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Mikef5000 03-22-2011 08:56 AM

Painting wooden fence and railing
 
I have a railing around a patio as well as a couple lengths of fences that need attention. Everything was installed sometime in the past seven years, and was painted or stained pressure treated lumber. The color (that standard dark red) is all but gone on the surfaces, with what little remaining is down in the grain. I spoke with the home center, who told me any exterior paint will be just fine. Seems to me like there may be something more specific though. This is all on the west side of my house, and gets tons of sun exposure.

I did find several brands of barn and fence paints online, but colors are usually black, white, and red. I'm not picky on colors, but I was hoping for something in an earth tone, like a beige or tan similar to that standard color for synthetic decking materials). I did find a gray barn and fence paint that may work out.

I guess my questions are 1) is there going to be a noticeable difference between home center 'exterior house paint', and 'barn and fence paint'? and 2) given that the existing finish is unknown to me (paint/stain, water/oil based) is a sealer necessary, or can I simply hit everything with a sanding block, and apply a couple coats of paint? (There is no chipping or peeling, it's just faded to the point of about being gone)

Mikef5000 03-22-2011 01:30 PM

Or...

Can a white 'Barn & Fence' paint be tinted to create some sort of taupe-ish color?

epson 03-22-2011 02:26 PM

I would go with Thompson’s waterseal exterior wood stains.
Here’s a link: www.thompsonswaterseal.com/products/exterior_wood_stains.cfm
thats just me:)

NCpaint1 03-22-2011 02:39 PM

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Originally Posted by epson (Post 614696)
I would go with Thompson’s waterseal exterior wood stains.
Here’s a link: www.thompsonswaterseal.com/products/exterior_wood_stains.cfm
thats just me:)

:laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :no:

That would be the absolute last product I would ever use....not even if they paid me to use it. It will fail miserably.

Any exterior paint will be fine, avoid Thompsons, Behr, and Valspar.

epson 03-22-2011 06:19 PM

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Originally Posted by NCpaint1 (Post 614702)
:laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :no:

That would be the absolute last product I would ever use....not even if they paid me to use it. It will fail miserably.

Any exterior paint will be fine, avoid Thompsons, Behr, and Valspar.

Hey if they use it on the wood stairs and decking that goes into the tunnels under Niagara Falls I think its good enough for a fence…

Mikef5000 03-22-2011 06:39 PM

I'd have to go pretty dark in stain to cover the existing dark red in the grooves and grain. I'll hand sand the surface, but it'd be impossible to get the color out of everything.

I'm thinking a color more along these lines:
http://ts2.mm.bing.net/images/thumbn...4ffeb3d00fceb6
http://ts4.mm.bing.net/images/thumbn...ba3b2606533721

NCpaint1 03-22-2011 07:20 PM

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Originally Posted by epson (Post 614842)
Hey if they use it on the wood stairs and decking that goes into the tunnels under Niagara Falls I think its good enough for a fence…

You saw that TV commercial too? The US version is junk, always has been. You can get it for about $10 at Walmart. Maybe the Canadian formula is different, I don't know.

epson 03-22-2011 08:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Mikef5000 (Post 614855)
I'd have to go pretty dark in stain to cover the existing dark red in the grooves and grain. I'll hand sand the surface, but it'd be impossible to get the color out of everything.

I'm thinking a color more along these lines:
http://ts2.mm.bing.net/images/thumbn...4ffeb3d00fceb6
http://ts4.mm.bing.net/images/thumbn...ba3b2606533721

check these colors: http://www.thompsonswaterseal.com/pr...cfm?prod_id=14

epson 03-22-2011 08:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NCpaint1 (Post 614884)
You saw that TV commercial too? The US version is junk, always has been. You can get it for about $10 at Walmart. Maybe the Canadian formula is different, I don't know.

yup saw that commercial also :laughing:

jsheridan 03-22-2011 10:36 PM

Thonpson's hit the market years ago with a flood of ads. People tend to think that if you hear so much about a product it must be great, and very popular. They sold boatloads of seal. Only problem was that is failed miserably. They had lots of problems. Supposedly, they remade the formulation and the quality has increased. I haven't seen much good with it and wouldn't recommend its use.

Mikef5000 03-23-2011 06:29 AM

So, what is a viable alternative? Just an exterior house paint like the Olympic Premium?

NCpaint1 03-23-2011 08:25 AM

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Originally Posted by Mikef5000 (Post 615121)
So, what is a viable alternative? Just an exterior house paint like the Olympic Premium?

Yep, that would be fine, just avoid the big three that I mentioned before :thumbup:

Mikef5000 03-23-2011 09:31 AM

Is there a standard sheen for this type of stuff?

NCpaint1 03-23-2011 10:13 AM

Personal preference.

Mikef5000 03-23-2011 10:14 AM

Hrm. My personal preference is flat, but I figured the higher the gloss, the easier it'd be to keep clean.


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