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  • Chanute, KS
Asked on Mar 27, 2018

How to weather proof logs?

BRAD HERMRECKHan11807599Janet Pizaro


I stain and polyurethane logs and make wood lanterns out of them. Is that enough to weather proof them , or should i be doing something else also?

8 answers
  • Kit
    on Mar 27, 2018

    That will waterproof them for a while. Make sure you apply the polyurethane to any cut ends of logs to complete,y seal them. In time ) a few years) they may possibly need recounted.
  • Pro7895909
    on Mar 27, 2018

    I would use a marine polyurethane
    I use it on my boat and it holds up great is a bit more expensive though.
  • Linda Sikut
    on Mar 27, 2018

    Hi Brad,
    I found this type of outdoor lamp made with logs on Hometalk, but there aren't any directions; however, someone asked the same question. I'll copy and paste the answer here.
    The web page if you want to look:
    The answer from another Hometalk member:
    "Polyurethane clear will protect, wash them 1st with a solution of bleach, laundry soap and water dry completely, than clear coat it dry completely about 24hrs than coat with boiled linseed oil comes in can like paint thinner. This will preserve, protect from insects, rot and mildew for years only need to retreat once per 1-4 yrs".

    I hope that helps. Wishing you the best.
    on Mar 27, 2018

    Sikkens Proluxe from pittsberg paint store...
  • Melanie Simmons
    on Mar 27, 2018

    As long as you use an outdoor poly, it should be okay. I use 3 coats
  • Janet Pizaro
    on Mar 27, 2018

    the correct answer is a marine grade urethane, poly urethane will not hold up to the out door climate
  • Han11807599
    on Mar 27, 2018

    A marine quality poly would work best for outdoor logs.
    on Mar 28, 2018

    Thanks everyone

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