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John Smith

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#1 posted 06-26-2018 02:36 PM

Jack – here are samples of white cedar with Pettit 2067 marine spar and water.
the top board is sanded smooth with water poured on it like you said you like.
the bottom board is 6 coats of Pettit #2067 with the proper varnishing curriculum.
to the untrained eye outside in the sunlight, they look identical. . . . . (to me, anyway).

even though the coats of varnish are applied at 24 hour intervals, (no matter how many coats)
it takes about a month for the varnish to obtain the final cure and hardness.
cedar, in itself, is a soft wood. so you can expect it to have dings and scratches with normal use.
a light sanding and a fresh coat of varnish every couple of years will prolong the life of the finish.

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