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Forum topic by newwoodbutcher posted 09-08-2014 05:50 PM 1031 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-08-2014 05:50 PM

I live in Southern California, North San Diego County inland. The sun here is brutal in the summer. I’m committed to making all new outdoor projects maintenance free. I’m rebuilding/redesigning a large and long patio cover that is Doug Fir and has been standing for 27 years (painted). I’m planning to build the new cover with Doug Fir timbers. I wanted to use redwood or Western Red Cedar, but the cost difference makes Doug Fir the necessary best choice. I don’t want the timbers to have the look of new/raw wood but also don’t want to use any paint or stain that will peel or flake. I’m thinking I will treat the new construction with an oil, perhaps Penofin or something similar. I’m expecting that to make it look good (not raw) initially and that the natural greying will occur over time.
Is there anything wrong with my thinking? Any recommendations will be appreciated.

-- Ken

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#1 posted 09-10-2014 06:28 AM

No one?

-- Ken

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#2 posted 09-10-2014 12:40 PM

Can’t comment on the Douglas Fir as I have not used it nor have I used Penofin. However, I do like the idea of having exterior projects maintenance free. Have fun.

-- DonB

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#3 posted 09-10-2014 01:20 PM

Behr semi-transparent stain.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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