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Title: Forest Products Laboratory natural finish

Author: Black, J. M.; Laughnan, D. F.; Mraz, E. A.;

Date: 1979

Source: (Research note FPL ; 046):7 p.

Publication Series: Research Note (RN)

Description: A simple and durable exterior natural finish developed at the Forest Products Laboratory is described. The finish is classified as a semi-transparent oil-base penetrating stain that effectively retains much of the natural grain and texture of wood when exposed to the weather. The directions for preparation are included as are the recommendations for application to both smooth and rough wood surfaces.

Keywords: Durability, Finishes, Stains, Redwood, Western redcedar, Philippine mahogany, Siding, Color retention

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Black, J. M.; Laughnan, D. F.; Mraz, E. A. 1979. Forest Products Laboratory natural finish. (Research note FPL ; 046):7 p.


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