We have just built a garden gate out of mahogany. I have been searching the
archives for the group, and there seems to be a number of options for
finishing. I am a newbie, so I would appreciate help figuring out the best
option. We live in Houston, so we don't have snow but we do have a lot of
Here is what I have pulled up as potential finishes:
do nothing -- let it age
I don't mind letting it weather to a silver finish, but after all this work,
I would like it to last for at least 20 years.
You can also use Penofin oil. It has UV inhibitors and is for outdoor use.
Makes the mahogany a very rich color. I used it on a bench and tables I
made this years.
If you go the polyurethane route, use a spar version such as Minwax
Helmsman. It has UV inhibitors and remains more flexible.
I don't recommend this. I put this on a mystery far eastern hardwood bench.
It looked great the first year, but started to crack. The cracks let the
wood age. I stripped it, re-did it for the second year. It looked great
except where the wood had aged. Then it cracked again, and more wood
aged. So I stripped it and re-did it for the third year. It looked great
except where the wood had aged. So I stripped it and said the hell with
it, and let all of the wood weather.
I'd look into some of that "real spar varnish" the boat builder types keep
talking about. This Helmsman stuff ain't it.
Michael McIntyre ---- Silvan < firstname.lastname@example.org>
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On Tue, 21 Dec 2004 00:55:16 GMT, "Golden Christmas Girl"
This is GREAT stuff:
A local cedar furniture and pergola maker
uses it exclusively, as he has for years. I tried it last year when
refinishing some wooden spa sides, and it truly is nice stuff.
According to the factory owner who recommended it, the tinted offers
much better UV protection than the clear version. He did not sell the
product when he recommended it to me. I get the stuff from a local
This guy has a LOT of furniture out there, and claims his customers
never complain about the protection and ease of recoating the Olympic
Test on scrap!
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