I am going to repaint an outdoor deck. Do I need any special kind of
paint for a surface that people walk over? I had planned to just
scrape it, then put down a coat of Zinzer 123 primer, then a coat of
exterior latex, but am not sure if that will work for foot traffic.
If it has never been painted- just stained or oiled- I'd
pressure wash it first, then apply one or two coats of
pigmented deck stain.
If it's been painted before, you should probably take it
down to bare wood (floor sander?) and then follow your
instinct with the primer. I'd personally use an oil-based
topcoat for porches, but then I'm old fashioned.
I wish it had never been painted but it had already been painted
(white), when I bought the house. It is a small deck, just a little
landing maybe 3'x6' at the back door. I will probably tear it down and
replace it in a few years, but the paint is coming off it now and I
want to make sure it doesn't rot before I get around to replacing it.
I don't like oil based paints. Is there any non oil based paint anyone
On 19 May 2006 19:02:59 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
Paint may peel. Use a good-quality stain such as Cabot Decking stain.
It has several colors. The decking stain, unlike paint, sinks into
the wood and lasts much longer. I used the color "driftwood" and it
really does look like driftwood, especially after a couple years.
<<I used the color "driftwood" and it really does look like driftwood,
especially after a couple years.>>
Driftwood, as in "gray" ?
This is what naturally happens to your deck in a few years if you don't
protect it from sunlight. The "driftwood" gray color is the result of
Sounds like what's happening is that your deck is being attacked by the
sun and turning gray because the stain you're using doesn't have
sufficient UV blockers.
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