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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 09-08-2018 03:18 PM

I have used both the Olympic exterior oil (they call theirs Base 5) and, more recently, the SW All Surface Enamel exterior with very good results. The Olympic lasted for about 5 years on some outdoor trim and showed no signs of aging, flaking, or deterioration at the time we sold that house. However, my source for the Olymic oil paints dried up (Lowes) so I had to switch to the SW brand. My experience to it is limited to about 2 years so far, but it is doing well. With the disappearance of oil paints in some areas, some have tried the acrylic exterior deep base with no int, and I’ve seen at least one good result (with pictures) that it does well. In this case it was a cross built out of walnut and put up outdoors; at this point it’s been there for 2 years and held up well. That article was authored by a fellow named Jim Kull (Steve was a buddy of his, Steve Mickley). It was published in Wood magazine (issue 149 or 150, I think) and was the first time I had heard of it, and why I tried it. I applaud your effort, and your reason for not mentioning the brand. However, I have a couple of the untinted bases on hand and may do a test of my own so I’ll have pictures for those who think it proves the point. Like anything, not every brand/formula is going to work the same….it would be useful to know if specific brands don’t (or do) perform as expected.

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