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Painted Potting Bench
This wood potting bench is a few years old and was previously painted. It was built with a variety of woods; solid lumber, plywood and lattice. Because it is an outdoors bench the weather had aged it. The original paint was peeling in a few places and the plywood was beginning to crack and separate. It was time to renew this painted potting bench.
The potting bench was thoroughly washed, rinsed and allowed to dry before painting. A mixture of laundry detergent, chlorine bleach and water did a good job of removing the dirt and killing any mold or mildew present on the surface. After a good rinse allow the potting stand to dry for at least a day or two.
When the wood is completely dry check the surface for peeling or loose paint. Sand with a coarse sandpaper followed by a finer grit if needed. Blow, vacuum or brush away the dust before painting. If there are large areas of bare wood consider priming these with a good quality exterior primer. To see why to use a primer you might want to read, Is primer needed? Some paints are now “self-priming” but a dedicated primer usually gives better results and more durability. If you see cracks between joints where water may seep caulk these after the primer is dry and allow the caulk to firm up before painting the finish coats.
For the most protection an exterior grade acrylic paint was chosen to paint the potting bench. Acrylic paints stay flexible after curing, expanding and contracting with the wood as it moves with the changes of humidity and temperature. They also will fill small cracks in the wood preventing moisture penetration. Acrylics have the added benefit of easy soap and water cleaning. Two coats of the exterior paint was applied to the potting stand. When painting make sure to give the horizontal surfaces, plywood edges and any solid wood end grain a sufficient amount of paint. the horizontal parts receive the most rain, sun and use. Edges of plywood and end grain of solid lumber is very absorbent and the paint will help seal out the weather.
The sheen of the acrylic paint was satin. A paint with some level of sheen will usually stay cleaner longer but the choice of sheen is mostly a personal one. The difference in durability is negligible.
Any painted wood structure or surface exposed to the weather and sunlight will need maintenance. A yearly cleaning and some paint touch-ups should provide protection of the wood for many years.
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