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Tiki Central Forums Creating Tiki Tiki Carving To Seal or Not To Seal??
To Seal or Not To Seal??
Atomic Wedgie
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Joined: Jul 19, 2010
Posts: 21
From: Dullsville
Posted: 2010-07-20 1:11 pm   Permalink

My wife insists on putting clear sealer on all of our outdoor tiki's, while I prefer an unsealed, weathered look.

Please settle a bet and tell me that I'm right!!


 
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MadDogMike
Grand Member (6 years)  

Joined: Mar 30, 2008
Posts: 7290
From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2010-07-20 1:21 pm   Permalink

Do you want someone to tell you you're right or do you want the truth?

If you just want to be right, tell her MadDog said they are best left with the natural finish. Tell her that the ancient Polynesians didn't use sealers and that tikis were not meant to last forever, that they were intended to return to the jungle from whence they came - the circle of life and all. Tell her MadDog is a Grand Member on Tiki Central, that should be credential enough. Of course, she won't know that I don't have the slightest clue about carving tikis and that anyone who pays their 24 bucks can be a Grand Member!

If you want to know the truth, you had better wait for the carvers to answer

Welcome to TC Wedgie


 
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Atomic Wedgie
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Joined: Jul 19, 2010
Posts: 21
From: Dullsville
Posted: 2010-07-20 2:16 pm   Permalink

That's what I keep telling her MadDog!! I picked up a couple of pieces over the weekend, and I told her if they're sealed when I get home she's outta the house!!



 
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pennjones
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Joined: May 27, 2010
Posts: 66
From: Sarasota, FL
Posted: 2010-07-20 2:56 pm   Permalink

I have seen them both ways and I think that they both have their place. I like the shine to some of the Witco pieces I've seen, as well as some totems I've seen, but I also like the weathered look of a lot of pieces. I guess what I'm saying is, do what you like. Do what you can agree on, maybe seal half? Or just try one and see if you like it.

 
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seeksurf
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Joined: Sep 27, 2007
Posts: 2144
From: Buckley, WA
Posted: 2010-07-20 5:36 pm   Permalink

Personal choice. Meet her half way. Seal some then let the test of time take its
path. I prefer the none sealed weathered look. I think the seal becomes a choir in the
long run because it comes off. You might try the tung oil its a natural sealer.
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Atomic Wedgie
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Joined: Jul 19, 2010
Posts: 21
From: Dullsville
Posted: 2010-07-20 8:56 pm   Permalink

I never thought of the tung oil.....that might be the ticket. Grassy ass.

 
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TikiTres
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Joined: May 28, 2008
Posts: 263
From: Forney, TX
Posted: 2010-07-20 11:11 pm   Permalink

Are they palm? If so, make sure they're dried out before sealing (if you decide to seal them). Most carvers around here (TC) properly dry palms before carving, but some of the more "commercial" carvers out there carve wet, green palms that just get nasty-looking if sealed (yes, this is the voice of experience). Palm doesn't weather well in my area so I'm sticking to cedar and redwood pole purchases now, and I do seal them to keep them from graying in our intense heat/ sunlight. I placed my old, nasty, grayed tikis into the landscape beds and they do have a certain charm there so like Jones said, it's more about personal preference.

 
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