Rodney Bird is doing some great stuff with Redwood. His bridges go into all sorts of amazing spaces. He just finished a bridge that is going to a protected Rain Forest with … you guessed it “Rainforest Sealer”! Perfect.
He emailed me some pics and that Redwood really gets rich looking with the Rainforest Sealer on it! WOW. Here are a couple pics. Check out his site. www.Redwoodbridges.com
Question: We have an arbor with unstained/unpainted treated lumber posts. We would like to seal them with Rainforest Sealer so that we could grow grape vines on/near them. Would this work? We live near Dallas where the summers frequently get to 100 degrees.
Thanks for your help.
Answer:Yes. Rainforest is excellent on this type of surface and it does harden and seal the Pressure Treated. However, it is a penetrating stain, so while it does encase the wood fiber very well, there will not be a film barrier created between the pressure treated and the grapes.
For a solid food grade barrier between pressure treated wood toxins and fresh growth grapes there are two great options.
Aqualine Solid: Apply one or two coats of Aqualine Solid Stain in your favorite color. Aqualine is non toxic and will do well in the sun. It quickly creates a safe film between the pressure treated wood and the grapes.
Rainforest and Mountain XT: Rainforest Sealer then Mountain XT. Select your favorite stain color for Rainforest and apply a coat of Mountain XT Clear over the Rainforest. Both these products are all natural.
Earthpaint offers rubbing oils and film forming finishes for floors.
Rubbing oils: Rainforest, Bio Poly NT and Looking Glass or for low traffic floors or for people who want a rustic, maintainable floor. If you want poly don’t use a rubbing oil.
Film Forming Finishes: Mountain, Aqualine Satin, NanoTech are some of the best floor finishes on earth! As tough or tougher than the competition these finishes are made in a healthy sustainable way and will provide the type of protection you would want from poly but better!
Mountain is a gloss. NanoTech is Semi gloss and Aqualine Satin is satin of course. Mountain is the most renewable and toughest. Aqualine Satin is the lowest odor and arguably the safest. NanoTech is the fastest drying. They are all going to give you the same or better durability than a typical polyurethane.
Wood Finish and Paint is such a vital and expanding topic. Natural wood finish is perfect for some while others do best with a low odor, fast drying synthetic resin. Now, there is a way to engage in discussion on these topics, here at the Earthpaint blog!