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Old 07-16-2012, 07:12 PM   #1
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My DW and I just bought a large new bird house that will be mounted on an 8 foot 4x4. We want to paint or stain it red and white so it looks like a barn. Any suggestions on what to use? Also, we want to keep the roof the cedar color, but want to seal it so that the color lasts. What kind of finish should we use? Polyurethane?

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Never never use poly, far better to stain it, not paint it for less mainitaince later.

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Never never use poly, far better to stain it, not paint it for less mainitaince later.

Is there such a thing as red and white stain? I don't know. As to the poly, no way
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Woodscapes from Sherwin-WIlliams will give you the color you want. It's a solid color stain you can buy in lots of colors. As for the roof, I would use Flood's clear wood sealer with Cedar Toners in it. That will give good protection for the roof and give you the near natural cedar color you are after.
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You need such a small amount of paint or stain unless this birdhouse is for a flock of pelicans, vultures or something. One advantage to painting it is you can get paint in quarts or even pints. I am not sure solid color stains like Woodscapes come in small containers? No problem getting it in red and white though. I guess I have never needed such a small amount of an exterior stain product.

If you paint, you should seal/prime the siding with something like Benjamin Moore Fresh Start and I would use the oil-based alkyd although the water based will work too. Or you could mix 1:1 processed (not raw) linseed oil and mineral spirits, paint thinner, or similar solvent and seal the roof and siding all at once. This mix will not have the UV protection of the Flood product and may darken the wood slightly though.

For such a small project, once the solvent evaporates, you could then use small bottles hobby or art store acrylics (Liquitex was my go to brand in art school) over the primed surface. Of course a tiny container in an art store may cost what a gallon of Woodscapes does. I haven't bought art supplies in awhile.

You could even mask things off and use rattle cans of Krylon or something. Just apply several thin coats over the sealer/primer.

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Anyone else wondering about this "all of a sudden" interest in coating newly painted exterior surfaces with polyurethane? I swear this is about the 4th or 5th post about doing this that I have seen in the last month.
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Anyone else wondering about this "all of a sudden" interest in coating newly painted exterior surfaces with polyurethane? I swear this is about the 4th or 5th post about doing this that I have seen in the last month.
I was wondering the same thing. Did one of the half-baked home improvement shows with researchers and producers that know zilch about the trades run something recently? Has the former Miss Canada stopped moving furniture and painting indoors in high heels and designer fashion and turned to digging post holes and applying poly outdoors in flip flops and a bikini?

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I was wondering the same thing. Did one of the half-baked home improvement shows with researchers and producers that know zilch about the trades run something recently? Has the former Miss Canada stopped moving furniture and painting indoors in high heels and designer fashion and turned to digging post holes and applying poly outdoors in flip flops and a bikini?

I might want to see that
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My question was not based on any TV show. Poly is the sealer I am most familiar with, so that is why I asked the question. I appreciate all of the helpful replies.

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