I am looking for some advice on both wood and paint for outdoor furniture.
I work for an artist that mostly makes outdoor sculptures that are typically made of different types of metal but has recently been commissioned to make some furniture for a public outdoor space. This is way out of his/my comfort zone.
Due to many reasons, not worth boring you all with, they HAVE to be made of wood.
These chairs will be outside for about 8 months, rain or shine during the spring/summer/fall seasons in Philadelphia. They will have thousands of people using them so they have to be as resilient as possible.
After doing some research on type of paint and wood to use I have some basic questions.
Teak vs Marine Ply
I understand that teak plywood is quite resilient to weather. This is obviously a plus. However the chairs will be painted and I was wondering if teak ply is even paintable as I’ve read that it is very oily.
Also, because the teak would be painted, I am wondering if this would completely override the point of using teak in the first place since all the wear and tear would be placed on the finishing (paint) not the actual wood.
Has anyone had any experience with teak ply for outdoor use? Also any experience painting it?
I have worked a little with Marine ply for my own projects so I understand it’s strengths and weaknesses.
My question is is Teak ply really any more resilient than Marine ply? I am looking for the most structurally weather resistant wood, however if it is being painted I wonder if Teak is unnecessary.
Lastly, the type of paint we use on the wood is crucial.
I understand this might be the wrong place to ask about paint. But any suggestions/referrals would be greatly appreciated!
I have read/been told both the benefits of alkyd vs water based paints however I am not totally convinced on which one to use. I understand that alkyd is stronger however more prone to chipping (and harder to handle). I know that water based enamels remain flexible yet tend to wear down quicker.
Could anyone recommend what they would think is the best type of paint to use in this situation?
Remembering that these chair will we used by many many people and will also be outside for 8 months.
Thank you in advance for the help. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!
Many many thanks.