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12 years 9 months ago #20112 by skyline_glenn
Last Sunday I threw an outdoor table and bench seats together, but dont really know what sort of finish to put on it. I scored all the timber from the guy down the road with a portable mill so have just finished sanding all the milling marks out. What can you put on to keep the golden glow that doesn't need reapplication too often? I have a bottle of linseed oil, will that work or do I need something better?

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12 years 9 months ago #297025 by Jack
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Gidday

I suggest you go into Mitre 10 or similar and ask as there are lotsa stuff onm the market these days that weren't around whenI was doing most. But I would be surprised if you can get anything that stops the discolouration totally.

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12 years 9 months ago #297026 by Pumpkingirl
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Macrocarpa is quite hard to keep looking nice, no matter what you put on it, because it tends to go silver in sunlight.

My joiner Uncle only uses Sikkens oil on macrocarpa, which comes in clear or tinted, but it is the most expensive option. He recommends his clients reapply every year.

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12 years 9 months ago #297031 by Kiwi303
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personally... I'd just use BLO and let it silver naturally.

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12 years 9 months ago #297032 by spoook
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PG, can you ask him what oil I should be putting on rimu. I have sanded down my bedroom window (before the op [;)]) and it is now ready to be oiled. Decided it would be better oiled than varnished re future maintenance. It is in sunlight most of the day.

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12 years 9 months ago #297033 by skyline_glenn
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I dont really have a problem oiling once a year as I'm not really a fan of the silver look. Will go into bunnings and mitre 10 over the weekend. My next problem is getting it round the back to the patio area. It is 3mx1mx130mm and really heavy, I might have to talk to the neighbour nicely and use his little 1.5t hiab and trailer.

Here's the table before I sanded it. So far it hasn't cost me a cent, just some roofing iron when I next do a re-roof.

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12 years 9 months ago #297036 by Jack
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Gidday

Hey Spook, the very best thing for ewe to ewes is a stuff from Resene's I think it's call timber lock or something. Ewe ewes it before applying oil just to get it back to it's original brilliant colours, then apply the oil.

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12 years 9 months ago #297037 by Organix
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Benjamin Moore used to do a oil treatment product for cedar sidings that contained a fungicide and was aimed at keeping the timber colourings as new. Maybe worth checking out ?

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12 years 9 months ago #297062 by Xartep
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Guy from the Slab place in Masterton told me to get the cheapest oil I could find and apply several coats over several weeks until when I put a cigarette paper on top it absorbed oil.

Basically oil until it can't take no more.

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12 years 9 months ago #298006 by skyline_glenn
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Well, I have moved it to the patio area thanks to my kind neighbour and his little hi-ab. And have decided to oil it with outdoor decking and furniture oil but what brand to use. Resene is $44 dearer for a 4l tin but it is on special at the moment but is still $14 dearer. What is everybody elses experiences and reccomendations with these brands?

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12 years 8 months ago #298021 by Dream Weaver
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Table looks absolutely Awesome Glenn

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12 years 8 months ago #298110 by devan
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I hate resene paint...but thats from an application point of view, but i cant fault their stain, if the oils as good as the stain i'd spend the extra $ on it. By the way the formula for oiling something is once a day for a week, once a week for a month, once a month for a year and then 3 or 4 times a year as needed

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12 years 8 months ago #298114 by GloPony
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What about the Cabbot's stuff?

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12 years 8 months ago #298356 by devan
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I've only used the polyurethene.... on windows and doors but was happy enough with it.
What about boiled linseed oil? Thats very good for bare wood

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12 years 8 months ago #298404 by Ghilly
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I have a recipe somewhere for wood oil. We used it in the workshop at joinery school. It was great because it could be applied, even when the room was full of dust. We had to apply the oil mix, let it soak in and then sand it with incredibly fine wet and dry sandpaper. About three applications, or more if you wanted and then a layer of some wood wax stuff that looked a bit like dubbin but smelled like toffee.
Oooh if the wood had been taken down to a satin feel, the oil just brings out all the grain and colours. It deepens it but makes something like White Pine, glow and so smoooooooth oooooooh..... I digress......

I have no idea if this would be ok outside but inside.... well,..... especially on furniture ........

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