Can you apply Thompson’s Water Seal to wet wood?

How to Apply Thompson’s Water Seal to Wet Wood?

The first thing you need to do is get some kind of material that will fit around your wet wood. You could use a piece of cardboard or even something like newspaper. I would recommend using paper because it is easy to work with and it won’t absorb moisture from the air when applied. If you are applying it with a squeegee, make sure that you don’t squeeze too hard!

Next, you want to get a container big enough so that you have plenty of room to hold the wet wood. A bucket works well if you have one lying around. Then just fill up the container with water until it reaches halfway up the sides of your wet wood. Make sure that there isn’t any air space between the top and bottom of your wet wood since air will cause moisture to evaporate faster than it can be absorbed into your paper.

After you’ve filled up the container, turn off the tap and let it sit out overnight. By morning, you’ll probably see a nice coat of waterproof film over your wet wood. Now all you have to do is wait for the water to dry completely!

What About Sprayers? Can They Do It Too?

I’m not going to lie; I haven’t tried this myself yet. However, I have heard from some people who have tried it and it works. There are several sprayers on the market that are made for applying Thompson’s Water Seal. It should be fairly easy to find one after googling it. The only thing you need to do then is follow the instructions that come with the can.

So How Long Does Thompson’s Water Seal Take to Dry? But from what I’ve read online, the general consensus is that this will work just as well, if not better. The only real downside is that you’ll probably waste more water than using the bucket technique. It seems like a lot of people have had good luck with putting a funnel in the mouth of a spray bottle and then attaching a hose so that it sits in the bottom of the bucket. You’d still want to leave it out over night before spraying it on your wood.

This depends on how thick you apply it, the humidity of the air, and the temperature of your surrounding area. It should only take a couple of hours to dry if the conditions are right.

What If It Doesn’t Dry?

If you notice that your sealant has not dried after a few hours, then it probably means that you applied it too thick. This is probably going to be a case of removing the excess before it dries. It is possible that it will dry white and you can always paint over it later, but this is not ideal. If this happens to you, look on the bright side. You won’t have to wait as long for your sealant to dry!

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When Should I Apply Thompson’s Water Seal?

You should only do this in warmer months when it is warm enough outside that you wouldn’t need a jacket. In this case, you’ll need to start over again with another piece of wood. If you’ve already sealed an entire fence though, it’s probably not worth your time or money to redo the whole thing just because the first coat didn’t dry.

Simply grab some kitchen towels, paper towels, or rags and soak up as much of the excess sealant that you can. Then wait a few more hours for it to dry and try again. Also, it should be dry enough that you wouldn’t need to water your plants for at least a week. This is because you don’t want to seal the moisture in too well or it could cause your wood to crack as it expands from the moisture in the air.

What Can I Do If My Board Still Has Dark Spots?

If you see any spots on your board that are still darker than the rest, it could be for a few different reasons.

For storage, I recommend using a plastic tub or container with a tight-fitting lid. This will keep out the moisture and prevent it from getting lumpy.

Where Can I Get Thompson’s Water Seal?

You can get this at most home improvement stores. Check the paint section and you’ll find it right beside the stain that you also used on your deck. You should be able to get a small can for less than $5. One of them being that the wood grain changed directions at some point along the way. You can try sanding it lightly until you can no longer see that area.

Just make sure you don’t sand any deeper than the original layer!

Another possibility is that your board may have gotten wet at some point. You would be surprised at how much water a little rainstorm can leave behind in just a few hours.

This should work on most different kinds of wood including pine, cedar, redwood, and oak. The only time you might have a problem is if you are trying to seal something that is extremely porous. In this case, you might need a different type of sealant formulated for these types of wood.

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You can also get the same sealant in a spray can so that you can just spray it on your deck instead of using the bucket and brush method that I recommend.

If you are going to be sealing a brand new deck, I’d highly recommend that you make sure you get the stain and seal in one in order to get the best protection.

What If I Have Leftover Stain And Need More Sealant?

If you have leftover stain and sealant, don’t throw them away! You can re-use them by storing them in a cool dry place for up to a year.

However, it is best to use them as soon as possible if you’re working on a large project.

In this case, you can take your extra stain/sealer to the store you bought it from and exchange it for equal credit. They just need to be able to scan the barcodes on the containers.

Or if you prefer, you can take the lid off of the container and return just the amount of stain/sealer that you don’t need. In this case, you might get a little less than you had originally purchased, but it’s better than nothing.

I hope this information helps you out and good luck on your project! Just be sure to water your plants while you’re away and keep your blinds closed if there’s a chance someone might be looking in the window!

A Month Later…

Yep, it’s getting close to time for me to leave and I’m starting to get my things together.

As far as the deck goes, it looks great! When the plants grow in there’s going to be no trace that there was ever anything wrong with it.

There are a couple of finishing touches that I still need to take care of, but those can be done in the next couple of days. I’ll worry about that when the time comes.

I got a call from my wife a couple of days ago. She says that she’s going to be able to get the time off from work and will be arriving here in a week. I guess I’ll have to take care of those finishing touches REALLY quickly so that everything looks nice when she gets here.

I guess there’s nothing left to do now but wait…

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Conclusion

That’s it for this story! I hope you enjoyed it and if you’re interested there should be a sequel coming out in a few months. (It will also be posted here)

I had a lot of fun writing this story and learned a lot about writing in the process. Your feedback is always appreciated, I read all of it even if I don’t get around to responding to it all. Your comments, likes, and especially your votes are what motivates me to keep writing and improving.

Thank you to anyone and everyone who has taken the time to read my story!

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