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1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 72 (38)

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition
1954-55 Theatre Catalog
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 72
Page 72

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 72

ing will only be as good as the preparation and materials that go into it. Always make certain that the surface to be finished is smooth and free of dust and oil. And use nothing but top quality paints and stains.

In painting exterior type fir plywood, the determinant is whether the finish surface is smooth or textured. In the case of a smooth surface, the best paint for regular wood is also best for exterior fir plywood. High grade exterior house paints of either TLZ formulation or whiteelead-and-oil give excellent service. Paints which set to a hard, brittle film should be avoided.

To prevent the possibility of any surface checking When using exterior plywood, edge-sealing is recommended. A heavy application of high-grade exterior primer, exterior aluminum paint or heavy lead and oil paint does the best job. In unusually damp localities, and especially in the case of fir plywood outdoor picture screens, it is wise to prime the back of panels before construction starts with a coat of exterior primer. . The best painting system for exterior plywood is this: 1. The prime coat, the most important coat of all. This seals the wood and provides a good base for the following coats. A top quality exterior primer thinned with one pint of pure raw linseed oil per gallon of paint, applied with a brush, is the best. High grade aluminum house paint also makes a good primer.

2. and 3. Over the prime coat apply second and third coats according to directions on the can.

High quality 2-coat TLZ house paints can be used. However, each coat must be proportionately heavier so that the same dry film thickness, as in the 3-step system, is built up. First, brush on the primer, thinned as in step one above; then apply a second coat according to directions on the label.

Finishing Textured Surface

On the other hand, if the finish surface is textured, as in the case of Texture One-Eleven, finish procedure is diderent for two reasons. First, the object is to preserve the textural quale ities and natural low sheen of the material. Second, edge-sealing can be omitted because any surface checking will only add to the weathered beauty

of the wood. To preserve the naturalness of T 1-11

a highly pigmented opaque stain finish is recommended. Not a stain in. the conventional sense of the word, this type of finish material is known in the trade as either SHAKE or SHINGLE paint. Its desirability stems from the fact that it dries flat; does not penetrate completely into the surface but leaves a thin coating over it; produces uniform color over dark and light parts of the wood grain and knots; is not translucent or transparent; softens grain pattern but does not hide it and does not destroy textured surface with a smooth, paint-like film. For maximum durability, a two-coat brush application

CANDY-STRIPED plywood at the Roxy was built by theatre manager from own design to attract the customers. On caster. it can easily be moved out of the way when the stand isn't being used.

LIGHT-WEIGHT. but rugged plywood solved the popcorn storage problem backstage at the Roxy. Tacoma. Wash., at little cost or loss of space.

of this stain is recommended, however, one coat will cover thoroughly.

Low pigmented stains when applied to exterior fir plywood (either smooth or textured) when permanently exposed to weather, are of insufiicient durability to adequately protect the wood and are definitely not recommended.

Finishing Interior Plywood

Interior fir plywood is even easier to finish with good conventional wall and woodwork paints or enamels. Here again, it pays to properly prepare all surfaces and to use nothing but the best mate

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 72