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What outdoor finish has the balance of looking good, protecting wood and maintanable by non-woodworker

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I got a friend that want's me to make a wooden head piece for his parents grave out of a 24x18x3" Hawaiian Milo slab. Instead of setting on a slab on cement like a headstone he plans to hang it from frame like a sign so he can easily take it off to maintain the finish. I do some CNC work and know little about finishes but even less about outdoor finishes. Paint is not an option and he is not a woodworker so I want to set him up with a finish than isn't too had for him to maintain but looks beautiful and hope fully protects the Milo color which tends to turn gray in the sun.

I don't think he'll have an issue with needing to refinish several times a year but I wondering if he'll need remove the finish before re-apply or is there something that we can add on the existing like I see some woodworkers do with oil finished. Some of the script text and images I'm putting on is thin so I want to make sure the maintenance process with not effect the carvings.

 

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Another recent thread about outdoor signs has many suggests that coukd apply here. Unfortunately, there aren't many clear finished that provide good UV protection to prevent the wood from turning gray. If your friend doesn't mind the maintenance, I'd suggest a clear deck sealer of some type. Many advertize UV protection, and the maintenance process is usually to just was and re-apply. But you have to stay on it, if mildew takes hold you will lose some surface material getting it off.

If the frame includes a small roof to add shade and reduce rain exposure, it will last much longer.

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Look into Emtech from Target Coatings. I used it on our Teardrop Trailer 10 years ago. It holds up well. There are numerous flavors and some have high UV resistance. This stuff is good enough to go on Boeing's composite panels as a UV inhibitor.

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