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    Hello fellow artists!

    So it is my first time working for an outdoor space. I am looking for tips/tricks/advice for outdoor paint treatments. Is there any type of material or coating/paint I should use as a base that would help preserve the set? The set will be outside for a month in humid Massachusetts summer weather. The TD is thinking about using sonotube and urethane resin coatings. Thanks for your help!

     Angelique Powers
      • Experience: 20+ years
      • Scenic Status: Full Time Regular

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      When I painted for an Outdoor Opera I first used as much Exterior Grade House paints, sealers and textures such as real stucco and elastomerics that I could – plan for rain, and plan for a lot of it because Murphy loves to screw with load ins – (we once got 4 inches in one day!)

      At the time I was using Break Through to seal my deck, but have since developed an intolerance to the product – but it does work great and is usually one of the cheaper products out there if you can find it.

       Rachael Claxton
        • Experience: 5-10 years
        • Scenic Status: Full Time Regular

        Should you need to use any texture products I suggest Olympic Restore Max or Rustoleum Rescue. They’ll hold up to the weather great and can be tinted to a bunch of different colors so should anything chip you don’t have a billion white touchups. Also they both can go on with a roller or sprayer!

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        I did an outdoor show in humid New Jersey a couple of years ago, and was looking for an elastomeric paint that was cheap and would hold up for a 3 week run. I ended up going with Behr’s masonry and stucco paint because I could get it at Home Depot (and could only swing a Rosebrand run once a month, or so).

        It held up fairly well (and there was a lot of rain that year!), but I had fairly simple treatments. Solid basecoats with spatter and simple scumbles. I did have to do some touch up (and it tended to chip at the seams), but because it was a simple technique, tiny touch ups weren’t too bad.

        If it’s more complicated, I’d rely more on good sealer. But, the elastomeric paint does have some flex which helps it hold up to weather changes, as a base.

        The sealer I used was the ProFinisher by Parks. I cut it with Zep High Traffic Floor Polish, which doesn’t seem to effect the ability to hold up, but makes your poly stretch further.

        Best of luck!

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