exterior finish for exterior furniture in the southeast..North Carolina

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Dan Hux

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10-01-2009 08:48 PM

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What is a good primer and paint combination to use when finishing furniture for exterior use in the southeast (North Carolina).. garden benchs, tables, adirondack chairs..that sorta stuff?

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#1 posted 10-12-2009 05:21 PM

Not sure if this would work in your situation, but what I do is use regular paint(indoor or outdoor) and then spray it with a couple coats of varithane spray. It gives a good shine and it is very durable.

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#2 posted 10-13-2009 09:01 PM

Any good quality primer and paint you’d use for your house (soffits, facia, window trim) will work. Outdoors, wood is especially vulnerable to UV rays (breaks down the lignin material, and rots the wood), so anything with a pigment in it will protect the furniture from the elements.

-- Gerry

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#3 posted 10-14-2009 01:01 AM

I agree with Gerrym526 but I would add check with your local paint store. Paint manufacturers adjust their paint for each region of the country. In Calif. they adjust for sun, in Washington for rain, and so on. A good primer and a gloss exterior paint should do the job.
I would definitely stay away from coating with a clear coat product, it will only dull, crack, and peel in a couple of years of sun. Even marine spar varnish needs to be sanded and re-coated every two or three years.

-- Les B, Oregon

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