Finishing up a cabin that will be close up in the winters with no heat. We
installed 4" pine tongue and groove paneling in the living room. Wondering
what would be the best way to finish it. Considering just clear or touch of
honey color. But what kind of paint, stain, varnish, polyurethane,
Thank you for the help.
One thought is how light do you want the color to stay, pine will
darken a few shades in a few years, any oil product will darken and
yellow more than water base acrylic products. I used a water base poly
to keep the pine as light as possibe over the years. As to holding up
with freese thaw cycles contact manufacturers or log cabin businesses.
But being an interior and knowing floor finishes dont just pop off if
a house freeses I think you have alot of options on finishes and sheen
level. Whatever you do it will darken on its own.
I would use a very lightly-colored stain to bring out the grain, then
finish it with satin polyurethane. The color you choose depends on the
colors in the rest of the room, of course.
Take a few pieces of the wood to a paint store, and get them to show you
some stain and finish options. A good store will do this for free.
If you wipe the wood with mineral spirits (paint thinner) you'll get an
idea what it will look like with a finish, but no stain.
Since it's a cabin, use the glossiest finish you can stand. Glossier
finishes collect less dirt and clean more easily.
Pine doesnt stain evenly, you need to look into it and experiment on
extra wood. On Pine I use a shellac pre stain like Bix, but maybe an
unevenness would look good on logs highlighting knots and grains
We used Minwax Satin Polyurethane on our 1x6 pine T&G walls. We put on two
coats in our master bath, but only one coat in our master bedroom. The
second coat makes the pine slightly darker, but it helps a bit with
moisture in the bathroom.
I' ve been using WATCO Oil..(just wipe it on with a brush, rag or
sponge-coudn't be easier to apply) for the last 30 years.
It comes in various shades/colors and is 'clear'
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