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Old 04-10-2012, 11:33 AM  
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I have 4 exterior columns. 3 are fiberglass and the largest one is wood. They are currently an ugly brown and the paint is flaking off everywhere - the wooden column is showing bare wood. It is in my front entry and it looks terrible! Bids have been far more than I am willing to pay. As much as I don't like to paint I figured it would be worth it to save the money. Looking for advice for doing it right and making it look nice.

  1. I am assuming I need to scrape all the loose paint off - what is the best way to do this? The tops and bases are a bit ornate and the mid sections are smooth but rounded.
  2. Once the loose paint is off, do I need to sand? The exposed wood seems pretty rough.
  3. Is there something I should use to seal the wooden column before painting?
  4. They get quite a bit of sun exposure - is there anything that will help so I don't have to paint so frequently?
  5. What kind of paint? As I mentioned, they are brown but I want to paint them white.

Also, I have a steal front door that has faux paint to look like wood. The sun has dulled it's appearance. Is there a a clear coat finish I can put on it to help liven it up again?

Thanks!
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Old 04-10-2012, 02:05 PM  
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I say

1. Sand it
2. Fill holes / gaps with a wood filler
2. Use a good exterior primer
3. Paint it

Sherwin Williams should be able to set you up with a good quality exterior primer and paint.

As far as the front door, I don't think a clear coat will help with any dulness brought on by the sun, your best option might be to repaint that as well. Clear coats usually enhance defects..

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I say

1. Sand it
2. Fill holes / gaps with a wood filler
2. Use a good exterior primer
3. Paint it

Sherwin Williams should be able to set you up with a good quality exterior primer and paint.

As far as the front door, I don't think a clear coat will help with any dulness brought on by the sun, your best option might be to repaint that as well. Clear coats usually enhance defects..
I agree with this post.

About the door remove any failing urethane and reseal. If it does not restore it back to satisfaction you may have to have door regrained.
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