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 Post subject: How to replicate the look of creosote?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 11:56 am 

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Hello, we have an exposed under car cabinet that we are replicating. The original looks to have been treated with creosote, or possibly a thinned tar type product. Has anyone had success replicating the look of creosote? Something low maintenance would be preferred.
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Wood stain.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:32 pm 

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k5ahudson wrote:
Wood stain.


I’m leaning towards pine tar stain, still researching.
https://www.solventfreepaint.com/pine-tar.htm


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Car cement? It’s an asphalting coating kinda like driveway sealer brush-painted on. Some roads used a lot of it. Our PRR N5C cabin cars had the roofs coated since the riveted seams would leak after being in service for a while. Those black roofs weren’t paint as some people think.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:55 pm 

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I've not tried it, but have to wonder if black paint would work?
Either that, or used motor oil?

Apparently both can be made close enough that they'll fool even the pros. Just ask CSX which accepted millions of ties "treated" with black paint, oil, and whatever else they could dip 'em in.


https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/20 ... 814280001/


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:06 pm 

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Asphalt based roofing cement if they still make it, thinned with fuel oil.

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We have achieved a decent look with this product.
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Wolman™ WOODLIFE® CreoCoat® Black Wood Preservative

https://www.rustoleum.com/.../wolman/woodlife-creocoat


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 Post subject: Re: How to replicate the look of creosote?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:42 pm 

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Bobharbison wrote:
Apparently both can be made close enough that they'll fool even the pros. Just ask CSX which accepted millions of ties "treated" with black paint, oil, and whatever else they could dip 'em in.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/20 ... 814280001/


Hmmmm ... according to the article that was linked, it was Norfolk Southern Railway (not CSX) that got fooled by the fake tie treatment.


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 Post subject: Re: How to replicate the look of creosote?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 4:55 pm 

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Thanks for all the responses. I think our best option is the Creocoat, which should still show some wood detail.


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 Post subject: Re: How to replicate the look of creosote?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:04 am 

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Scranton505 wrote:
Thanks for all the responses. I think our best option is the Creocoat, which should still show some wood detail.

Assuming the Creocote is the stuff with the same name that is available here in the UK, it is a good substitute for the original. Since general sales of creosote were banned in the UK 15-20 years ago, I've been using that on my garden fences with good results ever since. The creocote here is still classed as "harmful" (though nothing like the level of creosote), so the application instructions need to be followed closely.

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