Stain and urethane finish on stalls?

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    11-15-2012, 06:54 AM
Stain and urethane finish on stalls?

I have seen all the beautiful wood on the stalls of the stall hardware catalogs. I'm thinking for a few days extra work, I can duplicate it.

We have polyurethane covered hardwood floors thruoghout our home, and after 15 years they still look great!

However, I read about "Marine Spar Urethane" being better for horse stalls. But I also read thet it needs to be redone more often, because it is more "flexible" to withstand temperature changes. I am located in south-central Pennsylvania so we do have wide temperature changes.

Any suggestions for staining and finishing wood for stalls? By the way, I am planning on getting 2X6 white pine tounge and groove.
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    11-15-2012, 01:24 PM
I'm surprised I have never seen/heard of this before. Finished wood flooring in a horse stall? I just asked my boss and he hasn't heard of it either. It makes some sense because the wood is going to give you some good spring, but what other advantages does it offer?

Very interested! Thanks!
    11-15-2012, 01:32 PM
Green Broke
Subbing...We have a year old barn with dirt floors and rubber mats but we have 1x6 boards on the walls that haven't been done yet. Currently, we're thinking we're going to leave them natural as they're darkening on their own and we like that look but there might be some suggestions coming out of this post.
    11-15-2012, 01:37 PM
Another stupid question but, without finishing the wood, isn't there risk of the horses getting splinters?
    11-15-2012, 02:51 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by TheMayoMat    
Another stupid question but, without finishing the wood, isn't there risk of the horses getting splinters?
In our situation, the boards are all smooth and snugged up against each other; the horses come in for their grain and then go out again or they come in for overnight if the weather is bad - either way they show no interest in the boards with regard to chewing and rubbing so are in no danger of splinters (touch wood ).
    11-15-2012, 03:33 PM
Green Broke
This is the barn where I work, We have 2x6 tounge and groove pine.
I stained it with a oak colored stain and then used Hellsmann spar varnish, semi-gloss, 2 coats. The barn was new 6 years ago, and the only part I had to restain and revarnish after 4 years, was where the sun shines in on the walls. Like the area behind the people in the photo.
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    11-15-2012, 03:52 PM
A picture IS worth a thousand words! I am now motivated to begin!
    11-19-2012, 02:51 PM
We used thompson waterseal stain on ours. All in one... looks great even after poo etc
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    01-21-2013, 10:41 PM
My intent in my stalls is to put Thompson Water Seal on it like GhostWindApplolusa suggested and showed a great pic of. I've had it suggested to my by several people lately as well (I am at this stage of barn building as well). Good luck & happy building!
    01-25-2013, 06:47 PM
I to like the water sealer look better and the way I do mine is we mix stain with the sealer and use a sprayer like you use in a garden and spray it on wait till it is almost dry and then wipe with a cloth.! did mine once a year for three years. Now I have not done anything to it for four years and it looks like it did the day I did it.

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