Published by Roxane Wesley, Oct 18, 2016
Because the front porch railings are on the outside, it’s understandable if they’re easily weathered by sun and rain, and the paint colors faded. There are many kinds of porch railings, such as iron and vinyl railing. But most front porch railings are made of wood, and if you have this kind of railing, you can actually paint it often to keep it looking new and fresh. All you need is a sandpaper, a primer, a paint as well as paintbrushes, and varnish.
Before starting the front porch railings painting process, make sure that the railing isn’t damp, and then follow these easy steps to make your porch railings look good as new.
1) Prepare the railing
If your wood front porch railing is painted before, you need to remove the old paint before coating with a new layer of paint. Sand the individual rail lengths thoroughly with a sandpaper. When the paint is removed, wipe away any dust and paint particles. Make sure all the old paint has been removed before carry on to the next step.
2) Apply primer beforehand
Before applying primer, be sure that the wood front porch railing isn’t wet or damp. Work on a sunny day to prevent dirt and moist from contaminating the rails as you apply the primer. To make the process easier, you can detach the railing from the porch and place it on sawhorses. Apply primer with a clean brush to allow the paint to stick well and cover any imperfections on the wood. Let the primer dry completely before carry on to the next step.
3) Paint the wood front porch railing
Once the primer is completely dry, you can start to apply the paint on the wood porch railing in any color you desire. Paint slowly and cover each slat smoothly to get the perfect result. Be aware of any clumps that may build up. Once all the slats have been painted, you can paint the length of the top and bottom of the horizontal rails. Let the paint dry completely for about 24 hours. Then, apply a second coat of paint and let dry.
Once all have been settled, you can apply a coat of varnish if you like. Then re-assemble your wooden front porch railing. Maintain your wooden railing by cleaning it on a regular basis.