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Painting a Porch

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A part of the house that can get a lot of use and may need paint before painting the whole house again. This page is about painting a porch.


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By 0 found this helpful
June 21, 2005

Can someone please help me. My porch floor is horrible. I try so hard to make my yard look nice and the front porch sticks out like a sore thumb. The floor is made of wood planks. I have tried to prime them and paint them with expensive porch paint. Then I tried the cheap way and painted them with spray paint. Nothing made any difference. The paint peels and flakes continuously.

I have 5 dogs who practically live on the porch. I can not keep them off. I put up a little gate and they chewed it up to get on the porch. So what kind of porch floor should I use? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. This porch is making me miserable. The first thing people see is an ugly porch .

Thank you,
Lisa in Georgia


By michele (Guest Post)
June 21, 20050 found this helpful

Lisa: How about trying some indoor outdoor carpet or those remnants of astroturf? I have found many carpets that people or the carpet store threw out and they are perfect for outdoors; when they wear out or the dogs chew them up get another one. Hope this is somwhat helpful.

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By Annie (Guest Post)
June 21, 20050 found this helpful

Why don't you try an outdoor carpet ? It can be hosed down and or vaccumed. You could just tack it down and repace it whenever it wears out. There is a wonderful selection of these carpets now and they don't look like artificial grass any more. The dogs would love it !



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By Mary Ellen (Guest Post)
June 21, 20050 found this helpful

I like the ideas posted already--about getting a carpet. But if you really want a painted porch, that won't do. You might have to sand the wooden planks and then prime and paint. I don't envy the project--but at least it would be outside where you wouldn't have to worry about the mess. Good luck!

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By Ginnee (Guest Post)
June 21, 20050 found this helpful

It seems to me the wood would rot under any kind of permanent carpet. I think the sanding is the best idea, tho a lot of work. Then you could bleach the wood or stain it. Stain won't flake off.

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June 21, 20050 found this helpful

Get rid of the dogs? lol just kidding. I would get the outdoor carpeting, I don't think the wood would rot if there is space between the planks.


Good luck!

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June 22, 20050 found this helpful

That sounds like the wood has at one time been impregnated or treated with a preservative or fire-proofing oil.

The only way to cope with that is to rent a rotary or band type floor sander for an afternoon and sand it down to bare wood, then use a clear sealer, not a primer. Oldfashioned, stinky (turpentine based) spar varnish like it is used on ocean-going ships and boats, will seal it for sure. If you can't get spar varnish, email some of the bigger paint companies and ask them what they suggest. They WILL need to know what kind of wood is involved. For example cedar and redwood need different sealers than pine or fir.

Once the wood is sealed properly, any porch paint will work fine, though it might be a shame to paint over a nicely varnished deck.
Have FUN!

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June 22, 20050 found this helpful

You can paint your porch floor with Kilz which will keep any other paints and dirt from seeping through the new paint. Then paint your floor with regular good quality paint then use polyurethane to seal it.


Or something like Thompson's waterseal. It may be more costly but in the long run it will work the best. The polyurethane or the Thompson's water seal with help with preserving the wood.

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By Carl Heilman (Guest Post)
August 5, 20050 found this helpful

Get #10 Canvas duck have a good carpenter tack it down and glue it down. Paint it the color of your choice with a oil based house paint, you can even thin it with linseed oil to make it soak in better. If it is a covered porch it will last about 30 years. Consult an old time carpenter or painter.
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December 27, 20050 found this helpful

stencils, multi-color!

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By ken (Guest Post)
March 3, 20060 found this helpful

I'm getting ready to paint my porch, My question is i was told to sand it than prime it than paint, when i sand it im I trying to remove all the paint or just get it smothe?

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By cassie (Guest Post)
April 21, 20060 found this helpful

i live in an apt. which is very dusty! the carpet is very very old and the landlord will not change/replace it.


. i want to paint the subfloor and use area rugs. please advise as to the best process! thank you!

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By Paul (Guest Post)
April 26, 20060 found this helpful

Painting a Porch floor was a "PROCESS"

Clean between spacing of boards for proper drying and drainage. I used a short wall board saw.

Strip off old stain with a chemical

Sand and smooth as much as humanly possible. I used thirty six grit sandpaper and did with a hand block.

Wash with TSP a cleaner and remnant paint duller.

Primed with exterior primer (Glidden)

Painted with a porch paint (Behr from Home Depot)

Two Coats (it went on easy)

Not satisfied with color as chart was deceiving. I may change in a year or so as it will not be that time consuming now)

At this point April 2006 I have no idea of what I did will be durable and another reason to live with the disappointing color.

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February 4, 20120 found this helpful

My porch gets dew on it at night which wets the porch. What should I do? The paint is peeling.

By Jo from San Diego, CA

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By 0 found this helpful
May 31, 2010

I need to know the best paint to put on a back porch, that although covered gets sun on the steps. The enamel we have used in the past tends to lose it's luster after a year or two. We like the high gloss black green. Any suggestions?


By L Pritchard from Williamsburg, VA

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