|Forum topic by jmcwws||posted 08-27-2014 05:36 PM||1512 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
08-27-2014 05:36 PM
1st as to not be rude, I would like to say hello and thank you for being here to help those in need. (i.e. Me):)
I will try to make this short. I have been a wood worker for many years, but I just tried my hand at a timber frame front porch on my house. We choose cypress as a material for it’s durability to weather and harsh sun. Posts are 6×6, with 4×8 cross members and they are true timers so they are true to size. When purchasing from the timber yard I expressed my wants to keep the beautiful woods natural color and to keep it from turning silver on me. “No problem, there are lots of products out there for that” is the answer I got. Well I am to that time where it is up and I would like to finish it before I lay the purple heart decking. A quick call back to the timber yard to inquire of their recommendation for a product and I received the dead opposite answer. “It wants to turn silver naturally, so I would just let that happen”. I refuse! Or do I? That is the question for you guys. The wood is blond/yellow with orangeish grain pattern which I’m sure you all know, but that is the look I would like to keep. I know of Danish oils, Tung oil, polyurethane and a few water based clear coats, but have no idea if any of these are actually going to work. In researching, most say don’t try because of the maintenance to keep it that way of sanding and re-coating on a yearly basis. There are some products that claim to not be a “top coat” such as Timbertect Plus made for the UK. I may have even read about that on this forum. It’s not readily available here and I think the alternative was Kwik Poly which I think is more like a bar top coating epoxy. I thought I had figured it out and would use Waterlox so I made a phone call to them. I don’t have too much nice to say about that conversation. Let’s just say it ended with the tech telling me maybe there is a good reason there is not timber framing in my city. (rudely)
I’m hoping there is someone here that has a tried and true product that will last more than a year.
Thank you in advance,