Exterior Oak Handrail

xgpcerSeptember 9, 2006

I would like to use an oak handrail on my exterior deck....i have no idea how it would weather the seasons...would it warp???....would a latex water based paint hold up???....this would be in Iowa and need to survive the winter....any info on what to expect or paint would be appreciated....

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HandyMac

Not the best choice for longevity outside regardless of treatment---unless it is white oak. All the stock railings I have seen at stores have been red oak.

Painting any kind of oak will look like painted oak---which is the single worst look of which I know.

Using a white oak railing---if you can find one premade----and coating it in three coats of marine spar varnish is the best way to get a couple of years before recoating will be needed. You can stain(or not) the wood, then use a spar varnish woth UV protectants added. That will give the best long term protection---long term dependent on how much direct sun the wood gets.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2006 at 9:25AM
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