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Painting railing tops? Paint keeps coming off every 2 years?


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Old 06-27-19, 08:30 PM
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Painting railing tops? Paint keeps coming off every 2 years?

Hi.

Is it just normal for paint on the top of railings to kind of start flaking and coming off here and there every 2 years or so?

Should I just scrape, re prime and then use a good paint again?

Does SW have any good paints for railings?

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Old 06-27-19, 08:53 PM
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If the wood is checked and weathered it is. You will need to scrape and sand (wear N95) and if it's weathered apply Crawford's painters putty or similar to the cracks and checks... scrape off the excess, rub it clean with a rag and let it dry a day or two before you prime and paint. Higher gloss exterior paints will last longer. Be sure both your primer and paint are EXTERIOR.
 
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Old 06-28-19, 05:41 AM
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First question, what type of wood are the railings?

If it's PT wood and your painting I would expect it to fail pretty regularly!
 
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Yes, I think it's PT wood.
 
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If the PT has weathered enough paint should do ok although I'd use a solid deck stain instead if enough of the old paint has come off. Decks and railings see a lot more weather than the rest of the house and will always have the paint/stain fail quicker than it would on siding.
 
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thanks Marksr!

Speaking of the blue siding I painted with SW duration. It's holding up well after the winter, but now I have to go round and touch up all the cracks where white primer is showing.

On hindsight I shouldn't have caulked between EVERY shingle cause they shrink and swell depending on the weather and the caulking split. Nothing looks terrible and the house looks great from the street, but there are quite a few areas where the shingles have shrunk and the caulking cracked in the middle and now you see white against the blue.

It won't be hard though covering the cracks with some paint though I think.
 
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Old 07-02-19, 04:53 AM
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Hopefully the paint won't have faded so your touch up blends. Here in the south darker colors are prone to fade which can make touch ups a nightmare a yr or more down the road.

The thing about being a homeowner is there is always something that needs attention if you intend to maintain or improve it.
 
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Old 07-03-19, 11:37 AM
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Yeah it happens up here too, but it's a lot less noticeable than white on blue. It's just a bit different, but everything looks pretty good. Good enough for me.
 
 

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