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Forum topic by Tim29 posted 06-04-2011 03:55 AM 1199 views 2 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-04-2011 03:55 AM

I am making a sign for a gravestone. I will be painting the sign with acrylic folk art outdoor paint. What finish should I use that will stand up best to the elements and not react with the paint?

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#1 posted 06-04-2011 05:57 AM

Finewoodworking did a 1 year test and the winners were as follows:

7 coats Epifanes High Gloss Marine Varnish.

3 coats of Smith & Co. Penetrating Epoxy Sealer coated with 5 coats Epifanes High Gloss Marine Varnish.

Edit: I found another follow up article, and after an additional 2 years only the 3 coats of epoxy followed by 5 coats of Epifanes were in excellent condition.

Here’s a link:

-- Joe

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#2 posted 06-05-2011 03:14 PM

Wouldn`t the varnish be only as good as what is underneath of it? If the paint decides it wants to peel won`t the varnish come with it? I made the mistake of putting a cheap undercoat under a high quality marine paint(viola it came off). I`m not saying the folk art paint is cheap, just saying from my experience that you better have a good base coat on your bear wood.

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