Decking paint is a fairly new addition to traditional decking treatments such as decking oils and stains. Whereas decking oils and stains are about retaining the natural appearance of the wood grain, decking paints are designed to give a different kind of appearance. Decking paints are available in a wide range of colours and are ideal for older decking which has been neglected and makeover projects if a major decking restoration isn’t possible. They can also be used on new decking if you are wanting an alternative look to the standard decking finish. As well as decking, these kinds of paints can also be used on arbours, arches, pergolas, car ports and much, much more. So whether you are wanting a colourful garden, or something demurer, read on for our top tips on using decking paints.
Benefits of Using a Decking Paint
- Resistant to foot traffic and weathering. Paint often fills gaps and cracks and gives a thicker finish, so it can often be useful for repairing wood that has already been damaged a little by the elements and bad weather. Some paints are made specifically for that purpose.
- Available in a range of attractive colours. Painting allows you to use any colour you want and because paint is solid, you can completely cover an old colour which leaves your options wide open.
- Quick and easy to apply as well as quick drying.
- Gives long-lasting protection and colour. It can also often be easier to clean, especially if it is a good quality paint and is allowed to cure properly before put into use as it will then create a hard shell that dirt usually washes straight off.
- Paint is more protective of wood and generally speaking, paint resists rot, mould, and sun damage better than other options.
- A cheap way to resurrect old, worn decking.
As with all DIY projects, preparation is the key to success. Simply follow these steps to add some colour to your decking project.
- Before painting, decked areas should be clean, dry, and free from surface dirt, grit and other surface contaminates.
- Remove all garden furniture and other items from the decking so that the surface is clear.
- Remove any old areas of decking stain or paint which have started to crack, peel or flake with a jet washer or decking stripper.
- Any areas that are affected by mould, algae or fungi should be cleaned with a scraper, stiff broom or brush to remove all surface matter. It is worth treating these areas with a mould and mildew cleaner which will kill off any remaining spores in the wood and helps to prevent re-growth.
- If required, use a wood preservative but one that doesn’t contain wax, oil or silicone.
- Paint the decking boards with the decking paint working the full length of 2 to 3 boards at a time.
- Allow the first coat to dry as per the container instructions.
- Apply a second coat as directed by the manufacturer.
Please note that decking paint may not be suitable for decking which has been oiled or treated with a product that contains wax in the last 12 to 24 months.
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