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  1. #1
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    Lightbulb hardwood front porch sealer

    I was wanting to put a polyurethane clear coat(for durability) on the reclaimed oak that I am redoing the porch with. Spar/Urethane is not for foot traffic, regular polyurethane is not for outdoors. Everything I have found does not fulfill what I wanted. Is there a product out there that is clear, durable, and for outdoor use on wood? Or should I just use a water sealer like Behr or Thompsons?

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    Default Re: hardwood front porch sealer

    Horizontal surfaces with foot traffic is very difficult to coat and be durable.
    Also any type of varnish or urathane would be slippery when wet.
    I would probably consider a different wood more resistant to the outdoor elements rather than using the Oak.
    Perhaps cedar , Ipe , mahogany , teak or even the engineered decking would stand up much better with less maintenance than using the oak.

    Just a thought.
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  3. #3
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    Default Re: hardwood front porch sealer

    If you are tied to using your reclaimed oak, a good quality wood sealer would be your best bet. A coating product, like spar, would be too slippery. If the porch is under cover, and you apply the sealer at the prescribed interval, it should give you adequate protection.

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    Default Re: hardwood front porch sealer

    The sad truth is, there is no clear sealer for exterior decking that holds up longer than two years; Whatever you end up with is going to be high-maintenance. I would suggest the Australian wood oil, or exterior Waterlox.
    I hope it is white oak, because if it's red oak you're really wasting your time, it's going to rot out in short order.
    If the flooring is not yet installed, I would recommend dipping it in whichever finish you choose before installing it, thereby sealing every surface.
    S_M
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    Default Re: hardwood front porch sealer

    I found this stuff while I was looking ****** for something else:

    Penofin Hardwood Forumla http://www.penofin.com/products_exotichardwood.shtml

    Maybe that'll help you out. Looks like it's a penetrating oil that won't need to be stripped just periodically reapplied.

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