Tips for finishing a redwood bench swing

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Forum topic by Jeepin85CJ7 posted 06-20-2014 10:53 PM 1085 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-20-2014 10:53 PM

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I just finished making a bench swing out of reclaimed red wood. I am planning on spraying it with a natural stain (a few coats) and then I am not sure on what to use to seal the bench. Someone recommened for me to use a Cabots poly?

Any ideas?

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#1 posted 06-30-2014 03:43 AM

My first take would be to seal every single board on all 6 surfaces except for places where you might have to glue something.

Also, some stains have sealer included in the formula, so I would favor those for outdoor projects, and let all the pieces dry thoroughly before assembling.

One thing I learned from a paint chemist is that any finish should be kept away from UV for at least 6 weeks for best long-term results.

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#2 posted 07-11-2014 02:37 AM

Hi, Thank you for the help. I just finished spraying the bench with Cabots clear coat. I put about 4 on and it is currently in a shady spot. So I am crossing my fingers and keeping an eye on it. It looks great though.

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