Epoxy Pool Paint on Wood Porch?

We have a weathered wooden porch, on our 1925 home. We don't want to replace the porch as it is still the original and very charming. The wood is fine but badly weathered on top. It was suggested we brush all the loose bits off and paint the wood with epoxy pool paint.
Do you think that will work?
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Sounds expensive.
I'm wondering why an opaque wood stain wouldn't work.
Was the person suggesting this perhaps in the business of selling paint? If so, I'd be officially suspicious.
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Depending on what you mean by "badly weathered", you probably want to use a penetrating epoxy, rather than pool paint, like Abatron's wood-consolidant. http://www.abatron.com/home002.htm
Expoxy pool paint will probably *WORK*, in that it will form a fairly hard protective surface, and glue the top millimeter or so together, but the purpose-designed product(s) will work better.
If you're going to go the pool-paint route, I'd treat the wood with some sort of boron-based preservative like timbor http://www.doyourownpestcontrol.com/timbor.htm first, lest the wood continue to rot out from under the epoxy shell.
--Goedjn
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