Paint your front porch and steps
Walking surfaces on the front of your house take a beating from the wear and tear of Portland weather as well as the daily foot traffic. With a quick pressure wash, a gallon of acrylic paint porch and floor paint from Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Behr paint, you can update the exterior house colors of your home exterior. Remember that after you paint you should wash your painted areas every couple of months to assure the longest life of your new paint.
Follow these quick steps to guarantee success:
- Pressure washer (helps, but not necessary)
- Garden hose
- Five gallon bucket
- Small bucket or cut pot
- Deck cleaner
- Deck scrubbing brush
- Wire brush
- 9″ Paint roller frame
- 1/2″ nap roller cover
- 2′ to 4′ extension pole
- 2″ to 3″ brush
- Paint Tray
- one gallon of deck stain, epoxy paint, or concrete floor paint
Read the following steps to increase the curb appeal of the exterior of your home in just a couple hours.
- If you own a pressure washer wash your concrete or walking surface with it. If not, pour the deck cleaner into the five gallon bucket mixed with water and apply using the deck scrubbing brush. Agitate the solution for 5-10 minutes depending on how dirty your walk way is. Note: use the water hose to spray down any areas around the walk way that might get splashed with the deck cleaner before applying (especially vegetation).
- Completely rinse using your garden hose to assure that all of the deck cleaner has been rinsed from areas. Now allow the surfaces to dry.
- If you want to add some traction or grip to your deck or porch paint now is the time to add silicone sand. Pour the proper amount in your paint and shake vigorously.
- Now that the surfaces to be painted are dry you are ready to start painting your porch. Open your concrete paint can from Behr paint, Sherwin Williams, or any other of your favorite paint brands and pour about a quart of paint into a small bucket. You will use this cut bucket and your brush to cut in around perimeters of your walking surfaces or railings. Now pour the paint into your paint tray. Note: be careful about over pouring paint into the tray. The tray can easily be filled so use what you need. 1/2 quart is a good measure of the maximum paint pour in the tray.
- Roll paint on your walking surfaces in the same direction starting from one side and moving to the other. Its very important to duplicate every motion you do in this process. In order to make your concrete or deck paint look even you have to apply an even amount of paint. Once you have finish rolling your first coat allow the areas to dry. Note: depending on temperature and air flow the dry time can vary but typically concrete paint will dry for two to four hours.
- Now for your second coat roll in the opposite direction as your first coat. This creates a criss cross pattern and helps the paint coats to be more evenly distributed.
- Thats it. Now let it dry and look how beautiful your steps and porch look with the new coats of paint on them.