Does coconut wood need special care? Would any primer and varnish do? I am making a plaque for my front door (to hold some brass numbers). The piece of wood i have is about 5mm thick.




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You should be able to finish it like any other wood.

Coconut timber is not a hardwood/softwood but it is used as a hardwood substitute. It does not have any weird chemical properties that prevent you from finishing it like any other wood with a varnish. Sometimes coconut timber does have big pores that you should fill before finishing it.

You can definitely finish it with a varnish, you'd probably want a spar varnish since it's going to be outside so the additional UV protection would help with longevity.

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