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Can you varnish an oil-sealed garden table? Answered

I'm asking this for a friend, who's recently bought a garden table that needs to be oiled to keep it waterproof. Would he be able to varnish over the top of the oil, to save the regular re-oiling? Would the varnish take over the oil?

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rickharris
rickharris

Best Answer 11 years ago

Maybe but do you want to? Oil is easy to apply lasts at least a season and looks appropriate for garden furniture. Varnish gets attacked by sunlight and begins to look scrappy. then you are stuck with trying to smooth off the rough patches a nightmare. Also te residual oil even if you wash in a solvent may cause the varnish to lift off. Also good garden furniture will be made from a naturally oily wood which may not like varnish either.

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alffly
alffly

11 years ago

Thanks both. That's what I figured, but it's nice to get some confirmation. Cheers!