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Question DetailsAsked on 11/6/2017

How to paint over chipped paintwooden porch.

Large wooden porch with layers of chipped old paint. Easiest way of repaint? Or should I just install outdoor carpeting and be done with it? Rental property that I already put too much money into and will never recoup!

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Easiest way - just use deck cleaner and hose to clean it, and paint with a prioch and deck paint - but the peeling will continue unabated within a year.

Better - first use an ice chipper to peel off any peeling paint, use a belt sander to taper the edges of the paint left so it does not have a sharp break edge, pressure wash with deck cleaner, then paint with a high-body thick-layer deck paint like the ones being touted by Behr and Rustoleum, though in my opinion that is also the quickest way to quickly rot the decking because they invariably let some water through but it cannot escape through the fine cracks as water vapor, so it settles into and rots the boards.

For a minimal effort and cost job you can do the above and just paint with a Garage Floor and Deck latex paint like most companies make - I prefer Weatherbeater line (almost 30 years and going on one of my decks on treated wood).

A greater effort - strip the existing paint (mechanically or chemically or with careful pressure washing) followed by sanding to provide a clean wood surface, clean with deck cleaner if needed, then use a penetrating oil-based stain to treat the wood - or for longer life use copper based ground-contact wood treatment like Cupreanol, though you are pretty much limited to darker greens or brown for the color even with mixing or tinting because it only comes in bright green or dark brown or landscape timber orange. The chemical treatment is a decay and insect/growth preventative, not a "stain" as such, so the wood surface stays more woodlike and does accumulate dirt faster, but also last longer. Otherwise, once the existing stain or paint is removed, a penetrating oil-based stain like Olympic makes, (my favorite economic brand).

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