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Stain / weather proofing advice.

I am building new screen doors for my house. The house is from the 1920s and the interior is all dark stained white oak. I would like to try and carry a similar color outside of the house on the screen doors. I am making the screen doors out of cedar. The color doesn't need to be identical to the inside I'm really just looking for a dark almost walnut color and a finish that will give me the best protection from the weather. Also a good exterior wood filler.... I have one joint that is driving me crazy.

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The wood will need a wood conditioner prior to staining. If you use a stain other than Minwax it can be tinted darker to compensate for using a wood conditioner. The wood conditioner is a sealer which helps prevent the stain from going blotchy. Trouble is the sealer also prevents the stain from staining as dark as it would otherwise so a darker stain needs to be used. Do your testing of the finish procedure on scrap wood before putting anything on your door. Also be sure to wipe off the excess stain. If you allow stain to dry on the surface it will cause the finish to fail prematurely. Then for a finish use a marine grade spar varnish. The best is Epifanes. It's a bit expensive but will last longer. A cheaper alternative is Cabot spar varnish. It's available at some of the box stores.
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I'd slap some Olympic Elite Semi-Solid on it. Either Royal Mahogany or Wenge. One step, cheap, readily available, water cleanup.

Famowood is the best filler I've ever used.
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