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Forum topic by Karda posted 12-19-2018 06:38 PM 656 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-19-2018 06:38 PM

Hi, I have an opportunity to get some short logs, no longer than 2’ and around 10-14” in diameter, what can I seal them with, anchor seal is not available. It is in the 20s here so Elmers glue or wax are out of the question. any suggestions thanks.


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#1 posted 12-19-2018 06:41 PM

Latex paint. Go to a big box store and ask for any returns they have. You should get it really cheap or even free.

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#2 posted 12-19-2018 06:42 PM

even below freezing

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#3 posted 12-19-2018 07:00 PM

even below freezing
- Karda

According to where you are listed in your profile, it’s 41ᵒF where you are right now (@1:30pm) and isn’t expected to get below freezing until the weekend. Even then, you can paint latex indoors since it’s water based and pretty much odorless.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#4 posted 12-19-2018 07:14 PM

The idea is to seal the ends so even if the latex doesn’t fully cure, as long as it stays on and fully covers the endgrain, it’ll do it’s job. And you can always recoat if/when necessary.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#5 posted 12-19-2018 07:58 PM

agree on paint
However, how long ago were these logs cut? Are you just leaving them full for turning or are you going to use a bandsaw to mill boards?

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#6 posted 12-19-2018 11:20 PM

I don’t know how long the logs have been cut But I think awhile, I think the guy that offered them cuts as he needs so I don’t think they are fresh cut but he said the are still green. What I normaly do is cuyt them into billets then store and cut up before i turn. I have to have them small enough for the band saw because I don’t have the cut capacity to resaw them. The wood this time is walnut

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#7 posted 12-20-2018 12:18 AM

Lee valley has log sealer. Works in Canada.
http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=20099&cat=1,190,42942

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#8 posted 12-20-2018 03:20 AM

PVA Drywall Primer … goes for about $10 a gallon at most home centers. Put two coats on.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#9 posted 12-20-2018 05:04 AM

ok I’ll look for it can it be used when very cold

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#10 posted 12-20-2018 05:22 AM



I don t know how long the logs have been cut But I think awhile,

- Karda

The article I am linking to has 2 pieces of info.

One that Tar coating for driveways is a good alternative to Anchorseal.

But the most important part is. End-coat all logs as soon as possible after the tree is felled to prevent rapid drying of log ends.

That is the gem, because a lot of sawyers aren’t seeing the downed trees for sometimes months, before they are onsite, and milling, and when they are saying ASAP, they mean that day. A tree can lose a significance amount of moisture in the first 24 hours. Those logs lose it from the ends first. Sealing a tree weeks to months later may be good for wood identification at a later date, but you aren’t likely to stop much checking.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#11 posted 12-20-2018 06:07 AM

the logs are already sealed

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#12 posted 12-20-2018 02:34 PM

ok I ll look for it can it be used when very cold

No, but I coat them in the shop then move them to my storage room which get pretty chilly. Only takes about 30 minutes for a coat to dry.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#13 posted 12-20-2018 09:02 PM

ok thanks

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#14 posted 12-20-2018 09:43 PM

I’ve used Kilz II to good effect.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#15 posted 12-20-2018 10:46 PM

never thought of that

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