Would you recommend to mix the stain in the spar varnish? And that probably won’t change what you do to treat it so its a bit of a moot point. Any less expensive ideas? P 505.50. I’d appreciate your thoughts on Sapele? Too much oil in the mix and it’s harder for it to cure properly. The original wood has remained in every room of the house, in the 60’s a subfloor was laid in the kitchen, entry, bathrooms and laundry room and lovely lynoluem squares were put down. Hi Jeanie. What would you recommend? It won’t be as protective, but its a nice compromise. General Finishes Exterior 450 is certainly one option: http://www.rockler.com/product.....;sid=AFN86. It’s a water-based formula intended for exterior use. For folks who are fairly new to finishing and want precise control over the final thickness of finish, I recommend diluting by 50% with mineral spirits and wiping. Should I ever be compensated to write, I will make full disclosure. 3 reviews. I would like to seal it with something that will not alter the color if possible. Select to compare. Keep in mind I work on furniture for a living and that’s a very different beast than cedar siding on a home. I’d appreciate any advice! Its lower cost makes it the most practical choice for both indoor and outdoor formulations. You really have to go with water-based formulas. 4. All content on The Wood Whisperer is copyrighted, and may not be reprinted in full form without my written consent. I like easy maintenance so…what would you use? Most outdoor varnishes will contain UV inhibitors. Before we dig into the details, let’s talk about why we need a different varnish for outdoor applications. Spar varnishes are typically designed to not only protect the wood, but also give it the flexibility and UV protection it needs to last for years. I want to avoid the yellowing and amber hues that seem to come with some oil varnishes. This article actually lays out my recommendation and the logic behind it. Would a 50/50 mixture hold up well, or do you or anyone else have suggestions? Would a polyurethane resin based finish be best for sealing a kitchen table? What do you recommend to finish the redwood? Which spar varnish do you recommend and how many coats do I apply on the bad parts and not so bad ones? Are there marine products available in Canada that I could use that would not be too shiny? First, I’m a complete rookie to wood working. Are there outdoor applications where polyurethane is better than phenolic? By thinning the varnish it will leave a smoother finish without unsightly brush strokes. Generally speaking, phenolic resins are best-suited for outdoor use. One option would be to carefully scrape and sand the finish until you start to approach the paint layer. Even regular interior polyurethane has good water resistance so I would say just stick with one simple finish and call it done. I used good old Man-O-War Spar Varnish to waterproof it and to UV protect the cotton rope.The next step is to add the decorative colors to it. My question is am I able to apply like 3 coats of polyurethane and one spar varathane (for sun/water resistance). Fortunately for the inquisitive finisher, there are only so many ingredients that manufacturers have to choose from. Unfortunately, I’m not really qualified to comment on something like that. As I understand it, the Epiphanes Marc recommended is in fact a marine varnish. Your water-based formulations should not yellow over time. Hi Greg. You can play it safe and use de-waxed shellac under the marine varnish. We live in St. Louis Missouri, and purchased a 8 foot bamboo fence, in 20 sections, to install as our privacy fence. Could you give a recommendation on one or two good epoxy coatings? I learned a lot. The other option is to go with a more low-luster finish and use something like a danish oil. If the surface gets stained or discolored, I often use a sharp cabinet scraper to scrap and clean the surface in preparation for more mineral oil. Is there a coating you would recommend. A popular finish like Helmsman Spar Urethane contains urethane modified alkyd resins. Hi, I have 22 exterior doors that bake in the Arizona sun. I am looking for a good finish for some cherry coasters, which will obviously get wet from time to time. Do you think this would work? But if the appearance isn’t a huge issue, you can probably get away with lightly sanding the entire area and coating it with the varnish. If that’s the case, I would just start applying your oil/varnish blend. Will that work? It also fisheyed. Thanks to this article and it also being avilable in Finland I just plonked down for some Epifanes clear varnish. Any advice you can give will be much appreciated. What about using long oil spar varnish on a canvas oil painting instead of “artist oil varnish” as a finishing archival sealer? Any technique suggestions? I now know that marine spar is softer to deal with the constant expansion and contraction