Left to the elements, bare wood quickly falls prey to everything under-and including-the sun. To ward off the brutal elements, we apply finishes and other protections to our outdoor projects. As seasons pass, the paint on the garden arbor cracks and peels, the patio furniture splits and spalls, and colonies of mold form a forest of black dots on decks and planters. If you've witnessed these signs, you may wonder why these outdoor finishes failed. In this downloadable article, we'll tell you, and provide a prevention and fix-it program to boot.