How to Strip Paint Off a Porch


Once the paint starts to deteriorate, the porch can become unsightly.
During the warmer months, a front or back porch can be a place to enjoy cookouts, relaxation or a social gathering. If applied properly, the paint on a porch can last approximately five years, but once the paint starts to chip or flake off, the porch becomes unsightly. If it is time for a new paint job, there are a number of ways to strip away the old paint. This will require a lot of physical work but the end result is well worth it.

  • Paint scraper
  • Power washer
  • Mild detergent
  • Mask
  • Power sander
  • Bleach
Remove the old paint off the porch by using a paint scraper. Make sure you apply even pressure and scrape in one direction only.

Use a power washer to remove any excess paint that could not be removed with the paint scraper. Hold the spray tip 8 inches away from your porch surface, spraying in a horizontal or downward motion.

Use a power sander to ensure that the wood is even and smooth. A sander will also remove a few odd flakes of old paint here and there. If you don't have a power sander you can sand the porch by hand, but it will require a lot of arm work and will take much longer to do the job. Make sure you use a safety mask while sanding to prevent any inhalation of dust.

Wash the porch. This can be done by using a mild detergent and water. This mixture will remove any grease or other unwanted substance. Before washing the porch, check for any obvious mildew. If you notice any use a mixture of bleach and water instead.

Allow the porch to dry for three to five days before applying new paint or primer.

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