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    Outside Furniture Question

    I've got quite a lot garden furniture and 4 sun loungers all of which are wood.

    Right now I'm in the middle of stripping them back to the wood clean all the old varnish off, all looking a bit worse for wear with the climate here in Phuket.

    I'm going to stain them in a dark stain to match all the doors so everything looks the same.

    What would be the best to use after staining? to perhaps make them longer lasting,

    A couple of coats of Polyurethane if so which brands did you use for the best results?

    Thanks FR

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    ^A clear polyurethane should do the job. I doubt that the brand will make any difference - any reputable brand - it's all pretty much the same stuff. Ask the guy where you buy your supplies which brand sells best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    it's all pretty much the same stuff.
    Probably true.
    I used Lobster brand varnish on exterior doors and it lasted for several years.
    The 'thai professionals' told me I should have used B52 varnish on anything exterior .

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    B52'S drank a few of them

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    TOA Teak Oil is very good.
    TOA SuperShield Extra Polyurethane if you want a glossy varnish finish.

    Available all over Thailand.

    TOA Group - Excellent and Expertise

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    Seeing as how the furniture is exposed to rain and the elements, possibly a quality marine finish would best do the job. You'd have to inquire as to marine finishes. Cheers

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    RE: Outside Furniture Question

    Hi,
    Thanks for all the information guys. I would like to have your suggestions on what should I be looking to buy as my outdoor furniture set. I don't have a big budget and I want to buy something that I can keep for a long period of time as well.
    Please reply back soon people.

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    I go with Norton on TOA paints. Avoid Nippon paint, it ain't worth shite in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shanewatson709
    I would like to have your suggestions on what should I be looking to buy as my outdoor furniture set. I don't have a big budget and I want to buy something that I can keep for a long period of time as well.
    oh dear

    maybe something secondhand of good quality - can be picked up from personal ads of expats leaving

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    Davis Knowlton;1640711 Ask the guy where you buy your supplies which brand sells best.
    And stay far a way from that brand as it probably will be the cheapest one available because that's the only thing that counts when thais buy such a product.
    Quote Originally Posted by ataloss View Post
    Seeing as how the furniture is exposed to rain and the elements, possibly a quality marine finish would best do the job. You'd have to inquire as to marine finishes. Cheers
    That's also the way I would go.Ask the local ship builder what they use because the deck of a ship get's much tougher wear and tear than any garden furniture.
    Last edited by escaped; 22-04-2011 at 10:19 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shanewatson709
    Thanks for all the information guys. I would like to have your suggestions on what should I be looking to buy as my outdoor furniture set.
    Mai Pradu or Mai Dang

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    No matter what you use or buy, nothing works. We have done our upkeep above and beyond the call of duty and the end result? After a few years everything has to be replaced.

    Maybe your situation is different...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    it's all pretty much the same stuff.
    Knowing a little about paints and stains Berger product is far and away the leading product in Asian conditions.

    Just follow the instructions on the can and like anything prepare the wood base well with the correct fill in cracks etc, sand lightly between coats and make sure you apply at least 4 coats.

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    coconut oil is pretty good for wooden furniture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly
    After a few years everything has to be replaced.
    if more than ten, not too bad

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    If you want a gloss or matte finish varnish, try Sikkens Cetol Marine if available there. I used it for many years and it outlasts any other varnish. It is a bit too opaque on yacht brightwork for purists. There might be a better one, but I'm not aware of it. I would check to insure it is compatible with the stain you are using.

    The easier route in my opinion is to use teak oil though, especially on furniture made of tropical hardwood. It will fade but prep and application is easy. Just a scrub with a good teak cleaner and bleach, let the wood dry then slather on the oil. No sanding and fighting to keep dust out of the finish. Might not be dark enough to match your doors though.

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    After owning a sailboat that had lots of teak, I learned a little about the upkeep. The secret is to routinely sand the wood with fine sand paper and apply another thin coat of varnish. If you let it go until large cracks start to appear, you will have to stip it and start over. I usually did the sanding about every 4 weeks or so which only took a little time compared to stripping and revarnishing. Thailand has a similar climate with the high humidity and intense sun, especially around the beach resorts. Hope this helps.

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    I suppose if you are just sitting around all day drinking g&T's, then you may have time to do that sanding every four weeks!!

    seems very frequent, Rick

    for me, teak oil is the best, easy to apply, skin friendly and smells good too

    maybe not for boats though
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    I posted this the end of last year, well some of it that is outside constantly needs doing again already, it's like the polyurethane blistered

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    you probably didn't prepare the wood properly; or used stuff for interior only

    use teak oil!

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    Please reread my above experiences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly
    After a few years everything has to be replaced.
    if more than ten, not too bad
    I would say maybe 3-4 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    I suppose if you are just sitting around all day drinking g&T's, then you may have time to do that sanding every four weeks!!

    seems very frequent, Rick

    for me, teak oil is the best, easy to apply, skin friendly and smells good too

    maybe not for boats though
    You are right Andy, not too many boat owners used teak oil since they liked the glossy finish. I would think teak oil is just fine for outside funiture and a lot less upkeep.

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    I always prefer a matt finish

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