New Pre-Fab coop needs coat of water seal or something

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by StacyeA, Mar 27, 2017.

  1. StacyeA

    StacyeA New Egg

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    I just purchased a pre-fab coop through my local Tractor Supply. It had excellent reviews but all mentioned using a water seal on it prior to putting it together. It is already painted. I use Consumer Reports for most any purchase and Behr Semi-Transparent watersealing wood stain in "clear" gets the highest marks. However, the reviews for it on the CR site are terrible. I decided I better go to source of all coop knowledge here! The coop will have plenty of time to dry and cure before the chickens go in. This is a replacement for my old dilapidated starter tractor. Any suggestions on the best brand of water sealing stain to use?
     
  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Minwax.
     
  3. Penguino1

    Penguino1 Out Of The Brooder

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    I would use paint.... just because it lasts longer and you can go to your local Home Depot or Lowes to buy the Behr mistinted exterior paint to cover your whole coop in 5$ or less.
     
  4. ScottandSam

    ScottandSam Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    It would help if we had a picture. If it bare wood and you want to keep it looking like wood. Then sickens is the best wood stain in the world. Ask anyone that owns a log home like myself.

    At little about us. We are wood workers and Samantha is a chainsaw carver so we do a lot of painting and staining all year long for the past 10 years. It using a stain the darker the color the longer between recoats. If using paint I only use oil based paints on everything we make. It outlast anything else.
    Anything clear that would preserve the wood will need to be recoated almost every year.

    So depending on what you want it to look like depends a lot on what I'd recommend.

    Scott
     
  5. Yaychicks

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    I use a marine paint on mine, but it's leftover. If you can find some of that, it holds up very well in sun and water.
     
  6. StacyeA

    StacyeA New Egg

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    The coop came already painted I just read in the reviews that people who bought it recommended using a water sealer (like Thompsons) before putting it together just to give it even more longevity. There is a vast difference in the ratings and reviews on water sealers and water resistent semi-transparent stains on Consumer Reports so just wondering if anyone has a recommendation based on experience sealing a pre-painted coop.

    http://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pr...se-chicken-coop-up-to-8-chickens?cm_vc=-10005
     
  7. Penguino1

    Penguino1 Out Of The Brooder

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    It's not actual pre-"painted" per say. I have the exact same coop and the blue/gray coating is at best minimal (you can't even chip it off like real paint) . I wouldn't just stain it but rather paint it over.
     
  8. ScottandSam

    ScottandSam Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    I don't pay attention to rating cause half the people I have meet in my 40+ year are not painters.

    I suggest calling any painter in your phone book. ask them

    Thompsons is clear and if in the sun will need recoated every year or every other. as mentioned above marine paint is good, Sikkens is THE BEST wood stain out there( or at least I and every log cabin owner in the world thinks so). or oil based paint.


    Good luck with your project I am Out of here.
    Scott
     
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  9. StacyeA

    StacyeA New Egg

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    Aha! Thanks so much for that Penguin01. I haven't taken it out of the box because I wanted to be ready to seal or whatever before I put it together and spread it all over the garage! Just what I needed to know. I'll just paint with oilbase paint.
     
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  10. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Good luck. :thumbsup
     

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