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    I'm going to make a set of black bear yard shadows. I plan to use 3/4" exterior plywood and black exterior paint. Do I need to apply any thing on top of the exterior paint for more protection from the elements?

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    Hi Sonja,

    That would depend on the type of paint used :-)

    Actually if you use a good grade exterior paint, you should be Ok. You could always add a UV protector on top, but I think it would be overkill.

    Just be aware that you will need to re-finish them eventually, quicker if they are in direct sunlight and very exposed to the elements, less often if for example they are near a fence that puts them in shadow and protects them from the elements.

    Also, the better you prepare the surface, the better the results. Sand the surfaces, use a good primer, allow to dry well between coats and lightly sand (don't forget to wipe off before the next coat).

    If they are to be in/on the ground, you might want to use a 2 part epoxy as a sealer on the edges that will be touching the ground. This will prevent water from seeping in.

    With all that, and if you don't leave them outside for the winter (depending on your location) you should be good for quite a few years.

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    • #3
      Hi Marcel,
      I got on the Winfield Collection site. They sell yard shadows and suggest black flat exterior paint and exterior grade plywood. This is not going to be a very big project and I'll consider it a trial and error. Thanks for the additional information.


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