How to Waterproof Wooden Residential Gates11/04/2013 Back To Blog
Wooden gates often provide contemporary homes with a classic and stylish look and feel. However, because they are continually exposed to wind, rain and extreme heat, they easily get rusty and creaky. Now what’s the best way for waterproofing or painting wooden driveway gate openers the eco-friendly way? Here are a number of helpful ideas to consider.
Use Vegetable Oil
There are a number of safe and non-toxic ways for waterproofing wooden residential gate openers. First get a large bucket or plastic bowl, and pour any brand of vegetable oil into the container. Carefully brush the vegetable oil onto the wooden gate, and liberally saturate the area being painted upon. Make sure you allow the vegetable oil to soak onto the wooden gate for an hour, and repeat the process. Do this at least twice a year, or as required.
How to Paint Wooden Gates
To paint treated wood, paint it with a coat or two of exterior primer. Most wood experts would recommend that you use 100 percent acrylic primer, as well as the appropriate paint for treated wood. Remember that oil-based primers often seal off remaining moisture inside wood, which allows them to easily rot. And because acrylic paints do not crack as compared to oil-based paints, allow the acrylic paint to dry fully, before you apply the second primer coat.
The good thing about using treated wood or lumber for residential gate installation is that treated wood is very much different, and more reliable than ordinary wood. This type of wood actually undergoes a process of chemical infusions, which is done to prevent the wood from quickly rotting. It also prevents the growth of fungi and mold, insects from boring holes, and creating a home inside the wood.