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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 07-09-2017 01:56 PM

To more or less echo what Art said, that’s the wrong wood….but you have what you have. So I’ll second the suggestions to use either Epifanes (or other true marine spar varnish, nothing from the box store) or even the GF 450. I’ll add one other choice: paint, but without tint added. The exterior oil paint bases made for the dark colors (usually #4, maybe # 5, or just “deep base”) will look very much like an oil based varnish once cured and they contain all the exterior protection you will need. If this is of interest, there's more info here (the article is a little dated with the finish names, and oil based paint is getting harder and harder to find).

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