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Giving a major deck appearance update, without breaking the bank

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Giving a major deck appearance update, without breaking the bank

Giving your existing deck a facelift will take a little time, however will result in a beautiful outdoor living space for years to come.

Painted decks can flake or deteriorate quickly based on many factors which include weather, usage, spills from BBQ grill, etc.  The primary cause of accelerated deterioration is improper preparation.  Decks boards must be properly cleaned and dry before staining. All of these things can significantly impact the length of a properly sealed deck.

Although any decking system has periodic maintenance, there are a few alternatives which may help you minimize your efforts.  Such as removing existing deck boards and installing composite deck boards or plastic decking.    

Another option is to apply a unique brand of paint product which claims to last 8-10 years with little or no maintenance, which we will cover in this blog.  Our deck was in desperate need, as you can see in the picture.

As my wife and I walked through a hardware store, our eyes were caught by a deck painting product which claims to take the worst of decks and restores them to appear brand new.  I decided that this would be worth some time to research and test, (market research of course), for this blog.

Upon further research, I found several complimentary reviews and a few negative ones.  The positive reviews claimed the products statements are true and has given an old deck a new appearance.  The negative reviews mostly stated the product did not cover the 100 square foot as indicated.

The product is a very thick and grained paint applied with a textured honeycomb roller to fill in splits within the wood decking.  Our deck was painted two years prior with a solid color stain and approximately 70 percent peeled away, so I decided to purchase the product.

At the cost of about $500, which included two 5 gallon buckets and suitable material to have some fun (and again….market research, of course).  The purchase also included a gallon of regular color matched semi-transparent stain for vertical surfaces such as railings and in-between decking boards where the decking paint was not applicable.

I cleaned and the deck as directed by the manufacturer instructions to ensure proper adhesion.  Then began to paint vertical surfaces before the horizontal surfaces as directed. 

Since the application states to use their honeycomb roller to ensure proper thickness for the horizontal, it took about twice the time to cover both coats as compared to applying the solid color stain.  It was thick and filled in almost all the cracks and crevices in the existing deck boards.   

It covered almost 100 square feet but could easily cover less if I wanted to give the coverage a thicker coat.

Although it was an expensive product as compared to solid cover stain, I was very happy with the product and did give the deck newer appearance.  The product ended up lasting approximately four years before a few minor touch ups were needed.  You can find this product and similar deck paint and your local box hardware stores.




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