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Forum topic by lemmy posted 01-18-2022 10:53 AM 348 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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lemmy

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01-18-2022 10:53 AM

When COVID hit, my hours were cut to almost nothing. I was able to build all of the projects I had wanted. While looking for something new, I came across these wine barrel chairs and made one. My wife sold it before I was done. I made another, same thing. Fast forward nine months, I’m back to work full time, and making these chairs for almost 25 to 30 hours a week. I am using Arm R Seal oil based top coat for interior use. I know, not for outdoors. My issue is, I don’t like the look of Spar varnish and water based changes the color of the wine stains, killing the natural color of the wine stains. I’m in California, which makes buying gallons almost impossible. The profit margin makes things like an epoxy finish not feasible. Anyone have a simple, easy oil based finish that would protect the color from sun bleaching? I sell covers with the chair, and warn customers that the sun always wins, but I’d still like my chairs to retain the color that is a big selling point for as long as possible.


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#1 posted 01-18-2022 04:19 PM

I think you are doing about all you can do. Like you say, “the sun always wins”. If you don’t like spar varnish (a film finish), your options are limited. You might look into using an oil based coating made for decks. These will need cleaning and re-coating every couple of years, but should help reserve the wood. The sun will gradually change the purple color; probably to brown. The oil will likely also change the look of the purple color. It is hard to tell what the change will be. You will just have to try it to see if it is acceptable to you.

The covers and the warnings are good. Epoxy would not be a good solution regardless of cost. It is not UV resistant and would require additional coats of a UV protecting finish like spar varnish.

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tomsteve

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#2 posted 01-18-2022 07:24 PM

water based should retain the color and leave it closer to natural than an oil based.
have you tried GF 450? great UV protection

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bilyo

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#3 posted 01-18-2022 10:40 PM



water based should retain the color and leave it closer to natural than an oil based.
have you tried GF 450? great UV protection

- tomsteve


I’m not knocking it cuz I haven’t used it, but the GF web page says: “Do not use over light or white paints as yellowing may occur. The UV additive in 450 Clear will protect the integrity of the film, but will not prevent the wood from changing color from sunlight.”

So. I’m guessing that may not be that much different that an oil base with regard to yellowing. Don’t know. Just guessing.

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lemmy

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#4 posted 01-19-2022 12:43 AM

As I said, water based doesn’t really work. It turns the stains towards the pink side. Not much interest in Boones Farm Strawberry Hill wine chairs

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