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Thread: What finish for white oak screen door?

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    Default What finish for white oak screen door?

    A nephew is making a screen/storm door of white oak. It will be mounted year-round and have removable screen and glass panels. It is located near Boston, faces southeast, gets sun through noon and is subject to rain. What finish should be used?

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    Default Re: What finish for white oak screen door?

    I'd go for a good polyurethane or epoxy paint. Outdoor oak is a bugger to keep up and once the water gets to it, it's going to turn black anyway. White will reflect the light and last the longest. I know it's oak, but a door in the sun isn't a good candidate for a bright finish. If one must, paint the outside of the door and finish the inside bright. At least, that's what I'd do.

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    Default Re: What finish for white oak screen door?

    What he said. If it gets wet, it gets black. Several coats of epoxy, and then many coats of a high end varnish would look the best, but exterior urethane would be OK though regular hardware store stuff usually only lasts a season or two outdoors even though it's called "spar varnish." (which it ain/t)

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