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Forum topic by ghostriderinbc posted 01-30-2011 06:59 PM 1800 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-30-2011 06:59 PM

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Hello to all.
I recently aquired a bunch of 1 1/4×5 inch planed fir lumber and I am planning on using it to cover a small deck that I plan to build behind the house. The question I have is what would be the best ssealer/finish to use on it.

Glen, Vernon, British Columbia.

-- Glen, British Columbia. Life is karma, your sins will catch up to you.

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#1 posted 01-30-2011 08:11 PM

Thompsons water seal is a good product. Make sure your lumber is dry before you apply it and don’t let it get WET 24 hours after you apply it !

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#2 posted 01-30-2011 08:36 PM

Check these people out Sikkins
We applied it on a log cabin and deck over 5 years ago. Direct sun in the summer, plenty of rain/snow all year long.
Looks as good as the day after we applied it.
I found a dealer for you, too.
2201 58TH AVENUE

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#3 posted 01-30-2011 09:05 PM

Thank you for the help, very much appreciated. Going to stop by Rona tomorrow.

-- Glen, British Columbia. Life is karma, your sins will catch up to you.

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#4 posted 01-30-2011 09:31 PM

One thing about Fir is it stains very easy, even when sealed with a product like tompsons water seal.
By anything, I mean any metal object IE: the grill, chairs, even a beer can left out will stain it.
I know its beautiful wood and the idea to let it shine, but trust me, check any older house with Fir decking
(they used it a lot on porches) its stained a dark color.
I would first use a solid color stain then apply the sealer and use stainless steel fasteners.

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#5 posted 01-31-2011 08:30 AM

I would not use the fir for a deck here is Water World. The people who build our house used it and it didn’t last 10 years. It is not a good NW outdoor wood.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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