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My client wants her new 16 ft. wheelchair ramp painted (not stained) to match her current house trim. I'm thinking to use the HD paint with slip additive. Do I have to put primer on the wood before painting it? (Please, say "no"!) The ramp is about 6 months old, so the wood is dry and in good shape. I don't have a paint sprayer, so it's going to be a pretty big job. Thanks for any advice or suggestions!
 

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Hi Lynn, I would seriously try to talk her out of Paint. Paint does not hold up. Nor does stain. Nothing does...But stains require far less prep work with each iteration of prep/re-do. And no primer. (They also tend to just wear away more than flake away - generally less ugly and problematic when it all inevitably goes south).

This doesn't mean that it can't match the trim. You just use a solid stain tinted to the color of the trim. Just bring the paint store a color code. It just won't have any gloss to it. But you don't want any gloss on walking surface anyway!

If "HD" means Home Depot, then just don't. I generally just go with Arborcoat from BM (because for lots of reasons I just prefer to get stuff from my local BM store or Ace Hardware). But others will give other suggestions.

Don't rely on age to judge moisture. Use a moisture meter. Ideally it's at 12% or less. 15% max. (But look at the TDS for whatever product you get). Pay special attention to the shady areas, and moreso if the climate includes plenty of dampness - like high humidity and rain.

It should get cleaned once or 2x per year (depending on conditions) no matter what, and if it does then traction shouldn't be a problem on treated lumber with solid stain.
 

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My client wants her new 16 ft. wheelchair ramp painted (not stained) to match her current house trim. I'm thinking to use the HD paint with slip additive. Do I have to put primer on the wood before painting it? (Please, say "no"!) The ramp is about 6 months old, so the wood is dry and in good shape. I don't have a paint sprayer, so it's going to be a pretty big job. Thanks for any advice or suggestions!
yes needs to be primed. if they instist on paint i would prime with epoxy sealer like CPES then paint with inslx sure step
 
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