oiling wooden fence

weeddummie(ACT Aust)October 15, 2005

Hi Garden webbers,

Not entirely a gardening question here, but related perhaps :)...I realised that I should be maintaining my border wooden fence by oiling it somehow. I know some people use used car motor oil. That doesn't sound right to me though - are there any 'organic' cheap methods? I haven't been to a hardware store about this yet - is there a special product for this?

Lotsa thanks :)

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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Boiled linseed oil if you are looking for "organic".


    Bookmark   October 15, 2005 at 7:53AM
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It might be cheaper to use a water sealant,
the type of product you would put on a wood deck.

(Don't know what's in water sealant, sorry)

    Bookmark   October 16, 2005 at 9:00PM
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meldy_nva(z6b VA)

I'll second the vote for boiled linseed oil. It's from a renewable source, easy to use, and the $ compares favorably with harsher sealants. Not positive, but I think I read you can also add tints to color it.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2005 at 12:20PM
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Third the vote for linseed oil. Hope you can find it in gallons where you buy lumber. You can pour it around posts to help preserve wood below the ground. I believe during WWI and WWII that it was the primary oil used to finish and preserve gun stocks. Check your dictionary under "linseed" to confirm that it is environmentally friendly.

If you are painting the fence, there are a couple of new waterproofers that may be easier to apply. Just check what you are going to buy, because some of the commercial deck sealers have to be reapplied every couple of years.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2005 at 9:30PM
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Just remember that unless the neighbour's on the other side of the fence are doing the same thing, it won't help much. Also any oil finish you use will not be permanent.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2005 at 3:20AM
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