Untreated timber can be used for just about any use or purpose that treated lumber can be used for. Treated lumber has usually undergone a series of treatments that make them resistant to insects and outdoor elements, such as moisture from rain, fungus, extreme elements of wind, snow, or even sun that can cause wear and tear as well as fading.
In order to protect untreated timber from these elements and make it suitable for outdoor usage it is necessary to treat and seal them with some type of varnish, paint, or coating. Once the timber has been coated and sealed it can then be used for a number of different outdoor projects such as decks, patios, or garden beds.
The first step is to decide on the size of the timber board that will best suit your project. Timber boards are usually available in 8 ft, 10 ft. or 12 ft. lengths. It is a very simple and easy project to treat your untreated timber. There are many different products you can use to seal the lumber depending on the project you have in mind. You can begin by using a primer to prepare the timber followed by oil paint.
You can use ordinary oil paint, which can be purchased at any hardware or home store, if you will be needing the final product you are constructing to be white or coloured. If your wish for a more natural look without covering or hiding the natural grain of the wood, then a primer followed by a wood stain will do the job.
In terms of difficulty protecting or treating timber boards is a simple to moderate DIY task. You do not need a lot of expensive equipment in order to complete this task just a few necessities will do. You will need a drop cloth or a tarp to protect the area in which you will be working as well as timber boards. You will need a good supply of 100 grit sandpaper for smoothing out rough edges and splinters on the timber boards. The wood primer, oil paint, or wood stain or varnish as well as a brush for painting or applying the paint, and a rag for cleaning up.
It is best to do this project outdoor or in a well ventilated area. Lay the lengths of timber out straight on the drop cloth or tarp. Next use the sandpaper to smooth out any rough surfaces or edges in the timber. You can use work gloves if the timber is very rough to protect your hands from splinters. Remove excess dust by wiping off with the rag.
It is then time to apply the primer to the timber boards using the paintbrush. For outdoor use, it is best to use an outdoor wood primer. Give all the sides adequate time to dry before turning over the timber and applying to the next sides. When the primer is dry you can apply your oil paint or wood stain or varnish in the same way.
Once everything is prepped and completed, you are ready to design your timber boards anyway you choose. From designing a new patio deck to creating a gazebo, and more.
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