how to clean porch for paint
We have an old (1896) house with a front porch that expands the whole front of the house. It's in dire need of paint. We moved in a year ago and time got away from me last year doing all the other repairs needed. I can now concentrate on the front porch. The paint is missing in some places, showing the wood, which has grayed. When I inquired about cleaning/painting it at our local Ace Hardware, I was advised to just use a power washer to get it clean, then paint. They advised against any primer. My thinking is that the gray needed to be removed and the wood should be primed. So I'm confused about the proper way of doing this. Any and all help is very much appreciated!