A screen porch can be a perfect addition to a back porch of a house, as it creates a private, cool outdoor room that is free of bugs. A good paint job on that screen porch can make the area even better and more attractive. Ideas range from painting the actual porch itself to painting the actual screen.
Match the Color of the House
Since most screen porches are constructed out of wood, they should match the color of the house or be a color that doesn't clash with the house. Use an exterior, latex oil paint that adheres to treated, finished wood. This paint won't flake or bubble under adverse weather conditions like rain, ice, snow or intense heat.
Painting the Screen
Most screen porches have aluminum screens, and you can purchase paint that will adhere to the screen itself. This best paint for this is a thinned down oil-based metal priming paint. Do not us latex, as it will not adhere to the aluminum and ultimately flake off. By laying the screen out on a drop cloth, you can paint a mural on one side over the screen. After removing the screen from the drop cloth the image will become slightly obscured but also subtly beautiful. Images can be of mountains and a still lake, clouds or whatever image you would like to appear on the outside of your screened-in porch. You'll want to install the screen facing out, so that from inside you'll be able to see out clearly. From the outside, however, people won't be able to see in clearly past the mural, which adds a certain amount of privacy to your porch.
When painting any porch, it is important to have the proper brushes and rollers based on the surface area of the screen porch itself. The majority of the painting should be done with a roller brush as that will apply the paint evenly and smoothly. Make sure the edges of the screens are taped over so no unnecessary paint gets on them. After a coat with the roller, carefully paint the edges with a good, thick, exterior hand paint brush. This edging layer of paint should go on thick, so you don't have to do subsequent coats. For the roller painting, it's important to do numerous coats of paint so that it is all filled-in and no wood can be seen beneath the color. Use of the proper brushes will yield a smooth and beautiful paint job on your screened porch.
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