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Forum topic by woahink posted 09-07-2017 11:44 PM 607 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-07-2017 11:44 PM

My husband and I live on the Oregon coast. We are in the process of building a new home. We have 4 24 ft, 16 inches in diameter douglas fir logs that we will be using outside to support the overhang over our deck. These logs have had all the bark removed. Can someone please tell me what would be the best way to seal and finish the logs to protect them from the sea air, moisture and sun. We would like to put a clear finish on them so the grain of the wood shows.

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#1 posted 09-12-2017 12:32 PM

There are various oil & waterbased product can use but plan on redoing every couple three years. Some coatings will last long based upon weather conditions still plan on recoating to keep your log looking good. Recommend buying locally if possible.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 09-12-2017 02:00 PM

Marine varnish or Zar polyurethane. With Zahr, I used a mild bleach and water spray every two years and refinish.


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