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I've just routed some pine for trail markers, I'd like to stain them a darker brown and paint in the lettering with yellow. Much like a state park sign would look. What would be a good finish for outdoors that will help them to last? I live in the north east, so we'll be getting bitter cold, snow, rain, some sun on occasion.....

Any advice would be appreciated, I don't do much outdoor work. I know in the photo that they are painted, (maybe I'd be better off painting them(?), but I'd like to stain them.
 

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Bark Brown paint for the panel and white or yellow for the text in the highest grade of exterior latex house paint you can find.
this is provided by the National Park Service and US Forest Service - never stain.
(and I'm afraid your pine wood is going to fail before the paint does - depending on which species of "pine" you used). a good coating of exterior oil primer is suggested.
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What wood do you suggest?
 

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Bark Brown paint for the panel and white or yellow for the text in the highest grade of exterior latex house paint you can find.
this is provided by the National Park Service and US Forest Service - never stain.
(and I'm afraid your pine wood is going to fail before the paint does - depending on which species of "pine" you used). a good coating of exterior oil primer is suggested.
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Thank you for the info, I will be painting them. Bark Brown and yellow. What type of wood do you suggest for a more durable outdoor experience?
 
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Well! Here we go, finished product. Needs to be installed in the woods I'm more than happy with them. I know they are not perfect, but neither am I!
White Road surface Yellow Wood Asphalt
 

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oh yeah, oh yeah, unhunh, unhunh (that's Jack doing his happy dance).

Jack, for a complete novice, you have done an EXCELLENT job !!!
well done, young man, well done indeed.
looking forward to seeing the trails when you get them installed.
I'm not much of a dancer. I don't get too excited about things either, pretty much an even keel. Except I have anger issues... But, that's another issue! 🤣 No seriously, I'll get them out in the spring, not sure yet how we want to post them, nailed to a tree or dig post holes and hang like a realtor sign, (think Century 21). But that would get expensive real fast and the ground is tough to post hole. I don't want to hack it up, I want them to look nice, just don't know what's appropriate AND easy.
 
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Here's a fireplace job I did this summer, tile and surround. Customer sent me this photo earlier today. I'm not a COMPLETE novice, I just haven't done any freehand routing!
 

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Hi Jack, that brings back memories.
Do you still work from that shed across the road?
Hey James! Yes, I do... It's fuller and messier now, but I still manage to put out some quality product from time to time!
 
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