Question about finish

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Blog entry by Tim Homoya posted 09-18-2010 02:19 PM 1092 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have sold my cedar table. I used an indoor/outdoor spar urethane on it. I believe three coats. I have always kept it indoors, they use it outdoors and after this spring and summer I see greying around edges and in spots. What is the best finish I can use to keep the cedar the nice red it was? And how deep will the greying get if not corrected now?

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#1 posted 09-18-2010 04:03 PM

Not really an accurate answer, but I have had pieces of cedar for 10 years, waiting for the right project and
the greying seems to go about 1/16th to 1/8th of an inch. The wood underneath seems to be projected
and still gives off that cedar aroma and has the same color. A exterior spar urethane might help on the
protection, but I have not had any exterior projects of this type.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 09-18-2010 05:20 PM

If you find the answer to preventing ERC from going gray when used outdoors, you’ll make a fortune. Bottom line is it’s a reaction of the wood to UV in sunlight. It’s only the surface as mentioned by Gus but it will turn…

Be Careful.


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#3 posted 09-18-2010 05:35 PM

-I was wondering if the , supposedly, UV resistant finishes help with that too. It is sad knowing that lovely patterning won’t be around long.

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#4 posted 09-18-2010 07:12 PM

I think when a piece is outside red barn paint works. LOL However to show off that beautiful wood I know the allure of spar poly. Bad news is every once in a while you have to sand it off and recoat it. But you only have to do the top of the benches and table (at least that’s all I would do…) and it doesn’t take that long. Best thing is to put the table in the garage or barn etc. for the winter and cover it up. I never do naturally, but it is good advice.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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