Five or so years my wife had a new kitchen put in
(same room, but redone).
For beauty, backsplash was wood.
I suggested waterproof paint. Both she and the builder (known
for "beautiful" work) nixed that. Would be "ugly".
Of course the paint has cracked, etc, and thin slivers
of wood are exposed -- and wet.
Anyway, how do wives you know (happily?) handle this problem?
On Oct 18, 5:10 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org (David Combs) wrote:
If the body of the backsplash is wet, I would think the wood was not
sealed on all surfaces.
If that is so, the back splash has to be removed and replaced or
dried, sealed on all surfaces and reinstalled.
Repair any holes, gouges, or wood damage. Sand smooth, finally using
220 grit. The sanding is very important. Apply a primer per
instructions. Apply at least two coats of a quality bath & kitchen
paint, lightly sanding between coats. After 3-4 weeks of cure time,
apply paste wax with fine steel wool and buff. Re-apply the wax every
6 months. Your backsplash should last for many years for most kinds
of wood. White oak, teak, cedar, cypress, redwood are good
Basically bare wood with a rubbed mineral oil finish though, right? And
you keep it scrubbed and refresh the oil on a regular basis, probably.
Or if not that, a heavy urethane finish? OP's backsplash is apparently
painted wood, which is just dumb in a wet area application, IMHO. OP
should replace the backsplash in the wet areas with stone or tile or
Seems the secret would be to finish and seal all surfaces of the wood
prior to installation
and caulk seams. Three coats of finish, probably, would be needed to
seal all fine grain
openings. If the counter isn't level and water stands against the wood,
just a minute defect
in the finish would allow water in, expand the wood and crack the finish
grain without sufficient sealing is the usual culprit.
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