Michael Dresdner

straight talk about wood finishing

Outer limits

Q: I’m currently building an outdoor grill cart out of ash and obviously need to protect it. I was thinking about sealing with Zinsser and then multiple coats of an exterior finish. What do you think?
A: You did not say which Zinsser product, and only some of their primers are exterior coatings. For instance, SealCoat is not for exterior use. More to the point, I don’t see any reason to use a primer or sealer at all, since the coatings you mentioned don’t need one. Just go straight to the exterior coating and save yourself an unnecessary step.