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Sealing a Bamboo Fence

Posted by jeff_90254 10 CA (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 1, 06 at 1:05

Im building a yarai style bamboo fence. I know these dont 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 wont trap water, breed mosquitos, or encourage rot. I was also going to paint the outside of the bamboo with a clear satin Varathane (polyurethane). Im wondering how to seal the ends though. Ive 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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RE: Sealing a Bamboo Fence

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.

RE: Sealing a Bamboo Fence

What is the product name of the lineal verathane. Where can i purchase ?

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