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Old 05-12-2009, 11:56 PM
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Finally got moved in last week.

The place we got has a nice patio area with a decent sized overhang.

I've got an extra dining table set, made of oak, and i was thinking of keeping it outside in the patio area.

Its got a light varnish on it currently but was wondering what was the best way to protect this kind of furniture in the Vegas heat?

Outdoor varnish, enamel paint, stain?

Never done anything like this before, but don't mind experimenting with this table set.

Thanks for any advice!
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Old 05-13-2009, 12:09 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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They sell an orange oil product for oak furniture at the stores that specialize in oak. But don't expect it to last long outside even if you oil it frequently. It's not only the heat, which we don't have in wintertime. It's the wind and lack of humidity. Also, you'll find out just how dirty our air is with all the wind, as outdoor furniture gets coated with a layer of dirt within 24 hours of cleaning.
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Old 05-13-2009, 12:48 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I can't see how oil would work on top of a light coat of varnish.

I would sand it and polyeurathane it 5 or 6 times while resanding with a fine steel wool between coats.

Probably best to go to www.formbys.com
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Old 05-13-2009, 02:00 AM
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Actually, I was thinking of just applying some sort of clear (with UV) finish on the set like a Minwax ClearShield.

Don't know if this would be enough though.
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Old 05-13-2009, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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Sun and moisture will eventually degrate any wood surface regardless of stain, varnish, paint, etc. If you live where it is either dry or humid, expect your wood to expand, shrink, crack, even mold. If you are determined to keep wood outside, I'd strip the table and put Marine varnish on it.
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