I was about to buy polyurethane when the saleswoman stopped me. She told me to NOT use poly on an exterior that was going to get alot of sun. This I did not know. Everybody in my neighborhood uses poly and that is what our builder used on our door. Hmmmmmmm! Maybe that is why we are all having to redo our doors so often. So I walked out with Cabot Spar Varnish and will use that as my final clear coat.
The next thing I walked out with was a different stain than I had planned on buying. I had planned on buying Minwax in Jacobean. She told me that I would be better off using the stain from either Cabot or Rust-oleum because their stains are pigment based and the color would last longer than the Minwax stains that are dye based. So, I ended up gettting this one by Rust-oleum in the darkest color for that line called Kona.
More to come...... I finished one coat today and will let it dry overnight.