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Hi BlueGrits,

I would go with paint.

In either case, the wood must be scraped/sanded to SOLID wood. This is the most important step to prevent a quick failure in spots of your new finish.

I always use a primer coat. Primer is formulated to adhere to the substrate and create a good surface for the final film to adhere to.

Watch the temperature. High heat and sunshine can cause the paint/varnish to dry too quickly, again making an early failure possible.

A little prep will take some time but will provide extra years of trouble-free performance.

Does that help you?

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