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Posted on Spar Urethane - Minwax vs. Varathane

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#1 posted 11-18-2014 07:54 PM

Rick Dennington It doesn’t matter what you use for outdoor furniture. The seal will not be perfect. You will redo the finish every few years.

tjaburke8, A few years ago we were living in an RV full time where we traveled around for about 7 years.
The first year I was forced to replace the entrance steps because the originals were something like the cheap Sauder furniture…. coarse particle board.

I was given a load of used red oak flooring and I had the strange idea to repurpose it. It was probably about 100 years old from being cut, so I used the best pieces to build some beautiful steps.

The trouble is, it only had some kind of floor varnish and wax that had all worn off.

I had several cans of different spar urethane that weren’t very old and had used on a project for a customer.

I did our galley, our lounge, drivers area and head. I was about out so I decided that for the steps I would use the last of the rest of the cans in different areas.

The Minwax Oil base Spar Urethane was on the bottom step, the Varathane and Water based Minwax were split between the second step and top step.

I did take about a week doing these steps making a half dozen different coats.
The bottom step wore in about 18 months, ( I figured it got the worst of the weather). The second and top step lasted almost the whole seven years before the moisture discolored the oak and the finished flaked up.

Seriously, I didn’t see much difference between the Varathane on the left side and the Waterbase on the right side.
The biggest problem I saw was where I had taped off in the center and the line wasn’t always consistent.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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