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Karl Soehnlein
Apple box question
on Jan 16, 2013 at 10:06:02 pm

I just bought some new apple boxes that are unfinished. I know that it's common to use them "as is" but what do you recommend using for occasional outdoor use:

- Thompson's Water Seal?
- Polyurethane?
- Marine spar varnish?

Thanks,

Karl Soehnlein
Reel Wave Media, LLC
http://www.reelwavemedia.com


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Todd Terry
Re: Apple box question
on Jan 16, 2013 at 10:18:59 pm

Well, while more are bare, still a fair number of them you see are stained and polyurethaned.

Personally though if I were going to seal some, I think I'd go for for West marine varnish for sheer durability. BUT... all that I've ever seen (and frankly I've only ever used it for boats) was high-gloss finish. For this application you'd probably want a satin finish (just in the off chance that you caught an unwanted reflection), but I don't think you can usually get marine varnish in anything except gloss. I could be wrong about that.

Barring that, I'd probably go with satin polyurethane. Thompson's is a good product, but it's something that you'd have to re-apply periodically. I'd rather do it once and be done with it.

T2

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Todd Terry
Re: Apple box question
on Jan 16, 2013 at 10:22:33 pm

Actually, I got curious enough to check... turns out West does sell Goldspar in a satin.

http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogI...

Although in the details it says that it is semi-gloss satin. It'd probably be dull enough, though.

T2

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Mark Suszko
Re: Apple box question
on Jan 16, 2013 at 10:36:51 pm

Tung oil is good... Or even nothing at all. You don't want them to get slippery, is my main point.


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Karl Soehnlein
Re: Apple box question
on Jan 17, 2013 at 2:05:18 am

Thanks, Todd & Mark. I appreciate it.

Karl Soehnlein
Reel Wave Media, LLC
http://www.reelwavemedia.com


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