Home depot deck paint-Home depot deck paint Home depot deck paint-Redoing painted decks My deck is currently painted and the paint is peeling off. The railings are never been painted and probably about 5-7 years old. What prep should I do for the painted
Redoing painted decks
My deck is currently painted and the paint is peeling off. The railings are never been painted and probably about 5-7 years old. What prep should I do for the painted portion and what prep do I need for the never before painted parts? Are there any primer/painter in one like interior paint?
I’m hoping to do this over the 4th of July weekend by myself so I’m looking for something that is possible to do in that amount of time that will last a reasonable amount of time.
Good morning Becca. :smileyvery-happy:Thanks for dropping by the community.
I understand the squeeze of time you have to get the deck completed, so let’s tackle this together and still leave time to enjoy the holiday.
First off – the deck has to be cleaned. Pressure washing is the best way, but if you don’t have access to one a garden hose, a stiff bristle brush, and a big bucket will get the job done. Both methods require a cleaner/mildew fighting solution to prepare the surface. If you can, try and clean the deck several days before the big work day arrives. Follow the directions on the labels of the solution.
Here are a couple of my favorite cleaners to consider:
The pressure washer may be able to scrape up all the loose “paint” from the floor. Try and remove as much as possible. If you are not able to use a PW, then you will have to use a scraping tool. Also, Behr has a deck stripper that will remove all of the paint and provide you with a consistent raw wood surface.
It is not advisable to put“paint” down on a deck floor. Paint will dry as a skin-like layer that is not designed to handle the many scenarios a deck floor goes through. Stain is the best choice. A solid stain looks like a paint but actually penetrates the wood and will adhere better. If you want to do the best job that will last the longest, then the stain is the way to go.
With that said…If you want to go with paint, then BEHR does have an excellent version of their interior ULTRA (paint/primer) for exterior use. I have used it on deck handrails from raw wood to finish coat and have had great results. For the floor you should use the BEHR Porch and Floor paint (it’s designed to handle being walked on). The product is a “self primer” (used as a two coat application) and will last for many years to come.
I know it sounds like a lot to take in, but when done right – you will not have to revisit this project anytime soon.