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1victorianfarmhouse 02-19-2013 10:06 AM

Porch Repainting
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The porch needs to be repainted on my house. It is stable and sturdy.

The north facing porch shown gets quite a bit of sunlight in summer, and moisture year-round.

It doesn't look like it was very well prepped or primed when it was painted (assumed to be about 10 years ago). Aside from cleaning, sanding and prepping, are there any other issues I should be aware of as well as paint brands to recommend/avoid?


kok328 02-19-2013 03:28 PM

You may find that a solid color stain will last longer than a porch/floor latex paint.
By cleaning, I assume you mean power-washing. Just don't wash too aggresively as to remove wood from the surface.

nealtw 02-19-2013 05:21 PM

Wait until it's dry in the summer if you can.

1victorianfarmhouse 02-19-2013 09:48 PM

Yes, definitely wait until it's warm and dry out!

I don't have a pressure washer, and was planning a good old fashioned scrub with a brush and soapy water and hosing it off after a good sanding to remove loose pieces. I'll look into the solid color stain and see what I find.


kok328 02-20-2013 03:29 PM

A power-washer can be rented or borrowed. If the surface gets wet before you paint/stain it, it will raise the grain and a second sanding may be necessary.

1victorianfarmhouse 02-20-2013 09:29 PM

Not sure if I want to use a power washer on wood as the possibility for damage is pretty easy, especially with other nearby sections. Any comments on a PSI limit?

I've had good luck with lightly washing some wood items before priming, but will test it first.


tammi 04-02-2013 07:56 AM

work on summer when the wood is really dry, otherwise, painting on wet surface will not give you the effect you want it to have.

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