hi all -
i hope this is an ok forum for this - i need your help if you really know your finishes....
i have beautiful tall fir simpson doors, south facing. i wanted to keep the natural wood, so a painter applied 3-5 coats of exterior varethane, water-based to keep the wood light.
after 3 months water at the bottom of the doors (since been corrected) had intruded into the vertical/horizontal grain junction at the bottom and swelled the doors shut. after 9 months the finish had started to peel there and on the horizontal bars of the doors - peeling completely off in little plastic flakes!
is varethane really that lame? what do i do now? can i sand lightly & apply oil-based? if i have to strip, what is the best exterior natural wood finish? oils, wax, ???
help is appreciated since winter's on the way!
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