If you are confused about whether you should be making your wood waterproof or not, then don’t be. In your house, there will be many situations over the years where your home wood will be completely exposed to water.
Especially wooden decks and siding! Or even your wooden kitchen or bathroom counter, or who knows? Your wooden lounge center table.
It doesn’t matter whether the wood is indoor or outdoors; you will always encounter accidental spills and heavy rainfalls, which can cause all sorts of problems for your nonwaterproofed wood.
This is where you will feel the need to have waterproof wood. Waterproof wood is made from staining the wood, which helps and makes it waterproof by forming another transparent surface over the surface of your wood, which makes the water flow away without so much as touching your wood slightly.
It also helps your wood from every kind of rotting and coloring.
Now that we have read why you should have waterproof wood in your house let’s learn how to make it! I’m going to give you a step by step guides thorough guide on how to make wood waterproof, so you can do it all by yourself! So let’s start!
How to Make Wood Waterproof – Step by step guide
1. Prepare your wood
Applying the oils and the sealants without perfecting your wood first will bring out all the cracks and the lines in your wood, which will steal its beauty. So, always prepare your wood before sanding.
- The first thing you need to do before you start sanding is to sweep the area where you are about to begin your sanding completely clean; make sure you rub away any stains or scraps and then use a cloth to run over it.
- Then, take a thick sanding paper, or you can also use a metal file in this case and scrape on the wooden surface until it becomes completely even (always sand in the direction of the grains). Finish the surface of the wood by using fine grit (220) to ensure that the wooden surface will not absorb the sealant properly.
- Tip: You can use a palm sander for sanding these surfaces evenly in no time. It will save you a lot of time, effort, and energy!
2. Choose your oils
As the world has progressed rapidly, we now have a bunch of options to choose from in almost every field of life and choosing oils for finishing happens to be one of them. Today, there are three most common oils that are used to seal the wood and make wood water-resistant.
- Linseed oil: This is one of the most common ones. It can be easily found in repair workshops or furniture shops etc. though, linseed oil is considered harmful and should not be used in waterproofing products like cutting boards or kitchen counters as it contains metal drying agents. But it can also be bought raw(without metal drying agents)
- Apply sealant oils: You’ll have to apply sealant oils a couple of times before it becomes completely waterproof. These oil finishes are a great way to make your wood waterproof while preserving its colors and beauty.
3. Buy the right quantity
Mark out the area where you will be working for sealing and making it waterproof, so you will know exactly how much oil purchasing you are going to do.
Another major benefit of oil sealants is that they are e super durable and will make your wood waterproof for several years. If you are going for a larger area, you should consider buying larger oil containers all at once. It’s always good to have too much than too little!
4. Mix & Make it More Durable
Who does not like getting more than what they thought of, right?
You can now preserve your oil and make an even stronger sealant by mixing your oil with turpentine oil and apple cider for more firmness and durability!
- Mix one part oil (tung, linseed/ walnut), one part with turpentine oil, and finally ½ part with apple cider.
- Mix these in a metal container until everything is completely blended out. And you’re all done!
5. Prepare yourself
I’m sure by now you already know what you are getting yourself into, so it’s best if you make yourself all ready and prepared for the work with oils and sealants. Since some of the oils that you will be using would be dangerous, some will smell awful, and some of them will be just very sticky.
So you should make sure you put on rubber gloves, eye protection glasses, a mask, and an overall to completely protect all of your body!
If you are doing this project inside, don’t forget to open up all your windows and doors as soon as you start opening up, mixing, and applying the oils, since they have a strong scent that can affect you even through your mask.
And the scraping that will be laying all over the place after the sanding work makes sure you sweep and clean them away with your protection glasses and mask on, to avoid them getting in your eyes and breath.
6. Apply the first coat
When you are starting with the first coat, you don’t want to go all-in at once. Start with pouring a small amount of oil on a rag and rub it on the surface of the wood. Careful; you don’t want to pour directly onto the surface of the wood, and be careful; don’t touch wood or the oil while it’s still wet.
Put your energy into getting the oil evenly all across the surface of your wood; make sure you are not leaving larger quantities of oils here and there as they won’t dry, nor will the wood absorb it.
But don’t put too little oil, too; put a generous amount of oil on the rag for it to evenly spread across. Don’t push or rub the rag too hard on the wooden surface in order to release more oil from the rag; apply more oil instead.
Another thing you should remember while oiling a wooden surface is that you should start from the middle of the area and evenly glide and move towards the ends or the edges of the surface.
7. Let it dry
Like I said before, oiling a wooden surface to make it waterproof requires a lot of effort and patience. Once you are done covering the entire surface completely with the oil, you will have to wait for some time.
Before that, you would want to make sure that the wooden surface is free from any excess oil puddles as they won’t dry just as easily.
After 24 hours, your oils should be dried(mostly). If they aren’t, trust me, you don’t have to worry about anything; every place has a different atmosphere and different weather conditions, so if your oils don’t dry fast enough, you don’t have to stress yourself out.
8. Apply two more final coats
Last but not least, this is one of the last and the most important step you have to take in order to make your wood completely waterproof. Once you are done with the first coat of the oiling on your wooden floor and you have made sure that it is completely dried. It is time to put on the second one.
You don’t want to hurry your way onto this step, instead take as much time you want and settle down completely to do your second oiling work. Make sure you are again using all your safety tools (mask, gloves, etc.).
Put your oil on your rag and start spreading it out evenly again; smoothly go over the already oiled surface and make sure you are not using too much oil.
Start from the middle and make your way towards the ends once again, and then once you are done, wait for it to dry again before you go on and apply the final layer.
Your second layer of oiling would be dried within a day or two; once it is done, apply the third and the final layer of the oiling onto the wooden surface and let it dry.
Once you are done with applying all three layers onto the surface of your wood, you should leave it to dry completely from inside out for about a week before you start using the wood, whether it is your outside deck, a baseball bat, or just your kitchen counter-tops.
And you’re all done!
I hope by now you know all about how to make your wood water-proof; if you still have any questions or if you are still confused about anything, make sure you head back to the article and give it another thorough read, so you can get a clear image and view of the whole project, without feeling lost or confused about anything! Good luck!