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08-17-2009 03:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tip question lathe turning

Has anyone used anything other than Anchorseal to seal the edges of logs to prevent cracking? I have heard of people using old paint, varnish, etc. but I am not sure of the results. Before giving it a try I wanted to see if anyone had been using anything other than the anchorseal.

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#1 posted 08-17-2009 04:00 PM

Latex paint should work well. I personally would not use varnish as it also penetrates the wood. but then again – if you have lots of extra, might as well put it to use.

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#2 posted 08-17-2009 05:08 PM

I use white latex paint….white because you can date the wood on the white with a Sharpie and have a record of when it was put up to dry.

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#3 posted 08-17-2009 05:54 PM

I’ve used old cans of spray paint of whatever I had, didn’t matter what. Just to get it covered. Seemed to never fail. I’ve got some wood 3 years old with spray enamel and they still haven’t cracked. I still like anchorseal.

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#4 posted 08-17-2009 07:38 PM

Yes to the above. What ever you have that won’t penetrate too far.

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#5 posted 08-19-2009 04:38 AM

I’ve used Pentacryl. The only draw back is, that it really use alot of it to do the job.I tried it cause it was more green friendly.

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#6 posted 08-19-2009 04:59 AM

The goal is to reduce moisture from leaving the end of the log. If you are going to use paints, use paints that are formulated to stop moisture penetration. (Exterior paints are formulated to let any moisture that penetrates excape so it doesn’t rot the wood.) Look for mis-matched colors for bargains.

Bees wax is by far the premium log end sealant. But it comes at a cost.

Parrafin wax (a.k.a. gulf wax in the canning section of department stores.) works well. Use a double boiler and keep away from open heat sources as this stuff is very flamable. FYI – Anchorseal is an elmulsification of parrafin and water…

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