I have a question regarding how to properly protect something like a
whirligig that is outside all the time. Can I paint it with
water-based paints and then use marine varnish over that? What is the
common-sense approach here? Also, are any kinds of wood better/worse
that others in terms of absorbing water?
Thanks very much.
Yes. You'll want to apply a sealer coat of dewaxed shellac between the
water-based paints and varnish. Zinsser makes a good one, and it's
available at the BORG (accepted nomenclature for The Home Depot). Look
for Zinsser Shellac Sealer. It's good stuff. Thin it 2:1 fresh
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