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I use B+M's own Creocote which is very reasonably priced and for me is the best on the market unfortunately depending on your point of view it has to be applied by brush but I love the smell its no hardship to me, I did the fence about 5 years ago so does need doing again.
just got wickes creocote light brown colour.
on sale just now cost £30 per 20l drum
my first time coating a fence
50m then another 50m on the oter ide
smells good and brings he grain out well so looks good and not too dark
I used a had pump type sprayer and saturated this virgin fence that I put up last year
suppose I have the option wether to re apply creocote or else paint fence when the tie comes again but I think paint will be messy and flakes over time
Not too happy with Creocote painted my fence last year and now its needing a repaint. I found the best way to cover it like Robert Bruce was with a garden spray pump as you can control the overspray easier but I use a respirator for safety.Thanks for the tip about quantity sold by Wickes might give it another try at that price as I need 20 ltrs for all my fences
Lucy Hawker. Why not go the 'whole hog' and use undiluted used engine oil? That way you can really do your bit to bugger the environment. Used engine oil is carcinogenic (have I spelled that right?) and very detrimental to anything that grows or breathes. That's why you are required by law to dispose of it at an approved recycling centre.
Fascinating, Potterngabout seems to have faith that it is better to scrap old oil, than get benefit from it. It is always better to recycle at source (especially when you realise most recycling is "not in my backyard" but ship overseas, and still burn it off).
So, if it improves the performance of the creocate, and hence reduces the need for re-coats, it must also reduce need for manufacturing (the really bad process from a green perspective), then it is FAR better to mix it and take care (gloves, and goggles), avoiding any plants, than persist in the belief that someone else actually will clear up your mess for you.
I have never held the belief that anyone will, or should, clear up for me. Whilst I completely and wholeheartedly believe in re-cycling or up-cycling I am also of the belief that there are products, either household or industrial, that shouldn't be used for a purpose they were not designed or intended for. As for the benefit to the environment by not scrapping old oil, do you really think that mixing a gallon or so every few years with creosote is really going to make a dent in world oil manufacturing? If it were healthy and environmentally sound do you think there would be the legal requirement to dispose of it at a proper facility?
Just out of interest, what do you do with your used engine oil?
I have used Creocote, and various other wood preservers, basically last couple of years then needs doing again. Creosote is the best solution smells a bit and not that great for the environment but used with care it is fine and it lasts. As a registered small holding plenty of online companies sell to the public as long as CPH number put in or you are a business that uses it.
I have to confess I haven't read all the posts above, but I would recommend Sadolin.
I've used it twice in 30yrs on my cedar 'shed'. Last time was about 12yrs ago and it doesn't need re-doing yet
'not that great for the environment'
That's ok then.
Care to elaborate Joe?
Well, it was your comment, Potter - it just struck me as rather offhand. Anyway, the HSE website tells us all we need to know about creosote for amateur and professional use. Personally, I'd use something other than smelly creosote.
So I have been using Creoseal (creosote substitute but it still looks and smells like creosote) - goes on well enough with a 4" block brush - has anyone tried using a sponge on a rough wood fence - I am only a third though and it took me an entire day for the first lot. I am not keen on sprayers as the paint just stays in the air too long and rollers and paint pads don't seem to work very well.
I used to buy 'Clear Creosote' from B&Q but no one now seems to sell a 'Clear' Creosote. ??