varnish for the sunny but unlucky- los angeles california
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woodcrazy



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:22 pm    Post subject: varnish for the sunny but unlucky- los angeles california Reply with quote

i think los angeles california has banned every and any thing that is "bad" expect for pot shops- go figure

working on another window- this one was previously scraped to bare wood- there is still bits of primer on it, very rustic:)

it was like that from the PO and without knowing any better, i painted a matte polyurethane finish to protect it years ago.

i'm keeping the rustic look but sanded off the poly.

now trying to figure out what to do next: wanted a phenolic resin varnish varnish like waterlox but no one will ship to los angeles.

just looking for something to protect and seal it.

any recommendations?

also, i normally prime the rabbets with sw oil primer, if i'm going apply a varnish- would it be cleaner to varnish the rabbets too so no primer peeks out? i do a oil pretreatment.
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woodcrazy



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nevermind, i found some man o'war marine spar varnish at my local osh.

not sure if its any good, no listed ingredients but its oil based.

is rustoleum oil based paints and primer for metal any good for wood? i was surprised to see whole GALLONs of oil paints and primers.

normally, i can only buy oil primer in quarts sizes.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 1:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

look at the MSDS, that will tell you what's in it. most spar varnishes ARE polyurethane.

are you staining the outsides? nothing other than paint will last long outside, stains and clear finishes will have a much shorter maintenance cycle than paint. as for the insides you can use whatever, glass blocks enough of the sun's light to allow any interior finish to work fine.

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