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Forum topic by LonelyRaven posted 04-03-2009 09:06 PM 1136 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-03-2009 09:06 PM

So, long story short, I got this inexpensive (read – cheap chinese made) deck furniture from Menards. Not three weeks outside and it started turning black and gross and fading on top of all that.

So obviously the clear was neither UV protective, nor put on well enough to protect the wood from mold.

So I’ve cleaned my deck in the past with oxygen bleach and some scrubbing, I figure I can clean and prep the deck furniture the same way.

What I really need, is a good suggestion on some bullet proof stain/sealer.

I might just go easy on myself and throw some clear on the already faded chairs and tables, but I may also go the full monty and sand everything down and start with a nice warm stain/sealer with UV protection.

Any thoughts or recommendations?


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#1 posted 04-03-2009 09:44 PM

is it still under warranty? Maybe you can return it.

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#2 posted 04-03-2009 10:03 PM

You don’t mention what kind of wood it was. Was it just regular white wood? I wouldn’t put that stuff outside (if I even bought it) with something on it to “protect” it. I don’t have a Menard’s nearby to know what they sell.

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#3 posted 04-03-2009 10:09 PM

It’s Cedar (supposidly)

Hokie, I thought about that, and figured it would be more fun to just clean and clear over all of it, or refinish it completely.

More for the experience, as we all know it’s really no fun. Plus I got this stuff on closeout last year so cheaply, it’s worth the effort.

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#4 posted 04-03-2009 10:29 PM

No such thing as “bullet proof stain/sealer”, especially outside. I’ve had good luck with CWF/UV, I think it made by Flood. HD has it in stock, maybe Menards. You still need to scrub or sand it every 2-3 years, but it works the best of any outdoor finish I’ve found. It’s not a film finish like spar varnish, so there is no flaking to worry about.


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#5 posted 04-03-2009 10:31 PM

Tim, that sounds like the kind of recommendation I’m looking for.

I don’t mind paying a little more for something really good, so I figured I’d ask in case someone stumbled into something really, really good.

Bulletproof was probably asking a bit much, huh? :P

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