As the porch railings are outside, they are easily damaged by the sun and rain. Although these railings can be made of iron or vinyl, most porch railings are made of easy-to-install wood.
If you decide to have a wooden porch ramp, you should paint it often so that it looks new. Make sure your ramp is not wet, then follow these steps to give your porch a new look.
Step 1 – Ramp preparation
If your existing wooden railing is already painted, you must first remove the paint before adding a new coat. Thoroughly sand the different lengths of rail and slats using sandpaper or a fine grit sander.
Verification of necessary repairs
As you sand the ramp, check for broken pipes or broken sections of the length of the ramp. Remove these sections and replace them with soundproofing slats or rails.
If necessary, you can reinforce the railing with woody putty. Sand the wood putty after it has dried to make it smooth.
Step 2 – Choice of primer and paint
Warning: Whichever paint you choose, follow all safety precautions provided by the product, and always work in a well-ventilated area.
Be sure to match the type of primer you use with the type of paint you want to use. For example, you should use a latex primer with latex paint, or an oil-based primer with oil paint.
However, oil-based paints pollute the air and are toxic to health, so wear appropriate safety equipment when working with this type of paint. Also, make sure the area you work in is well ventilated.
Step 3 – Priming the wood.
Before applying the primer and paint, make sure the wood is not wet or damp. Try to work on a windless day to prevent dirt and debris from contaminating the rails when painting.
Then, using a clean brush, apply a coat of primer to the rail slats and the horizontal rails. Applying a primer will allow the paint to adhere more easily to the wooden handrail and cover any repaired section on the wood. Allow the primer to dry completely.
Step 4 – Finishing up
Finally, reassemble your wooden porch ramp in the opposite directions of how you removed it. Maintain your ramp by cleaning it often.