Walk me through painting my balcony
March 8, 2014 5:29 PM Subscribe
My balcony is gross and I want to paint it. I know nothing about painting. Tell me what materials I need and what procedures to follow. Pics inside.
posted by zeri to Home & Garden (14 answers total)
I want to paint three things: the white wooden railing
, the low wall
beneath it, and the floor
. My landlord is reimbursing me for the materials. I want to know (a) what paints I'll need and (b) how to prepare the surfaces. Complicating factor: these surfaces are pretty foul, especially the floor. It has lots of encrusted dirt which won't come off with a broom or mop, as well as large patches where the paint has peeled away. I'll presumably need to get it really clean before painting: what's a good way to do this that preferably doesn't involve getting down on my marrow-bones and scrubbing all of it with a hard brush? How much sanding or scraping to do? How many coats of paint am I likely to need, and what specific kinds? What else do I need to know that I'm not thinking of asking? Please assume you are dealing with an absolute painting ingenue. Thanks.