Painting Your Porch
LESLIE: Alright, Mary in Washington, you’ve got The Money Pit. How can we help you with your painting project?MARY: Well, I just have a question about marine paints.LESLIE: OK.MARY: Someone told us that that was a really good choice for painting like a porch or a concrete floor, like in a basement, or any wood floor that you wanted a lot of durability.TOM: Well, that’s a good point because the latex paints are great for convenience of use but they’re lousy for abrasion resistance. And a marine paint, which is solvent-based, is a lot tougher for a surface like that. So I would agree with that assessment.MARY: Alright. Now, would that be – would there be any benefit to marine paint over any other solvent-based paint that I could just pick up at Lowe’s or The Home Depot or something?TOM: Perhaps; might be a little bit more durable.LESLIE: I mean especially if you’re thinking about doing, you know a wood porch that gets a lot of exposure to the elements, I would go with marine paint.TOM: Right.MARY: Really? So have either of you ever used it before? I’m just – I’ve never – you know, we just heard an idea from one person but I cannot find anyone who’s ever actually used it.TOM: Have used it on some woodwork on a home that was actually on a lagoon, for that very purpose. And we used it on like a tackle …LESLIE: But it is more expensive.TOM: Yeah, it’s more expensive. Actually, we used it because we had extra paint. (Tom and Mary chuckle) But it worked really well because we had a door – we had a lagoon box; like a wood sort of, you know, box where you put your lifejackets and stuff.MARY: Sure.TOM: And it really stood up very well.MARY: OK. Well, perfect. That was my question then. Great.TOM: Alright, well, there you go.MARY: Thank you.TOM: Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.