In the world of porch improvement, one must think about the possibility of painting as a way of going about taking a porch that looks okay and making it look splendid.
As good as painting a porch can be, it can be even better when you make the time to learn the ins and outs of the techniques that will improve the porch via painting – and if you make the time to get some of them down your porch will ultimately look that much better.
One of the key things you should bear in mind when you want to paint your porch is to make sure that you are using the right sort of paint for the paintwork that will be done.
More specifically, you have to remember that there are all kinds of weather that could come into play outside and so you should use the right sort of paint that will protect against those sorts of weather.
Rain, for example, will need one sort of paint whereas if you’re in a more desert area you can expect that a different sort of protection will be needed.
Though it should be fairly obvious, it’s quite important to make sure that you clean the porch that’s going to be painted before you start the painting work.
This includes not only removing some of the larger things that you’re going to find on your porch but also some of the more small things as it were… the leaves and the branches and the like.
These will be just the things that will get in the way of your painting project.
If you find that there is any damage to your deck in the form of rot, you’re going to need to make sure that you take care of the rot right away.
For cases of minor rot, you are going to be able to remove the parts of the board that are rotted fully and makes use of certain patching compounds to fill in the empty spaces where the rot was.
Once you allow the time to have the patching compounds fully dry, you will need to sand it down so that it is smooth with the rest of the deck and then you will be able to move on to painting the deck as you were previously.
If you find that enough of the board is rotten, it’s really not going to be enough to make use of patching compound as you’ll basically have more compound than board and at that point, you’re going to have a rather unpleasant looking deck because of it.
A better thing to do would be to make use of an entirely new board that would go in place of where the old board was and perhaps even replace a few boards as is necessary.
One thing to bear in mind here is that you ultimately will have to choose boards that will match the ones that you have on the deck already – even though the boards will get painted, you have to start out with boards that are similar in texture and material.
Lastly, you should make sure that you have a good sense of the weather well before you start your painting project.
This is because you need to know when the weather is not going to be conducive to a thing like a painting project, such as when it is rainy outside.
Look for a few days of dry weather and then aim for those days to paint your porch.