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shirleyo
Fir Wood Porch Ceiling

Hi,

I have a 1912 home. Stripped all the old paint from front porch ceiling. Like to keep the wood look. Need help on what kinds of products to apply. I live in Vancouver BC Canada, weather here is not harsh. Need something that is mildew, mould bug resist.

Thanks

Randall Tolbert
Re: Fir Wood Porch Ceiling

First of all, you’re a better man than I (me) ;)! Second, kudos for all that hard work! We had nothing left to refinish, so my wife wants a new fir ceiling on the portico I built on our 1877 Italianate, but since we’re broke, I slapped up some vinyl soffit (you can cringe now…my wife still is! :eek: )

I did some research and found: http://www.bpindex.co.uk/manf.html?id=7640

This site offers a huge array of products for finishing wood, masonry and so on. I’d use the “hard-wearing floor varnish", since you have somewhat extreme conditions.

I like this excerpt from the site: http://diydata.com/materials/woodfinish/woodfinish.php

“Exterior
Specially formulated microporous varnish, which allows the wood to 'breathe'. Also, contains an ultra violet filter to reduce bleaching by the sun, and a fungicide to prevent mould growth.”

Also, I’m always a fan of anything more natural. And when forced to use polyurethane at work (I’m a carpenter), I feel like I may as well be back in middle school, sniffing glue! Ugh.

Anyway, good luck! In case you want to get the same, rich look on the porch DECK someday, try Meridian decking (made from a relative of Ipe--is there an accent there?) coated with Penefin varnish. It looks GREAT!

bsum1
Re: Fir Wood Porch Ceiling
Randall Tolbert wrote:

I did some research and found: http://www.bpindex.co.uk/manf.html?id=7640

This site offers a huge array of products for finishing wood, masonry and so on. I’d use the “hard-wearing floor varnish", since you have somewhat extreme conditions.

I think the previous poster may be confused with some information. The link he provided is for the United Kingdom and the orginal poster lives in Canada.
Also as the original poster mentioned they don't have extreme conditions.

shirleyo,being where you're located you might get ahold of some exterior or marine grade varnish for coating the wood.

We had a chance to visit Vancouver when doing a Alaska cruise and what a beautiful city you live in. Being on the west coast just above Washington State you have pretty mild temperatures, lots of boating, and incrediable scenery.It shouldn't be to hard to find marine grade varnish.

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