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Forum topic by 1yeldud1 posted 05-11-2012 05:13 PM 1563 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-11-2012 05:13 PM

Just started installing the OSB on my garage walls – any one have any suggestions as far as applying a finish to these walls to preserve the original look – varnish, oil finish, or what ??? Thanks for your suggestions

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#1 posted 05-11-2012 06:21 PM

Clear, satin, waterbased polyurethane keeps the look and protects from moisture.
But requires multiple coats and is expensive.

I like to use Minwax Polycrylic.

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#2 posted 05-11-2012 07:06 PM

I left my walls bare, painted the ceiling with white primer.

-- If the old masters had power tools, they would have used them. So get off your damn High Horse.

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#3 posted 05-11-2012 07:10 PM

Do you have jillions of candlepower? Even light colored wood like that soaks up lumens like a Scandinavian in a tanning bed. Basic unpainted drywall is vastly improved by white paint.

As we age, our eyeballs need more and more of it—light, not white paint—so I’ll leap over your question and suggest you give a white coating serious thought. The woody atmosphere can be accomplished with your bench and the drawer units and accumulating “stuff” that we all build, put on the floor, and fill up with uberstuff.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#4 posted 05-12-2012 01:29 AM

I’ll second Lee’s comments and recommend a gloss white paint. Lots of light and dust doesn’t adhere to the gloss like it does to flat paint.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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