Finish for Outdoor Cedar Beer Cooler?

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Forum topic by BerBer5985 posted 10-09-2012 05:41 AM 2025 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-09-2012 05:41 AM

I’m in the process of making of the of the cedar ice chests/beer coolers for a charity auction and I’m almost finished, but I was curious as to what would be a good finish to apply? I don’t want anything with a heavy film because it’s supposed to have sort of a rustic look. I used reclaimed cedar from my sons old swing set and milled it all down, so it’s the natural cedar color now. I was thinking just a wipe on oil and was leaning towards General Outdoor finish. Any other suggestions? I’m looking for quick drying, easy to apply, and keeping the wood looking natural while just providing a little protection from the elements.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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#1 posted 10-09-2012 06:54 AM

If you want the cedar color to last, look for something with a high UV rating. Otherwise your outdoor finish should be fine.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 10-09-2012 06:59 AM

I got curious about the General Outdoor oil finish and according to the MSDS it’s mineral spirits and varnish. Should work just fine.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 10-09-2012 12:49 PM

I used thompson’s water seal in the spray can. It is about $4 and has a nice coverage. The surprising thing to me was how it brought out the colors in the wood and did not raise the grain.. It was also easy to apply.. Just a few minutes..

I used it on some outdoor chairs I made and they are holding up (no gray) very well.

-- Hope for the best but plan for the worst.

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