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Forum topic by fboucher posted 08-02-2012 10:32 PM 828 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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08-02-2012 10:32 PM

I am working on an anniversary gift for the inlaws. They currently have a garden arbor which has seen better days. My better half decided that it would be great if I could make tham a new one. So I ordered the cedar today and have been making a few templates and jigs to help in the process in making the new arbor. My problem is finishing the cedar. I have been looking at different spar varnishes and am leading toward epifanes clear varnish. I am using CVG cedar, and I live in NH, so it may see snow and wet springs (if they dont bring it in for the winter) as well as rain and sun and humidity. I was hoping to find a varnish that I could spray as well due to the fact it may be difficult finishing it once together with all the slats. I was planning on applying a coat before assembly to make the process quicker for the final coat once assembled. The items I have looked at are Epifanes clear varnish, man-o-war, and waterlox marine. Any other suggestions or application techniques? Also is it ok to apply varnish to cedar, people tell me that it needs to “breathe” a little, I dont have much experience with cedar outdoors, mostly mahogany and teak.

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#1 posted 08-03-2012 12:13 AM

I would lean toward a premium pigmented exterior house paint, like Behr. It’ll hold up better than a clear varnish.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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