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Protecting painted wood

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by SOCH88, 10 May 2020.

  1. SOCH88

    SOCH88

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    Hi, I've just built a hot tub surround in the garden for our lazy spa. The surround is built using a mix of decking boards and cladding.

    I've already treated the wood and have just applied the second coat of Cuprinol fence paint (Muted Clay - matt).

    I'm very happy with the finish and would like to protect it as best as possible. Is there a product I can apply to protect the paint from stains / chips etc? I don't want to alter the appearance of the existing paint job at all.

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    I wouldn't put anything on that - it's the Cuprinol garden shades stuff right? It's waxy so not sure you'd have a lot of success with stuff on top. The beauty of that range though is that you can easily patch it up or repaint in a couple years if the wood gets weathered and needs it.
     
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    Cuprinol clear varnish will give you some added protection. But do you need it really?
     
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    Thanks for the replies. I was concerned the chlorine in the water may discolour the paint over time when getting out of the tub / kids splashing etc?
     
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    In that case make sure you coat both sides!
     
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    I've used clear varnish over the paint (for a garden bench) and it does change the colour.. goes a bit dull. Wished I hadn't as the rain sits on it for ages :)

    I also painted some old terracotta pots and sprayed lacquer over on a couple, the lacquer peeled off over the winter, taking the paint with it, whereas the ones without lacquer are fine.
     
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    Lacquer/varnish restrains the wood from being flexible. It won't stop it from flexing so the lacquer/varnish simply cracks and often falls off/chips.
     
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