Redwood

My father built a solid round redwood picknictable 35 years ago.I have sanded it a half a dozen times,along with the 5 benches that go around it.My problem is what clear finish to put on it.We have tried many things,but the summer sun makes them yellow and peal.The first sealer was a varathan product that worked very well for the first 20 years{it is hung in the garage over the winter}but like all paint type products,none are as good as they used to be.Any help would be appreciated.
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How about putting nothing on it? This is the easiest, cheapest and redwood really doesn't need anything on it as a protectant. If you must use something take a look at the various penetrating oils on the market intended for decks. They come in clear and redwood colors. Reapplication requires no sanding in subsequent years. Art
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Like all type paint products none are as good as they used to be. Hummmmm..
You mention a clear varnish that does not hold up as well as the paint product that held up for 20 years. Paints hold up much better than clear varnishes when exposed to sun light. Paints hold up better because they are opaque and do not let sun light totally penetrate the finish.
Your best varnish is probably going to be a Spar varnish, but be prepared to refinish ever few years.
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I'd skip the clear and go for Olympic Maximum Cedar Tint outdoor oil finish.
It'll protect the color, never peel, and it's ridiculously easy to apply.
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;~) How long is your experience with the product? I have been wanting to stain/tint my deck that is PT with 24 years of sun exposure. Still very sound but rough looking but IMHO rough looking is better than pealing paint. The Olympic product sounds interesting.
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On Sat, 26 Jan 2008 18:00:11 -0600, "Leon"

Personally, about 8 or 9 years.
The key is to apply one coat, as the label says, and reapply every 2-3 years. If more than one coat is applied, what isn't absorbed can get sticky. More is not better. The clear version does not have the same UV protection as the cedar tinted formula.
The guy who turned me on to it is local to me: <http://www.baldwinpergolas.com/finishing.php <http://www.baldwinfurniture.com/
All of his natural finished products are sprayed with cedar tinted Maximum. He's probably got 10,000 items out there, including sample benches and chairs for public use, all over the Main Street sidewalks of local towns. Some of his pergolas go on seriously high-end homes.
He tells all of his customers what he uses, so they can better maintain their purchases.
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Thank you , I'll have to look into that and maybe try it out.
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Was it very loud when it pealed?

Varnish type finishes will peel after while. Use something like Penofin oil every couple of years. Has UV protectors to help keep the natural color too. www.penofin.com
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The paint pros all use Penofin oil on anything like outdoor furniture and decks. There is a local guy (here in California where the Redwoods grow), that uses reclaimed heavy rewood timbers to create really great looking outdoor furniture that he sells at the local craft fairs. He too answered "Penofin" when asked. It comes in clear or colors but is just the best stuff going. Being a true oil finish and not a varnish it will never peel. It provides great UV and water protection. It's the stuff.

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