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Forum topic by JUNECLEAVER posted 378 days ago 831 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JUNECLEAVER

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378 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: western cedar adirondack chair outdoor finish varnish stain sealer

Hello my LJ friends!

Once again, I turn to you in time of need and hope you can offer your wisdom and advice.

Here’s the situation: My husband is building a set of Adirondack chairs for the yard; he is furiously researching the best finishing option for maintaining the beautiful western cedar color and grain.

Now, one possibility is to use a good marine-grade spar varnish such as Epifanes or Pettit Captains Varnish. Another is to try a quality oil stain/sealer such as Penofin Red. Unfortunately, there seems to be so much conflicting information as which to apply, he is in quite a finishing quandry. On a previous project, he used CWF-UV, but was extremely disappointed with the condition of the exposed surfaces after less than one season.

So, right now, any thought of me relaxing in my custom made chair is on hold, because my husband will not go any further without some serious advice. Any suggestions for a preferred product?

Trust me, I eagerly await your responses! Thanks SO much!

-- Uptown Girl, Long Island, New York


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Moron

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#1 posted 378 days ago

Hi

I have used with great success the Petit Marine Varnish, but as with a boat that is exposed to UVA and UVB, it is necessary to scuff and sand every year or two to maintain the finish.

I also use a recipe from Don Kondra of this forum (an award winning artisan) where he uses the following recipe. Its easier to apply but requires several more coats. in a 1 qt mason jar. 50% paint thinner, 25% Marine Varnish, 25% Tongue Oil and 1 TSP of Japan dryer. …… I personally love this finish as its easy to maintain, easy to repair and a pleasure to apply, water proof, and tough.

Best of luck to you

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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JUNECLEAVER

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#2 posted 378 days ago

Thanks so much for your amazingly fast response! I am very grateful, indeed…

My very best to you, as well!

Thanks again!

-- Uptown Girl, Long Island, New York

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johnstoneb

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#3 posted 377 days ago

+1 on Moron’s post. No matter what finish you use over time the WRC will grey out. You will need to pressure wash or sand it back to original color before refinishing.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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JUNECLEAVER

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#4 posted 377 days ago

Thanks so much, Bruce; I do appreciate your help!

-- Uptown Girl, Long Island, New York

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Manitario

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#5 posted 377 days ago

Marine grade spar varnish is the way to go. Stay away from oil stain/sealer and all the outdoors stuff sold in big box stores; I’ve tried many of them with limited success. Silkins makes a product called “Cico” which is a type of marine varnish that works well.
As well, there’s a good review in Fine Woodworking that goes through a bunch of outdoor finishes:
Fine Wood Working May 1, 2009 #205 p52

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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JUNECLEAVER

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#6 posted 377 days ago

Great; thanks so much! I will research the issue of FW you’ve referenced. Thanks again!

-- Uptown Girl, Long Island, New York

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TheDane

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#7 posted 377 days ago

Epifanes looks great … for awhile.

I used it on lawn furniture I built using western red cedar ( http://lumberjocks.com/projects/9601 ), and really liked the results. Unfortunately, after a year or so, it began to check so we sanded and re-coated it. That only worked for a short time (less than a year) before it began to peel. This furniture has never exposed to winter elements, and is covered 6 or 7 months a year.

I may sand them (again) and try the recipe in moron’s post. If that doesn’t do the trick, I may have some fuel for the fire pit.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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JUNECLEAVER

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#8 posted 377 days ago

Thanks, Gerry; my husband is thinking of using that formula, too. And, really spectacular garden furniture; thanks for the link!

Thanks again for your help!

-- Uptown Girl, Long Island, New York

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