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Old 07-29-2020, 07:16 PM   #1
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Iíve got a client with ~ 700 ft of Sapele fencing, gates, and privacy screens where paper wasps have been foraging & doing a number on the wood surfaces. The original intent of using Sapele was to just let it weather to a silver-gray and not have to maintain it.

The first photo is what all the wood looks like only after a few years and the rough texture is due to the wasps gnawing away at it. The 2nd-4th photos are where I prepared a test section, having bleached/pressure washed, sanded a couple of grits, applied OA, and rinsed. I might add that I was pleasantly surprised how it looked after prepping it.

Letting it go gray this time isnít an option due to the wasps, and the client just wants it finished with a clear penetrating oil of sorts, knowing that it will require annual or biannual maintenance.

What would be my best option for a non-film forming penetrating clear, preferably something that will deter wasps? Iím looking to keep future maintenance to soft washing followed by a periodic maintenance coat at no less than 6 month intervals. I would like to avoid having to do any sanding or heavy prep when maintaining.
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Old 07-29-2020, 07:23 PM   #2
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not sure what to make it insect repellent but shipnshore would be my choice for a clear penetrating 'clear', does exactly what you are looking for.


Seals and hardens in the wood cells, still allows the wood to achieve a silvery grey when used by its self and not using a UV absorbing top coat. Does not contain any silicone or waxes and fully compatible with any other topcoat should your client choose to in the future.
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not sure what to make it insect repellent but shipnshore would be my choice for a clear penetrating 'clear', does exactly what you are looking for.


Seals and hardens in the wood cells, still allows the wood to achieve a silvery grey when used by its self and not using a UV absorbing top coat. Does not contain any silicone or waxes and fully compatible with any other topcoat should your client choose to in the future.
After doing a bit of research on rosin containing clear penetrating finishes such as Ship N Sore, your suggestion served as a terrific starting point in the decision making process.

I found a similar product which utilizes pine rosin as well, and also might provide added benefits due to it containing beeswax for UV protection, as well as containing purified linseed oil, zinc, and a borate compound, boric acid killing wasps which might aid in eradicating the wasp colonies. Not too concerned with achieving a silver-gray look cause the client liked it as-is after it was cleaned up. I’m also not concerned with the beeswax as much as I would be with a paraffin based product. The fence will never be stained or painted either.

Any familiarity with Rainforest Sealer?

https://www.earthpaint.net/uploads/7...sealer_tds.pdf
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After doing a bit of research on rosin containing clear penetrating finishes such as Ship N Sore, your suggestion served as a terrific starting point in the decision making process.

I found a similar product which utilizes pine rosin as well, and also might provide added benefits due to it containing beeswax for UV protection, as well as containing purified linseed oil, zinc, and a borate compound, boric acid killing wasps which might aid in eradicating the wasp colonies. Not too concerned with achieving a silver-gray look cause the client liked it as-is after it was cleaned up. I’m also not concerned with the beeswax as much as I would be with a paraffin based product. The fence will never be stained or painted either.

Any familiarity with Rainforest Sealer?

https://www.earthpaint.net/uploads/7...sealer_tds.pdf

Never heard of or used that product. Also this is the first time I hear about commercially available corn based solvents. I do like they are not using petroleum based products.


One reason I like shipnshore is that it does not contain any extra additives out of the can. its comprised of PTO, phenolic and oil modified urethane. We use it on a variety of substrates interior and exterior with very predictable results since it is mainly just a blend of resins and mineral spirits. For example it also works very nicely to seal up lightly rusted steel and act as a minimal prep primer for mooreglo where traditionally I would spec V155.


Can also add in some insecticide (nbs, bug juice etc) prior to application or pre treat the wood with a borate solution.
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After doing a bit of research on rosin containing clear penetrating finishes such as Ship N Sore, your suggestion served as a terrific starting point in the decision making process.

I found a similar product which utilizes pine rosin as well, and also might provide added benefits due to it containing beeswax for UV protection, as well as containing purified linseed oil, zinc, and a borate compound, boric acid killing wasps which might aid in eradicating the wasp colonies. Not too concerned with achieving a silver-gray look cause the client liked it as-is after it was cleaned up. Iím also not concerned with the beeswax as much as I would be with a paraffin based product. The fence will never be stained or painted either.

Any familiarity with Rainforest Sealer?

https://www.earthpaint.net/uploads/7...sealer_tds.pdf
Sounds like an environmentally friendly version of Thomsons water seal. Cool.!
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