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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:49 pm    Post subject: New Porch Floor Reply with quote

Replaced my covered porch floor last fall and am concerned with doing everything practically possible to protect and extend the life of this new wood (cvg doug fir). Before installing I treated each board with a paintable waterproof preservative, then primed each tongue and groove. Impending snow forced this shortcut. Before I prime and paint the floor this spring, I would like to give the end grain some special attention. I'm giving some thought to attaching a strip of rounded bullnose around the perimeter. I'm skeptical that it will do much to seal end grain or aid in shedding surface water, but it might help a little and could look nice. Also considering sealing the end grain with a wood consolidant. Makes lots of sense to me in theory, but I'm finding surprisingly little about this approach online. Anyone have experience with either/both? Potential pitfalls? Better ideas?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What preservative did you use, how did you apply it? Did you get preservative on the end-grain?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used the Storm Clear Wood Life Extender (zinc naphthenate). I dipped half, brushed the other half. My poly lined wood trough idea was pretty much a total fail, not nearly robust enough. After losing a discouraging amount of product and time to punctures I turned to the brush. I wish I had marked boards before installing for future comparison. Board ends were trimmed after installation. I hadnít considered the consolidant and preservative interaction. Wonít consolidant just soak in wherever the preservative isnít? I hope Iím wrong, but my gut sense was that the preservative did not penetrate deeply.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to hear that I wasn't the only one to try a poly-lined wood trough for a dip treatment. I had the same problem. The dirt floor of my barn smelled for about a year afterward.

I spoke to Abatron when I was repairing my porch and (as I recall) they recommended applying the preservative before the consolidant. They said it wouldn't affect the adherence. So it should be safe to apply a consolidant now to seal the end grain of your boards.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The odor is horrid. Tyvek suit, booties, gloves, masks, fans. None of it was a match for that smell. It was in my beard for weeks. Glad your barn floor eventually came around. Couldnít have been a pleasant space in the interval. Which WRP product did you use?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The same one - Storm Clear Wood Life Extender
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

End-Grain
Skip the added moulding.
Treat with an epoxy consolidant if you like, which will give you a 10-15 year maintenance cycle.
Or, treat with the same Storm Clear Wood Life Extender, and plan on a 3-5 year maintenance cycle with the same Storm Clear. The surface of the deck boards are likely to need the 3-5 year maintenance cycle.

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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2019 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks both of you for the feedback. Iíll go ahead with the WRP Iíve got sitting around already and keep the consolidant in mind for the future. Iím also working on making removable screen panels and door. Iím planning on using a wire mesh to protect the lower screens from two small humans and a medium sized mutt. Anyone have any experience with painting wire mesh? Iím thinking either spraying or possibly dipping.
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