Finally getting around to finishing that item I mentioned earlier (Hijacks 'R Us) Router Forums - View Single Post - Dust collection piping
Beltsanded the rest of the rail caps...100 grit belt...down to (mostly) bare wood. All the caps were stripped, cleaned up, and ready for finishing, in 45 min. About 25Lin.' top face only.
-applied 2 coats of liquid acrylic, consistency of milk. Bought two gallons back in 1998 and its still as good as the day I got it.
-filled a lot of very fine surface cracks with Epoxy autobody glazing.
-lightly sanded and cleaned ready for topcoating
-applied 2 coats of Sharkskin solid colour 'stain' over the acrylic.
Here's my thinking. ANY defect in the membrane allows moisture in. That's how the rot gets started; like a hothouse under the membrane. I'm tired of following the manufacturers' instructions. Frankly, they haven't got a clue about conditions in the Pacific N.West and their process is a recipe for rot.
The acrylic layer IS waterproof, and it does soak right into the wood fibres. I'm counting on it this time around, to prevent moisture penetration.
It's an experiment and hopefully this will be the answer to my bad experiences with horizontal
exterior surfaces; the verticals...spindles and posts...have never been a problem as water doesn't just sit on them.
Note: the two shots of the Bosch belt sander, on it's back was to show how effective those crepe sanding-media cleaning blocks are!
If you don't have one, what are you waiting for?