I need a good outdoor finish for a glider.

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Forum topic by John Ruggles posted 12-18-2007 10:20 AM 936 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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John Ruggles

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12-18-2007 10:20 AM

Hello Everyone, First let me wish everyone a Merry Christmas! I am building a glider for my mother/father in-law for Christmas. It will probably stay under the carport most of the time, but I want a good outdoor finish/stain for it. Here in southern LA, with the humidity between 80% to 100%, it will still take a beating. Any help I can get will be greatly appreciated. Everyone take care. Thanks, John Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

-- JCRug, Prairieville, Louisiana

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#1 posted 12-18-2007 02:28 PM

John, it’s not really the RH that gets to the finish, it’s the sun.

I’ve built a bunch of outdoor furniture and thru the years have pretty much moved to no finish at all. Spent lots of $$$ on spar varnish, marine poly, you name it, I’ve tried it. 2 years and it’s to do over again. Even under a roof, it gets alot of natural sunlight.

I have done a couple of things and used Danish oil and then you just re-oiled it every couple of years, no peeling.

2 cents

-- Jimmy

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#2 posted 12-18-2007 08:49 PM

Thanks Jimmy. You don’t have to worry about the oil coming off on your clothes or anything do you? If I don’t, I might try that and see how it does. Appreciate the input. John

-- JCRug, Prairieville, Louisiana

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#3 posted 12-18-2007 09:22 PM

I don’t have much experience. I’ve only stained one outdoor project but it turned out well.

I used Cabot’s SPF outdoor stain for my purpleheart and cedar bench. It has high UV protection which means it includes pigment but as you can see from the photos the pigment did not hide the purpleheart color.

It has been outside almost a year and still looks fine. Although it is in a shaded backyard ( not direct sun ). Can’t say what it will look like after 2 or 3 years. BTW – I’m in Houston so we have a little humidity too.

These are the orginal photos . Don’t have a recent one (I made it for my sister. I’ll get her to send me an updated photo). Purpleheart Bench

—Leon—” I create all my own designs and it looks like it “

-- Leon -- Houston, TX - " I create all my own designs and it looks like it "

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