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bocceballer 10-10-2012 12:53 AM

What to use carved wooden bears
Hi all,

We inherited a large wood bear and three wood cubs in trees from the previous owner. They are a natural wood color but are cracking and in need of some kind of exterior stain or oil. I found an old can in the attic marked "log oil," which might be what they had used. Or, I could use something like a Behr or super deck product. I also looked into a Sikkens matte finish- clear, but it didn't get good reviews on Consumer Reports, for whatever that is worth. Any ideas for the right product? They are outdoors so something to help protect from moisture and uv would be great.

Thank you,

user1007 10-10-2012 10:59 AM

I would not put too much credence in Consumer Reports when it comes to paints and stains. Most certainly stay clear of most box store brands.

You could use a sealer of 1:1 mineral spirits and processed, not raw, lindseed oil. A commercial product will have some additional UV protection though. Ask your real paint store.

Now to be sure though, are you saying these are carved in a growing tree? You want to be somewhat careful what you use if so.

bocceballer 10-10-2012 12:36 PM

The bears are just attached to the trees I'llcall the paint store. Thank you

jimmy21 10-10-2012 01:32 PM

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I would think that any product made for decks or fences would be good

Canarywood1 10-10-2012 08:42 PM

If your talking about the ones that are chain sawed,they all eventually have cracks,nothing you can do about it.

joecaption 10-10-2012 08:46 PM

Caused from uneven drying. Not much you can do about it.

spraygunn 10-10-2012 10:11 PM

Hey boccegaller,
Try equal parts oil base exterior spar varnish, boiled linseed oil and mineral spirits. I watched a program of someone who does that sort of chain saw sculpture and that's what he used.

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