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front porch was built 8 yrs. ago. All wood. Stained. Now the stain is fading and some boards are green. I sanded all.

now I want to paint. Someone suggested sprinkling sand on the paint so it won't be slippery. Has anyomne done this?

9 comments
  • 3sonscrazy
    3sonscrazy Fort Collins, CO
    on Jun 18, 2012

    Another option for good traction that might look better is skid-resistant porch and floor paint, which is available through many of the major paint companies.

  • HandyANDY - Handyman & All Repairs, LLC
    HandyANDY - Handyman & All Repairs, LLC Marietta, GA
    on Jun 18, 2012

    Check with a local contractor or two in your market....you get alot of ice, snow & cold so I'd be more likely to prep and stick with a solid stain like Deckwood from Sherwin Williams. You can go to a local store and get some references for local painters as well. Yours is one of those markets where you may want to consider an oil-based paint. When you switch to paint, you may find that it lasts longer on the railings but not the floor or stair treads. You can some play sand to the mix and you can get some traction additive as the local paint store or Depot, Lowes. Why are you switching to paint? Most stain work needs to be redone every couple of years.

  • Lorraine V
    Lorraine V Rochester, NY
    on Jun 18, 2012

    thanks,guys. I'm still not sure what I want to do. I thought the paint would brighten it up. Also thought that paint would help it from getting that green. I'm soon to be 66 yrs old and I thought paint would last longer so I wouldn't have to tackle this job again.. You're right about where I live. We have all kinds of inclement weather. Between my age and the weather, I was looking for a permanent solution.

  • 3sonscrazy
    3sonscrazy Fort Collins, CO
    on Jun 18, 2012

    There is no completely permanent solution. Paint might last longer than stain, but it will also look worse as it wears, as it might peel, which you won't get with stain.

  • HandyANDY - Handyman & All Repairs, LLC
    HandyANDY - Handyman & All Repairs, LLC Marietta, GA
    on Jun 19, 2012

    You should really use a stain and see if they can add M1 to it...this is mildewcide and pretty effective in my market but ask someone at Sherwin Williams about what works up there. Old time painters would use oil-based in your market but those paints have all been reformulated and latex is now superior for all applications except for painting metals. With any kind of deck...there isn't a permanent solution...just one that will get you from 2 to 3 years on average.

  • Lorraine V
    Lorraine V Rochester, NY
    on Jun 19, 2012

    Thanks, Andy. I'll give Sherwin Williams a call. There's one not too far from here.

  • Bill
    Bill Longview, TX
    on Jun 20, 2012

    Have you treated the porch floor with bleach to kill off any remaining algae growth or did you do that before sanding? Benjamin Moore makes good exterior wood stains and I rather buy from them than S-W (Been contracting painting for 33 years) There are breathable matts you can lay down for a non-skid surface to walk on. You can periodicaly clean the porch using the same mop water left over from doing the inside floors to prevent the green algae. That stuff usually grows where pollens and other organic dust accumulate so feeds upon it.

  • Lorraine V
    Lorraine V Rochester, NY
    on Jun 20, 2012

    all I've done so far is sand with a hand sander. Can I now apply bleach? Do you mix it with h2o or put it on full strenghth? I do use mats but they freeze right to steps with the snow and ice , so I redirect people to the side door. ok. so here's the plan.First bleach(Bill) then call around and find a place where they will add M1 to stain.(HandyAndy). Thanks,Gentlemen!

  • Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life
    Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life Phoenix, AZ
    on Dec 30, 2013

    You asked about the dishes and I have no idea. You can contact the person who did the post and I am sure they can tell you. Thanks, Marty

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