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How to preserve wooden seat frames


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Team,

I have been advised from some woodworkers to use a deck water sealant for my seats frames. Some others suggested a wood preservative... Or a stain?

I thought to ask here, with your experience, what should I use to preserve the wooden seat frames for my car, keeping them clean and no paint. I thought about the stains but I wish to keep as original as possible.

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The wood frames on most of seats have been fine without anything for the most part. They hardly ever get wet or see sunlight and are usually a good hardwood like oak or ash from my experience.

There are a lot of preservatives out there, some in clear. I have used Cuprinol for years on wood that is outside and it wears well. Also what about an oil like linseed or tung oil?

Hope this helps,

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I would use quick-poly or smiths or wests epoxy sealer, all three which are available from Restoration Supply. All of these would not change the look of bare wood to any great extent and would certainly add to the durability of the item. If my wooden seat frame was exposed to anything that might deteriorate it, I would be worried about the rest of the car rather than the seat frames.

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I would worry that anything I used would bleed through and stain the upholstery. These seat frames have survived till now without any sealer. I can't imagine any situation where a sealer would be warranted, short of the car being in a flood. In that case, the seat frame would be the least of your problems.

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Guest martylum

I doubt you'll need any protection unless you are going to operate your car under water. Coating with any chemical will just increase your chemical exposure when you drive. I definitely would not use any preservative with toxic chemicals inside your car.

Martin Lum

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