Treating Red Oak for outside use

Old 08-23-14, 07:06 AM
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Treating Red Oak for outside use

Hi all, what would be a good product to treat a Red Oak bench for outside use?I was considering Tung oil.
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I don't know how well rubbing oils fare outside You could use a spar poly/varnish although most anything you use will have a shorter life due to the exposure to the elements, so expect to recoat as needed, maybe every year.
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Spar urethane would be my choice but, as Mark said, be prepared to reapply on a regular basis.
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Try an epoxy sealer before you put the finish coat on. It will better protect the wood and provide excellent adhesion to the finish coat.
Old 08-23-14, 05:23 PM
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Oak is probably the worst outdoor wood for furniture no matter what you finish it with. One infiltration point and the wood will turn black.
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I'm with chandler on this one.
Never going to work.
Red oak is the worst in the oak family when it comes to moisture.
Take a piece of it and put one end in a bucket of water, then blow on the other end.
You'd see bubbles because the veins or whatever they call then in a tree are so course.
Ever once seen outside furniture, a boat trimmed in oak, outside house trim in red oak?
There's a reason for that.

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