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Bird Feeder weather proofing


Our Craftsman Bird Feeder can be a beautiful addition to any backyard, providing a convenient place for birds to feed and a lovely view for you to enjoy. Specially if you're using it as a lamp instead! However, the wood can be prone to wear and tear from the elements, such as rain, snow, and UV radiation. So to protect your bird feeder and extend its life, it is important to apply some weatherproofing treatment. Here is a few simple steps you can follow to clear coat your bird feeder:

  1. Prepare the wood: Before applying any coatings or treatments, it is important to make sure the bird feeder is clean and dry. Remove any old paint or finish that may be peeling or chipping. Sanding the surface to create a smooth finish is an option too, but I don't think the birds would appreciate that level of detail. Wipe the bird feeder down with a damp cloth to remove any dust or debris, and let it dry completely.

  2. Choose a clear coat treatment: There are several options for weatherproofing treatments that can protect your wooden bird feeder from the elements. Some popular options include polyurethane, marine varnish, and exterior wood sealer. We prefer an easy spray on, fast drying polyurethane. But consider the specific environment in which your bird feeder will be placed when selecting a clear coat or weatherproofing treatment.

  3. Apply the weatherproofing treatment: Once you have chosen a clear coat, it is time to apply it to your bird feeder. Make sure you have all the necessary materials, including a clean cloth or brush, gloves, and a well-ventilated workspace. Follow the instructions on the product packaging for the best results.

  4. Allow the clear coat to dry: After applying the weatherproofing treatment, it is important to allow it to dry completely before using the bird feeder. This can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days, depending on the product and the humidity and temperature of your environment. Follow the drying time recommendations on the product packaging.

  5. Test the clear coat: Once the clear coat treatment has had a chance to dry, test it to make sure it is effective at protecting your wooden bird feeder from the elements. Place the bird feeder outside and expose it to rain, snow, and sunlight to see how well it holds up. Signs to look out for are cracks on the coating as well as discoloration and molding. If you are not satisfied with the results, you may need to apply extra coats or try a different weatherproofing treatment.

Hope you can effectively weather proof your Craftsman Bird Feeder with these simple steps, helping it to withstand the elements and last longer. A well-maintained bird feeder (or lamp) can provide enjoyment for both you and the birds in your backyard for many years to come.

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