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Old 01-27-2009, 01:43 PM   #1
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hi there,

I'd like to repaint the deck of my wood porch. the old paint job is dry, peeling, dirty, etc. the porch is made from tongue-and-groove planks.

what is an acceptable way to prepare the porch for new paint? can I get away with just using a belt sander then scrubbing it clean?

also, if anyone has any recommendations for a good porch primer/paint combo, I'd appreciate it.

thank you!

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Scrape and sand
I would recommend a solid stain rather than a paint
Sikkens, Cabot, Benjamin Moore, and Sherwin Williams all have good ones recommended for decks

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cool, scrape and sand is what I had in mind!

the wood isn't that beautiful for staining, and I like the lower-maintenance aspects of a good primer/paint combo. plus, having the added color will look nice with the overall design of the exterior.

so - any good primer/paint combos, brands, types?

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I assume he is referring to the newer 'opaque' deck stains which look pretty much like paint, but will wear much better - It's not like you'll see the grain with them.

Cabot opaque deck stain got good marks from Consumer Reports for durability, so I used that. It hasn't been long enough to know about longevity yet, but it went on smooth and easy and the color (sorta dove grey) looks great. I don't remember whether I washed the raw wood down with Tri first or not - Probably not.
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excellent. thanks for the clarification! just wanted to get a bit of info before heading to the paint shop.

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tongue and groove............ i suggest you have a steel brush on hand to "scrape/brush" and worthy primer before painting.
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the deck strippers on the market do a pretty good job also make sure to follow the directions and use a neutralizer after.Sand areas that need it and let dry thoroughly.Make sure you use a paint or stain specifically made for decks. good luck

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