07:36PM | 07/08/02
Member Since: 07/07/02
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Hi, I have been pulling down the purlins from the pergola of my house and the top of the timber was never painted as such is badly weathered.
I was wanting to use the wood again and was wondeirng if anyone had an suggestions as to the best way to prepare it.
I was going to take a planer/sander to it to remove the weathered wood then paint it.

Mark Hammond

11:51AM | 07/09/02
Member Since: 05/09/01
246 lifetime posts
Hi mkleinm,
These may be the best conditions to find wood. If it is dry then the only thing that I know of to remember is to seal it after you plane it. Moisture will have a chance to re-enter the grain when you remove the outer surfaces. If you plan to store it and not use it right away after planing,(you may want to seal the end grain with liquid parrafin wax) just try and find a dry place and lie it flat to cut down on warping and cupping etc. If used for a project then seal with paint, oil finish or polyurethane as soon as you can.....Mark Hammond


01:05PM | 07/09/02
Member Since: 07/07/02
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Thanks for that info Mark, my name is Mark also. I had gotten a formula for a wood sealer using mineral turps, parafin wax and some varnish. I was going to use that to prep the wood and let my Missus pick what colour she wanted later. :-)

doug seibert

07:49AM | 08/11/02
Member Since: 08/10/02
843 lifetime posts
If your planning on using paint in the future.....after the missus 'picks'.......I see that wax as being a problem to paint.......Why not just prime the wood now?


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