How to Paint Wooden Porches

Wooden porches are often chosen for their appearance and the cozy atmosphere they create. However, when the wood is old or when the old paint starts to crack, your entire house will look unwelcoming. You will need to paint your porch, as the fresh paint will not only improve the appearance of the porch and the house, but it will also give a clean look. Wooden porches should be repainted every 5 years.

What You Need

  • Paint scraper
  • Power sander or sand paper
  • Cleaners (detergent, vinegar, bleach)
  • Exterior primer
  • Oil paint
  • Paint roller or paintbrush

Step 1 -- Clean the Porch

Before you start to paint or remove the old paint from your porch, you will need to remove dirt, grease or other impurities. Use bleach or diluted vinegar.

If there is mold, use vinegar or other commercial mold removal solutions.

Step 2 -- Remove the Paint

If the porch has been previously painted, you will need to remove the old paint, as if you paint on top of the old paint, you will have an uneven surface.

Get a paint scraper and scrape the porch, maintaining a single direction. Start from one side and move your way to the left or right. Make sure to use the same amount of pressure, so that you won’t cause irregularities on the surface of the wood.

Don’t use pain thinner to remove the paint, as the thinner will cause damage to the wood.

Step 3 – Sanding the Porch

After the paint is removed, use a sander to even the surface of the porch. A smooth surface is necessary, so that you can apply the paint evenly. If uneven surfaces remain, the paint may crack within a few months and will not be weather resistant.

Ideally, you should use a power sander to make your job easier.

If you use sand paper, you will spend a lot of time evening the porch surface and the results may not be as good as with a power sander.

Step 4 – Wash the Porch

To make sure you remove all dust and splinters, you will have to wash the porch. You may use some detergent or water and vinegar.

Wait 24 to 48 hours for the wood to dry completely before moving to the next step.

If the wood is not completely dry, the wood may deteriorate under the paint.

Step 5 – Apply the Primer

Apply an exterior primer on the porch. Allow to dry and apply an additional coat. Make sure the wood is dry before you move to the following step.

Step 6 – Apply the Paint

Get some floor oil paint and apply it on the porch. Floor paint is more resistant to the outdoor conditions.

Leave the porch to dry and apply another coat. Make sure that the first coat is completely dry, as otherwise, the surface will be uneven and unaesthetic.