Your thougts on using an exterior latex paint on outdoor chairs.

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Your thougts on using an exterior latex paint on outdoor chairs.

For years I've always used an oil base stain. Cetol 1. But now I'm looking for a large varitey of colors.

The paint stores are all telling me the same thing, go with a latex. Exterior latex paints are much better than they use to be. Oil is being phased out by most manufacturers.

I need a solid stain or paint, semi-gloss.

The chairs are made of new cedar, sanded to 150 grit. I'll be using an oil based primer.

Have any of you folks had much luck with Exterior latex? Any tips?

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If you're using a primer, I would eliminate stains from my choices and go with paint.

I use latex paint outside but, as you're doing, I often put oil based primer underneath.
 
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Do you get much trouble with peeling?

Using a paint & primer in one with an oil base primer. I'm told latex will hold up for eight years.

Will soon be doing some Victoria color matching (ie. painted ladies). Going to be interesting.

Thanks Mitch
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I never touch paint/primer combo products so I can't comment on results there.

No, I haven't had any problems with peeling but I'm a stickler for proper preparation and I think that's as important as the products.
 
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IMO paint and primer all in one is more marketing than fact. Raw substrates always benefit from a separate primer specifically chosen for the job at hand. Cedar is bad to have tannin bleed, a good coat of oil base primer solves that issue. Latex is usually preferred over oil primer.

It's hard to estimate the life of a paint job on exterior furniture. With the right conditions it could last 10+ yrs. Lots of sun and rain/snow will shorten the life, especially if it takes a long time for the moisture to dry out after it rains.
 
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Thanks for the help.

Going with an oil based primer first. Hoping it will sink into the wood a bit.

Then a TSP treatment to etch with a bit of 300 grit sanding.

Exterior latex on top of that. Very bright red, semi-gloss. Guessing two coats.

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There is no need or benefit of using TSP over the primer, sanding with 150-180 grit is all it needs.
 
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