Can oil based gel stain be used for outdoor projects?

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I have some wood planks on my second story terrace that need to be refinished. I plan to sand off the old finish which looks to be some type of transparent colored varnish. It’s peeling off due to the direct sun exposure and salty ocean air.

Could I use some good quality oil based gel stain (I typically use this for furniture projects) for color if I use a marine grade top coat? I live within a mile of the ocean and our climate is subtropical. Thanks for your thoughts and suggestions.


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