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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 02-26-2013 04:11 PM 712 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-26-2013 04:11 PM

Two coats of spar, going on 9 months old. Out in all kinds of weather. They still look new except for some mold growing on it.

These chairs and table were made from white pine. I wanted to see how well and how long spar protects.

Looks like a good test eh?

The other chairs I have made are in the shed under some plastic to keep any drips off them.

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#1 posted 02-26-2013 06:10 PM

I am not sure that the spar varnish is protecting the chairs if mold is growing on them, imo, the mold won’t grow on varnish.

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#2 posted 02-26-2013 06:16 PM

Well Smitty, that’s why I’m testing them. I want to see how they do after one year. I’ll photograph them and compare to when they were new. The mold is on the seat, I don’t know if it’s in the wood or not. Being pine, it could have something growing under the spar too. The finish is still like new everywhere.
Actually the one on the left had a stain, oil base, then spar, the one on the right I think has Australian Timber oil on it, then two coats of spar.

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#3 posted 02-26-2013 06:29 PM

the sun may be more intense on the seat than on the back, also most finishes only hold up for so long, then the type of wood has a lot to do with it also, I think that the more resistance the wood has the better the finish will hold up, or at least appear to.

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#4 posted 02-26-2013 06:45 PM

The wood does have a lot to do with it. I made these from white pine, but the production models are all cedar. I haven’t treated the cedar yet because I don’t know if the customer will want to stain or paint. I have some other demonstrators out in various locations but I think they are also pine.

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