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mber
durable finish for porch rockers

I have a pair of rockers given to us for our porch. They are not the sort of wood that weathers nicely outdoors. Here in Colorado it is hot and dry and the sun is merciless. I would like to refinish them so they'll hold up at least one summer. I have tried marine paint as well as enamel and polyurethane. Any ideas? They have sentimental value if little actual value and I'd like to save them.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: durable finish for porch rockers

Do you mean the paint doesn't hold up or the color dosen't hold up? I'm guessing you mean the color. Any pigmented (colored) paint will fade in the sun, the darker it is the more it fades. It's called sub bleaching. Your best bet would be to stay away from dark colors.
Jack

mber
Re: durable finish for porch rockers

No, the finish itself peels and cracks long before the color has a chance to fade. I know the wood is very dry by now and that may be part of the problem.

goldhiller
Re: durable finish for porch rockers

Have you been finishing/painting this rocker outside and leaving it there (in the sun perhaps) to dry....... and during the curing time as well? That would be a big no-no and could readily lead to the problems you describe.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: durable finish for porch rockers

Mber, I wounder if the rockers had been used inside and have a coat of wax on then.
Jack

mber
Re: durable finish for porch rockers

thanks db, I'll give it a try. I hadn't tried that many coats, it sounds like a good idea.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: durable finish for porch rockers

Another thing you might want to try if you don't want a natural finish is a solid stain. It won't peal or crack but usually needs to be redone every 3 to 5 years.
Jack

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