Pallet Wall Clear Coat

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Forum topic by DIYWaterDog posted 07-28-2020 05:50 PM 388 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-28-2020 05:50 PM

Just completed installing a pallet wall.

In my research on how to do the project I noted that there was one person who did a clear poly coat over the boards after the install.

Obviously, the poly would help protect the wood.

What would be any cons or drawbacks of applying a poly coat? Considering there a several species of wood in the project and who knows what type of grit/chemicals “patina” that has been induced into the variety of boards over the years. Anything I should consider on why or why not to clear coat?

There were some of the more yellow boards that I did apply a latex grey wash to get a patina look.

As always… thanks for your thoughts.


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#1 posted 07-28-2020 05:58 PM

Pro: easier to wipe off and clean

Con: it’s a pallet wall and is suppose to look rustic

Sorry I don’t have any advice on how to do it or what to use but just as the say goes that “you can paint over stain but not stain over paint” once you have put the poly on it’s on till you take the boards off. I’d suggest you live with it for a time and after a few months if u decide it needs done then do it. You might find that you like it as is

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#2 posted 07-28-2020 06:20 PM

Is the wall interior or exterior?
I will assume the pallet wood does not have a smooth surface (unless you planed it). If so I would not use a poly but would look for an oil like BLO or possibly a clear deck finish that would soak in but not leave much of a surface glaze. If it is exterior the deck finish should hold up for several years at which time it could be cleaned with a deck cleaner and brightner and refinished. On an interior wall the deck finish will last a long time.

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#3 posted 07-28-2020 06:24 PM

Poly will change the color and look of the patina. So if you like the look of old rustic pallets, most finishes arent going to be what you want. Theres no real reason to protect wood that has been aging in the sun for 50 years or whatever, if that the whole point of the look you are going for.

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#4 posted 07-29-2020 10:10 PM

Thanks for your comments folks. Excellent points made. I will be going with no poly and call this wall DONE!


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