of a boat’s life on the sea but has pretty darn good UV inhibition (granted it has a good number of coats). I will be using an Old Masters gel stain. I’m glad google had it in the top 5 line items!!!! Great job. DESCRIPTION: BOYSEN ® Oil Wood Stain is available in various shades to bring out a clear and natural tone in wood. Hi Gail. Would you recommend marine spar varnish for the pew? You said the door doesn’t have a finish on it yet. These are materials I just don’t work with since most of my furniture is for interior use. And the best method of putting varnish or other finish as an overcoat back on it that would not yellow? I read about your rag application process as opposed to applying with a brush. It repels any moisture and seems very resilient. I understand that epoxy doesn’t do well outdoors. We had to tear out and rebuild the living room floor in our 1912 house. Many thanks. Perhaps the stain itself will have UV inhibitors and other additives that will help the stain keep its color. Size: 4 Liters, 1 Liter, Related products. (polyurethane, varathane, etc..). I honestly don’t use the stuff myself so can’t recommend anything too specific. G’day from Australia, The spar varnish I’ve been using recommends at least three coats 8hrs apart for outdoor use, I would recommend at least that many for a lasting finish. Is this the best option? Any recommendations? I need some advice as to how to procede with a spar varnish product to provide a protective finish. After sanding and staining, the previous owner used Minwax Water Based Poly on the floor and, with seasonal temperature variations and regular use, the poly cracked and crumbled out of the gaps over time. I know folks who varnish their boats do it every couple of years. Boysen Spar Varnish B-58 . I would think that after you apply it is going to smooth out regardless. I have also read about another spar varnish called Penofin…any advice will be much appreciated! I NEED the 1/16 – 1/8″ thickness. Thank you As for woodworking shows, I’m a relatively new woodworker and I learn something every time I watch Wood Works and New Yankee Workshop. View Product; Boysen Water White Clear … These elements serve to break down the finish over time. I’m working on a door with full sun exposure. Generally-speaking, my preferred outdoor varnish would be a long-oil varnish made with tung oil and at least some phenolic resins and UV inhibitors. Stick with the danish oil or perhaps even try Watco Teak Oil. For instance, using a small amount of oil and a large amount of resin will produce a very hard but somewhat brittle finish. The Benjamin Moore guy said I could bring in a small container for some universal stain in Burnt Sienna which I must mix up. In all liklihood though, this finish will yellow a bit with time since the product is oil-based. It is called Max CLR HP and has a nice solids content. Sand very lightly with 320 grit or higher just to knock down any surface nubs. Ahh, i see now. Now it looks horrible once AGAIN and we don’t know who to call or what to do to make it last longer than a year. By modifying the types and amounts of these components, we can create a whole range of mixtures that vary in price and are specifically suited for either indoor or outdoor use. Would I still use Epifanes or does this have an amber color to the clear? Boysen Spar Varnish B-58 . I have a large carving in my yard that i have to clean,sand and revarnish yearly.The products here in Canada (uerethane) keep peeling.I have heard that a spar varnish is a product that i should be useing for this carving.My question is Can You bring a spar varnish into Canada from the US as this type of product is not available in Canada. Thxxxx j9, Well if you don’t an amber hue, your options are fairly limited. P 115.40. Easy to apply and easy to repair. I want something that will ward off the water. haha. Even something like Behlen’s Rock Hard Table Top Varnish is a good option. ARe there any stains that resist fading, too? Oh that’s an interesting thought. Here is the kicker- we have three large dogs that we are certain will continuously punish the floors in our new home. Its a pretty bullet proof combination. I finish furniture, and flooring is a different beast. If it were my grandchild, I’d probably go with something well-known to be absolutely safe such as a polymerized oil like Tried & True. So – am I right so far? DRY THROUGH:  And the name “spar varnish” comes from the boating world, where the long wooden poles that support the sails are know as spars. Hi, It was the beginning of the end for me when I saw one of them clamp a router upside down in a vise and use it like a table mounted router. The painters explanation was that VOC rules in Arizona only allowed him to use crappy varnish. Good Morning, This was done about 8 years ago. And I suppose we all have our personal thoughts on “too many coats”. But if you do decide to try this, looking into marine