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Spar varnish

Posted by Henry in MI on July 27th, 2000 04:37 PM
In reply to Spar polyurethane by DennisD on July 27th, 2000 10:28 AM [Go to top of thread]

Dennis, I agree with you 100%. Spar varnish is the best choice for exterior stained wood. However, no matter what you do, exterior stained wood will always be a maintenance issue. The bad news is that it needs to be sanded and revarnished every 2-4 years. The good news is that this is fairly easy to do. If you doubt any of this, just look around the boat yards in the spring. You always find a lot of weekend sailors refinishing the brightwork.

Paint will last a few years longer but exterior wood will always require maintenance. If this were not true, the aluminum and vinyl siding guys would have been out of business years ago. I don't really know for sure but I would guess that painted and faux finished metal or fiberglass doors will require revarnishing on about the same schedule as real wood doors or they might go a year or 2 longer.

Henry in MI

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