How to Seal Birdhouses

How to Seal Birdhouses

While creating a birdhouse is a fun and easy project, there are a few important details that have to be seen to before hanging. One such detail is sealing the wood. Your birdhouse is going to be hung out in the components yearlong, so it is going to require a fairly serious beating. You will need to apply a good sealant to protect the wood and keep it dry. Employing a pure solution, such as jojoba oil, can make sure that your birds will not perish when they peck the wood, though conventional sealants may provide better protection for the wood.

Finish your birdhouse. Seal any openings using wood filler and sand the outside to a smooth finish. Use 100-grit sandpaper, a sanding block or a handheld rotary tool fitted using a sanding attachment. Leave the inside tough, as this makes it much easier for the birds to hold on the wood’s surface.

Apply a coating of raw linseed oil to the surface of your birdhouse only. This product can take as much as a week to wash, but it is totally safe. If you aren’t as concerned with the possibility that a bird might ingest your sealant as you’re with protecting the house, you may pick a conventional sealant like polyurethane, lacquer or shellac. Whatever option you select, leave the inside untreated, as the fumes can be harmful to the birds. Permit the sealant to dry for the amount of time recommended by the producer.

Apply another coat of sealant to the surface of your birdhouse and permit it to completely cure before continuing.

Hang your own birdhouse in a tree where birds naturally congregate. Hang the house in a spot that gets a great deal of color, as the UV rays of sunlight can damage wood with time.

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