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Painting over stained handrails outdoors

Posted by mike on May 12th, 1998 10:53 AM

My outdoor posts are made of 6x6 doug-fir w/36" x 8 ft. wrought-iron between them. The top cap
is made of 2x6 redwood. I have stained the posts and top cap over the last 5 years leaving the
wrought-iron alone with the factory black enamel finish.
I want to paint ALL of it the same color now. Some of the 6x6 posts have cracks in them. I was going
to fill the cracks with "fix-all" then prime and paint. The "fix-all" is for interior use only.

What should I use to fill the cracks and any recommendations on what primer I should use on the wood as
well as the metal? I don't want the old stain to bleed thru after all this painting.

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