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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-03-2018, 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by mikececilsmith View Post
Hi, About 10 years ago I made some Adirondack chairs for my courtyard. I used a Sikkens Cetol outdoor finish (I think it's a deck stain). I used a stain with a light oak color, but you can get it clear if you want. I bought this (sort of expensive) because it has a great UV protection. Nothing last forever, I have had to refinish the top side of this furniture once but I have not touched the underside and it still looks great. They do get dirty, but the finish color has lasted. It's been a good product for me.
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All film-forming clear finishes I know about fail due to UV from the sun. Problem is that they peel, requiring a lot of work to prepare the surface to re-coat. How about 100% tung oil, thinned with mineral spirits? It won't form a film, but will make the wood look beautiful. And you just re-coat with more of the same when it begins to fade. It's what they used on the teak decks of submarines in WWII, and they saw some harsh conditions. It won't be your low-cost option though.
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