Sealing a Bamboo Fence

jeff_90254(10 CA)June 1, 2006

IÂm building a yarai style bamboo fence. I know these donÂt last forever so I was wondering what I can use to increase its life. My plan was to cut the canes just above a node and install that end up (actually at a 45 degree angle). This way I wonÂt trap water, breed mosquitos, or encourage rot. I was also going to paint the outside of the bamboo with a clear satin Varathane (polyurethane). IÂm wondering how to seal the ends though. IÂve read about filling them with wax, caulk, or even acrylic fiberglass resin. The easiest route would be a few coats of Varathane in the ends as well. Any thoughts or suggestions. Is there a better coating? Thanks.


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joefromsd(San Diego)

Jeff, I've done alot of exterior woodwork for a very well known Japanese Landscape Architect, trained in Japan. I've watched him build many very nice bamboo fences, and he uses spar varnish. Coats everything, even the black ties. Problem with varnish, and verathane though, is you need to sand, and recoat every year, and who's going to do that?

They do make a 2 part 'lineal' verathane that does last a lot longer then the regular verathane, but it is expensive.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2006 at 8:57PM
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What is the product name of the lineal verathane. Where can i purchase ?

    Bookmark   April 15, 2011 at 12:16PM
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