finally,  Gentrol Point Source stations provide an IGR (Insect Growth Regulator) that will stop roaches from laying eggs, helping to halt the infestation. The combination of an IGR with roach bait is a highly effective roach control strategy that is widely used by pest control professionals.

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  • Asked by Ken from Los Angeles, Ca
    12/01/2016
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    Can you use Timbor with anti-freeze to make your own Bora-Care?
    Can you mix car anti-freeze with the powdered Timbor...and paint it on...seems like a cheaper solution to Borocare..which u have to mix 50-50 with water...
    A

    Timbor is not labeled to be used in this manner, and we can make no recommendations on this usage. Should you have any further questions feel free to contact the product manufacturer, Nisus, directly at 800-264-0870.

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  • Asked by Steve from Castro Valley, Ca
    02/18/2016
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    Is Timbor harmful to wildlife?
    I seen in an earlier answer a professional staff member stated that "Timbor is not harmful to pets or wildlife" when it clearly states on the bucket/label that "This pesticide is toxic to fish and wildlife" Why is there conflicting answers?
    A

    Timbor is safe around wildlife and/or pets when it is used as directed. While you are doing a treatment, it is recommended that pets/wildlife out of the area until the product has dried completely. It should also not be used directly in sitting water. Timbor is used around structural wood so it should not come in contact with wildlife or pets.

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  • Asked by Charlotte from Proctor, Wv
    08/10/2015
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    Will Tim-bor stain or discolor vinyl windows or hand rails?
    Should they be taped off and covered?
    A

    Timbor may leave behind a white residue.  If you think it may come into contact with the windows or hand rails while you are applying it, it would be best to cover them just to be safe. 

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  • Asked by Kevin from Toronto
    03/09/2015
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    I have some old stain on the wood I'd like to protect. Why can I not use Timbor right over the old stain?
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    Timbor is a wood preservative that need to able to penetrate and be absorbed into the wood. If there is a stain, pain, or any type of sealant then the Timbor will not be able to penetrate thus making it ineffective. Any finish that has been applied to wood should be sanded off so that you can apply the Timbor for it to be effective. However, if you are wishing to restain the wood then BoraCare would be a better product because BoraCare dries completely clear whereas Timbor leaves a powdery white film.
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  • Asked by Jessica from St. Louis, Mo
    07/28/2014
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    Should all parts of a new construction home be treated with Timbor? (Sheathing, trusses, studs, etc.)
    What percent solution is recommended for a new construction?
    A
    We would recommend treating all wood components of a new construction. The better the coverage, the better the results. To create a 10% solution mix one pound of Timbor to one gallon of water. This solution must be applied twice to a bare wood surface. To create a 15% solution, mix 1.5 pounds of Timbor to one gallon of water. This solution can be applied only once to the wood surface.
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  • Asked by Lorelei from Clearwater, Fl
    11/19/2014
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    Is it safe to just dust off the residue from a Timbor treatment?
    I brushed a solution of Timbor and water on an unfinished oak table. It left a fine dusty sheen, almost like old varnish not completely removed. I will then stain.
    A

    Timbor will only penetrate 1/4 of an inch into the wood and will leave a visible white residue on the surface. You may simply dust it off before applying the stain. If you are wanting a product that does not leave a white residue and absorbs completely through the wood, we recommend BoraCare. BoraCare will penetrate all the way into the wood and will not leave a visible residue on the surface.

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  • Asked by Br from Birmingham, Al
    02/08/2018
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    Is Tim-bor safe for pregnant women to breathe after being sprayed on wood beams under house?
    A

    We recommend that anyone other than the applicator stay out of an area treated with Tim-Bor until the application is completely dry. Though Tim-Bor should not have an odor when being applied, if there is any odor then the area should be ventilated before re-entry. You can view further safety information on the SDS here.

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  • Asked by Walt from Watsonville, Ca
    10/13/2016
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    Can you dip stud or beams using Timbor?
    Can new wood studs or beams be effectively treated by dipping in a tank filled with a Tim-bor solution frequently stirred so it remains in suspension? Could full immersion like this be more effective than spraying? It may also be quicker and more economical, with no overspray. Also, are oil-based or water-based sealers or paints better for sealing the dry treated wood and extending the life of the Tim-bor treatment, i.e., which type is preferred? Should any surface powder be brushed off for better adhesion before painting or sealed in?
    A

    Yes you can use the dip method when using Timbor however, you will still be getting the same 15% solution rate as you would if you were spraying it on and getting the same 1/16" penetration level as well. To get the full penetration all the way through the wood we recommend using Boracare. Yes, you would want to get the surface powder left behind by the Timbor off the wood before using any finishing products.

     

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  • Asked by Nancy from East Millsboro
    08/18/2019
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    Will the use of Tim-bor on roof purlins cause metal roof panels to rust?
    A

    Tim-bor Professional is labeled as non-corrosive so it will not cause metals to rust.  

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  • Asked by Dw from Lemon Grove, Ca
    10/13/2018
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    Can I paint over Tim-Bor Professional with a latex-based primer?
    I intend to use Timbor Professional on new wood for an outside deck which I will primer and paint with a Latex based product
    A

    Yes, as long as the application of Tim-bor Professional is completely dry, you can use a latex or other paint/stain product.

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  • Asked by Jerome
    02/01/2017
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    Can Timbor be used to treat canvas against mildew?
    A

    Timbor is only designed to be applied to wood and does not treat mildew/mold.  We would not recommend applying it to canvas.

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  • Asked by Nina from Arroyo Grande, Ca
    04/02/2017
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    Do I was off Timbor 24 hours after applying to bedroom hardwood floor and walls to kill green mold?
    It has a film coat on my painted wall and floor? My bed is at that corner, do I wash it off because I will breathe and sleep right next to it. What do I use to wash it off ?
    A

    Timbor will not kill any actively growing mold.  It is a wettable powder for prevention of wood boring insects and fungi, that leaves a white residue on wood surfaces after it is applied and would not wash off wood surfaces.  If you were to sand after application of Timbor it could remove the Timbor as it only penetrates approx. 1/4 inch into the wood. Since the product would not penetrate walls, you can remove from those surfaces using a wash cloth and water.

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  • Asked by William from Bellevue
    05/27/2017
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    How much Timbor do I mix in a 50 gallon tank to get 15% solution?
    A

    The rate of Timbor in a 50 gallon tank is 75 lbs to achieve a 15% solution.
     

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  • Asked by Jen from Houston, Tx
    01/09/2018
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    Could a dye be a potential problem for a Tim-bor solution since the product specs have no mention of adding dye?
    We are building & the company builder recommended to treat all of the interior wood is adding a blue dye to the Timbor solution. Company's reason is to insure that all the wood has been sprayed so the dye helps to visibly see the areas that's been treated.
    A

    It is fine and very common to add a spray indicator dye to Tim-bor or similar wood treatment products before spraying. This helps to keep track of what wood has been treated, and it does not interefere with the efficacy of the Tim-bor. Keep in mind that the spray indicator will not fade on the wood: it will be visible permanently.

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