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    This message board has been a great place for information for me. And I would like your input on the best type of paint to use for crafts that will be used out side in the weather. I have tried some of the spray paints but they fade. What has worked best for you old pros?
    Sid ???

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    I use the good ol cheap acrylics in a bottle that you can buy at Walmart. But I put two coats of a magical topcoat over the acrylics after it dries...Black Rhino cement sealer. I have several ornaments and decorations that I leave out year round. After 3 years, everything still looks new, with the exception of a little tree sap spotting, but this cleans off fairly easy.

    It dries crystal clear, doesn't yellow, chip, fade, peel, crack, etc like regular varnish or poly will. It right now has outlasted my oak 'log cabin mailbox' that had 6 coats of Spar varnish applied!

    I bought the Black Rhino at the local Lowes hardware store to coat the inside of my cement birdbath. I'm sure there are other brands out there that are just as good!
    My Site Missouri Ozarks

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      I think probably the best outside paint is 'one shot' you can get it at any good paint store or auto paint store....sign painters use it...it is excellent paint...is also used by pinstrippers etc. actually I think it is '1 shot' on the label. It is an oil base enamel...but that is what you will  have to use I think if you want the best paint and longevity! I should ad too that the sign painters use 1 shot on MDO board, medium density overlay....it is a plywood with the 'blows' filled and an oil treated paper, either on one or both sides, the combination lasts for a very long time outside in the weather.

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        The epoxy based paints are excellent .... downside: limited colors, expense and not usually as easy to use as 'normal' paints.

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          Thank for the information on paints. I know I can count on you guys. Thanks again, Sid

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            I used to build a lot of exteriour type tables, benches, artsy things you put in flowerbeds, gardens etc., and also ourdoor plywood ornaments, through the years the most durable paint I've used is exteriour Benjamin Moore latex paint. : you have the ease of clean up like with an acrylic paint, and the durability of an exteriour paint! I have a neighbor across the street, 2-of my creations are in her front yard, and still look like the day they were set out there 3-years ago. A friend has another sitting out in a yard that has a sprinkling system, and the water has wicked up through the bottom of the leg, and ruining the wood, however the paint looks fine.... it's sort of a crazy thing once I figured out what really happened.

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