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Bryank930

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10-24-2017 04:47 PM

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I’m planning on building a few welcome signs as gifts that will hang on exterior facing doors. My plan is to stain the wood, and stencil the word “welcome” on in white, then put some sort of clear finish over it.

What would you suggest for an application like this? Would something like Minwax Helmsman work for something like this?


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#1 posted 10-24-2017 06:20 PM

If it’s anywhere near the sun, UV protection is your main consideration. You’ll want a glossy finish, and you’ll likely need to refinish it regularly.

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#2 posted 10-24-2017 07:11 PM



What would you suggest for an application like this? Would something like Minwax Helmsman work for something like this?

- Bryank930


nope, not for long, unless it’s not exposed to the elements. paint your stencil on and leave it.

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#3 posted 10-24-2017 08:03 PM

I have a very unhappy experience with Helmsman varnish. I built a pair of Adirondack chairs out of Cypress to go on our North facing front porch. It is always shady there and the only time the chairs are wet is during a hard blowing rain. I varnished them with Helmsman varnish. Within 6 months, the finish began to crack and mildew started appearing where the finish peeled up. After a year, the finish was so far gone that I sanded to bare wood and painted them with white latex exterior trim paint. They have looked quite nice in the same location now for about 5 years. I do not believe Helmsman varnish is worth using even if it is free.

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#4 posted 10-25-2017 02:54 PM

id go with an acrylic latex exterior clear. my go to now is sherwin williams A100 non tinted.
or a similar exterior finish

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Fred Hargis

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#5 posted 10-25-2017 07:46 PM

The paint tomsteve mentioned will work well. Get the deep base exterior, and don’t let them put any tint in it. It looks milky in the can, but dries pretty much crystal clear. It’s far away better than Helmsman, will last a good bit longer. But someone mentioned it, any clear finish exposed to sun needs maintenance over time….this is just a good approach that doesn’t cost as much as a true marine spar varnish (not as much work either).

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Bryank930

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#6 posted 10-25-2017 08:34 PM

Thanks everyone. I was not aware that the paint tint bases are clear. I’ll give that a shot!

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Fred Hargis

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#7 posted 10-26-2017 10:37 AM

Note it’s the dark color base you want. Those made for lighter colors have some TiO2 (white) pigment in them. A lot of brands call this there #4 base, some just call it the “deep color” base.

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#8 posted 10-26-2017 11:18 AM

one note- thin coats.

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