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Title: Paint, Stain, Varnish, or Preservative? It's Your Choice

Author: Knaebe, Mark T.;

Date: 2013

Source: USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, FinishLine, 2013; 4 p.

Publication Series: Finishlines

Description: If you’ve ever admired an old, unpainted barn that has survived 100 years or more of weather, it’s easy to wonder why you should use a finish on your home. However, the cracks, fissures, and air spaces that give weathered barn siding its character wouldn’t be acceptable on most houses. For a discussion of weathering and decay see the FinishLine “Outdoor Furniture, Artwork, Fences, and Play Equipment.”

Keywords: paints, stains, water repellent finishes, varnishes, preservatives

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Knaebe, Mark T. 2013. Paint, Stain, Varnish, or Preservative? It's Your Choice. USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, FinishLine, 2013; 4 p.


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