Step 1: Put Down the Base Coat

marking band distances with chalk and a tape measure
Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
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Put down the base coat, and allow it to dry at least 24 hours. Measure the width of the porch, and choose a width for the bands that will allow an even number across the floor. Use a tape measure and chalk to mark them off.
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