Bad wood choice for outdoor playset - need help

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Bad wood choice for outdoor playset - need help

Hello I made a big outdoor playset with roofs, platforms, and all the above BUT made it out of regular home depot white wood (fir 2x4) that is untreated. From research after the fact I realized this is probably the worse choice in wood for outdoor sets. Seeing how its to late is there something I can do to the playset in order to make it last as long as possible? Live in New England and its in direct sunlight all day so im sure those are factors. Anything that is in or on the ground is pressure treated but everything else is standard 2x4 type wood.
 
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It will probably last long enough till they out grow.

A good solid stain would help preserve the integrity of the material and be the easiest to apply!
 
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Being out in the open with good airflow is probably the best thing to help preserve the wood. I tend to think that painting can actually be worse as water will find it's way in at joints, bolts and nails then the paint holds that moisture inside the wood causing it to rot. If you want to do more you can look into exterior stains though they will need occasional reapplication. Make sure you pay special attention to the ends of boards, joints and fasteners.
 
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I have had excellent results with "Thompsons Water Seal".
Have a porch floor that is going on 27 years on west side of house, Used two coats about 10 days apart when first constructed in 1993.
I can recommend it.

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With RR's experience withstanding, while TWS does do a good job of sealing wood - it has a short life. I'd expect to need to reapply it twice a year.
 
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My experience also, TWS is some really cheap crap!
 
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What would you both recommend?
 
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An oil primer and latex house paint would give the best protection but PD brought up a good point about moisture getting trapped under failing paint. I'd probably use an oil base deck stain.
 
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Best solid siding stain I have ever used, houses trim over 10 years still looking good!

https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/...ins-and-primer
 
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My bigger concern would be splinters later on-

If I were you, I'd go with an oil based deck stain for the wood.

Then I'd wrap long exposed areas and joints in good quality duck tape, then paint everything with wooden-boat paint.
 
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Dont use duct tape, ever seen what that turns into a year sitting in the sun?

The tape disintegrates from the UV light leaving the stringy fibers and dried up adhesive, a big mess!
 
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Dont use duct tape, ever seen what that turns into a year sitting in the sun?
The tape disintegrates from the UV light leaving the stringy fibers and dried up adhesive, a big mess!
Which is why I emphasized high grade - I've got sections of swimming pool vacuum line that held up great for several years

Post Script - also known as Vinyl repair tape / Marine tape / Boat tape. UV resistant and water resistant.
 
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Wrapping anything in duct tape is just a band aid to doing a repair correctly unless your are red green fan then it's an essential part of your life!
 
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Wrapping anything in duct tape is just a band aid to doing a repair correctly unless your are red green fan then it's an essential part of your life!
Ok, feeling old, I have absolutely no idea what that means.

Anyway, I've inherited many hand tools that are 60 - 100 years old; (picks, coal shovels, and hand shovels) with wooden handles, (also freight car "snubber" bars and various steel tools). I've wrapped them in marine tape for years to avoid splinters and wearing the wooden handles, and avoid flecks/spurs in the metal.
My ~1965 swimming pool and ~2003 pump equipment has vacuum and pressure connections kludge-sealed with blue marine tape that has lasted for years.


 
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Red Green used to have a Canadian show that was neat to watch. He made all kinds of contraptions put together with duct tape. One of his favorite sayings was 'if women don't find you handsome they need to find you handy' You can find/watch his shows online.
 
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