Many homeowners are finding that their pine wood is not lasting outdoors for very long. Especially when they live in an area with a lot of sun.
Pine is a popular choice for outdoor use because of how long it lasts and how easy it is to maintain. However, pine must be properly treated in order to get the most out of your investment.
In this blog post, we will explore how you can treat pine so that it remains strong even through harsh weather conditions!
3 Best ways Treat Pine Wood
Most pine items are often left unprotected and out in the sun to weather. This can lead to browning, cracking, splitting or even insect infestation. That will diminish your item’s appearance over time.
However with a finish like polyurethane on it you’ll be able to protect not only from UV rays. But also water damage which is very hard for wood as porous as pine typically is!
You should always take care of any outdoor furniture before applying an exterior-grade paint or epoxy coating. Because this type of material won’t absorb into the fibers nearly as well if there’s already another coat present.
It might peel off too easily when exposed to rain and snow come wintertime.
Step 1: Polyurethane Finishes
To apply polyurethane onto your pine furniture, start with a tarp to protect the ground and other objects. Spread it out in an area where there is plenty of air circulation. So that any fumes from the finish will dissipate easily.
Lay down another piece of material like cardboard. If you want to make sure no paint spills touch anything on its way toward drying or being stored away after application!
If you’re sensitive to strong odors, put on a respirator before handling this product. As well as gloves for protection against chemicals which may irritate skin contact, always read directions thoroughly before use!
When you’re applying your finish, make sure to seal the surface first. It is easy for finishes not to stick on pine because of its porous nature.
To do this quickly and efficiently use diluted polyurethane at a 2:1 dilution ratio before brushing it, onto the object’s surface in long strokes with a paintbrush.
If any runs happen during application even them out by using your brush as soon as possible. If they have dripped off too much coating already or wait until after finishing.
So that when you apply another coat over top of these areas. It will dry evenly without leaving marks behind from where drips were previously made!
Building a tarp workstation is key for painting outdoor furniture. Catch any drips under the tarp and keep your paint from staining anything but you pine!
Look for an area with good air circulation, preferably near a window or door. That can be opened to let outside in on those hot summer days.
Choose latex or oil-based paints if you’re working outdoors because they dry quickly. Perfect when time’s not as much of friend while out there slaving away.
If pressure treatment has been applied to your outdoor pine piece. Make sure it gets coated down with some good ol’ latex too so UV light doesn’t cause discoloration over time.
Sealing with Epoxy
To avoid the strong chemical smell, it’s best to apply epoxy outdoors or near an open door. This way you don’t have to worry about spilling any of this liquid on your floor.
And staining it permanently with a foul-smelling goop that will never come off! For those who are sensitive to these bad odors, be sure wear something like a respirator.
So as not inhale too much fumes from applying epoxy.