Outdoor finish on cypress?

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Forum topic by juicegoose posted 02-10-2010 03:20 PM 2570 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-10-2010 03:20 PM

Guys I’m building a couple little butterfly houses for family members(you know how it is you build one and everyone freakin wants one!!). To any extent I had some cypress that i’ve used for the construction and know that cypress is pretty much resistant to weather. I would however like to put at least a little bit of a finish on the piece. What is recommended to use?

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#1 posted 02-10-2010 03:23 PM

As many coats of spar urethane as you wish. You are correct, cypress is weather, moisture, and insect resistant.

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#2 posted 02-10-2010 03:43 PM

should I cut the urethane?

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#3 posted 02-10-2010 03:45 PM

Ditto on the spar varnish. I put it on our exterior doors which are pine 20 years ago and have had to refinish them only 1 time.

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#4 posted 02-10-2010 04:36 PM

I’d do a little research before I put any oil based finish on your butterfly house, if you want them to use it. The finish might keep the butterflys from using it due to the odor / fumes from it when exposed to the sunlight.

I use spar varnish on my cypress Adirondack chairs, but I don’t put any finish on my cypress bird houses, I leave them to weather naturally.

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#5 posted 02-10-2010 04:47 PM

i was afraid of the odor factor thanks

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#6 posted 02-10-2010 05:29 PM

I don’t see the need for finish on cypress it will hold up well with out a finish.

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