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Old 06-19-2011, 04:17 PM   #1
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I have old steps going down the hill from one part of my yard to a lower part. They follow the slope so the bottoms of the steps are inches from the dirt. After we owned the place a few years, the paint was wearing off, so I went to a big box store and did what they told me: scrape, wash with bleach (to kill green mold), rinse, dry, coat with their primer, then their exterior latex. Two months later the new paint was cracking and peeling. Over the phone the paint company's technical expert said we should scrape and then repaint with their exterior oil-based paint. Now that paint is peeling off in long strips, and in a few places where water got under blisters and strips of peeling paint, the wood is now actually rotting. What should I do next? Thanks. Dave

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Paint on stairs has a hard enough time inside. I can't imagine trying to keep it up outside.

If it was me.... I'd stop buying paint, save my money and replace with pressure treated or (god forbid) Trex or the like.

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You can use a porch and floor paint, not a primer/semi or whatever the box store talked you into mix. This will be constant though and you might want to mix some sort of anti-slip agent into the paint. Painted steps and damp conditions sound like a broken leg or hip in the making.
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You can use a porch and floor paint, not a primer/semi or whatever the box store talked you into mix. This will be constant though and you might want to mix some sort of anti-slip agent into the paint. Painted steps and damp conditions sound like a broken leg or hip in the making.
to anti-slip something/anything on outdoor steps.

I've painted a covered porch with the best 'porch and floor paint' I could get. I stripped down to bare wood, primed with alkyd, applied two coats of paint..... and in the heavy traffic areas of the porch three years later it still needs some new paint.....
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Leah Frances and sdsester, thank you! Dave
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