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Need a hard finish coat for an outside table

I built a table out of blue pine and need a finish that will seal it and have a hard/tough finish. The table will be on a covered deck but still might get some rain and snow on it depending which way the wind is blowing. Ideas, recommendations? I was looking at Rock Hard Bar Top until I seen it was for interior use.
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-07-2016, 03:16 PM
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I would normally opt for spar varnish for outdoor applications. A nice, quick read here:

http://www.thewoodwhisperer.com/arti...gular-varnish/

Spar varnish is flexible enough for outdoor weather related wood movement, and contains UV inhibitors as well.

Another $000,000,000.02 worth of advice,
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The problem with a hard finish on exterior wood is it expands and contracts more than interior wood. If you put a hard finish on exterior wood it will crack and allow water in to the wood and soon the finish will peal off. For exterior wood spar varnishes are used and the best is Epifanes. A spar varnish is elastic enough to deal with weather extremes. http://www.jamestowndistributors.com...+Clear+Varnish
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Thanks Shop Rat and Steve. I will be going with your recommendations and use the spar.
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