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Treating exterior wood.
« on: July 11, 2014, 15:33:41 PM »
I have bought a new patio set, made with wood, eucalyptus I think.
it'll be kept in doors for the most part.

What's the best thing to use to protect it.
oil or wax. I don't want to stain it or paint it
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Re: Treating exterior wood.
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2014, 17:12:53 PM »
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Re: Treating exterior wood.
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2014, 17:23:00 PM »
Don't rely on the number of coats stated on the tin.  Keep adding layers of preservative until the wood no longer absorbs the liquid.  You will probably find that it will take more coats after a few months.   Did my softwood drive gates like that over 20 years ago.  Still in perfect order today.
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Re: Treating exterior wood.
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2014, 18:29:41 PM »
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EUCALYPTUS WOOD
 
Eucalyptus wood is a sturdy wood that is an effective alternative to teak and other
hardwoods. It is resistant to water, disease and insects, which makes it ideal for use as
patio furniture. It does require some care, however, to stay in excellent condition. To
keep your outdoor eucalyptus wood furniture looking good, follow these instructions:

1. Scrub the surface of the wood, using a soft bristle brush, once or twice a year with
a solution of 1 tbsp. bleach, 5 tbsp. dish soap and 1 gallon of water. Dry the wood
with old towels. This removes any residue from the wood and kills any mould or
mildew spores.

2. Paint the surface of unsealed wood with a thin coat of polyurethane sealer. Allow
the sealer to dry for two hours, then apply another coat. Apply a total of three
coats. Allow the wood to dry completely between applications. This will help the
wood resist water damage and protect it from scratches, stains, nicks and
weathering.

3. Prevent further damage to the wood by keeping hot objects, such as hot plates and
cooking dishes, off the surface. Wipe spills immediately with a dry towel.

4. Although eucalyptus is moisture-resistant, all wood eventually is ruined by
moisture, so cover the furniture when it's not in use. Protect your furniture by
covering with vinyl furniture covers at night. During the winter, you may want to
bring the wooden pieces indoors for storage. If this is not possible, cover it during
the winter season with the vinyl covers. Cover your furniture properly. You
should pull the cover tightly over every piece of furniture and then tuck it
underneath the legs of all the chairs and tables to make sure moisture doesn't
saturate into them or cover the bottom of the furniture legs with rubber shoes to
protect the bottom of the wood from rotting.

Tip - Make sure to keep your wood furniture free of standing water. Don't leave
pieces standing in water or let chairs fill with water during rainstorms.

http://www.greenfingers.com/images/Product_Images/extra_info/Eucalyptus_Information.pdf

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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2014, 18:33:21 PM »
If you don't want to varnish (you will not be able to get into every nook and cranny) try Teak Oil every month.

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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2014, 18:36:28 PM »
cheers all.
it will never be left out, even if dry. Don't want 8 legged bastards crawling on it.
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« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2014, 18:38:40 PM »
Do they have rubber/plastic feet? If not, invest in some as they really extend the life of wood on concrete.

And remember to check them occasionally as they tend to wear away quicker than you think.

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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2014, 20:35:12 PM »
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Re: Treating exterior wood.
« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2014, 09:27:16 AM »
The sprays are good 'cos you can get into the fiddly places like joints... the places that really need the attention. If you keep the same cloth in a bag, it gets saturated over time and saves you oil.

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« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2014, 19:42:25 PM »
What's the best thing to use to protect it.

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« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2014, 19:49:38 PM »
I have a few of them
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Re: Treating exterior wood.
« Reply #13 on: July 14, 2014, 00:11:07 AM »
We use teak oil on our set. Its a year old and looks like new.  :D

Needs re-oiling about twice a year. Easy peasy.
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