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Old 07-06-2012, 05:22 PM   #1
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primer protetion for bare wood

What is the best primer to cover bare wood exposed to weather and the toughest, longest lasting exterior paint


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Old 07-06-2012, 07:40 PM   #2
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Not asking for much , are ya? lol-

What are you painting? What color is your finish? Where do you live?
I'm sure there are a few more relevant questions that would go to a better answer.

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Primer question might be answerable, best paint? Not so easy
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Old 07-07-2012, 12:10 PM   #4
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What is the wood you are sealing? Where are you? You might want to update your profile.

I was taught that a 1:1 mix of processed, not raw (or you will forever have a sticky mess), lindseed oil and mineral spirits, paint thinner or similar solvent as good as anything for sealing wood. There are posts on here from people who have used nothing but this sort of mix on 50-75 year old cabins and they look pretty good to me!

I would follow this though with a nice quality bonding primer/underlay. I once would have used nothing but an oil solvent based alkyd like Benjamin Moore Fresh Start but now the bonding latex and acrylic primers will do as well including that in the Fresh Start Line. You may have trouble getting solvent based products in your state?

As for finish and the best paint out there? That is hard to answer but look for quality paint store paint with high acrylic content and lots of UV protection.

Depending on the wood and assuming you do seal it properly? A solid color stain like the Sherwin Williams Woodscape acrylic product might be a viable alternative to painting. Like paint, you can get it mixed to any color.

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