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Need some advice - mold on new BGE cypress table

sdmsdm Posts: 6
edited 9:38PM in EGG Table Forum
I bought a new BGE large table 3 weeks ago. The table from about the 3rd day began to develop mold problem. Dealer told me that cypress was mold resistant. They are supposedly pursuing with BGE but the problem is getting worse.

Anyone have a similar problem? Any solutions?

Thanks for any input!


  • Capt FrankCapt Frank Posts: 2,578
    I have two cypress tables, both of which I built myself. No mold problems, but mine are finished with good quality marine spar varnish.
    The only BGE tables I have ever seen [and that is not very many] do not appear to have any finish at all.
    Cypress is virtually rot proof, but mold is a different matter. Mold will grow on anything under the right conditions. I will make a wild guess that your table was stored in a damp, dark warehouse before you got it. I think your dealer may be confusing "mold" and "rot".
    As for a solution, you may be able to scrub it with a bleach solution to get rid of the mold, keep it in bright sunshine for a while, then finish it with Min-Wax Spar Urethane varnish, three coats.
    Hope this helps :)

    Capt Frank
    Homosassa, FL
  • sdmsdm Posts: 6
    thanks Captain Frank
  • Bumping this up as I am having the same problem. We bought our LBGE in late May with a BGE table. The table began molding, warping, and discoloring so we played the warrantee card and had it replaced. It's been about a month with the new table and, guess what? Mold and discoloring. We do not use a cover. I am really disappointed. Any thoughts? Similar experiences?
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,986
    If you're trying to save the table. Bleach, pressure wash and apply three coats of helmsnan poly urethane.
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  • I have the same problem.
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 26,662
    I'd sand it first, then apply the spar paint.  At least three coats, sanding lightly between coats.  Put it on THIN so you don't get runs. Hand sand with 150-180 grit...just lightly sand.  Helmsman spar Urethane is fine.  You don't want it to get too much rain and sun even with the paint, so get a cover or keep it under a roof.
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  • 3rd the Helmsman. Good stuff. And you can always clean it between cooks with turpentine. It's less strong than Acetone and won't pull the poly out of the wood.
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