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#1 posted 09-10-2015 11:47 AM

i got into doing probably some of the same things you are. i found it a waste of time filling imperfections and trying to achieve a perfect surface. its going to be seen from a distance. imperfections in the surface arent seen and when i stopped getting tedious about the surface i kept the prices the same and still sold.
paints- everything i used was acrylic craft paints purchased at michaels, walmart,etc. all started with a primer coat, which i used zinser interior/exterior primer. making sure edges were covered good.
after all painting, a coat of hydrocote polyshield clear to protect it. today when doing exterior projects i use sherwin williams a100 non tinted. rather pricey, but it holds up very good. of course this isnt the production outdoor stuff i was doing before. some pretty pricey patio furniture and such.
one thing i did for everything sold-
added a little write up with a thank you for the purchase and an explaination of importance of maintenence of the product and why necessary. doesnt matter what the project is, if its made of wood and outside it will need maintenence.
when painting, i only added coats for coverage, not protection.

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