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By phil.p
#1090498
"... I would not use water based poly as it has rather pale milky colour ... "
I can't imagine what you've been using?
I use Danish and Finishing Oil - I wouldn't think there was much between them for smell - as said above, fine for circumstances where it can be wiped off well.
Another thought - what about spray lacquer?
By Beau
#1090516
phil.p wrote:"... I would not use water based poly as it has rather pale milky colour ... "
I can't imagine what you've been using?
I use Danish and Finishing Oil - I wouldn't think there was much between them for smell - as said above, fine for circumstances where it can be wiped off well.
Another thought - what about spray lacquer?



It was a Ronseal water based interior varnish. Like it on pale woods such as maple or birch but on oak and the like it had no depth of colour and looked milky on the end grain.

Yes I find them similar but would say the finishing oil has less odour, is less messy to clean off hands and better level of protection. This is comparison with Rustins Danish oil. I did all our A frames and purlins with finishing oil and had no problems with odour and was brushed on.
By HappyHacker
#1090639
I have two old oak beams put in about 20 years ago, not as long as yours, over fireplaces. I left them as they were complete with rough finish, holes, cracks etc. I put a few layers of furniture wax of some sort on them applied with a stiff brush and cloth depending on the smoothness of the individual bits, I have forgotten which wax it was but suspect a semi hard beeswax type - a combination of poor memory and age makes my memory very falible. They still look good and very rustic.
By PattyMac
#1091529
The staircase has come up a treat - I'm really pleased with it. I just need a suggestion for a finish to put on the treads - something like varnish?? Can I get a clear matt varnish which won't be slippery?? Dust marks off shoes etc will be the worst offenders re marks so presume varnish will make these easier to wipe off??
By PattyMac
#1125948
Well, I'm off to a France shortly for the summer and to pick up where I left off re the beams. I thought I would go with the Liberon Finishing Oil but then had a thought - I presume the oil is thin and quite runny (compared to waxed etc.) so would it be difficult doing the undersides of the beams - am I going to get saturated with it?? Would have been much easier to have put a coat on while the beams were on the ground but they had to be dragged/hoisted etc. and I thought there wouldn't have been much point - oh for hindsight...
By Beau
#1125951
PattyMac wrote:Well, I'm off to a France shortly for the summer and to pick up where I left off re the beams. I thought I would go with the Liberon Finishing Oil but then had a thought - I presume the oil is thin and quite runny (compared to waxed etc.) so would it be difficult doing the undersides of the beams - am I going to get saturated with it?? Would have been much easier to have put a coat on while the beams were on the ground but they had to be dragged/hoisted etc. and I thought there wouldn't have been much point - oh for hindsight...


Yes it is thin. You wont get saturated but may have a few drips if using a brush and rushing. I did most of ours without incident but my other half volunteered to do some and there was bit of cleaning up to do afterwards :D
By PattyMac
#1126000
Thanks for taking the time to reply Beau. I'm not bothered about drips going onto the floor as it hasn't been done yet. Just wondered if it was a similar consistency to water. Think I may go with this.
By PattyMac
#1137272
Today someone has just mentioned Cambridge Timber Reviver - has anyone tried this?
May seem as though I've dragged this on but I am in the U.K. from October to April so don't really have the chance to do any work between then - it all starts again in April...
By Jamster21
#1138382
PattyMac wrote:I did most of ours without incident but my other half volunteered to do some and there was bit of cleaning up to do afterwards :D
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Presumably this was still your fault though?
By PattyMac
#1138384
Ooooh definitely.... must have been his fault....

Sorry, couldn't resist that!

BTW had anyone used this Cambridge Timber Reviver???
By PattyMac
#1194899
I'm a year further on with this topic and I thought I'd update people re what I decided on - perhaps it may help others like myself to decide.
I used the Cambridge Timber Reviver - was easy enough to apply with a brush and didn't change the colour of the beams - we decided to leave them a natural colour and they do look good. The Timber Reviver hopefully should "feed" them. Yes - it did smell a bit and it took probably a couple of weeks before we didn't come down in the morning and smell it - however, it wasn't a solvent-type smell - more like the wood which was smelling because it was wet.
I used a clear Ronseal varnish on the staircase and it's been brilliant. Easy to apply and drys quickly - isn't slippy - I have a springer with long claws and he's up and down it all the time but it hasn't marked and it doesn't show dusty footprints etc all the time.
Thanks everyone for the help - it was much apppreciated.