Paint

Paint is like a lot of other things; you get what you pay for. The expensive paints usually contain more pigments. So they tend to give betterpro-tection from light and water.

type OF PAINT. But you still have to choose the type of paint to use. Oil-based and alkyd paints provide better moisture resistance. But they dry harder, so they crack more easily. Latex paints are flexible. They expand and contract with the wood better.

primer& FIRST COAT. On the Gai den Bench, I decided to take advantage of the best features of both types of paint Tirst, I brushed on a coat of alkyd primer as a base and then a coat of latex paint. (Note: Latex paints may not adhere to some water repellents. ThatS another reason to start with an oil oralkyd primer.) I did this on all the parts of the Bench before adding the seat slats and the latticework, see center photo below.

Before adding the seat slats, I painted another coat of latex on the bottom and sides.

spackung. Next, I screwed the seat sla to the Bench and filled the countersunk holes (as well as any other cracks) with interior/exterior spackling.Now, the rest of the Bench is ready for a second coat of paint The last step is to nail the latticework in place. Then touch up the nail holes using a small brush, see right photo below.

Water To seal the end graiiin the legs, I let them soak in a water repellent/preservative.

Oil-basecPrimer. Before screwing the seat slats to the Bench, they are first primed with an oil-based or alkyd primer.

Exterior Latex Paint. After the latticework is nailed in place. Itouchedip the holes with spackling and exterior latex paint.

Water To seal the end graiiin the legs, I let them soak in a water repellent/preservative.

Oil-basecPrimer. Before screwing the seat slats to the Bench, they are first primed with an oil-based or alkyd primer.

Exterior Latex Paint. After the latticework is nailed in place. Itouchedip the holes with spackling and exterior latex paint.

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