Windows Question

Window wooden frames: oiled not painted?

In my back yard I've got bits of softwood that have been thoroughly oiled with boiled linseed oil and that are fully exposed to the weather. They seem to survive very well, apparently unaffected by rain and frost.

My feeling is that oiled frames should survive much better than painted ones, and with less maintenance, because the oil soaks into the wood (especially into the end grain), and doesn't crack and trap water like paint does.

Does anybody have experience with oiling, and not painting, wooden window frames?
Do any joiners oil window frames before fitting?
Any comments about longevity, appearance, or anything else that should be considered?

Thank you.

1 Answer

Best Answer

The best solution to stopping moisture getting into softwood is to encapsulate it. If timber is varnished it can still fail, but Epoxy resin stops moisture completely. Although if the softwood has moisture still in it, or is new softwood from timber firm, then encapsulating it will help the timber rot because the moisture cant escape. So you need to know how long the timber has been there, and if not damp then oiling or epoxy resin is definately better than paint. Oil based paints are still no where near the same as simple oil but its very difficult to get deep penetration on the vertical beams if the window is already installed.Suggest various coat of thick oil and not watery.

Answered 26th Nov 2015

French and Sashey

Member since 25 Nov 2015

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