Cypress and bird poop!

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Forum topic by Craig Brown posted 06-08-2015 04:24 AM 1099 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Craig Brown

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06-08-2015 04:24 AM

I just finished an outdoor chair made of cypress. I thought that cypress did not need any kind of protective finish. One hour outdoors and a bird got it. I Wiped it off but it left a stain. It looks like it soaked into the wood (I’m sure I can sand it out).

The chair is a heavy weight Adirondack made from 8/4 Cypress. I was going for the kind of chair I saw in Maine as a kid. These things just sat by the ocean with no maintenance for years. I like the weathered look (that is why I did not use a finish).

I would appreciate a recommendation as to how I can keep the natural look and “bird proof” it. Thanks!

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#1 posted 06-08-2015 04:33 AM

Bird poop is about as natural as it gets :)

I personally wouldn’t worry about it too much… if it has already happened after just 1 hour, it’s probably going to be happening quite a bit in the future! Once it gets the aged look, you probably won’t even notice any staining caused by it. Just wash it off as best as you can and forget about it.


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#2 posted 06-10-2015 06:43 AM

Bird poop is EXTREMELY acidic… I mean, it’s even eat through the finish on a car in almost no time.

I know of NO wood that would not stain without any type of finish on it from this kind of chemical attack.
Especially if your area has blueberries that the birds eat. Might as well almost paint it purple.

Cypress is a very good outdoor wood, almost as good as white oak.

If you want to speed the “weathered look” of your chair, try giving it a bleach bath, then let it sit in direct sunlight for a few days.

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#3 posted 06-10-2015 12:38 PM

put a cat on the chair.

I am not sure how you can keep the poop from staining the wood. I would let it add to the character of the chair.

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#4 posted 06-10-2015 06:27 PM

I think you need to cover the chair in bird seed to even out the bird poop staining & then sell it for double as a “performance art” piece

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#5 posted 06-10-2015 06:34 PM

My Adirondack chairs were covered in crap a few hours after I repainted them. The arms and back make a perfect landing spot for robins.

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Craig Brown

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#6 posted 06-10-2015 07:02 PM

These are made from 8/4 Cypress ($$$$). It’s just wrong painting nice cypress. :-(
Another one struck today, this means war!

I’m going to look for a stuffed cat and make a scarecrow. Might even kill two birds with one stone (good pun, eh?)
There is a neighborhood cat that torments my blind dog. Maybe a trip to the taxidermist could solve both issues. Teach other cats not to bully the handicapped. That’s three birds with one stone!

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#7 posted 06-11-2015 01:20 AM

Try a rubber snake. Or a plastic owl.

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#8 posted 06-11-2015 01:25 AM

I have a rock and cypress log home. I apply Thompsons Water Seal every two year after I spray it down with a clorox solution to kill mildew and etc. Otherwise sun and mildew will do a number on the cypress. The Thompsons should also help against bird poop stains. Probably too late for what you have, but should help against future ones.

-- Bob

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#9 posted 06-11-2015 01:39 AM

I’d add a coat or two of General Finishes 450. It’s pricey stuff, but for good reason.

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#10 posted 06-11-2015 02:43 AM

A Bird Poop Cypress Pooper Scooper sounds like it might be the trick. They have them at Lowes on special this week only. :-))


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