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Thread: sealing cypress swings - problem

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Southern Louisiana

    sealing cypress swings - problem

    well my FIL bought 2 cypress swings and finished them with minwax polycrylic even though i told him not to. well the finish has begun to turn white so now he wants to redo them. a local hardware store owner suggested Hellman's spar varnish, which i agree is a good choice. the question is, does he need to remove all the water based polycrylic first or can the spar varnish go over it?

    thanks for any help

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    I can't answer the question.
    But, that doesn't mean I don't have an opinion on the subject.
    Cypress, as you know, being from Louisana, holds up quite well outdoors. I would have left unfinished and allowed to take weathered look.
    For now, though, dunno. Either strip, a lot of work. Or leave alone.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Southern Louisiana
    well frank....that was my advice based on my previous attempts with cypress. but...ya know how it goes sometimes. i told him just to apply thompsons once a year. easy and works well. oh well.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    is he blond or german irish cross? either way it sounds stubborn
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Floydada, Tx
    I would skip the poly. Watewrlox has a extior oil thjat is better suited for this. Every few years it will need a quick wash followed by a new coat. Yes all of the old poly should be removed for best results.

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