finishing exterior wood project

Old 05-01-07, 10:44 AM
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finishing exterior wood project

Hi everyone, I have a project outside that is being made out of red cedar and some parts will be oak or some kinda white hardwood. Red cedar should be fine outside but for the oak I will have to apply some sorta protection to it. I want the grain to show also. I am thinking about one of those translucent stains that are for exterior use. I will be applying it to both red cedar and oak parts. I will probably have to reapply every year or two. Any better suggestions thanks.
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The clear 'sealers' are usually water-based
About a year is all I can get out of them out here
But they can work well if maintained (re-applied every year)

The oil-based ones last longer (about three years), but the 'natural/clear' tends to have a little tint to them
This is necessary for some UV protection
These also must be maintained, it's just the time in between is longer, and they provide a bit more protection

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