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Re: The Ultimate Outdoor Finish

I'm looking to finish my front door, Brazilian Mahogany, and happened upon this post and several others that mentioned the epoxy/varnish method. What I can't seem to get over is, if I were to apply 6 coats of marine varnish, like say, Epifanes, why would I need an initial epoxy coat? Does the epoxy add UV protection over what the marine varnish gives? Seems like an unnecessary step because the marine varnish already protects from moisture, and multiple coats of it should attenuate UV to almost nothing by itself. Why the epoxy?

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