I put BLO down on my cedar deck last weekend, I have now discovered that I
didn't wipe it down well enough. The whole deck is tacky and catching any
dirt or dust that settles on it. Any suggestions as to cleaning the sticky
BLO off of the deck?
The wood is cedar, not pressure treated lumber. And the cedar is not fresh
cut either. It is the first time that I have run into this with a deck. The
only difference is that I used a different brand as the store I bought from
no longer carries Behr.
Wonder if you could apply some thinner to the deck and help it absorb
the Linseed Oil easier? Heat might help but could also hurt if
conditions are right. Looking at some OSHA warnings, could you take an
air hose and blow it into the wood? I have a friend who injected some
diesel fuel into his arm tryinmg to blow it off with an air hose.
Those are just some idle thoughts so look at them carefully. I kinda
like the thinner and air hose thoughts best. What is UNDER the porch?
Anything that could be hurt by BLO dripping onto it?
If the oil is already partially cross-linked (sticky), the solvent approach
won't really be effective. The cross-linking is not reversible.
Scrape first with a standard paint scraper, then, if you must, coarse green
buffing pad with some solvent.
I had the same problem with Penofin the first time
I used it. A section of the deck was in the sun and
I didn't get it wiped down in time. A call to the mfg
resulted in the suggestion that I use Citrus Strip to
clean it off. This didn't work. A paint scraper gouged
the soft cedar more than I liked. I finally resorted to
my cabinet scrapers, which worked like a dream.
I needed to resharpen them several time though.
Never oiled the deck in sunlight anymore.
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