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Offline Cutting Edge

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Re: Economical wood finish?
« Reply #20 on: September 12, 2013, 07:11:52 am »
uncle larrys walnut stain

5 gal diesel
1/2 gal boiled linseed oil
1/2 gal unfibered roofing tar (more or less for desired color)

works well, lasts long, roll or spray

If you were to add wax to Uncle Larry's Walnut Stain, I assume you'd warm the wax up first, but would it stay dissolved in the stain? 

I use a shaved wax finish on some of my bowls. All I do is scrape a block of wax with the edge of a knife and drop the shavings into a bottle of mineral oil. In a day or two it disolves, no heat necessary. I never tried it with diesel, but it seems like it would.

Like the looks of uncle larrys stain. I would add powered graphite ( $3.00 # from a farm store ) and deck sealer ( $9.00 a gal. ). Graphite to help keep the sun out and deck sealer to help keep the rain out.

I use the graphite ( 1 teaspoon to gal. of water ) for glass cleaner and use deck sealer (1/4 cup to qt. of minaral sprits ) for car wax. Like both of them better than anything you can buy.


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I resurrected this old thread (1) because with the huge price increase in wood treatments and (2) to get the thoughts of others and possible variations or "special" blends others may have tried and improved the original recipe.

The "mix" sounds very effective, especially the reply/input of adding dissolved wax for waterproofing and graphite for UV protection.  Any thoughts of a substitute for the diesel fuel as the carrier, say: acetone, lacquer thinner, etc.?? ...something with a faster flash and MUCH lower odor with little to no lingering smell??

Sounds like the insects wouldn't care to bother wood treated with this as well!!  spidey-smiley  musteat_1  steve_smiley
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Re: Economical wood finish?
« Reply #21 on: September 12, 2013, 11:37:35 am »
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Any thoughts of a substitute for the diesel fuel as the carrier

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Re: Economical wood finish?
« Reply #22 on: September 12, 2013, 01:59:10 pm »
I may try that recipe with the mineral spirits for a deer blind I just built from some red pine I sawed up. I think the smell from fuel oil or diesel fuel would be a bit too strong to be around all day. Even then,  I think I should wait till after deer season to treat with the mineral spirits solution.
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Re: Economical wood finish?
« Reply #23 on: September 12, 2013, 07:07:02 pm »
Just posting so i dont lose the thread.


Good ideas here.  Ive been paying 33 a gallon for a benjamin moore product t finish the boards for my barn and house.  Paint cost more than the wood did.
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Re: Economical wood finish?
« Reply #24 on: September 12, 2013, 08:34:16 pm »
Mineral sprits would indeed be a decent carrier, but even the "low odor" spirits I have used, can still pack a heavy punch for quite a bit of time after application.

I just wonder if using a thinner with a fast flash would actually reduce the long term benefit of the mix since something like diesel or kerosene would help the oils penetrate much deeper into the wood...like good penetrating oil on a rusty bolt.

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Re: Economical wood finish?
« Reply #25 on: September 15, 2013, 08:46:03 am »
For the Chemical experts, I wonder if mixing boron with burnt motor oil has any preservative advantage. 

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Re: Economical wood finish?
« Reply #26 on: September 15, 2013, 11:08:58 am »
  Since the walnut stain is mostly diesel I wonder if the red (off road) diesel would make much difference, might be nice.
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Re: Economical wood finish?
« Reply #27 on: April 16, 2017, 09:07:47 pm »
Hello,
I am new to this forum. I have a new 300 feet long - 8 feet high wood fence that I need to preserve. I think I would like to use "Uncle Larry's" stain.
Should I use tar or used motor oil?
Got any idea how much of the mixture I will need to cover both sides of the fence?
What's the best way to apply it?
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Re: Economical wood finish?
« Reply #28 on: April 17, 2017, 05:30:54 am »
I'm with the diesel and roofing tar... This was done around 17 years ago.

 

 

 

 
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Re: Economical wood finish?
« Reply #29 on: April 17, 2017, 09:02:17 am »
oh ok. It looks as if the tar gives a black look and the motor oil looks brown.

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Re: Economical wood finish?
« Reply #30 on: April 17, 2017, 09:25:07 am »
The roof tar and diesel looks just like what you get from fence black. Tractor Supply has it for $33 for 5 gal. Only thing is they say its acrylic lacquer then they say its oil based and that it cleans up with water. I've got some old fence black thats looks and acts like tar now, I plan to mix with some diesel a paint the sides of my utility trailer.
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Re: Economical wood finish?
« Reply #31 on: April 17, 2017, 10:57:31 am »
Another question...
My fence is 6 moths old and red mud from digging the post holes has splashed up on the bottom of the wood when it rains. Do I have to wash/rinse this off to have a clean surface before I apply the stain mixture? Since it's 300' long , it's far away from the water spout?? :-\

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Re: Economical wood finish?
« Reply #32 on: April 17, 2017, 12:03:54 pm »
How long before the smell went away?

I'm with the diesel and roofing tar... This was done around 17 years ago.

 

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Re: Economical wood finish?
« Reply #33 on: April 17, 2017, 12:54:21 pm »
Another question...
My fence is 6 moths old and red mud from digging the post holes has splashed up on the bottom of the wood when it rains. Do I have to wash/rinse this off to have a clean surface before I apply the stain mixture? Since it's 300' long , it's far away from the water spout?? :-\

At the very least, I'd say try to brush the dirt off.  Are you planning to spray or brush/roll on the stain?

Has anyone used this as an interior finish?  Seems like the smell would never go away.
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« Reply #34 on: April 17, 2017, 03:01:06 pm »
How long before the smell went away?

I'm with the diesel and roofing tar... This was done around 17 years ago.

 

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Soaked right in... The smell went away in about 2 weeks.
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