Weatherproofing outside wooden bench

Old 01-13-15, 09:02 AM
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Weatherproofing outside wooden bench

my wife and i have a church pew that we are planning on putting outside by our fire pit as a bench. we are planning on painting itto match the table and other benches we have. my question is this, do i need to seal the wood first or just use an exterior paint? right now it has a partial coat of varnish on it, its mostly worn off and im gonna sand it to get it back down to wood.
Old 01-13-15, 09:09 AM
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Prime and paint all surfaces.

Not sure what kind of longevity you're going to get out of this outside but any bare wood will shorten the life.
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It would be best to use an exterior oil base primer as it will seal and adhere the best. Usually latex is best for the top coat although it really depends on both exposure and expected wear.
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Now that exterior alkyd paints are no longer being sold, I think I'd ask about finishing this pew with the same solid stains that are used for treating wooden decks. After all, if a deck stain has to stand up to people walking all over it with abrasive dirty shoes, then it should stand up well to people sitting all over it with soft denim covered butts.

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