Weather proofing-painting porch posts

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Old 09-08-20, 09:20 AM
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Weather proofing-painting porch posts

I have a Cape Cod style home built in 1996. It has a concrete porch running the length of the home with 8 - 6X6 Redwood post with Redwood railing between the posts, all painted white. The porch support posts were set directly on the concrete. The porch has a 10" drop to ground level. I didn't like the looks of the railing and it blocked the front view of the home so I remove it. My wife and I decided to cover the post with VersaTex Column Wraps.

After some probing on the post, I discovered one had about 1/3 of the bottom deteriorated and 5 others had some soft areas around the bottom. I removed all of the soft wood and filled the areas with WoodEpox.

I ordered the VeraTex Wraps about 6 weeks ago and they are still on backorder. At this point I don't know when they will arrive. With winter coming on I feel that I should paint the post and silicone seal the bottoms to protect them. Should I use and oil based paint or will latex provide adequate protection?
 
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Old 09-08-20, 10:32 AM
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Latex paint is fine but you should use an oil base primer.
 
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