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Forum topic by snowdog posted 07-30-2010 01:20 PM 1047 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-30-2010 01:20 PM

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Suggestion please :)

I have two older pieces of furniture (junk to most people) that I want to refinish. They are old and weathered, chipped paint and worn down to bare wood in spots. I want to keep all of that.

I will keep these outside under a protected porch open to the weather.

My plan is to lightly wire brush the loss paint chips, then a very light sanding. What should i seal them with? I want to keep it looking as if I didn’t do anything to them but want to give it some protection to the sun and weather.

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#1 posted 07-30-2010 02:34 PM

Spar polyurethane/spar varnish has uv protectors and is made for outdoors.

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#2 posted 07-30-2010 02:45 PM

Not enough information.

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#3 posted 07-30-2010 05:42 PM

Wood – probably hard pine, to old for me to tell
Object – Rocker and small side table

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#4 posted 07-31-2010 12:54 AM

To the outdoor stuff you need outdoor finishing material. Spar varnish or polyurethane outdoor is the good material for outdoor finish.
But the problem is it compatible with your old finish?
You can do a test on your old finish.
Rub your old finish with thinner or acetone ( try in small area), if the old finish is resolve and rubbed off, then you can not apply spar varnish or outdoor PU, since it will resolve your old finish and damaged it.
But it its not the you can apply your outdoor finishing materials on your old finish without strip it.

Refinish the old furniture

Good luck



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