Hi all! I am getting ready to put some refinishing touches on the
front and back porch of my house, which mostly involves repainting.
But I am wondering if there are anything I should be aware of, since
this is outside painting (which I've never done).
My front porch is cement, and it looks like it's been painted over a
couple of times. There was a big crack (over 1/4" wide) which I
patched a few weeks ago with some type of concrete patch that comes in
a little bucket. I figured that I will need to chip away as much of
the old paint as possible, then scrub down the porch before I paint.
But is there anything else I need to do? Do I need to scrub it down
with TSP? Do I need to seal it with a primer or anything? What kind of
paint should I use for concrete?
The back porch is made out of redwood. There is some mildewy spots on
the deck where there sunlight doesn't always hit. For the most part,
the deck just looks weathered, but it's still in pretty good shape. I
might have to drive a few nails in where they've+ come a little loose,
but other than that, no other real work. There is an old coat of paint
on it now. Do I need to strip the paint off? Do I need to scrub it
down? Do I need to seal the wood? What kind of paint should I use for
I had asked a couple of neighbors down the street who had repainted
their front (cement) porch, but they said that all they did was go
down to the Home Depot and just bought the cheapest cement paint
available. Not that I don't believe them, but I just thought I should
do a little research before I did the same. Any
tips/advice/recommendations would be very much appreciated!