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Posted on Wood protection for Pacific NW area..oil vs. varnish?

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#1 posted 06-26-2012 01:50 PM

Not sure about the Penofin thing, I have had it recommended to me by several other folks, but I have traditionally used Spar Varnish, or Spar Urethane (Minwax Helmsman brand usually) for marine, or outdoor projects.

I’ve lived south of you in Corvallis during my teens, yes you get rain, but nothing like we do on the Gulf Coast… You get it constant, We get wet / dry / wet / dry and all the while hot cycles that beat the tar out of outdoor wood. The Spar finishes flex along with the piece, which helps to maintain the finish…

The Penofin finishes I understand are a penetrating oil type finish, which would have the advantage that scratches in the finish don’t cause a problem… I just haven’t tried it yet…

What was said above about keeping wood out of contact with the ground is spot on. Unless you want to watch the stuff rot out from under you, make sure you have it up on at the very least a concrete block patio or something similar… Wood and soil contact are great ways to watch the decomposition process.

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