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Forum topic by harum posted 06-11-2014 02:19 AM 1131 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-11-2014 02:19 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question finishing end grain sealer moisture repellent epoxy wax oil redwood outdoor finish outdoor furniture

Hello, I’m in search of a recipe for a wax-oil mixture that would protect end grain in my backyard furniture projects from sucking in moisture when in contact with wet ground/cement. I’m aware of commercial penetrating epoxies for end grain, but not convinced, after reading info available online, that they are any better in repelling moisture than (a) regular epoxy diluted with 95 and higher % alcohol, or even (b) a mixture of oil and wax. Besides, a 3 oz. kit of penetrating epoxy from a boat supply store is around $20, which is too much for something that, according to some sources, can’t outdo—as a moisture repellent—a home made mix.

I want to protect the end grains of several planters, a table and benches that will sit most of the time on cement. If not a wax mixture, can a fiberglass cloth be epoxied to the end grain to create a moisture-tight barrier?

Would greatly appreciate a reference or any other comment. Thanks and best wishes, h.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."


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#1 posted 06-11-2014 02:59 AM

If it is not exposed like a leg bottom Would cutting a thin piece of the flat materal and glue to end grain.I was a industrial painter and I think epoxy would be too britel.

-- Don in Calif.

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#2 posted 06-11-2014 03:10 AM

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#3 posted 06-11-2014 05:28 AM

Thanks for the replies. Wouldn’t a glue joint between end grain and long grain break due to wood movement?

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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#4 posted 06-11-2014 05:39 PM

“Hemp Shield Wood Finish” seems to be a relatively new product—not too many reviews… It is water-based, made with modified hemp oil with additives for wood protection. I couldn’t find much information on it, even on the website. On their website, the sellers claim that this hemp-oil-based product outperforms “Thompson’s”, “Cabot’s”, and “Restorex”—some mediocre, big-box store brands… Not good enough.

Rather than providing relevant info on the ingredients and application, they keep re-iterating that theirs is a “truly green finish”: A water-based finish raises the grain: is there need for sanding after the finish dries? Should this finish be regularly re-applied? Does this finish include resins like varnishes do?

The price is relatively low though…

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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#5 posted 06-11-2014 06:42 PM

Try here

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#6 posted 06-11-2014 07:57 PM

I’ve used some spray on pick up bed liner material you can get a Wally World in a rattle can. You’ll want to mask the legs off cause it’s black.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#7 posted 06-12-2014 05:29 PM

Thanks for the suggestions, Bondo, Joey!

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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