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Old 11-07-2009, 02:58 AM
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Default Finish to preserve driftwood grey

I'm wondering if anyone has found a finish other than urethane or polycrylic that will maintain the weathered grey parts of driftwood and at the same time seal and protect the carved portions?

I know I could just seal the carved portion and leave the grey part as is, but for some reason I like to think that oiling it will help keep it from checking further...

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Old 11-07-2009, 09:11 AM
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Default Re: Finish to preserve driftwood grey

I've used a combination of either Minwax or Cabot sanding sealer followed by spray Krylon matt poly. First I apply several coats of the sanding sealer, allowing it to soak into the loose fibers of the driftwood. This stiffens preserves and protects the raw wood. If your driftwood is "fresh" and not so weathered maybe a single application would work. After letting this dry for a day or so I simply spray on a few coats of either satin or matt poly. I'm partial to Krylon because it can be re-coated at any time. Others need specific dry times between applications.

Just a question.......why do you have an objection to urethane and polys?


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I just don't like the way they've come out before, when using them. Perhaps user error, but to me it almost looked as though the carving had been shrink-wrapped. That's an exaggeration, but the closest correlation I could come up with. I like textures, and I like how oil finishes preserve them.
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Default Re: Finish to preserve driftwood grey

I read and tried it put some steel wool in a jug of vinegar and let it set for about a week or more and then try it on a piece of scrap wood, I think you will be amazed at the results.
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