For those of you out there wondering how easy it is to paint your new deck or re-paint your old deck – it’s actually a pretty fun project to do with your family and friends in the summer time! No matter what your experience level is when it comes to DIY projects or painting, there are a few important steps you must follow in order for your deck to come out looking just right. From the prep work to the type of paint used, it all makes a difference.
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced construction worker, you must start with the prep work. First, it is important to scrape away any old paint or rough patches, simply by sanding them until smooth. Second, if you happen to find mold on your old deck scrub the mold off and spray your deck with a mold deterrent. Third, clean your deck thoroughly with soapy water and a brush, then rinse and allow to dry. Finally, if your old deck has any rotten boards replace them before painting.
Types of Paint
When it comes to wood decks, you have a few options, from leaving the deck unfinished to using a paint or stain. It all depends on what type of look you are after, from a unique color to a natural finish. However, leaving your deck unfinished can lead to more repair and maintenance, as the wood can rot, crack, split, or even warp due to the weather.
Paint has a few advantages, it is thicker and covers better. Useful if your deck is damaged. Depending on the color, a painted deck is easier to maintain and clean. Overall, paint protects wood better than staining, from mold to sun damage. However, if you decide to use paint, remember that depending on the finish it can get slippery when wet.
Stain or sealers have a couple advantages over paint, they are easier to apply and are less slippery when wet. However, they do not last as long and will not fill in unsightly cracks. Whether you choose to use paint or a stain, use a primer to make your job easier.
How to Paint your Deck
Painting your deck should be relatively easy, all you need is a brush, roller, paint/stain, and a plan. First, the plan – do not paint yourself into a corner – that’s it. Second, use the brush to paint the boards along the walls or in between the boards. Third, use the roller to finish the deck. Voila! Your deck needs two coats of paint, but if you add a third coat it will last longer and increase durability.
If you choose to paint or stain your deck, it will last longer than if left untreated. You should re-paint your deck if you can see a discoloration or if water no longer beads up. Simply apply another coat of the paint or stain and you’re done for a couple more years, it’s that easy!