I recently finished building an Adriondack chair using oak wood and am
wondering how to best finish it. It will be outside and, of course, I am
looking for a low maintenance finish. I was wondering about using a clear
house stain or something similar.
Any advice and suggestions would be most appreciated.
"real" adriondack chairs were painted. Usually white. Since you went throug
the trouble using oak you probably don't want to do that. White oak is rot
resistant so a finish isn't absolutly necessary. Nothing or throw a few coats
of poly on it.
I'm not sure about this and maybe others can chime in, but maybe a product like
Thompsons water seal?
Only one I've heard say anything good about Thompsons was my SIL as it
was already paid for. Cabot makes transparent stains that need
reapplication every 3-4 years.
On 05 Mar 2004 02:18:34 GMT, email@example.com (GBsCards) wrote:
Around these parts Cetol is considered to be the most durable outdoor
finish. One of the most expensive, too. But expense is only relative in the
short term. Last year in a fit of cheapness I put some Home Depot brand
outdoor finish on some newly built outdoor furniture. Now it's a mess, and
I'm going to have to strip it all off and refinish again.
I'll be using Cetol this time, and because it lasts quite bit longer, the
extra materials cost works out to less over a period of time, not to mention
the labour of having to reapply the cheapo finishes on a yearly basis.
I made a set of Adriondack chairs 2 years ago, using cypress. Any
"rot-resistant" wood will discolor to some shade of gray. I don't
like gray wood, so I finsihed it with several coats of "Outdoor Oil"
by GF (General Finishes). I bought one quart at Woodcraft for $10.99,
and that was enough for 2 chairs. After 2 years of Idaho
sun/rain/snow they still look good, though I plan to re-coat this
The back of the can reads, "Outdoor Oil is specially formulated for
all outdoor wood projects . . . has twice the oil and resin content as
other brands . . . contains UV inhibitors, heat stabilizers and mildew
prohibitors . . ."
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