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Username Post: '72 Short Bed wood finish        (Topic#364837)
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Reg: 04-05-21
04-06-21 11:54 AM - Post#2817593    

Hello everyone,

So simply I'm looking to see if anyone has suggestions on some of the wood finishes and how they have been applied?

For my father's birthday I made a black walnut set to replace his current oak that is not in the best of conditions. I believe he used a normal polyurethane that was supposed to have a UV blocker in it, but it did not hold up too well. To be transparent the truck does see a good bit of weather and isn't generally parked in a covered area.

With a lot of the wood working I do on the side from slabs, tables, etc anything outdoor for like benches I have used a spar urethane which seemingly has held up well to any fading, or major issues.

My question or possible questions; would you spray all sides, top/bottom/sides or would you think the wood would need to breathe in any manner and leave the sides natural? I ask this as I don't have experience putting wood in conditions of getting elements from the road, as well as nature itself. I followed a guide per say from gmcpauls and it does call out making a cut into the grove every 1' to help drainage. I'm pretty confident that his current one does not have this, nor has any of the restorations he has worked on so maybe that would help with drainage.

Any help would greatly be appreciated.



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04-06-21 02:33 PM - Post#2817604    
    In response to Crux

Spar urethane will work well. You need to coat all 6 sides of the wood. If you leave a surface uncoated the wood will cup from moisture that gets in leaving it through the uncoated surfaces. As for drainage, I have no suggestions, sorry.

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04-06-21 05:09 PM - Post#2817612    
    In response to wagonman100

I like the Spar and the drain ideas. Only thing I can add is drain cuts b4 Spar. Yes I know everybody knows that!!

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04-08-21 10:40 AM - Post#2817707    
    In response to Mel Foye

I have often wondered how hardwood floor poly-urathane would stand up in this application? I used a Beuar (sp?) product specifically for wood floors about 15 years ago and has with stood heavy foot traffic even on the stairs. Of course it's not exposed to the elements but it sure is some tuff stuff, better than any varnish I've ever used.


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