Best finish for a toboggan?

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Forum topic by hubcap posted 12-23-2012 05:51 AM 5689 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-23-2012 05:51 AM

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I have a wood toboggan I bought new a while ago. It isn’t a real expensive one, but thought it’d be fun for the grandkids. The finish on it was rather rough, so I gave it a light sanding and want to put on some additional finish. I’d like to keep the natural finish, but that’s not a requirement. I’m thinking a high gloss and UV protection would be best. It would need to be scratch and abrasion resistant, but be able to withstand bending and flexing. What would be a durable finish(es) to use. Most advice warns against PolyU. Found a site that suggested an exterior oil untinted deep base paint for trim and siding. What are your thoughts?

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#1 posted 12-23-2012 06:44 AM

Spar urethane would be the most durable, which is basically just polyurethane with UV protection. A few coats would build up a nice film finish that would probably be the most durable finish you could put on it. You could stain the wood with an oil based finish, or put on a couple coats of danish oil and then put the spar on top. Or you could avoid a film finish altogether and just use eg. linseed oil with a light coat of wax…would be easy to recoat the finish when you need to.

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#2 posted 12-23-2012 06:49 AM

Well… spar urethane then wax.
I think Clark Griswold sells a silicone based wax… Hmmm.

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#3 posted 12-23-2012 09:20 PM

Real Spar Varnish (Tung Oil/Phenolic Resin) will perform well.

Ace Hardware sells a house brand of real Spar Varnish that is economical and performs well.
I use this product in my woodworking practice for many outdoor projects.

Note: Spar Urethane is not the same as Spar Varnish.


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#4 posted 12-23-2012 10:27 PM

Spar Varnish and wax.
Different waxes for different conditions.

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#5 posted 12-23-2012 11:23 PM

+2 on the spar varnish and wax.

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