End grain protector vs Wood Preserver or Stain

5 Jul 2011
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United Kingdom
Hi everyone

I've read all the posts I can, and I can't seem to find the answer I'm looking for, hence this post.

Whenever I'm dealing with outdoor timber e.g. planters, fences, decks etc, I'm usually using tannelised timber and obviously have cut ends to treat.

I see time and again, people recommending using end grain protector, but nobody seems to have specifically said why, and how it is superior to standard wood preserver.

I'm a fan of simplicity, so why take two bottles into the shower when you can just use one.

If I stand my cut ends in a good quality wood preserver or the actual water/oil based stain I'll paint the surface with, how is the the end grain protector any better? What makes it better?

Would love to get to the bottom of this.

Many thanks
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