The warm weather is in full swing and it has us kicking off our shoes and venturing into our backyards as much as possible. As you soak up the sun on your well-loved porch or sun porch, you may notice that the winter and rain months have caused some wear and tear on your beloved space.
Repainting a porch or sun porch is a fairly simple task, made even easier when high-quality exterior paint is used.
Use This Type of Paint on Your Porch
Porches are high-traffic areas that require paint that is durable and able to withstand the comings and goings of feet, puppy paws and weather pattern changes.
When you’re picking out paint for your porch, you’ll want to choose paint that has a high gloss enamel that sticks to wood and forms a hard shell around your porch floorboards.
At James T. Davis, our Davis Paint Weatherhide Exterior paint is perfect for wood, aluminum and vinyl siding and includes Microban® antimicrobial technology to help cut back on mold and mildew.
How to Paint a Porch
Before you can begin painting your porch, all of the materials should first be gathered:
- Brushes or sponges for removing all dust, pollen or dirt from the porch
- Angled and flat paint brushes for trim and hard-to-reach places like corners
- A roller brush
- Paint trays
- Painter’s tape
- A tarp or tarps
Once you’ve gathered everything you need for the project, start by cleaning the porch with your sponge and a water hose. You’ll want to make sure the porch is completely dry before beginning the painting process.
Step 1: Start by prepping your cleaned surface by taping tarps to the exterior of your home or any surface that you don’t want to paint. This is an important step, because you wouldn’t want to accidentally paint the siding of your house!
Step 2: You’ll also want to cover any nearby landscaping, like bushes or flowers, so you don’t accidentally drop paint on them.
Step 3: Next, you’ll want to prime the surface with an exterior grade porch primer. While some may consider primer to be an unnecessary step, it will actually improve the durability of the paint job.
Step 4: You’ll need to wait for the primer to dry. You’ll know it’s completely dry when it feels smooth and is no longer tacky to the touch. Once it’s dry, apply the first coat of paint using your roller.
Step 5: Wait for the first coat of paint to dry, then apply the second.
Choosing the Right Color for Your Porch
Good news! Your porch paint color doesn’t have to match your exterior house paint! In fact, breaking the rules is encouraged.
Darker paint colors will help mask scuff marks and the general wear and tear that comes with an outdoor space. However, if you happen to live around a lot of trees or plants, the dark paint may show a lot of pollen in the spring months. It’s important to consider your exact space when choosing porch paint colors.
At James T. Davis, we’re here to help your vision for your home come to life. Schedule a design consultation with us or stop by our Design Center to find the perfect paint for your porch.