I am looking for some advice to help me with my yard art projects. Last year, the wife came up with the idea of making yard art and selling it to some local friends / social media friends. These are just seasonal decorations like Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas items. Never doing it before we tried out a few different combinations and found one that seems to work ok but they take forever. What I am looking for is some advice on wood and/or finish to use in order to help speed up the projects but maintain the longevity of the items in the weather. Here is my current material / technique:
My shopping limitations:
Home Depot or Lowes
Plywood: 19/32 in. or 5/8 in. x 4 ft. x 8 ft. BC Sanded Pine Plywood
Painted wood finish (front of item): Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover Gloss Clear General Purpose Paint
Bare wood finish (back of item): Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch 2X Flat Matte Clear General Purpose Spray Paint
Cut out item + Fill in any holes/gaps of plywood with wood filler + Wait for that to dry then sand (sometimes not till the next day)
Spray back side of item (coat #1). Let dry 3-4 hours or overnight.
Spray back side of item (coat #2). Let dry 3-4 hours or overnight.
The wife then paints the item (she has the real talent). Let dry 3-4 hours or overnight.
Clear coat the front side of item (coat #1). Let dry 3-4 hours or overnight.
Clear coat the front side of item (coat #2). Let dry 3-4 hours or overnight.
The end result is really nice looking but again, they seem to take a long time due to the wood patching and multiple coats to protect the wood. We try to line up as many at the same time as we can to help speed up the process.