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Some time back needed some water sealer, and not Thompson's. Had done research on a sealer, and Thompson's was not rated well. So chose what I thought would work best, my son went in to make the purchase, with very explicit details and instructions on what I wanted. And he came out with a gallon of Thompson's Water Sealer. At least he paid for it, otherwise I would have stuck him with the bill. And the can has been in the back of my truck since.

Recently I made a house number sign, ouh t of a stack of cardboard, glued, about an inch thick, with a neat printed signed glued to the front. Going to use zip ties to fasten it to a tree; not going to make a stand for a cardboard sign; so it will need waterproofing. So thinking of using the Thompson's, to see how that works. Going by the reviews I read, I figure if it lasts 6 months, I'll be fortunate.

I won't be buying any Thompson's for myself, but just wondering if any of you have used it, how your results were.

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I have seen it used on cedar decks. the first few times it rains the water beads up and runs off. Does the same for a couple of times, then just stays wet looking from then on. But i think it seals out absorption of the water. Usually the home owners recoat every year or so to keep water from absorbing into the wood.
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Many years ago when I built my deck, I researched the various options for sealing a deck. According to Consumer Report, Thompson Sealer was the worst product. Bottom line no product will last forever. Each one needs to be applied within one to two years.

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It's fairly cheap. That's about the best thing I can say about it. There is one use for it I found where it's not too bad and that is to use it on something really porous like western red cedar to help fill the grain before you start putting something way more expensive on like teak oil.

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I used it on my wood fence it doesn't hold up very well. I like CWF Flood for my deck the oil based kind. It is hard to find now. The only thing I find now is the water base stuff https://www.flood.com/products/wood-...-finish/cwf-uv
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an oz or so makes for a good fire starter
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Yeah, that's the type of reviews I've been reading. Never used it before, which is why I gave my son exact orders why to buy. And he bought Thompsons instead. Lucky for him I didn't have a piece of 2X4 within reach, would have been tempted to attract his attention with it. Well, it will be used for a good cause, "waterproofing" my cardboard sign. I'm thinking I'll be lucky if it hold up for 3 months. l'll be making another cardboard, along the same lines, and find a different way to waterproof it. I'll continue that every few months, until I get something that will actually work acceptably. Oh, and these will all be DIY, may have to buy a few products, to mix up a brew, but will not be buying anything ready to go. I'll let you know if something works.

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Use hot paraffin wax,a couple of coats. Don't melt it in a pan inside with open flame in the house,saw a house burn down when it boiled over and caught fire. The fumes are highly inflammable, but the good news is the melting point is 154,so it melts in a pan of boiling water. it can be brushed on with a pint brush.
I did a car top pram one time when I was a teenager and used it for years, never leaked.
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