A couple of benches on a roof top are bare wood, installed some time ago
so they are weathered now. What's the best oil/sealer to use on them? I
don't need any color, but would like to slow further weathering. It's
important that nothing comes off on clothing, of course.
I had heard that Thompson's, which I had used in the past, had wax in it
and therefore wasn't the best to use. Why would that be?
I realize that the application will be ongoing, but this is ok.
Because the wax comes off on your clothing, and the Thompsons only
lasts a year or two. It quite literally evaporates in my experience.
I believe the traditional finish for this is spar varnish. Has a
moderate level of UV protection, and you can layer it on quite
Age and Treachery will Triumph over Youth and Skill
On Fri, 27 Apr 2007 17:23:55 +0000, Chris Lewis wrote:
A traditional, cheap timber preservative for centuries has been
raw linseed oil. Cut back 50/50 with kerosene for the first couple of
coats. Of course you will have to wait a while for it to soak in before
sitting on it. Otherwise use an acrylic decking oil.
Raw linseed oil will essentially never fully cure, even outside so
would not recommend for this application where a non-staining finish
For old wood w/ least amount of pretreatment (the oaxalic acid, scrub,
etc., routine), I'd second Edwin's recommendation of Penofin.
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