There's a lot of wooden objects that you just don't want to bring back indoors: patio furniture
, picnic tables, planters, etc. One thing they have in common is the ability to stand up to wind, heat, and rain. You don't have to buy the expensive stuff, just make your own!
Water-repellent preservative recipe
As with any other time you mix various potentially hazardous or flammable materials
, take precautions and ventilate the area properly. Mix together:
- 2 gal. Mineral spirits, Turpentine, or #1 or #2 fuel oil
- 5/8 qts. Boiled Linseed Oil
- 3/16 lb. Paraffin Wax
- 1 qt. Penta concentrate 10:1
- 1 to 3 fluid oz Color Pigment / gallon of the above mix
The paraffin must be melted in a double boiler
; if you try to use a regular pan, fire is a very real possibility (keep an extinguisher close.) Let your concoction age overnight before applying it and stir it well; the pigments will settle.