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How to Strip Paint Off a Porchby HomeRepairExpert.com
Once the paint starts to deteriorate, the porch can become unsightly.
Things You'll Need
- Paint scraper
- Power washer
- Mild detergent
- Power sander
Step 1Remove the old paint off the porch by using a paint scraper. Make sure you apply even pressure and scrape in one direction only.
Step 2Use 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.
Step 3Use 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.
Step 4Wash 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.
Step 5Allow the porch to dry for three to five days before applying new paint or primer.
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