Exterior Stains

Designed for exterior wood applications, EXTERIOR 450 provides protection that will withstand the rigors of the sun, rain, and wind. After a lot of research I’ve opted for the marine varnish Epifanes Clear varnish for a new walnut front door that receives virtually no direct sun. In Arizona most outdoor coverings and structures are made of GDF since Cedar is so expensive here but I want the Cedar color. Thinned-down formulations also exist, which can be wiped on, but still require slightly more care to apply than a strictly rub-in oil finish. We will regularly inspect the wood for signs of failure in the finishing system and provide monthly progress reports.

Hemp Shield • Wood Finish and Deck Sealer • Low VOC • Eco Friendly • Non-Toxic Hemp Products — © 2010, 2011, 2012 Fibre Alternatives. Given that most wood coatings are rarely expected to last longer than two years in the marine environment—particularly in super-sunny locales—it’s no surprise that we’ve seen more significant changes in the coatings in the last six months than we had in previous checkups. I think most here will agree that the extra time it takes to use (whether mixing, applying, dry time, etc.) will be more than made up by the long lasting effect or beauty of the finish. Packaged in a one quart, clear glass round jar with wide-mouth metal screw-top lid.


This is simply a choice made by the end user who either prefers the gray weathered look (or doesn’t mind it), and accepts this as the most maintenance-free method of a wood with high resistance to decay. You actually hit on two weak points in my knowledge-base: paint and pressure treated wood. The properties of finishes required for siding and for signing is radically different.

This is my first visit to this site and my previous comment was inappropriate as this site is for wood enthusiasts that take the smallest detail very seriously. I’m leaving my outside ipe chairs without a finish as I don’t want to sand and re-coat everything every year (I’d rather build some new items!), but for a rail cap the visual impact of a nice finish is well worth the 3 hours annualy to keep it up! This process is repeated until a sufficiently thick finish has been formed, and then it is leveled and buffed in much the same way as any other film finish. I’m almost done removing the finish in the inglenook area and hopefully will be staining and finishing soon.

Surprisingly, the first products to be dropped from this group are two that performed well in past PS tests: Bristol Finish and Honey Teak. Editor’s Note: Jim started working on wood in his grandfather’s church furniture shop at age 13 and learned wood finishing there from the shop’s head finisher. If your deck is made of CCA lumber and its finish is flaking, we suggest calling a pro equipped to safely remove the old finish, dust, and debris.

While it is hard for the amateur to work with lacquers they do provide an incredibly beautiful and rich finish that is worth the extra work especially if you are looking to put the finishing touches on a furniture project. Some customers want to retain the look of natural” wood siding, particularly with the warm-toned hues of premium red cedar or redwood. We translate the confusing labels, show you some of the many places stains are used, and offer tips on how to apply and maintain a finish for maximum durability. Unfortunately, there is no finish that will magically preserve the look of new wood.