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post #1 of 4 Old 05-04-2010, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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Weather proofing a picnic table

I'd like to build a picnic table using regular construction lumber, not treated lumber. Can anyone suggest/recommend the best "stuff" to use to treat the wood to protect it against the elements? I'd like to also be able to paint it, too.

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post #2 of 4 Old 05-04-2010, 07:07 PM
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I would use cedar. Then put on a coat of something like this:

I've done this with a lot of outdoor stuff and it works well.


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Paint is about the best thing to protect wood from the elements. Start with an oil-based primer.

For a clear finish, real marine varnishes like Sikkens or Epifanes are the best (and pricey--$40+ a quart). Poly is the worst, as UV light destroys it.
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Smile Finishing a picnic table

Hello much sealer does it take to put 2 coats on a standard 6-7 ft.picnic table,brushing it on?What is the best and most economical?Thankful for all suggestions.
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