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Forum topic by woodworkingdrew posted 148 days ago 556 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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woodworkingdrew

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148 days ago

I am coming close to finishing a bench arbor I constructed with 2×6 and 4×4 redwood con common boards. I have used cabot stains in the past, but had an uncle who used messmers UV redwood stain on his deck. Does anyone have any experience with either of these finishes? If so what would be the better route to go? I am looking for the more durable product opposed to price. Thanks!

-- Andrew, California


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Clint Searl

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#1 posted 148 days ago

I use Cabot Australian Timber Oil on exposed wood at 6300 feet and 340 days a year sun. It’s as good as anything else.

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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#2 posted 148 days ago

Cabot is a little like Rodda and Varathane brand stains—- they have a high solids content which helps to blend wood colors, and make the project look more uniform. I like them all for interior applications.
As far as exterior applications, anything exposed to the elements will wear and weather. I have good luck with Behr solid color stain (not transparent). It has lasted years on an old fence, and still looks like new. Oddly, I don’t care for Behr paint though.

Clear, or transparent finishes will not hold up as well. Opaque, solid stains are best, and will look good for a longer period of time.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 148 days ago

I use Cabot on my outdoor items and love it. I have never used the other however.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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SWCPres

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#4 posted 148 days ago

I use Cabot Australian Timber Oil as well. It holds up to years of FL sun when I was down there. One project in direct sun all day looked great after 5yrs.

-- Reinventing the "Wheel", one 800mg Ibuprofen at a time.....

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woodworkingdrew

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#5 posted 148 days ago

Is the Australian oil good for redwood?

-- Andrew, California

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