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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-19-2016, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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Just finished on outdoor garden bench for my married daughter/family. Used boiled linseed oil and 3 coats of spar urethane. This is going to "live outside" in Massachusetts. Would it be advisable to put a paste wax on it after a week of "curing"? If so, what brand would you recommend? Thanks for your time.Spike
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Man, that is really a beautiful bench. I doubt that wax is really necessary, but it never hurts to have one more layer of protection. I think it is possible that the wax might dull the clear coat a bit unless it is well rubbed out. I'd guess you'll have to work on it every couple of years to keep it looking that nice.

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Thanks, Tom. I appreciate your comments on the bench and thoughts on using wax.
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Very nice bench Fred. I agree with Tom. I think it was Lee Valley that published a chart a few years back about water repellency of different finishes and if I remember correctly paste wax was fairly low on the list. Most finishes were poor to mediocre with spar varnish scoring near the top and epoxy at the top.

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I agree with Tom and Charles. By the way very nice bench.

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I can't help but I can compliment you on the beautiful bench, Fred.
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Beautiful job on the bench. I would not add any wax because you will probably want to recoat in a few years and the wax might screw that up. Just a guess, I really have no idea.
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Beautiful job on the bench. I would not add any wax because you will probably want to recoat in a few years and the wax might screw that up. Just a guess, I really have no idea.
That makes a lot of sense! Forward planning.
Having said that, MOHAWK has a rattle can of dewaxer for pretreating projects prior to refinishing.

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That is indeed a very nice bench Fred.

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On another note. Show pics of the build.
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