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#1 posted 09-08-2018 01:01 PM

Several years ago, I bought Minwax Spar Varnish to finish a pair of cypress Adirondack chairs I built. After six months, the finish looked very much like the pictures in the original post. Within a year, the coating was flaking off in large areas. These chairs were on a shady North facing front porch and were sheltered from all but the strongest blowing rain storms. I’m posting this to warn people that cheap spar varnish will quite likely disappoint.

I have serous doubts that any brand of untinted house paint will provide a satisfactory clear coat for years in the weather. If such a material worked well, paint companies would market it for that purpose.

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