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Make Wood Furniture WaterProof

Do you have exterior wood furniture such as a door or patio furniture?  If so waterproofing wooden outdoor furniture is important because this type of furniture is constantly exposed to harsh elements.

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Exterior spray varnish is a relativity new invention that is much more practical & can be more economical than paint. It can only take 15 minutes to dry and typically cures completely within a day. It can also be used on other types of outdoor furniture like metal and masonry.

When working with an exterior spray varnish you need to make sure that there is low humidity and that the temperature is not below 50 or above 85 degrees.  Clean the surface extremely well with a brush, sandpaper, and then use a tack cloth to wipe it after. It is best if you apply a lot of thin coats rather than a few thick ones to allow it dry more quickly and to help insure that you do not get something (like dust or debris in the finish).  Allow the piece to dry and only use after a day.

Waterproofing With Tung Oil

Tung oil has been used for many years as a wood ship preservative in China. This is because Tung oil can penetrate wood and form a water repellent layer.

Before applying Tung oil, make sure to completely sand the surface first because the oil will not be able to hide any scratches or blemishes that are left behind. Then, apply some oil on a clean rag and rub along the wood’s grain. It is a good idea to start on the areas that are harder to reach first to avoid drips and runs. Leave the surface alone for  20 to 40 minutes and then remove excess oil by rubbing with another clean rag. Let it dry completely before using.  For best results, 3 – 4 coats should be applied. And make sure that you sand after each coat application.

Waterproofing With Polyester Resin And Acetone

Another way to waterproof your furniture is by using a polyester resin and acetone solution. This can provide a very durable finish, but you can’t control the outcome of the color. So you will want to test the color by trying it on an inconspicuous spot or on scraps first. To use this, thin some resin with acetone until it looks similar to thick water. This will help the resin soak deep into the wood, making it tolerant of the wood’s flexing capability. Because of this, cracking and separation of the paint is prevented.

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When using polyester resin and acetone, you’re going to have to put on several coats. After your every application, mix more of the solution, but add less and less acetone each time. To know if you have enough coats, there are no more changes in the color of the solution. Waxed resin should be applied as the final coat and then the surface must be sanded after.

Waterproofing your furniture will not only protect it and increase its lifespan, but it will also keep it looking beautiful. There are many kinds of waterproof paint for wood that you can use in waterproofing your furniture. Some of them, however, may not be compatible with the wood’s original color. Knowing the different ways of waterproofing your furniture can help you determine which method to use for your furniture.

Waterproofing can prolong the life of your furniture especially if the furniture is located outdoors. There are many different kinds of waterproof paint for wood that you can use for your furniture. Because all of them are effective, it is really up to you to decide which one to use.

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