Asked by: Neville Luro
asked in category: General Last Updated: 14th February, 2020

How do you seal railroad ties?

How to Seal Creosote Treated Railroad Ties
  1. Purchase a polyurethane that is recommended for outdoor use to get the best results.
  2. Do not shake the can of polyurethane before opening.
  3. Use a thick paint brush to apply a generous coat of polyurethane to the creosote-treated railroad ties.
  4. Apply a second coat of polyurethane to the railroad ties.

Click to see full answer.


Thereof, how do you cover railroad ties?

A simple way to dress up new railroad ties (ones not treated with creosote) is through the use of paint. Clean the surface of the wood as best you can and allow it to dry thoroughly. Use a paint brush for a more crafty appeal, or a spray can for a smoother finish, and cover it in even coats.

Secondly, can you use railroad ties in your home? Telephone poles, cross ties, and other wood materials can be treated with chemicals that are dangerous to keep indoors. There are no government-approved uses of creosote to treat wood for indoor, residential purposes.

Subsequently, one may also ask, how long does creosote last in railroad ties?

A portion of the creosote is lost due to volatilization, and biological and photo-chemical degradation that takes place on the surface of the ties and to a lesser extent in surrounding ballast. Kohler and Kunniger (2003) determined creosote levels in ties following 2, 5, 10, and 32 years in service.

How do you attach railroad ties to the ground?

Place a railroad tie horizontally across the back ends of the first two side ties. The ends should overlap to form joints. Drill through the joints and drive an 18-inch rod through the top and bottom tie. Drill a hole into the center of the horizontal tie and drive an 18-inch tie through the tie and into the ground.

29 Related Question Answers Found

Can you pressure wash railroad ties?

Can you stain or paint railroad ties?

How far apart are railroad ties?


Can you bury railroad ties?

Can you stain railroad ties?

Are railroad ties termite resistant?

What do you use railroad ties for?

How much does a railroad tie cost?


Can I pick up old railroad ties?

Are railroad spikes worth anything?

Do railroads own the land the tracks are on?


Is it illegal to take railroad spikes?

Are old railroad ties toxic?