Best way to finish outdoor hardwood chairs

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Forum topic by BarnBaron posted 09-01-2009 09:03 PM 1079 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-01-2009 09:03 PM

I’ve got some outdoor chairs made from a wood called ‘Nyatoh’, which is a hardwood I’d never heard of, but is like a ‘faux teak’ from Indonesia I suppose. I’ve just about finished sanding off the old coating and grayness, and I’m trying to figure out how best to finish them.

I’d like to do them with a nice redwood stain to match the deck they’re on. They need to stand up to the midwestern elements (rain, sun, snow) so I’m looking for the best looking/lasting products to finish them with. I’ve got an HVLP setup I was thinking about using on this project.

Can anyone give me some product suggestions along those lines?

Thanks for the advice!

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#1 posted 09-02-2009 12:11 AM

I would suggest looking at the Cabot products.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 09-07-2009 05:18 PM

Can’t recommend any brand names, but recent tests indicate marine varnish to the best outdoor top finish. Ref. FWW magazines recent test results. Good luck with your project.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 09-10-2009 04:49 AM

As stefang pointed out, via FWW, marine varnish is the best outdoor finish. However it will need refinishing every 1 year to a couple of years depending on exposure, weather and whatnot.

There is also a recent video interview on FWW’s website where they interview a famous woodworker (whom I cannot remember at the moment) about his thoughts on exterior furniture. He basically says that if you are not going to paint it, then any other finish is a life sentence of refinishing.

-- Lancaster, PA

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#4 posted 09-11-2009 12:21 PM

My experience with outdoor finishing has shown that no matter what you use the elements will treat you bad.
My personal favourite is simply saturate with linseed oil and finish with 5-7 coats of outdoor furniture oil. Regardless, I still find myself refinishing by sanding lightly and re-oiling 2-3 coats every year. It hasn’t always been necessary but lI like to stay on top.

-- If you try to fail and succeed, what have you done?

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