View Full Version : Exterior house stain

06-17-2008, 04:25 PM
I recently had some logs cut for board and batten siding on a small house. What natural color stain would everyone recommend? I was talking to a older gentleman that said something about mixing diesel fuel and burnt motor oil. This will make a darker stain and keep the bugs away and last. Suggestions, please.

Thanks, Jim

06-17-2008, 06:44 PM
Your biggest issue isn't "if" it would work, it is "how many EPA laws your breaking in the process". I can think of three that come to mind immediately and that's before I start thinking of the health dept. issues and on top of all that I'd put my own health as a paramount thought. Wood burns very well all by itself and your adding diesel and old oil !!:eek:

It might work if you can get past the smell and the above health, EPA and safety issues, basically your making a "poor mans" creosote.

If it were me, I'd be heading to a good hardware store and looking at natural oil based stains, Cabot's make very very good quality stains and sealers.