exterior wood porch - stain vs paint?


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Old 09-17-14, 10:31 PM
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exterior wood porch - stain vs paint?

i am taking estimates for painting an old wood exterior porch which has been neglected for some time. my original thought was to sand/scrape, use oil based primer, and two top coats of exterior latex. one contractor suggested "stain" rather than "paint", he claims it holds up better, and that the majority of his exterior work is done in stain. the color will be WHITE

i have always thought of stain as a "minwax" type of product but i guess its come a long way? any advice on the use of stain over paint?

thanks in advance for the help
 
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Old 09-18-14, 05:35 AM
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Exactly what are you wanting to paint on the porch? the decking? handrails? what is the condition of the existing paint?

Your contractor is probably referring to a solid latex stain [comes in oil base too] Generally a stain is preferred on exposed decking but can vary on a covered porch depending on the type of decking and how much weather the porch gets.
 
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Solid stain on any ceilings, railings, trim, never on the decking.
Stain in most cases fades and can be covered over with just a cleaning.
Primer and paint are going to peel.
Sherwin William Deck Scapes can be applied over old solid paint and bare wood.
Exterior stains have been around for at least 50 years.
 
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A solid body stain on wood is my preference over paint.

Joe does not endorse its use on surfaces which will be walked upon but I disagree with him on that point.
 
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its an old wood porch exposed to the elements, no decking only columns, rails, ceiling.
cant tell what type of paint was used when it was painted last but its in bad shape.
so you guys think the white color stain will be a better choice?
will the stain adhere well to the old paint on there now?
 
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Old 09-18-14, 11:38 AM
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A pic or two would help us better understand what you have and might help us to give better advice.
Generally solid stains will adhere to clean paint. Latex paint usually adheres ok to weathered oil base coatings. What prep have you done or intend to do?

Are you wanting to use white stain on the decking too? I wouldn't think it would stay nice and white very long ..... or are you just wanting to use the white on everything else?
 
 

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