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Old 03-22-2011, 08:56 AM   #1
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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)

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Or...

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

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

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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.
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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:

check these colors: http://www.thompsonswaterseal.com/pr...cfm?prod_id=14
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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
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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.
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So, what is a viable alternative? Just an exterior house paint like the Olympic Premium?
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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
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Is there a standard sheen for this type of stuff?
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Personal preference.
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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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