Asked on May 5, 2017

Painting rough sawn wooden crates for outoor use.

WilliamGma Kirk


We are converting the crates into shelters for our ducks and want to protect the from the elements and preserve it. Should we undercoat with shellac first. etc.? We know to use only paint appropriate for outdoors. It is untreated and new.
2 answers
  • Gma Kirk
    on May 5, 2017

    think about using an opaque deck stain, which will soak into the wood, not just coat it.
  • William
    on May 5, 2017

    Shellac is a great undercoat and used by many woodworkers to seal the wood and any imperfections, especially knots in softwood. Prevents bleed through. Zinsser B-I-N is a shellac base primer, so you could use that since you will be painting the crates.
    • Georget
      on May 5, 2017

      Thanks. We also thought to begin with shellac to seal it because it will probably absorb a lot of topcoat without it.
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