Durable Outdoor Finish?
Unfortunately, this attempt at a “bulletproof” finish didn’t hold up. After two years, the finish is cracking and peeling. While it might be tempting to put 100% of the blame on the finish itself, there were other factors at play here. First, this table received full sun exposure in Denver. At our high elevation, the UV rays are particularly potent and there aren’t many film finishes that can survive that kind of torture. Second, the wood itself is incredibly soft. That means the table dented and scratched easily. Wherever a scratch occurred, there was a point of infiltration for the elements and the finish simply lifted from there. And third, the breadboard end design is problematic for a film finish. As the table expands and contracts, the finish will split and create another point of infiltration.
As a point of reference, I have this same finish on two Adirondack Chairs (mahogany) and a garden gate (white oak), all of which are mostly shaded during the day but still exposed to weather, and those are holding up great. To see how this finish held up and what I ultimately did about it, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxyU3iN64JQ
For an extensive article on this process, check this out: http://www.thewoodwhisperer.com/videos/durable-outdoor-finish/
Looking for a durable outdoor finish? You’ve come to the right place! Looking for an inexpensive solution that will never require any maintenance? This is not the finish for you. Good quality marine finishes are not cheap. In fact, I am pretty sure the finishing materials cost as much as the wood! And while they can produce one of the most durable and long-lasting finishes available to woodworkers, they will eventually require maintenance thanks to the unrelenting power of Mother Nature. My goal is to put off that maintenance for as long as possible.
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