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I have been debating over the last couple of weeks on weather I should weatherproof the tops of the cemertary columns with satan spar urethane. I live in the pacific northwest and will be putting them out two weeks before halloween. They are sealed with caulk and painted with outdoor latex paint. Should I leave them or use the urethane? My concerns with the urethane is discoloration and if I need to repaint them someday I would have to sand the urethane. So what do you guys think?
 

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Thruster, I made columns last year and had them out for three weeks without any problems. Mine are made from pink insulation foam board and painted with an outdoor latex paint. Here in Denver last year we had pretty much every extreme - direct sun, intense rain, freezing overnight, strong winds and even a little snow. I checked them when I took them down and just looked at them the other day and they don't seem any worse for the ware. I do store them indoors, out of the weather. I figure if I can get through two or three Halloweens without someone destroying them, a fresh coat of paint will be the least of my worries. Hope this helps.
 

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Are you really willing to sell your soul to give your columns more durability? I assume that is one of the requirements to using satan spar urethane. You know, "mix well, sacrifice three virgins and a goat, sign your soul over under contract, apply with even brush strokes, allow to dry thoroughly..." :D

Yes, I know you meant "satin" but how could I not have a little prankish fun?
 

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I have been debating over the last couple of weeks on weather I should weatherproof the tops of the cemertary columns with satan spar urethane. I live in the pacific northwest and will be putting them out two weeks before halloween. They are sealed with caulk and painted with outdoor latex paint. Should I leave them or use the urethane? My concerns with the urethane is discoloration and if I need to repaint them someday I would have to sand the urethane. So what do you guys think?
I can't tell what yours are made of but mine are particle board,caulked and painted with outdoor paint. Mine are out for the whole month most years and have been for 13 years in all weather. Still holding up fine with touch up paint every few years.
 
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