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Forum topic by AmericanPatriot posted 08-23-2016 03:01 PM 700 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-23-2016 03:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: flood cwf adirondack chair finish

I’m building my first adirondack chair and plan on using Flood CWF-UV for the finish. My question is, should I apply the finish to the areas that join first, assemble the chair, and then apply the finish to the exposed areas? Will assembling it and then applying the finish allow the pieces that join to be adequately protected? I hope that makes sense.

Edited to add: The wood is western red cedar and all screw holes will be plugged, if that helps.



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#1 posted 08-30-2016 01:26 AM


My approach is to apply finish to all exposed wood, whether an indoor or outdoor project. In those areas of the chair where applying finish after assembly would be difficult or impossible, I would therefore apply finish before assembly since pre-assembly may be the only opportunity to ever protect those difficult areas.

While it sounds as if the finish you will use offers UV protection, moisture protection is, in my opinion, also important. Pre-finishing hard-to-get-at areas will also provide moisture protection.

Even though you probably already know, I’ll mention that areas where glue will be applied should get no finish. But on joints held only by screws, all wood making up the joint would get some finish. This is because water can penetrate the joint and enter the wood.

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#2 posted 08-30-2016 04:28 AM

I agree with JBrow, I looked up your finish you want to use and it sounds like when needed to be redone, a clean up, some light sanding. I used Australian Timber Oil on my white oak adirondack stuff, I still got some mold after a year outside through a WI winter. WHAT you do not what to use is a film finish, it will not hold up and a real PITA to redo. I think there is no perfect exterior finish in any climate other then the SW if it is outside all year.

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