Varnish or Stain


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Frank Davis

My sister has started to paint the outside doors and windows of her
newish (4 years old) house. The windows and doors are thick
(scandanavian style) pine made by Rationel. The location is southern
Ireland (Cork), south facing. In the summer it gets very hot sun.

The timber looks like it was originally stained. She has started
work, and has one coat of varnish on some of the windows and 2 doors.
She spoke to me after getting this far and I have put some doubt in
her mind as to whether varnish is the best coating to use. My
recommendation is that she should use a stain of some type (Sadolin is
the brand name that I normally use). The problem is that she already
has one coat of varnish on the timber.

Should she continue down the varnish route and put on another coat or
two, or strart from scratch, strip off the varnish and go for a
woodstain.

Any recommendations from the experts ???


Thanks

Frank
 
A

Andy Hall

My sister has started to paint the outside doors and windows of her
newish (4 years old) house. The windows and doors are thick
(scandanavian style) pine made by Rationel. The location is southern
Ireland (Cork), south facing. In the summer it gets very hot sun.

The timber looks like it was originally stained. She has started
work, and has one coat of varnish on some of the windows and 2 doors.
She spoke to me after getting this far and I have put some doubt in
her mind as to whether varnish is the best coating to use. My
recommendation is that she should use a stain of some type (Sadolin is
the brand name that I normally use). The problem is that she already
has one coat of varnish on the timber.

Should she continue down the varnish route and put on another coat or
two, or strart from scratch, strip off the varnish and go for a
woodstain.

Any recommendations from the experts ???


Thanks

Frank
Sadolin or Sikkens for the basic products, or Jotun (a Norwegian
product) which IME is better and also available in a wide range of
colours.

..andy

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N. Thornton

as long as shes using a suitable good quality clear varnish, yes. Dont
touch tinted varishes though, theyre dreadful.

or strart from scratch, strip off the varnish and go for a
woodstain dosent protect wood, it just stains it. Not much use.
Staining pine gives quick colour but it also kills the detail in the
wood. Much better to let it mellow by itself.

Don't dream of water based finishes. They are an abomination to get
right in their varnish incarnation.
I'm surprised, I've never had any problems with them.

If the house is south facing, as ours is, she's going to have to re-do
it every two years. We have mahogany windows and door frames and I am
now seriously considering painting them all white, SWMBO permitting of
course, as it deteriorates so rapidly
Why not oil them? Very quick and easy.


Regards, NT
 

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