Can you stain macrocarpa?

Because Macrocarpa is a top choice for carefree living, it can be left natural or it can be painted or stained to match any decor.

Can you varnish macrocarpa?

Macrocarpa has a large quantity of heartwood that is more durable than the sapwood. The heartwood is a golden honey colour that will become more pronounced over time with exposure to air. This process is enhanced with a protective coating such as oil or varnish.

How do you clean macrocarpa?

How to stain pine/macrocarpa (softwoods)

  1. Treat moss and mould using Resene Moss & Mould Killer.
  2. Scrub using Resene Timber and Deck Wash. Rinse thoroughly.
  3. Finish options: Apply 2-3 coats of solventborne Resene Woodsman. Alternatively, apply 1-2 applications of Resene Timber and Furniture Gel.

Is macrocarpa good for cladding?

Macrocarpa is a durable soft wood that is an ideal timber for cladding, sarking and solid beams: perfect for building a home in natural timber that is full of character and warmth. Mac is borer-resistant, hardens when dry, and accepts wood oils very well, to add to its durability.

How long does macrocarpa take to dry?

Common firewood types and how long they take to dry

Type of Wood Time to season Million BTU per cord
White Ash 6 months 23.6
White Pine 5 to 8 months 14.3
Oregon 6 to 12 months 20
Macrocarpa (Monterey cypress) 6 to 12 months 21

What oil do you use for macrocarpa?

Outdoor Furniture Oil has the added protection of zinc to help prolong exposure to the suns UV rays while eucalyptus and pine oils also help to protect against mould and mildew. Lighter toned timbers such as Macrocarpa are very susceptible to black mould and may require regular maintenance with our Oxygen Cleaner.

What colour is macrocarpa wood?


Macrocarpa is a well known decorative softwood timber which is very popular in New Zealand. The appearance is similar to Kauri and quartersawn material has a speckled appearance. The heartwood is golden-brown in colour, sometimes with a pinkish tinge.

How long does macrocarpa last outside?

Macrocarpa is one of the most naturally durable exotic softwoods grown in New Zealand, and is resistant to insect and borer attack in its sawn form. Its heartwood is rated moderately durable, which means a 50×50 stake will last 10-15 years in the ground.

Do you need to treat macrocarpa?

When used outdoors, it is recommended that you choose macrocarpa heartwood (the inner bit) – the sapwood (the living, outer part), needs to be treated to keep insects at bay treatment and cannot be treated for decay.

Is macrocarpa good for decking?

Macrocarpa is a popular decking timber for those who want to use environmentally sustainable timber. Many decking situations put considerable strain on the durability of the timber, which is why our Mac is great natural timber solution.

What are the properties of macrocarpa?

Macrocarpa is a very stable aesthetic timber with little to no movement once well dried. It machines particularly well and sands to a fine finish. The best of the grains are enhanced by oils and resins. Macrocarpa is a medium to low density softwood(485kg/m3 at 12% moisture).

How long does it take for wood to season?

How long it takes to season wood actually depends on what type of wood it is. Soft wood can be dried within 6 months, if done correctly. Hardwood, meanwhile, such as oak, can take anywhere from 1 – 2 years.

How do you dry macrocarpa?

Macrocarpa and lusitanica should not be kiln dried from green. To avoid collapse and checking the timber should be air dried to around fibre-saturation point before finishing in a kiln using a mild schedule. Farm-totara should be slowly air dried and can be finished in a kiln with a mild schedule.

How can I make wood dry faster?

If you want to let your wood dry quickly, the combination of the dehumidifier and the fan are the best method to air-dry wood.

If you can dry lumber indoors, you can speed up the entire drying process in 3 different ways:

  1. With a dehumidifier,
  2. with a fan,
  3. or by combining both.

How long does it take for wood to dry after it rains?

How long does it take for wood to dry after rain? Wood normally takes about five days to dry after rain. This timeline is an approximate figure and can be shorter or longer depending on the climate.

How long does it take for wood to dry out?

six months to two years

If you heat your home with wood, you probably spend a lot of time preparing for winter. It’s a year-round task because firewood requires anywhere from six months to two years dry out. Late winter and early spring are ideal times to cut and store wood for the following year.

How can I dry wood fast without cracking it?

Lean the slice against a wall or prop it up on its side in a warm, well-ventilated location such as a garage, basement, or shed. Let it dry for up to a week so the solution can evaporate and the wood can dry without cracking.

Will linseed oil stop wood from cracking?

Boiled linseed oil will keep the wood from splitting and cracking. It works as a guard seal. The workability is also high and easy to apply. I highly recommend applying boiled linseed oil to your loving woodwork especially if you’re a beginner in woodworking, because of its easiness.

How do you know if wood is dry enough for woodworking?

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