Built my self a hammock, how should I protect it?

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by RhettMan, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. RhettMan

    RhettMan LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 2,629

    I finally finished my hammock project yesterday and Im curious about what you guys have had experience with as far as wood stains and protectors. This will probably sit in the elements 365, hopefully it will last a while.
    I have no idea what kind of wood that is, just grabed it off the rack at home depot.

    What would you suggest?

    Going to Home Depot tomorrow.


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  2. Skimastr105

    Skimastr105 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 293

    could be pine... any type of outdoor sealant should be fine... I've had good look with Thompson water seal.
  3. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,783

    Those 4x4 posts are pressure treated pine. Give them at least a week or two to dry out. Nothing will stick to it when they are wet! It almost looks like the base is PT as well. If thats the case then you don't really need to do anything to them, unless you want some color just stain. If the base is untreated pine you want a urethane or polyurethane finish coating. Make sure it has good UV blockers in it as the sun is hard on finishes. You may even need to refinish it every few years to keep up with the harsh elements of the outdoors.
  4. VO Landscape Design

    VO Landscape Design LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Mt. Pleasant Ia.
    Messages: 366

    Thompson's gets my vote. Has preformed very well for me.
  5. Lakewlc

    Lakewlc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,159

    looks like a good place to take a load off after a long day of mowin!
  6. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,417

    If it is pressure treated then give it time to dry out and give it a coat of cabots or thompsons. IF not then just coat it now.
  7. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,612

    I worked for a furniture repair and refinish business for over a year. The absolute best is "Thomsons water seal". Use it once a year and after the first coat, all other coats should be prepped with a pressure washer.
    Any type of poly based finishes and the sun will eat right through it. Thomsons will stay very close to the natural wood color.
  8. IA_James

    IA_James LawnSite Silver Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 2,592

    Paint it. Then you won't have to look at the cheapo pine.
  9. RhettMan

    RhettMan LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 2,629

    Hey thanks for the replys guys.

    I ended up buying thompsons and it was easy to apply, seems like good stuff.

    I feel much better, bring on the rain.
  10. rfed32

    rfed32 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Hatboro
    Messages: 680

    hey thats nice...can you put up a material list and the dems on the materials too...thanks a lot....that thing is awesome...

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