Here is a fantastically cheap and easy way to make a home-made preparation of DIY wood sealing oil. It seals, revitalizes and protects exposed wooden surfaces from the sun, wind and rain for prolonged periods.
It’s great to splash on aging garden structures, or on graying wood around the home. The non-toxic, natural ingredients can also be safely used indoors on coated furniture and in areas where children may be exposed, to give wood grains and finishes a refreshed shine.
The Secret Ingredients – Raid the Kitchen!
All that is needed is:
- a standard bottle of vinegar
- a bottle of canola cooking oil.
Add approximately 1/4 vinegar to 3/4 canola oil and then shake the mixture well to emulsify the oil.
Using a dry rag or brush, apply the newly created wood sealing oil to whatever surface you wish to protect.
For raw wood, apply liberally and allow time for the excess oil to soak in to the fibers below the surface. Don’t worry, the oily feel will disappear in a day or so to leave a beautifully sealed surface. For a less oily preparation for rejuvenation of coated wood surfaces, thin the mixture to approximately 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 canola oil and polish the oil into the surface.
When applying this preparation to raw Japanese pine slates and fencing which had been exposed to the outdoor elements for years, we found that fresh rainfall droplets beaded off beautifully for long periods afterwards. The natural wood grain colors were also reinvigorated. Surprisingly, this mixture offered a better lasting result than experienced with a commercial wood sealer.
Branded sealing oils and treatments from your local DIY hardware store may offer some advanced hidden benefits for DIY projects, but none we can see at present. When the money is on the table, this home DIY mixture wins hands down for us, since all we specifically want is a reasonable level of protection for our Japanese pinewood projects against the outdoor elements to prevent drying, greying, rotting or splitting. All at the lowest project price possible!
This vinegar and canola oil mix is cheap; it goes on easily; it protects and as far as we can see, it lasts!
A wood sealer that is DIY natural, DIY cheap and DIY safe! Give it a try!
Sept 2013 UPDATE:
Since writing this article, we have had many questions about whether this formula encourages mold and rotting of the wood internals. Check our experience and thoughts on that matter here.