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I had the dry rotted wood replaced on my front porch with pressure-treated wood. However, the contractor that did this work left it unpainted (he said he was a carpenter, not a painter). It looks like a fairly easy job and no use shelling out more big bucks to pay a house painter to paint about 5 sq ft or lumber. I'm a 60-something female and don't know much about these things. How MUCH and what KIND of outdoor paint should I buy or look for (e.g. latex, with primer in it)?

Posts: 597 | Location: upstate New York, USA | Registered: Mar 15, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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You need a quart if exterior paint and a good brush, at least one that does not shed hair.

To warn you, the paint is unlikely to match what you have there. Time and weather and pollution change the color. But the new color will age too so it will match at some time. If this is the front of the house and highly visible you may want to paint that top rail all the way across.
Posts: 7099 | Location: North MN & Northern AR | Registered: Oct 01, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Prime the wood first with Zinser or the knots will bleed through the paint.

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Posts: 6958 | Location: Cary, North Carolina | Registered: Sep 18, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Yep. Prime the unpainted surfaces with a good quality latex primer and then cover with a latex exterior flat paint (you should be able to match up a color that is close to what you have. If you have a piece of the old stuff that was removed take that to the paint store and ask them to do a color match for you.)

Stick with the latex products for easier clean-up.
Posts: 46 | Location: United States | Registered: Apr 27, 2013Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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If this was newly installed Pressure Treated lumber I would wait a few months and give it a chance to dry out before doing anything. If the wood is wet the paint/primer will not adhere.
Posts: 731 | Location: Applachain | Registered: Feb 13, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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