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Polyurethane vs. varnish vs. wood sealer

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10-08-05, 09:39 AM   #1  
Polyurethane vs. varnish vs. wood sealer

We have finished a screen room (in NW Florida). We have cedar planks for decking and exposed rafters and a ridge beam that we want to leave as natural as possible. Since it is in a humid, unconditioned environment we want to protect the wood. Any ideas on what is the best way to protect it?

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10-09-05, 10:14 AM   #2  
Depending on how much rain gets to the decking you probably wouldn't want to use polyurathane. Poly would be ok on the rafters/ceiling although even satin finish will give it some shine. Clear sealers like Thompsons Water Seal don't generally have a long life span although being in an enclosed area will help it to last longer. A deck stain with a light cedar tint may be your best bet. As with any exterior coating in fla be sure to add extra mildewcide.

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