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Jerrymaxx

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1202 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: paint whirligig woodworking arts and crafts question

Good Morning Everyone….............

We have several plans for Whirligigs and every one of the plans say to use EXTERIOR Acrylic Latex Primer and Paint. We want to purchase pints, but unfortunately nobody carries pints….........only quarts. I am wondering if we could use INTERIOR paints and then cover with an exterior sealer. Any suggestions and help is appreciated.

Thanks

Jerry


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Lee Barker

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#1 posted 1202 days ago

The wood will seasonally expand and contract (and contrary to many, it does not “breathe”), so the only clear finish that would be recommended is spar varnish. I think you’d do better with exterior paint.

“used paint” is a good humor line, but it applies here. Do you have a Habitat ReStore nearby? Good source of paint, usually a buck a quart, sometimes partial, sometimes full.

Next suggestion would be Craigslist. Ask for free.

Paint stores these days carry pints and smaller “sample size” containers.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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489tad

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#2 posted 1202 days ago

I could be wrong but I think Rustoleum sells in small cans. If not give a exterior sealer a try.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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Vicki

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#3 posted 1201 days ago

I’ve good luck with spray paints and the Deco Art craft paints for outdoor crafty items.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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Jerrymaxx

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#4 posted 1194 days ago

Thanks so much for everyone’s help. For the first project I made a flying pig whirligig and my wife painted it with Patio Paints by decoart. They are great, but way too expensive because they only come in 2oz bottles. We have decided to use regular acrylic paints for future projects and then seal them with Spar Varnish. I use Spar Varnish on my Adirondack furniture and it holds up great. Thanks again for all the ideas. Now my next question for all of you is:

I purchased a “parts kit” for the pig, but would rather just get my own parts in the future so I can buy in bulk, make it bulk or whatever. I have checked every hardware store and home improvement store and nobody really has all I need. Is there a special place ya’ll buy your hardware for the whirligigs or do you make them? If you make…...............and ideas as to where I can get patterns, at least for the hubs, etc…..would be great.

Jerry

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 1194 days ago

I am using exterior paints by Rustoleom… acrylic… small cans… @ HD… cost me about $50 for 5 cans!

Oh, and remember… they can be mixed to form other colors! Helps a lot!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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