need some advise please


Old 05-13-07, 07:26 AM
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need some advise please

Hey everyone,

I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the right place but...

I just bought one of those precut and drilled picnic tables from my local bigbox store. And I noticed that the wood is just untreated and unfinished pine. The directions say to apply sealant and stain and varnish. Question is: Do I put something like thompsons water seal first then apply a stain, in that order? or the other way around? What about varnish?
And Is there a special outdoor grade stain I should use or can I use like the same stuff I use on my interior wood trim and such?
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Old 05-13-07, 08:27 AM
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You could use Minwax Polyurethane (any color) on it.. To seal the wood on all 6 sides, mix the Minwax 2 parts poly to 1 part mineral spirits.. Brush it on using a BRISTLE brush to help prevent bubbles.. Let it dry and start using the poly out of the can.. Sand with 220 between coats and use tack cloth to get the dust.. Do not shake the can, but stir it..
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