Red outdoor finish for ash wagon wheels?

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Forum topic by dichdoc posted 03-31-2012 03:12 AM 898 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-31-2012 03:12 AM

Client asked me to refinish 3 wagon wheels that he uses as yard art. I’ll get them stripped down but who has a bomb proof outdoor red paint? What type would you recomend?? Any info is appreciated. Travis

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#1 posted 04-15-2012 06:45 AM

You might check the Grainger web site as they do carry several industrial type paints. I would probably just try Google searching for “Red Barn Paint” and see what may come up.

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#2 posted 04-15-2012 10:13 AM

Use a casein paint.
Actually, make it easy on yourself. Get some real milk paint (
It comes in powdered form and you mix it with water to the consistency you need for the job. If you’re going onto bare wood, mix the first coat so it’s thin. Then add about 10% tung oil or linseed oil.

The tung oil makes the milk paint slough much more slowly so it lasts longer outside. You should get several years out of it this way (like 3 to 5 would be my guess) before it starts looking aged. Then it should weather gracefully and look kind of antique-ish until it gets painted again.

Also, using tung oil, this is still a non-toxic finish.

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