The Miniwax stuff works as advertised but smells awful. There's a
competing product that seems to work just as well (for hardening rotted
wood), but I forgot what the name is. It's a white liquid and I think it
has a beige label in a white plastic bottle. Lowes carries it. Not nearly
I don't work in the "trades" so that's my unprofessional opinion.
Have you guys actually done this? Seem to me that if the stump were still
alive, it'd still be trying to pump water up the stump and sealing it would
only cause moisture problems under the polyurethane. Additionally, if I
recall correctly, all the spray poly I've seen in stores is water based and
not recommended for use in wet areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and tree
Not having a boat, I wouldn't know. But I did refinish some kitchen
cabinets recently, and I"m pretty sure all the spray stuff was water
based, or else I probably would have used it.
If water under the coating isn't a problems, the ad man says Thompson's
Water Seal is good.
Thanks for the replies. I neglected to say that these stumps will
remain outdoors in year round weather conditions including freezing
temperatures. Is polyerethane still the recommended solution? Thanks
My 2 cents would vote for either the wood hardening resin or something that
is absorbed into the wood such as cooked linseed oil rather than simply
putting a layer of poly-urethane finish on it that the weather will peal
off. I personally like the wood I gather and keep in the yard to rot and
feed the soil(each year the fungus gets prettier). Of course where I live
getting replacement logs is easy since someone always seems to be cutting
down a tree near by and people are even happy to deliver since most Long
Island yards tend to run to the sterile grounds, polyester look. DK
Linseed oil isn't waterproof. I know this from experience with rifle
It looks great, but it isn't very protective against serious moisture.
Tung oil might work, but I don't know how well it would do with year
round exposure to weather, UV from sunlight, etc.
Any stump that is still in the ground has a big problem--insects
could attack it from below.
As you say, a penetrating polyester or epoxy resin would be best.
Then there's always the petrified wood stump...
J. Del Col
Thanks for that bit of information.... I'm glad to have that tucked away
now. Don't suppose you know what kind of oil they use on boats? (my friend
used to use something to make the mahogany trim on her boat all fresh and
new each season and then would re-oil it)...
Nothing will work forever; the part of the stump that's still in
the ground will eventually rot, and it will spread up from
there. However, you can delay outside-in rot for several years
with a good application of matte acrylic or polyurethane floor
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