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10-14-2019 05:54 PM

hi what can i use to seal end of wood in cold weather. wax won’t get warm enogh, elmers glue, anchor seal, or paint won’t dry. what can i use when its cold thanks Mike

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#1 posted 10-14-2019 07:29 PM

What do you mean “wax won’t get warm enough”? Just melt wax in a container and brush it on the ends of the wood while it is melted.

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#2 posted 10-14-2019 08:05 PM

Have an old pot & frying pan to melt my paraffin wax on a 2nd hand hot plate! Dip whatever blank want to end seal. Use boxes of canning wax blocks and never let those pots got empty will add blocks as needed.
Have used latex paint on sunny day or in my unheated shop during winter to end seal too!

Dipping lot less messier than brushing even if have to dip couple times to completely seal. Lot cheaper than anchor or green wood sealer. They make two kinds of anchor seal one for warm weather & one for winter. If going to use latex do in same place you turn, just put something on the deck in case of drips & allowing to dry.

-- Bill

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#3 posted 10-14-2019 08:06 PM

I heat in a crock pot when the weather gets cool the wax won’t heat, when i have don’t it when it is cooler the wax drys to fast. I am not heating in kitchen and carting it out side, I stumble alot. there for when it is cold wax is out

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#4 posted 10-14-2019 09:55 PM

I use PVA drywall primer (2 coats) ... costs about $10 a gallon at home centers.

-- 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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#5 posted 10-14-2019 10:23 PM

ok thanks

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#6 posted 10-15-2019 02:58 PM

When any procedure doesn’t work for you with equipment you have; look around for a solution. Solutions don’t have to cost much money if go out and have look.

Woodturners often shop local yard sales, thrift stores selling used items to find inexpensive solutions. Cannot tell you how many turners have found second hand items for not much money. Talking about anything from latex paint, coffee grinders, wheels from skates, and hot plates.

Paint stores or big box paint departments often have wrong colors or open containers they will sell for next to nothing, but have to ask! Coffee/spice Grinder often found at thrift stores and yard sales for next to nothing. Grinding chips or other materials to fill cracks. Same for skate wheels will need disassemble from skates for making homemade steadies. Also hot plates also available at these venues too.

Of course if don’t have any luck locally solutions can also be inexpensive around town as well.
PVA water-based ceiling primer:

Inexpensive hot plate:

-- Bill

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#7 posted 10-15-2019 03:46 PM

I use Anchorseal or ext. paint.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#8 posted 10-15-2019 03:57 PM

thanks for the suggestion, the PVA sealer looks good an dthe price is right. I do rummage sales but that only works when I know what I am looking for. In this case i need and end sealer that i can use when it is cold and I don’t know what that is

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#9 posted 10-15-2019 07:16 PM

I use latex paint that I get free from the town recycle center. They are happy to get rid of it. I bring a new paint can from a paint mfg. that is cheap to buy and fill it with exterior latex.

-- Mike, Massachusetts

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#10 posted 10-16-2019 10:28 PM

I bet the pva primer would work great. I will have to look into that too.
I buy titebond 2 glue by the gallon, and it works great as a sealer too. But more than $10 a gallon. Tried the old latex paint. Did not seem to do so good for me.

-- John

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#11 posted 10-17-2019 03:01 AM

glue dries slow any way but if it is cold it dries slower, I am going to look at the PVA the add said fast drying worth a try. let me know what you find out

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#12 posted 10-17-2019 04:21 AM

What i do in the cold is apply a wax based product then use a torch to heat it and should wick onto the wood. I just wait til the solvents have evaporated and don’t point the torch straight at it, kind of slowly bring the side of flame close enough til i see it melt and wick

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#13 posted 10-17-2019 04:33 AM

thanks i never thought of melting with a torch

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