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04-05-2012 02:29 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cyrpess screen door finish

I generally don’t make things that are going to be subject to the elements, except when I’m using pressure treated wood. But now I’m making a screen door out of cypress (that depraved wood) and want to give it the best protection as possible against the elements. Any suggestions?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"


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#1 posted 04-05-2012 02:33 PM

Do you want to keep the color natural or darken it up? Im going to guess that a spar / marine varnish would be the way to go but cypress is naturally rot resistent (to a point). Ive used general finishes dye stain on it with good results.

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#2 posted 04-05-2012 02:37 PM

Thanks Chris. We chose Cypress because it is rot resistant—but still want to give it the most longevity possible.

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#3 posted 04-05-2012 03:26 PM

I’ve always had good luck with spar varnish. I had some pine Adirondack chairs that lasted over 20 years sitting outside using it.

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#4 posted 04-05-2012 03:28 PM

I have had good luck with polyurethane. Three coats otta do. The only pain about poly is you can’t spray it.

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#5 posted 04-05-2012 03:42 PM

PENOFIN … I used it on a pair of Cypress doors I made about 5-6 years ago … looks great.

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#6 posted 04-06-2012 03:21 AM

Pintodeluxe, I spray a lot of Spar Urethane using a cheapo Home Depot gun.

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#7 posted 04-06-2012 04:03 AM

Our home is built out of Cypress, studs, beams, floor joist, tongue and v groove vaulted ceilings, outside walls and decks, outside doors and window frames, Never had anything put on it and was built in 1974. No rot, no bugs, no mouses. Never had an exterminator in it. About every four or five years I pressure wash the outside and it looks almost like new Cypress all over again.
Some people spray a sealer on their Cypress homes to keep it from turning gray, we just let ours do it’s natural thing. We do live in the mountains and it seems to fit right in with the surroundings.

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#8 posted 04-09-2012 04:46 AM

Wipe it down with Mineral spirits before, if you put a finish on it. Cypress is rot and bug resistant and will color naturally I tried to use a finish on it and it will not look so good in a year or two. In fact 6 months it may yellow or you may see ALLIGATORING using the wrong finish. Are you using sinker cypress?

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#9 posted 04-09-2012 04:54 AM

I’m not sure what sinker cypress is. I didn’t purchase the wood, but my father-in-law (for whom I’m building the door) purchased it. Also, what on earth is alligatoring?

EDIT, just did a google image search for alligatoring wood. Ugly stuff. :-)

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#10 posted 05-08-2012 10:18 AM

I have wooden screen doors on all my exterior doors, and on some interior ones as well. They work great and will last many years if they are properly primed and painted. Poplar is very easy to paint but one of the least resistant woods in the hardwood family. Yellow pine is ok, but white pine is poor.. Cypress, cedar, fir works really pretty well.

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