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Unread 02-09-2013, 07:14 AM   #1
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Default Should I polyurethane my cedar BGE table???

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I am putting together my cedar BGE table and would like your opinion on protecting it. As you know, cedar turns gray pretty quick when it's exposed to the elements. I purchased a can of clear polyurethane (satin finish) to prevent the graying and protect it from BBQ sauce stains, etc.

Am I making a mistake by "painting" my cedar table?




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Unread 02-09-2013, 07:18 AM   #2
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Make sure it's the "helmsman" made for outdoors (and uv protected). Of course you won't be using it as a cutting board so lay it on nice nod thick.
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I wouldn't. When moisture gets under the finish (and it will) you'll start to see a lot of blemishes and peeling. that will be the moisture trying to escape from under the finish.
Cedar will go silver without a finish on it and it will not rot unless it's in constant contact with water.
Let it go silver like the rest of us.
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I should mention that I keep my smoker on a covered patio.

It was an expensive table, so I hate to let it turn gray.

I'm now leaning towards just a dark stain. Mostly so it will "match" the dark bronze patio columns and furniture. Is that gay?


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I put 5 coats of the boat-grade on ours some three+years ago and it still looks great. Even with the UV protection, it still fades. I have some tiles on it to rest hot items and the color under the tiles is quite a bit darker. Ours is under a patio roof too.
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Make sure it's the "helmsman" made for outdoors (and uv protected). Of course you won't be using it as a cutting board so lay it on nice nod thick.
Sounds about right to me.
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It was an expensive table, so I hate to let it turn gray.

I think you've answered your own question. I say stain and seal it. Just make sure you use the exterior stuff. An interior sealant will start to flake in nothing flat(don't ask me how I know, I just know,It's not like I've ever made that mistake, that'd be crazy)

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How about some kind of oil rub?
That way it'll be protected, won't peel, and is easy to reapply.
There's butcher block grade (food grade) carnuba wax too.

Just a couple ideas. But I'm not an "outdoor wood" woodworker.
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What Bob said, I would go with an oil, soak in, leave to dry, soak in again, repeat.

A Family member has some hardwood decking that is over 20yrs old and looks brand new....it get's oiled regular, that's the secret.

Water based stains or 'preservatives' will eventually peel and/or allow moisture in.
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Make sure you have given it a chance to weather some. If there is moisture in the wood you will get peeling. I would wait until you get some good warm low humidity weather.
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I stained my table with a weatherized stain its been close to a year and it looks new still. I just wipe it down once a week or every other week and its good to go. I did not use a finish because it starts to peel after a while. Here are a few pics.

Before stain
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After stain
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With the akorn
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Let us know how she turns out.:)


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That's sexy lookin' right there!!!! ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Love the bottle opener, that'll be on mine (when I get around to building it).
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Thanks for all the replies fellas. Especially the tip about using the exterior stains. I ended up going with a stain + sealer in one by Olympia. Thats the only brand Lowes carries in a quart size. I didn't stain the bottom of the planks or legs. Figured that would give moisture a route to escape. Still not sure if I'm going to poly the top and I need to add the bottle opener when I find it.

Here's the money shot with my antique Kamado:
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Looks great except for the lonely Weber left out to survive the next hurricane. Where did you get your kamado ?
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