I have a park bench I originally did up in Minwhacks Homelessman Spar
Crappythane. It's a cast iron and mystery oak-like Asian hardwood deal.
After a year, the poly started to split a bit, and some cracked areas
started to get black and cruddy looking. I sanded and re-coated.
A year after that, the finish started to go all to hell, and I decided to
just leave it. Now it's about four years later. 78% of the poly has
flaked off, and the wood underneath has weathered to a uniform splintery
Now that I have scrapers, I started scraping on it today, and I discovered I
can get the wood back to its former un-weathered look pretty easily if I
want to. I took the bench completely apart, and I'm trying to make up my
mind what to do from here.
* wire brush the powder coated cast iron bits, then shoot with Rustoleum or
equivalent green spray paint; re-coat the wood bits with some quality
weather-resistant clear coat like a true boat varnish or epoxy or something
* wire brush the powder coated cast iron bits, then gob on some kind of old
fashioned toxic oil based green paint with a brush; paint the wood bits a
contrasting color, maybe cream/ecru/almond to preserve the contrast between
wood and metal, but provide a finish that wears better and is easier to
* ask the Wreck for advice
I still haven't gotten it completely apart. I painted poly into the screw
holes, and I can't get two of the brass machine screws back out of it. The
back was pre-assembled with stainless steel screws, and half of them were
ruined by whatever shot them in there. I'm going to have to hacksaw two of
the machine screws, and maybe dremel some slots into these screws to get
them back out. Whee.
Getting back down to pretty looking wood and clear coating is tempting, but
only if I can actually come up with something sustainable to preserve the
color and woodliness of the thing. Otherwise opaque paint is sounding like
This damn thing weighs 300 pounds, and even the disassembled pieces of it
are hard to carry around. I'd like to fix it once and come up with
something that's easy to keep up, so I can leave it where it sits until my
great grandchildren are out of college or so.
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