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#1 posted 04-27-2010 03:42 PM

White oak is an excellent exterior wood, it ranks right up there with cypress , the only thing I know of that is stronger and does well in outdoor environments is IPE , white oak left natural will grey , a seasonal washing with some clorox in a 50/50 mix with water will restore it ,but I would use a good exterior oil like general finishes exterior oil , or a pure tung oil, ( tung oil will dry slow), a film finish will still allow the greying, you can also check to see what your local suppliers are using for cedar siding and roofs.. and that will work as well.
here in the mountains of Virginia , we have what are called “pig fences” , they are basically a low split rail fence that were built a hundred or more years ago, they are white oak, they are grey , covered in moss , if there is some sap wood it may have decayed some what, but you scrape away the ugly and they are still sound and solid…

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