Kelly Smith of DIY Life listed this batch of ingredients to mix at home (and importantly, outdoors, the fumes can be dangerous!) to protect your furniture and save a few dollars while at it. Of course, the majority of people would rather purchase a pre-mixed solution, but we could see this being a viable solution for larger projects like wood decking where the sheer amount of solution needed requires a bit of investment upfront. Up for the DIY task? Here's Kelly's directions:
- 2 gal. Mineral spirits, Turpentine, or #1 or #2 fuel oil
- 5/8 qts. Boiled Linseed Oil
- 3/16 lb. Paraffin Wax
- 1 qt. Penta concentrate 10:1
- 1 to 3 fluid oz Color Pigment / gallon of the above mix
The paraffin must be melted in a double boiler; if you try to use a regular pan, fire is a very real possibility (keep an extinguisher close.) Let your concoction age overnight before applying it and stir it well; the pigments will settle.
So what does each of the ingredients in this mixture do exactly? The mineral spirits or turpentine works as a cleaning solvent. Linseed Oil creates a shine and grain enhancer with minor protectant qualities. The paraffin wax is the main barrier between your wood and damaging moisture. Penta concentrate is pentachlorophenol, a preservative that prevents graying by inhibiting mildew (this stuff is a bit nasty from the health warnings, so take precaution). And finally the color pigment is a colour-enhancing additive that is optional, depending on your furniture's finish.