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Posted on How to seal the charcoal on whiskey barrel staves

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#1 posted 09-06-2013 12:59 AM

I’ve had pretty good luck with using a brush on lacquer. Its pretty thin and soaks in well with the char. You want to remove any of the really loose char. I pressure wash staves and it works pretty well. If you don’t want to go through all that for one stave. A wire brush works pretty well to remove the loose stuff. Plan on getting really dirty.
Once you removed the loose char, there still will be enough char left on the stave to let you know that it was once a stave. Then you apply the lacquer. Lots of coats, lots. The stave really soaks up the lacquer.

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