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jmc0319 07-13-2012 07:05 PM

Painting suggestion
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Just finished building a container that will be on my screen porch exposed to some weather. It will be used to store furniture covers etc. My question is how best to finish it. I was thinking of priming it with kilz or some other exterior primer. I plan on painting it a high gloss dark brown to match the furniture. Any suggestions or other ideas will be appreciated.

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kok328 07-13-2012 09:18 PM

maybe some dark wood stain with a laquer finish and some exterior white gloss paint on the trim pieces?

joecaption 07-14-2012 08:30 AM

Nice box but your going to have some issues exposing it to moisture.
It's going to have to have some form of feet or runners under it to keep it up off the floor.
A dead flat plywood "roof" like that is unlikly to hold up.
Unless you prime and seal that whole box with something tough like an enamel or epoxy paint I do not see it lasting outside.

I've seen many many people try making the own dock boxes, deck boxes, fire wood boxes to sit on the deck out of plywood before and all ended up with issues after a few years. The paint peels, the top curls or delaminiates.

oldognewtrick 07-14-2012 10:25 AM

I think I would find a sheet metal shop and have them make a cover for the top part, have them turn a corner over the edge and fold a hem on it. This will make it last a lot longer and you can get sheet metal in a variety of colors.

jmc0319 07-14-2012 02:30 PM

Thanks for the ideas. Definitely planning on priming and painting the heck out of it with something very durable. Will send pics when done.

kok328 07-14-2012 03:32 PM

How about a nice thick coat of marine varnish ?

jmc0319 07-14-2012 03:38 PM


Originally Posted by kok328
How about a nice thick coat of marine varnish ?

Kok328 - can the marine varnish go on top of the exterior paint?

joecaption 07-14-2012 11:38 PM

No. The paint will be your sealer.

kok328 07-15-2012 03:34 PM

Stain then varnish, no paint. It would be a shame to paint natural wood.

jmc0319 07-15-2012 06:23 PM

Got it thanks.

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