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we have a client who wants to put a piece of walnut plywood w/veneered edges protected by 4 coats of polyurethane on top of their mailbox,,, i'm no woodie but i think that's horsepuckey after exposure to the weather even here in atlanta & have recommended against it.

what's the best wood to use IF i can't talk them out of it ? apitong ? teak ? this is a condo so no one's going to take any personal interest other than ***** to the property manager who'll then call me

thanks in adv, guys !
 

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Teak and teak oil would hold up forever and only need to be reoiled every few years.
Far easier then having to sand off the peeling Poly.
 

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Real wood or at least plywood rated for boat building or it is just going to fall apart when it gets wet. It doesn't matter how many coats of poly you put on it. Water will get to it.
 

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no epoxy's good for outside - could use polyaspartic or polyurea tho,,, this is what happens when the condo's filled w/old people who are tired of watching oprah reruns - they're all xpurts :wink2:
 

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Forget the urethane. I used tongue and grove mahogany on a south facing covered porch with exterior rated polyurethane. Sun ate it alive. Peeled off like sun burnt skin on a ten year old. Left me with a refining job. I suggest an oil finish.
 

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If this is to rain cap the box, I would use copper base then designed strips of wood than a solid piece. Redwood looks good and is weather resistant. I would look to recoating (as suggested but probably every year) with oil and uv inhibitor mixed in. Search craftsman style for ideas and put together with brass screws.
 
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