01:55PM | 06/23/03
Member Since: 06/22/03
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Well, I scraped and sanded my wooden porch steps in preparation for painting. What remained was mostly bare wood with about 25% that was previously painted that I sanded to rough up.

In my rush to get going, I bought oil based porch paint and quickly painted. Afterward, I read the label. Then I saw that they recommend applying a primer on bare wood. An oversight.

So my question is, how much trouble am I in now? What is going to happen? Will the paint peal off? There's nothing I can do now, short of re-sanding the whole thing asd starting all over again.

Thanks for any help.


01:37AM | 06/24/03
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
You don't need to worry as deck paints and floor enamels are usually self priming as primers are to soft to go under the deck paint and will flex and cause the finish paint to crack.


03:43AM | 06/24/03
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
It is an oil based paint which is a plus,also you sanded which is nice but,depending where you live,I live in MN and most decks last maybe 3 years with paint,if this is in an enclosed porch it should be ok.


03:58PM | 06/24/03
Member Since: 06/22/03
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Thanks for the reassurance. The steps are not enclosed and I live in upstate New York but sounds like I should expect no immediate problems. If I get a few years of protection then I'm happy.


08:04PM | 07/08/03
Member Since: 07/07/03
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Next time, go with 100% acrylic primer and paint. It flexes with temperature extremes(doesn't crack), doesn't fade or yellow, and holds up better than oil-based paints. High quality acrylic technology is always better than oil-based.


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