Natural UV resistant finishes for decking?

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Forum topic by mcdrowton posted 09-16-2009 07:47 AM 1108 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-16-2009 07:47 AM

Topic tags/keywords: decking uv resistant finishes tung oil question finishing

Hello everyone,

I’m planning install a small area of decking made from reclaimed tropical hardwood taken from an old fishing boat. I would like to use a natural finish, but don’t know if any natural finishes provide UV protection. I would like the timber to retain its current dark brown hue rather than fade to silver over time.

I live in Beijing and tung oil is readily available, but I have no idea if it provides any UV resistance.

All help and suggestions will be gratefully received!

-- Mark, Beijing

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#1 posted 09-16-2009 09:00 PM

Only finishes that have lots of pigment solids in them will protect wood from UV. You’d have a choice of solid body stain or latex paint-both of which will probably change the wood color, and/or obscure the grain.

-- Gerry

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#2 posted 09-16-2009 10:06 PM

Take a look at this stuff It’s spendy but has UV as high as 99%. Most stuff that says it has UV without a % is worthless, IMO form the research I just completed.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 09-17-2009 06:19 AM

Thanks for your help Gerry and Topamax. So as I suspected, tung oil will not protect from UV. It looks like I need to use a clear penetrating finish like Log-On. I’ll see what I can find locally.

-- Mark, Beijing

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