Funny that you question Thompson Water Seal. Our homeowners
association has specific color requirements for the stucco, wood trim,
and patio decks. That being the case they cut a deal with the local
Sherwin Williams store to give us a 10% discount for some free
advertising in our monthly news letter.
When I bought the paint (as dictated by our HOA!) I asked the clerk
for a "Thompson like sealer" for the bottom of the deck. At this
point the clerk went on and on about how lousy Thompson Water Seal was
and made the same comment you did about all the television hype. He
then told me at least six reasons why their Sherwin Williams wood
sealer was better (UV protection, etc. etc.). Since I was spraying
the under side of the deck I really did not care that much.
I have never used Thompson Water Seal so I can't say it is good or
bad. Best to check out something like Consumer Report or a lumber
yard/hardware sales clerk you trust.
Anyway, I bought the Sherwin Williams wood sealer and applied it using
a pump sprayer so I could force it between the deck planks (2x4s) and
the joists. I used the rest to provide an even coat over the entire
bottom deck including all the joists. So far there has been no return
of dry rot or fungus pods and even the snails, ants, spiders, and
termites don't like it.
Thomas Hunt, S.E.
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Subject: Re: Timber Dry Rot
Author: RoyLevy(--nospam--at)aol.com at fdinet
Date: 5/25/99 6:03 PM
Thank you for your response.
I looked into using the Abatron Products: Liquid wood followed by Wood Epox
to build up the removed areas, as also suggested by Nels Roselund. This
may be the ideal solution, but the cost of the these products (retail,
because this is for my own personal use and I have no contractor license)
that might be needed for this application and the associated preparation
and installation would appear to exceed a complete removal and ab initio
I expect that the repair will be made along the lines you followed: hardener
and fungus inhibitor. Thank you for suggesting this approach.
However, I question the use of the Thompson product. I have been told in
paint departments that this is merely wax and the usefulness of the product
is partly advertising hype.
Roy Levy, Ph.D, P.E.