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Posted on NC lacquer disappearing into soft redwood :(

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#1 posted 01-11-2016 03:14 PM

On a side note… NC lacquer is not a great finish for anything that will get wet or live outside. I only mention this because when I read “planter”, I read wet or damp, possibly outdoor use.

My favorite WB finish is General Finishes EnduroVar, but like NC lacquer, it is also not exterior rated. I spray it right from the can with a 4 stage HVLP, but it also goes on superbly with nylon brushes, or even disposable foam brushes! It’s got a slight amber tint, but I like to add 1 drop / 8 oz. TransTint Honey Amber when I’m using it on medium or darker woods.

GF makes a similar product clear called Exterior 450. I haven’t used it, but I’ve been thrilled with all 10-12 GF products I’ve tried, and I’ve been 95% water based since 2005. All the wooden boat guys I know use a spar varnish by the brand of Epifanes. It’s very well respected, but oil based so I don’t know how it goes with CA VOC rules. Bring money if you want to try Epifanes…

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