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Old 04-11-2008, 10:32 AM   #1
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Default Peeling porch floors.

I have a job painting an exterior porch floor. The porch floor is peeling in areas, not surprising after the winter months and using a shovel to remove snow(and the paint in the process).

What is the best way to apply a new coat. Obviously, I will have to scrape the floor, but do you use floor enamel on the bare sections first, then go over the entire floor with the topcoat? Or do you prime the bare areas with a primer and cover with floor enamel? Is there a durable floor enamel that would last longer than a year after shoveling?

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I prime the bare spots then go over whole deck with porch&floor paint. But honestly any homeowner that lives in a 'snowy' climate shouldn't expect more than a year out of any exposed deck with paint. I have painted decks that I restored from bare wood up, with my techniques that still look brand new after 2 years - but they also don't get sun, and are covered by an overhang/roof. And part of it is salted/sanded to my chagrin, but still is looking good.

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Cabots Problem Solver is a good primer for this
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Sanding after scraping isn't a bad idea. Looks much better if you can smooth it out before painting.
Maybe suggest that the homeowner invest in a plastic shovel or broom, or maybe not and you can paint it again next year too.
But yeah, should last more than a year as long as it done correctly........all loose paint is removed, another arguement for sanding, and it's clean and dry.

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Wooden porches shouldn't be painted, it's so difficult for a paint to stand up to that kind of abuse. And usually it has nothing to due with what the previous painter did, but the HO always blames them.

I've been offering to strip, sand to bare and stain my customers porches. Its expensive but will hold up longer than paint.
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Wooden porches shouldn't be painted, it's so difficult for a paint to stand up to that kind of abuse. And usually it has nothing to due with what the previous painter did, but the HO always blames them.

I've been offering to strip, sand to bare and stain my customers porches. Its expensive but will hold up longer than paint.

I agree, always offer a translucent penetrating oil if possible. The only no peeling guarantee.
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I Use An Oil Primer Than An Oil Enamel Latex Will Never Hold Up On A Floor
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Well...sort of depends on what type of porch you got there Professor
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I have a job painting an exterior porch floor. The porch floor is peeling in areas, not surprising after the winter months and using a shovel to remove snow(and the paint in the process).

What is the best way to apply a new coat. Obviously, I will have to scrape the floor, but do you use floor enamel on the bare sections first, then go over the entire floor with the topcoat? Or do you prime the bare areas with a primer and cover with floor enamel? Is there a durable floor enamel that would last longer than a year after shoveling?
What ya gotta do is, hire a painter who can come to your home and repair your porch the proper way. Also, I don't think this is a forum for DIYers.
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What ya gotta do is, hire a painter who can come to your home and repair your porch the proper way. Also, I don't think this is a forum for DIYers.
I am hardly a DIYer(have painted for 15 years); I am just looking for insight and other ways than the traditional ways that I am used to.

I can do the job like I have done any exterior porch floor in the past, but I was just seeing how others would tackle it. Isn't that what this forum is for? I didn't think my question was any different than any other question that I have read in this forum.
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I am hardly a DIYer(have painted for 15 years); I am just looking for insight and other ways than the traditional ways that I am used to.

I can do the job like I have done any exterior porch floor in the past, but I was just seeing how others would tackle it. Isn't that what this forum is for? I didn't think my question was any different than any other question that I have read in this forum.
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Whats even funnier is timhag has the picture of peewee stored in his comp.
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I have a job painting an exterior porch floor. The porch floor is peeling in areas, not surprising after the winter months and using a shovel to remove snow(and the paint in the process).

What is the best way to apply a new coat. Obviously, I will have to scrape the floor, but do you use floor enamel on the bare sections first, then go over the entire floor with the topcoat? Or do you prime the bare areas with a primer and cover with floor enamel? Is there a durable floor enamel that would last longer than a year after shoveling?
how about if you just ditch the porch and buy a mercedes instead?

hope that helps.

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Whats even funnier is timhag has the picture of peewee stored in his comp.
Where did you come from?
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how about if you just ditch the porch and buy a mercedes instead?

hope that helps.

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kinda wierd first post, maybe he was a long time lurker.
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If you are a painter for 15 years, I think you would have the knowledge of painting porches and staining doors and know how to handle cedar siding. I could be wrong, just my thoughts.
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kinda wierd first post, maybe he was a long time lurker.
Guess he had to join just to say that
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If you are a painter for 15 years, I think you would have the knowledge of painting porches and staining doors and know how to handle cedar siding. I could be wrong, just my thoughts.

Wow, you did your research. I guess if you don't work, you have the time.

If you have the time to submit 1700 posts and have nothing to write but smart-ass responses and negative comments, obviously you aren't too busy as a painter. Good for you! Whatever makes you feel better. At least we have questions about jobs that we actually have. Maybe if you have all of the answers you don't need to be on this forum any longer.

By the way, I have worked for one company as a foreman for 12 years; then I started my own company for the last few years. Sometimes the company that you work for don't do things the best way, and you look for other ideas. Hence, the reason for the questions that I have submitted in the past.

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