varnishes as they are going to be higher quality than the spar varnish you can get at Home Depot. Also what daytime temprature would you think is too cold to work on the wood? I ordered a teak patio dining set as I love the look of it… but 2 things now have me second guessing it. My goal with the DVD was to demystify finishing by going over each and every step of the wiping varnish process. My questions are: did I use the right materials (I’m sure I did; but it’s my first outdoor murals) and can it be covered with a glass encasement without ruining the finish? welcome your thoughts… Boysen® Spar Varnish #58 is a clear, alkyd-type, glossy varnish that dries to a hard durable film without obliterating the natural appearance of wood. p 128.60. views. Hi What should I use??? The Wood Whisperer is proudly sponsored by brands that Marc trusts. I am simply wondering what brand. As long as you prep the doors adequately, you should be able to apply more gel stain and then Epifanes. That’s going to be a very tricky endeavor. I would really appreciate any insight. I have read that a good badger hair brush is required for the best possible finish. PRINCIPAL USES: For interior sealed wood such as furniture, store fixtures, cabinets, doors and panels. But they range in price from $12-$100. Any other suggestions on where to get it from, at the best price? I am converting an old dresser to a bathroom vanity. The SDR on the horizontal surfaces exposed to sun and snow turned gray and started to crack this year so I resanded and reapplied the SDR. In addition, our kiddos have been known to “not see” and leave spills on counters, [floors, furniture, carpet, the dog, etc.] And just to clear up some terminology, I consider “Varnish” to be a large category of finishing, which includes polyurethane. Hard to say if they will be “as good” but they should work quite well. Now if for some reason there is already poly on the door, the oil/varnish blend might not be the best option, because the wood is already sealed. Its screws are totally inaccessible. I don’t know about “best” but it certainly would be a good option for most situations. 2) I am realizing I probably am not the type of person to keep up with the maintenance I’m reading that is required with teak furniture. Any easy way to confirm if it it red oak or white? Sorry. Click or tap to zoom. The door are made of fiberglass with a wood grain pattern molded into them. It was coated with some type of varnish which is now yellowed and peeling. Great site, by the way! How would you finish with regards to gloss. Shudder…. View Product; Boysen Clear Dead Flat Lacquer B-1253 . Again, a pro could probably give you much better advice on this. If there is hope that it is possible, can you offer some guidance as to how it should be applied or will simply following the product guidelines suffice? I like a shiny door & prep work was killer so I don’t want to do this door again. 4-6 hours I’m a scout leader from Queensland Australia. Any epoxy from the home store will do the trick. Recommendations? My brain has been in another place this week with the website changes. I heard it scratches more easily, but not noticed it myself. Let dry. But it doesn’t seem that any of these questions are getting answered. So you’ll have to move around a bit and selective sand certain areas to keep things even. Thank you. If you want to learn more about my favorite finishing method, you should check out my DVD, A Simple Varnish Finish. I will be using the chairs outside on a terrace that is not covered. I doubt if the $12 brush is actual badger hair. Also, I heard pine sucks up a lot of varnish so do you recommend using a pre conditioner like the Cold CPES epoxy? I’ve only managed to make it through two episodes before I gave up on that one. The table has been stained with a reactive stain for a weathered/driftwood rustic look. Love the white and grey look so looking for a clear matte look to keep true color. I sanded my front door down and it had that antique look to it which everybody loved. Hope that helps. Hi, I’m hoping for some guidance please? I installed a penny floor in a small area and have read that you can use the spar varnish to cover the pennies and make them water proof. http://i58.tinypic.com/290xwuo.jpg I am refinishing an old church pew for use as seating on our deck. What would you recommend? Will be using Epifanes varnish. what is this sediment and is this varnish still ok to use on my park bench? I bought some Old Masters exterior water based satin spar… but I think these are going to be too slick as well. Personally, I don’t want to eat the resins in varnish after prepping salads and vegetables. Hi there Marc. I believe after lots of looking it is made of Honduran rosewood feathers in the center and burl on the outside. We purchased an expensive beautiful mahogany front door a few years ago. 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