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Old 10-08-2009, 05:15 PM   #1
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Sealing cypress wood and beams

I recently built an outdoor kitchen and entertaining area. I have lots of rough cut cypress beams and pecky wood cypress. I wish to seal the wood but not stain it. I want to keep the natural look of the wood but protect it from the elements. Very little of the wood gets direct sun. I live in Louisiana...very high humidity.

What product should I look at and also what application method should I use.

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MDS--Some time in the last year Fine Home Building magazine had a great article on outdoor finishes.

It has a great read. Unexpected results.Check the library or on line.

I am sure the research time will pay off.---MIKE---

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I have read that the best clear finish for outdoor stuff is un-tinted outdoor paint. IIRC the recommendation was for the base for light colors. Evidently, it has better UV protection than almost anything and a long life. Now, I've never done this so recommend a web search for more specifics.
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Old 10-08-2009, 09:58 PM   #4
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Spar urethane is an excellent finish for weather-exposed woods. It goes on like polyurethane and is available in satin and gloss. Of all the brands I've tried I prefer the Cabot brand at Lowes. I'd be sure the wood is good and dry before applying it, and ensure that the weatherman is promising about three days of sunshine after it is applied.
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