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Old 09-04-2012, 07:03 AM   #1
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Clear Coat for S.Yellow & White Pine


Inside a Horse Barn (lining the stalls, ceiling,etc...) so not exposed to UV rays (only small sections of walls when the doors are open).

Looking for a Clear Coat finish to protect the wood (Southern Yellow & White Pine T&G)----want to be able to spray down with water when needed to keep it clean....probably only twice a year or so.

Any recommendations for a good product without breaking the bank.
(polyurethane???? don't know...?)
I have about 5,000 sq. ft.

Thanks for the help.
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:20 AM   #2
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Inside a Horse Barn (lining the stalls, ceiling,etc...) so not exposed to UV rays (only small sections of walls when the doors are open).

Looking for a Clear Coat finish to protect the wood (Southern Yellow & White Pine T&G)----want to be able to spray down with water when needed to keep it clean....probably only twice a year or so.

Any recommendations for a good product without breaking the bank.
(polyurethane???? don't know...?)
I have about 5,000 sq. ft.

Thanks for the help.
There are a lot of clear water repellant solutions to choose from that could be used - When you say "polyurethane", do you mean poly varnish? If so, I wouldn't - it's too much of a surface coating. I'd also shy away from silicone type sealers (even though they'd work fine)...If it were my barn, I'd use a product like Seal-Krete Waterproofing Sealer (there are other similar brands, this is just the one I'm familiar with). It's an acrylic water-repellant - can be brushed, rolled or sprayed (airless) - it dries crystal clear with a medium sheen...AND is safe for and around horses if they decide to chew their way out of the barn.

This product is primarily recommended for concrete and metal surfaces - but can be used on wood. The main caveats for use on wood (by itself) is direct and constant UV light and it's affect on wood, which you said isn't an issue anyway. Good luck.
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I was taught by crusty old timers to use a 1:1 mix of a solvent like mineral spirits and processed, not raw, lindseed oil to seal pine. Still works great and although lindseed oil has gone up in price it is still cheap. You will find posts on here from cabin owners where that has been the only exterior mix used for 50-60 years. Not sure I would use it outdoors without adding something with UV protection.

Applying a single part urethane over the top of sealed wood could work I guess but is going to cost you. Two part marine finishes might work out better but could be considered overkill and will be extremely costly. I would just add more of whatever sealer product you pick as needed.

I will defer to Rick for commercial products.

Be warned. Whatever you do, stay away from wax-based products like Thompson's Water Seal. They are short lived and will grow mold in seconds around organic wastes like you will get in a horse barn.

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I spoke to Seal-Krete and they say that the wood will still age naturally with the Seal-Krete product...so, it will turn silver-gray eventually.
I'm looking to keep the yellowish color of the southern yellow pine and whitish color of white pine...

My question is: will the wood inside a barn (not really exposed to UV rays) turn gray after the sealer is applied? The sealer should keep out moisture, which is what turns the wood gray in the first place...correct?
Just looking to make sure the Seal-Krete is the correct product after installing an expensive amount of southern yellow & white pine.

Thanks again!

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