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Question What is the best product for finishing Wooden Garden Gates: Sikken, Flood, Decade,...

I'm doing some research to determine what product will help protect my new wooden gates. I have already added the dark burgundy stain to the gates. I just want to put a finish on it to protect the gates and color from sun and water damage for the longest period possible. I live in California.

I have been looking into Sikkens Products http://www.sikkens.us , Flood Products http://www.flood.com and then I also found one online called Decade that says that it lasts 10 years but I don't see any reviews on it yet. It is not cheap but I don't need a lot of it and I would rather pay more and have it last longer than to be cheap about the finish. http://www.50yeardeckpaint.com/deck-ts195.asp

I think that they have another web site here: http://www.topsecretcoatings.com/cst...ory=61#details

I read on another board that Sikkens was good but not as good since they changed their formula to meet California environmental guidelines. I have heard that Flood was good, now owned by Sikkens but have not heard if their current products are good. And I don't know anything about the Decade product other than the manufactures web site. I was wondering if people have any feedback as to the which current product is the best. I would prefer something that lasted for a long time so I don't have to redo it very often.

Thank you in advance for the advice.

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Question Do you have any other suggestions for long lasting outdoor clear finish with uv prote

Well, it does not sound like anyone has used any of the products that I have looked at so far. Do you have any other suggestions for long lasting outdoor clear finish with uv protection?
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Sorry no one wants to reply to ur post. The only product I've used for outdoors that has worked well for me is Waterlox marine finish
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Well, it does not sound like anyone has used any of the products that I have looked at so far. Do you have any other suggestions for long lasting outdoor clear finish with uv protection?
Didn't see your post.
I use Sikkins on log cabins and decks. After 5 years, no complaints and the cabins look as good as the day we finished. The decks suffer some from foot traffic wear, but not from UV or snow and rain.
On a gate, it should last at least as long.

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