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Forum topic by Alan S posted 09-11-2010 09:06 PM 904 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Alan S

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09-11-2010 09:06 PM

Christmas is coming up and my wife and I were thinking of making some yard ornaments like painted carolers or nutcrackers. We’re thinking of the flat kind, maybe out of 3/4” plywood. If I use a marine varnish after we paint them, will they hold up over the years?

Can I use 3/4” project plywood from a big box store? What varnish should I use? If I need to use adhesive, what adhesive should I use? Construction adhesive or Titebond III? Will acrylic paints from a craft store hold up if we varnish over them? Thanks!


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#1 posted 09-11-2010 11:40 PM

I make them and use primer and house paint only on them. No glue on them, but I imagine titebond three would work.

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#2 posted 09-12-2010 09:51 AM

I have used ply and usually painted with a sealer of some kind then painted with acrylics or any paint I had lying around the place, then sealed with varnish. They are only out in the weather for a short time so the paint holds up.
Dont know about the glue situation I think I screwed things on.
The other problem you might encounter if you want white (paint) to stay white, but I haven’t found the answer to that yet if you want to seal the paint as varnish yellows the paiint. Have fun making them

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#3 posted 09-12-2010 10:06 AM

Theresa, funny about the the varnish “yellowing” the white paint. I had a friend who painted his kitchen cabinets. He used a white, oil based enamel on the cabinets. He wanted to add a clear finish to “protect” the very nice painted finish he now had on his cabinets. He thought, I will apply an oil based polyurethane. Guess what, his cabinets were no longer white, but a sort of yellowy-white. He was not happy.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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