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08-14-2015 05:26 PM

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I know that there will probably be as many answers to this questions as there are people reading this posting. I am building an outdoor patio cart out of white oak. I live in west central Florida we have a have a lot of sun and rain but no snow.

I will probably be using some kind of penetrating oil finish for exterior wood surfaces. For example Cabot timber oil or the like. Unless I purchase online my selection is limited to Lowes and Home depot. There are also some manufacturer sale stores for example Sherwin-Williams and the like. So what are your recommendations?

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#1 posted 08-14-2015 05:37 PM

Ace hardware has these. Not sure about HD/Lowes. They don’t recommend constant shade.


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#2 posted 08-14-2015 06:27 PM

Untinted paint, and skip the penetrating oil stuff.

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#3 posted 08-14-2015 07:00 PM

Epifanes or similar.

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#4 posted 08-14-2015 07:09 PM

For all outdoor projects that will be subjected to the elements, I would use Super Spar Varnish….2-3 coats…Don’t use a polyurethane, and forget the oil….Just make sure it’s Super Spar, and not just spar varnish….

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#5 posted 08-14-2015 07:42 PM

I don’t want to use a film producing finish. I have a boat with varnished brightwork (wood) and the varnish will not last one year in the Florida sun. To refinish any type of varnish or film producing coating will require lots of sanding. I don’t want to go down that road. BTW I have covered all of the brightwork with cloth coverings.

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#6 posted 08-14-2015 08:32 PM

Just be prepared to oil\ every 3 months or so. It ain’t gonna be fun to maintain a natural look.


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#7 posted 08-15-2015 02:01 AM

Here you go

You could add some pure tung oil to make it even better against water, but don’t go too much, you’ll dilute the UV protection.

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