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Rescued Mai Tiki from NJ needs brain surgery.
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Joined: Apr 03, 2008
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From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2018-09-04 06:19 am   Permalink

Billymons, good to hear you have plans to keep it as a focal point in your yard.

In the event you can't find a place for it under your deck, another option would be to consider spraying it with Thompson's Water Seal. It's inexpensive, works very well, and over time tends to evaporate slowly but completely. Re-treatments are necessary in subsequent seasons. But it should preserve and protect your tiki if left outside.

Remember to take care of the very bottom of the carving as well, as moisture and insects and rot can be a big problem on the base. I know the tiki is heavy, but also consider turning it on its side and applying the Abatron to to the base to make it impermeable to moisture and insects. Also ensure that you protect it from splashes from roof drip lines. Much of the wood damage I see where I live is accelerated by exposure to long-term drips from light rain and drizzle on top of the usual downpours.

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