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Old April 17th, 2011, 08:06 PM
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I'll do another 2 coats of stain tomorrow then start with with the Helmsman finish on Tuesday. Probably about 5 or 6 coats of Helmsman while keeping the dining room table barricaded to the project.

Poor pups are daized and confused!

Next couple of weeks, I'll attempt to put the plexi-glass on top of the finish--just in time to switch out the old storm windows with screens.
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Old April 17th, 2011, 08:24 PM
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Well...guess it's too late to get in here and advocate for an hand-rubbed oil finish.

Next time!
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Old April 17th, 2011, 08:40 PM
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How well will that protect against dog claws, MMM? We've used hand-rubbed oil finish on wood pieces, but not on anything that was subject to high traffic or rough use. Makes for a beautiful finish!
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Old April 17th, 2011, 09:05 PM
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I'm a fond believer of danish oil and use it quite often on other pieces of furniture however; both floor and sills are way beyond good ole elbow grease!
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Old April 18th, 2011, 02:52 PM
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I'd never thought of ceramic tiles! Sounds beautiful! Did he have to seal them with anything?
I'm not sure if he applied a sealer since no rain gets in those windows, but he got those 4" square tiles so the fit was perfect and there were no fumes to deal with.
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Old April 18th, 2011, 07:07 PM
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That sounds interesting Bina.

I think I might try that technique in my kitchen window sill. No doggies get up on the kitchen sill but it would pretty it up!

Finished 4th coat of stain earlier...onto 5th at 10:00 p.m.
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Old April 18th, 2011, 07:22 PM
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What you want to do is use a water seal type of verathane,or like chris said a Marine varnish. Something that will seal the wood and color it.Use something that says its ment for high traffic areas. Did you paint it the first time ? If so what did you use,it looks more like a colored stain then a colored weathered sealer. It will stay dry(prevent cracking),if the windows seal is still good. If it's broken and has moisture collecting in summer/winter then you might want to get your window(s) re-siliconed. Will help make everything last a lot longer if thats the issue. Another good option is like a deck sealer you would use outside,they come in stain colors as well as natural.
Your correct Brandon. The first time I did it, I used a pre-coloured Varathane product. It had both stain and varathane together. I didn't like how it looked painted and that's why I went back to coats of stain first then using the Helmsman Spar Urethane for a final finish.

The windows are original to the house. Storms in the winter replaced with screens in the summer. Really no condensation builds up on them so I think the seals appear to be o.k.

What I really need to do is to either keep the dogs nails short or ban them from peeping out that window!
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