You are here to make your wood waterproof naturally, there are many ways to make your wood waterproof. Some of us are very concerned about our furniture or floor, especially when we purchase a new one.
But still, we have this question in our mind, how can we protect our wood from moisture?
If you do not take any action to protect the wood then the wood will change its shape as well as lose its natural beauty. Waterproofing the wood is not a hard task, let me show you how you can do that.
Types of Waterproofing
Staining or sealing are the only two options available when it comes to waterproofing your wood.
Sealers are generally used to prevent moisture from getting into the wood by making layers of protection. But it maintains the real beauty of the wood.
On the other hand, Stains protect by absorbing deeper into the wood and also add stain to the wood. It covers the wood completely and prevents moisture.
Oil & Water: Oil-based waterproofers stay for a longer period of time and enter deep into the wood for protection. Water-based waterproofers are only used in damp conditions and are easy to clean.
The Classic Way: Tung Oil or Linseed Oil
Oiling the wood is the classic and traditional way to protect the wood naturally. Oil does not sit on the top but it enters inside the wood and secures the wood from moisture.
It gives a dry finish to the wood and is safe to use around plants, children, and animals. Popular oils are Tung oil and Linseed oil you will find on Amazon.
I recommend you use the mixture of both oils; you can purchase a ready-made mixture of both oils directly from the market. With the help of a paintbrush apply oil on the wood and leave it for 24 to 48 hours until it’s dry.
The Most-Effective Way: Sealant
The most effective and famous method to protect the wood is a sealant which also helps to strengthen the wood. There are three popular types of sealant available in the market: lacquer, varnish, and polyurethane.
All of them have different drying times. Polyurethane is the most famous type of sealant but its time consuming. Before you start applying the sealant you have to clean and sand the wood.
Again sand the wood to avoid dust that the first sand has created. Mix well the polyurethane sealant and with the help of a brush apply on wood the first coat.
Let the sealant dry before applying a second layer. Let it dry for at least 12 to 16 hours and three coats of sealant is enough for a good result.
The Dominant Way: Stain
Stains are mixed with vinegar but oil-based finishes, for best results, use stain and sealant all in one. The stain will help to give a rich and beautiful look to your wood, sealant will help to protect it from UV rays, extreme temperature, and moisture.
You can also use stain and sealers in two parts but this will cost you more. I will suggest you use stain and sealer all in one. Stain is a good option for outdoor wood and can last up to 5 years.
It’s available in different colors for a desirable look but this is most expensive in comparison to other finishes.
How to Take Care of Waterproofing Wood
Even after using all the above methods to make your wood waterproof, you should take care of this after using them. After a time period of three to five years, you should reseal the wood.
Choose a time period when you can check upon these seals and keep them clean or polished within that time. If you can not check the wood on time then you can hire someone who will take care of the wood.
These simple tricks can solve your problems with waterproof wood.
Hire a Professional
All we know is that some waterproofing cleaners are harmful to inhale and according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), long-term VOC can affect your health. If you have never ever worked in some chemical type stuff, I strongly recommend you hire a professional for safety purposes. Some outdoor wood can take lots of time but professional people know how to do that work.
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