Preserving/treating rough cut pine siding

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by jeff lowdermilk, Nov 28, 2009.

  1. jeff lowdermilk

    jeff lowdermilk New Member

    Nov 19, 2009
    I am getting ready to put about 1500 board ft. of rough cut southern yellow pine 1x8 boards up on a barn. I will be running them vertical in a board and batten pattern. Does anyone have knowledge of using a mixture of diesel fuel, motor oil, linseed oil and tyrpentine to treat the boards?
  2. barnyardgal

    barnyardgal Well-Known Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    central Missouri
    the wood i use 1/2 linseed oil and 1/2 turpentine and if needed add a little paint thinner so it will spray thru the hand will preserve the wood and i have been using it yearly on my boards...i might say it does darken the boards sorta a rustic color...but i like that....i use it on the outside of the boards though...on the inside of the barn i use a whitewash and it helps with bugs and preserving the inside...

    Hope this helps some...

  3. texican

    texican Well-Known Member

    Oct 3, 2003
    Carthage, Texas
    If you make a large enough overhang on your roof, so that the boards are dry during most rains, they'll last forever. Short overhangs so they get soaked continuously during rainstorms and they'll rot out.

    I personally wouldn't use diesel, unless civilization fell and I had an unlimited supply of diesel.