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Username Post: need suggestions to stain/seal new wood bed for 72 Chevy stepside        (Topic#356995)
Toms72c10 
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06-27-19 11:51 AM - Post#2769362    

I am in need of suggestions to stain/seal new oak wood bed kit for my 72 Chevy stepside?



 
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06-27-19 04:22 PM - Post#2769384    
    In response to Toms72c10

OY !!!

I'd use a high quality exterior stain and Polyurethane.

I'm sure someone with more wood finishing experience will be along with better advice.

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06-28-19 07:41 AM - Post#2769427    
    In response to Toms72c10

Welcome to ChevyTalk!

Max

I'm originally from the ONCE great city of Flint, Michigan. The birthplace of General Motors, where A C Spark Plug was formed and headquartered, where the first Corvettes were hand built, and where my 1955 Chevy was made.



 
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06-28-19 10:20 AM - Post#2769434    
    In response to rcr3

Check Out Wood boat web sites for the best Varnish.

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06-28-19 02:51 PM - Post#2769453    
    In response to Toms72c10

YO !!!

I "WOULD" OF WENT WITH ALUMINUM DIAMOND PLATE.

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06-28-19 04:58 PM - Post#2769472    
    In response to Toms72c10

Why not drop down to the truck section? I would check out all the years.



 
rcr3 
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06-29-19 12:29 PM - Post#2769513    
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  • TAT_2 Said:
YO !!!

I "WOULD" OF WENT WITH ALUMINUM DIAMOND PLATE.



Yes!and dual CB whips plus chrome whore mudflaps!

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'37 Chevy cp.SOLD!!6/7/14
'74 Nova Custom cp.
'73 Nova pro-street project
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55 Shaker 
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06-29-19 07:26 PM - Post#2769543    
    In response to rcr3

How about dual static straps, with quad reflectors?

The older I get, the more dangerous, I am !!!!


 
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06-30-19 03:44 AM - Post#2769558    
    In response to 55 Shaker



'67 Camaro survivor
'06 Z71 Sierra Ex Cab
'37 Chevy cp.SOLD!!6/7/14
'74 Nova Custom cp.
'73 Nova pro-street project
'17 Chevy Trax LT
'00 S10 Ex cab






 
Toms72c10 
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07-01-19 12:10 PM - Post#2769655    
    In response to rcr3

thx for the tip!




 
ChromeFinger 
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07-08-19 03:42 PM - Post#2770215    
    In response to monty56

Boats have mahogany or teak wood. Teak oil is used every year on this kind of wood, but not in this truck.
Mar-K in OK City has an interesting test on bed wood finishes. They sell part for these lovely chevy trucks like the C10. Check out their website and click around to find this bed wood finish, then look at this test they did, in house over a few years. They tried most everything you can think of, and most all failed over time when left exposed to the weather.

The only interesting thing I can add, as a 61 year old retired ASE Master Tech, my first vehicle cost me $150 for a 1965 C10 Apache short bed. It was owned by a construction company who used it to haul oil, diesel and waste oil to the job sites for big equipment. The truck was well worn, in decent condition, but had so many miles on it, the speedo stopped at 210k. It had the original tight grain southern pine bed. Now, you invested some dough in the oak, but the bed of this truck was soaked in diesel and motor oil. I drove it for 5 years before getting a 68 Dodge Charger, yep before "Dukes of Hazard", but the bed never ever had signs of weak spots or decay. It was a sun drenched light brown and I am sure it was marked before I got it in 1969. The truck was only 4 years old, but very high miles. They told me that one old man who worked for them for 34 years service the vehicle, changed the oil, fix what ever it needed. It had a 283 Cu. In. engine with a power glide behind it. Never let me down. I won't say what happen to it, but it broke my heart when it failed. But, when I did walk away from it, the bed was still good.
You need an oil base product that soaks into the wood fibers. Poly is a film type product and wood is alive, it will move and make poly peel before the end of one year. Even "Spar" varnish is still a film type product and will come off. I suggest a teak oil and soak it in, then repeat two or three more times. Do NOT forget the edges and ends as an oil type finish, will soak into the wood.
Remember, wood is like a bundle of straws with a rubber band around it. The fibers are tight grain but still hollow. The glue that holds it together is "Lignin" or what we call tree sap glue.
Best of luck.



 
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07-09-19 05:14 PM - Post#2770323    
    In response to ChromeFinger

I installed a hard wood floor (oak) in my living room about 10 years ago and included the stairs in our split entry home. I used a poly type product specifically designed for floors. It has held up well including the stairs. Granted it hasn't been exposed to the elements but it has survived a lot of foot traffic over the years and often wondered how it would stand up in a pickup bed.
Eric

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