I am wondering what people who have finished Cypress, have used for a
stain or finish. I am planning on using Cypress for a bathroom vanity,
and some outdoor furniture.
Any suggestions? Please indicate if you have used the finish/stain
I've not used cypress indoors, but have outdoors a few times. Spar varnish
is OK but has to be done often for good protection.
I've had very good luck with Penofin oil on a few outdoor woods. Great
stuff. I've used Sikkens Cetol Marine and I don't care for it. Darkens and
did not cover well.
I'll second the Penofin oil. I've had some cypress outside for several
years and it looks "almost" new. I've used the gray Penofin stain since I
wanted a weathered look and didn't need to wait a dozen years to get it.
The only problem I have is the cypress furniture is under several oak
trees and horizontal surfaces discolor black. A quick sanding each spring
removes the black crap and this year I'll probably splash on some more
I use CWF penetrating oil once a year on all my outdoor wood that does
not have a stain. It will darken the wood, contains UV protection,
takes a few weeks until the tackiness goes away. CWF is not for
indoor use. You can buy CWF at HD.
For interior bathroom finishes, select a clear finish that has good
moisture resistance, such as a polyurethane. You can stain it or pick
a poly finish that contains stain. It is a good idea to seal all
sides,including the underside. For a bath, shellac is probably not so
good as it is easily damaged by alcohol-based products.
Might want to rethink the cypress thing if you are looking for a
finish similar to what you'd see with cherry, walnut, etc. I recently
built a rocking chair out of cypress and put a single coat of tung to
it and hated the results. Tung darkened the lighter areas and seemed
ineffective on darker areas. My hopes for enhanced grain contrast were
definitely not realized. In addition, the tung gave an overall honey
color to the wood which I did not find pleasing. YMMV
I used MinWax Wipe-On Poly for a set of cypress shelves I built. Looks
great. I only did one or two coats because I wanted more of a "wood"
than "plastic" look.
I tried (on a sample) Tried and True Boiled Linseed Oil and it gave the
same dark/light described above.
Make sure you try it first!
I have used cypress indoors with a wipe-on oil stain followed by
several wiped-on coats of Waterlox. No complaints at all, and this is
a coffee table that often gets sweaty coke cans and such left on it.
Waterlox is good stuff.
I've built a good bit of outdoor furniture using cypress with only fair
long-term results. The cypress we get today is not the same stuff your
grandaddy used. He had access to old-growth heartwood which was quite
rot-resistant. What's being cut today is generally younger trees with
mostly sapwood. I think I'm switching to white oak for my next outdoor
furniture even though cypress is plentiful and cheap here. The chairs
I built ten years ago are too rotten to use another year. The rot
started at screw holes and joints where water got down into the wood,
or where water could get between the two pieces. I stained them with
Cabott opaque oil based deck stain. It doesn't form a film, it soaks
into the wood. I like it because even though it needs refreshing every
few years, it doesn't require any prep. Just paint another coat on.
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