A pole barn is a farming structure that is intended for storing hay and livestock. It is traditionally constructed of a roof extended over a series of wooden poles or posts. The advantage of a pole barn is it often features an easily accessible design, creating a larger capacity for storage items. Sealing the sliding door of a pole barn will provide it with a protective coating against all weather conditions, moisture and general wear.
Things You'll Need
- 100-grit sanding sponge
- Tack cloth
- Wood stain
- Natural-bristle brush
- 280-grit sanding sponge
- Polyurethane wood varnish
- Painter's rag
Sand the wooden door with a 100-grit sanding sponge to evenly dull the surface. This prepares the wood for a sealant while smoothing out dirt and blemishes.
Dust the sliding door to remove the loose sawdust and grit from sanding. Wipe it with a tack cloth to ensure all final traces of the dust have been eliminated.
Stir a can of sanding sealer with the accompanying stirring stick. Use a natural-bristle brush to saturate the door with an even coat. Brush the sealer in the direction of the grain, then allow it to dry to the touch.
Smooth the sliding door with a 280-grit sanding sponge to create a uniform dullness. Apply a coat of polyurethane varnish to the wood using a painter's rag for even coverage. This preserves the wood's condition by providing a water-resistant, airtight finish.
Allow the first coat to stand overnight. Once it has dried completely, sand it with the 280-grit sponge and apply a second application of the varnish using the same procedure. Multiple coats of the finish retain moisture in the wood that will prevent drying and cracking.
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