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Forum topic by dakremer posted 09-30-2010 04:24 AM 2912 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-30-2010 04:24 AM

hey LJs, My girlfriend’s mom just bought some adirondack chairs for her backyard. She said they are made of china fir (or chinese cedar) and stained with an oil stain. She is wondering whats the best top/protective coat to put on them to keep them protected outside. The only one i’m aware of is Spar Urethane but wasnt sure if that was the correct/best choice. Any help or advice would be appreciated!! Thanks

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#1 posted 09-30-2010 04:58 AM

Decking oil once a year…

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#2 posted 09-30-2010 05:29 AM

The girlfriends mother…....a.k.a….......Future mother-in-law. You don’t want to make mistakes with that one ! lol
Seriously, I would not put a varathane coat on top of oil. Just re-oil quite often. (Not sure what your weather is like where you live) Cedar needs to breath.

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#3 posted 09-30-2010 01:30 PM

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#4 posted 10-01-2010 04:54 AM

Hi Doug. I would not put varnish or poly on Cedar. The oils in the wood will shed the finish and it will look like a snake shedding its skin. I like to use Teak oil on cedar. It soaks into the wood to protect it. If you leave it unfinished, cedar will get a nice gray hue that looks pretty nice by itself. A typical deck oil stain would be a good finish too.

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#5 posted 10-01-2010 06:26 AM

Thanks everyone!! thanks Jim!! – I will pass the word on!!

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