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Old 10-22-2010, 08:47 PM   #1
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What's the best choice for protecting a painted bar rail? I painted mine with a black enamel (water based) and it looks awesome. But every time you touch it, it smudges and looks like crap.

 
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Old 10-22-2010, 08:54 PM   #2
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Several thin coats of SPAR varnish. That's what I would use, but others with more bar experience may have a specialized product.

http://www.cabotstain.com/products/p...r-Varnish.html

 
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Old 10-22-2010, 11:57 PM   #3
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I would have recommended painting it with several thin coats of black lacquer, but I suppose its too late. I think a basic polyurethane would work. At least three coats, put them on as thin as you can and lightly sand with a synthetic steel wool pad between coats

 
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Old 10-23-2010, 01:47 AM   #4
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Tough one...the new VOC compliant water based paints are not nearly as tough as the old school oil based enamels. Not sure top coating w/ oil base is advisable over a water borne paint, scuff it w/ sandpaper prior to topcoating if you do.

 
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Old 10-23-2010, 04:01 AM   #5
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second on the spar varnish, aka marine varnish. A couple of coats will protect it forever, just choose the finish you want... gloss would be my preference.

 
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Old 10-23-2010, 05:41 AM   #6
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Tough one...the new VOC compliant water based paints are not nearly as tough as the old school oil based enamels. Not sure top coating w/ oil base is advisable over a water borne paint, scuff it w/ sandpaper prior to topcoating if you do.
I know its to late to go oil base but they sell a primer that you can use to paint over your waterbase paint (sand the hell out of it first) and then use oil base.

 
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Old 10-23-2010, 06:09 AM   #7
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second on the spar varnish, aka marine varnish. A couple of coats will protect it forever, just choose the finish you want... gloss would be my preference.
+1 on the spar varnish. i have a bench and two chairs that have been outside year round for 5 years. i would put at least 4 or 5 light coats. i have not tuched them other then to clean them and they look great.
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Old 10-23-2010, 06:58 AM   #8
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Go epoxy, it will last longer than the house!
Pricey but lasts!
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Old 10-23-2010, 09:46 AM   #9
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Epoxy paint, they use it on commercial vehicles. Very tough stuff, it can resist rock chips like no other car paint. I used it for a primer when I was young and inexperienced, sucks to sand.

 
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Old 10-23-2010, 11:49 AM   #10
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Several thin coats of SPAR varnish. That's what I would use, but others with more bar experience may have a specialized product.

http://www.cabotstain.com/products/p...r-Varnish.html
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spar varnish is waterproof, so it would be beer proof to

also nice and shiny

 
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