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#1 posted 09-10-2015 11:39 AM

I’m going to assume that these are considered to be one-sided to look at, since you are painting the back a matte.

The only thing I can think of right off the bat is to change to pressure treated plywood.
I know it is more expensive, but you could then skip the backside painting process, and you are burning money with the backside paint. Two coats skipped, one-two days saved. Or at least just hit it with a quick, water based stain and be done.

You also might experiment with some lacquers, to see how they hold up outside. I know generally lacquer is not considered an outside finish, but there are a couple I have come across that seem to do better than others. Would take your drying time from overnight to a couple hours.

One of the problems you have is you are using BC pine plywood, which is not rated in any way that I can think of for outdoor use, so you are stuck trying to protect it spending way more time than the actual creation time by your wife.

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