Timber Pro’s Deck & Fence Formula”, is a transparent fence and deck stain that is naturally tough but different from other typical wood sealers. We recommend using semi-gloss latex paint instead of oil, as the wood maintains its internal moisture balance with the latex. I am building a live edge walnut table with 4 walnut and maple chairs, and a seating bench. As far as materials for your cedar chest, I would stick with solid wood and avoid MDF. When a film is formed, the breathability of the wood is decreased, increasing the likelihood of peeling.
Amteco’s Total Wood Protectant (TWP®), Flood’s Clear Wood Finish (CWF®), and Penofin® (Performance Coatings Inc.) are proprietary formulations designed to maintain a natural wood appearance. A lot of articles recommend sanding the interior to remove the thin layer of old wood (which brings back some of the smell), then rubbing in a bit of cedar oil extract if you want the smell to be stronger.
On new wood, use a product such as NO. 63 to remove mill glaze and open the pores of the wood. This will guarantee proper wood penetration giving a naturally enhanced look that will last and perform as expected. It is a white powder, highly soluble mixed with water, which allows the wood’s grain to open up, and remove the saw blade’s glaze for new and older seasoned Cedar. It is possible to switch to a semi-transparent stain when the deck needs to be refinished. Thanks for the advice; I definitely agree that sanding antiques or furniture with carved detail would be less than ideal.
With the influx of furniture imported from Indonesia in the last decade or so, it is becoming increasingly more common. Weathering allows Mother Nature to dry the moisture out of the wood to make it more absorbent. In addition, most quality stains contain a wood preservative, so they actually protect shingles better than a coat of paint – especially if the shingles are dipped into the stain before they are installed.
White softwoods such as pine, fir, spruce, and hemlock are commonly used for construction grade lumber, and due to their relatively low cost, are an attractive choice for many beginning wood workers. You can go with a high grit number (200 or more) and add multiple coats of stain. We used a semi transparent water based stain on the floor 6 or more years ago that still beads water. A tall, cinnamon-colored wood fence gives privacy and curb appeal to the front of the home.
Oils (like linseed oil, tung oil, teak oil, or butcher block oils), soak into the wood rather than coating it. They increase the wood’s natural color (the same way a clear finish would) and often give it an amber hue (like an oil-based clear finish would). So consider your location, whether or not your fence is in partial or full sun (what applies to decks also applies to fences) and other factors when choosing your stain.
In my eyes (which really, really, really love dark wood stain), I wasn’t totally in love with the final product, even after four coats of the coffee stain. Water-Based Facts: This can be either a pro or a con, but water-based finishes don’t change the color of the wood at all. I choose to stain after painting the letters just because I’m doing a dark stain, and wanted to be able to see the letter outlines when I painted them on the light wood.