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Tired old oak bench

Posted by taoseeker (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 15, 10 at 19:55

I have my gradmother's old garden bench that is in a bad state. I have replaced a few screws and tightened up any loose parts. However I don't know what to do with the wood. Initially I was going to paint it, but the wood is very dry and with tiny cracks here and there. I thought it might be necessary to oil it before any paint. Is this a good idea? Does oiled wood and paint go well together?

Any suggestions to go about this?


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RE: Tired old oak bench

The wood is not dry, and does not need oiling. Wood is not leather; it never needs oiling (or any other treatment) to keep it "moist." Your bench is simply suffering the ravages of the weather. Paint it, and keep the paint in good condition. Minimize exposure to rain and direct sun as best you can.


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RE: Tired old oak bench

The paint would not adhere to the oil anyway. Sand lightly, apply Bullseye 123 primer, and paint with which ever paint you prefer.


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