Preparing exterior wood stairs for paint & stains - June 12th 2007

Preparing exterior wood stairs for paint & stains

Q. Every spring we have to totally sand down, primer, and paint our wood stairs at the front of our house. Last year we again sanded & applied Cloverdale primer & porch paint, but it has all bubbled & flaked off too! Is there an easier solution?

A. Keeping wood finishes, stain or paint on wood outdoor steps in our Canadian Climate can be a frustrating experience. Here is a tip that works for me. When sanding to prepare for stain or paint, use 40-grit sandpaper. This will enhance the wood with a rough texture allowing the finish to hang on. We tend to want to sand our wood to a very smooth finish giving the finish nothing to hang onto. Give it a try.

It's Just That Easy