Painting A Sundeck – 6 Tips To Make It Easy
Before painting a sundeck you should consider what was on it before. Is it a new deck made of pressure-treated lumber? Be sure to let it cure for a year before painting or staining.
If you want the natural “wood look” you should use oil or mineral-based transparent or semi-transparent stain. If you want to change a previous color or stain you will have to switch to an oil-base or latex solid body deck stain to cover up the old color.
1. Power Wash First – before painting or staining is it good clean the deck. This gets rid of loose paint, dirt and stains. Your deck should be able to dry in a day if it’s out in the hot sun.
2. Use a Mini Roller and Brush – I use a JUMBO-KOTER® FRAME and SUPER TWIST™ mini roller covers to rollout large areas. I have both my brush and speed roller working at the same time. I use the PELICAN™ HAND-HELD PAIL, which has a magnetic brush holder and a place for your roller.
3. Run Out 2 –3 Boards at a Time – this way you won’t see overlap marks. At least work from the end of one board to the other end (butt joint).
4. Be Prepared To Re-Do the Decking Every Couple of Years – the sun is harsh of decks. Giving it a fresh coat every couple of years will make the wood last longer.
5. Use An Oil-Based Semi-Transparent Water Proofing Sealer For Best Results – this is the easiest way to go - the natural “wood look”. This way all you have to do is power wash and reseal the wood every couple of years.
6. You might want to get yourself some kneepads because being down on your hands and knees for very long gets rough rather quickly. Some people may want to use a paint pole and a deck staining pad.
I like to make sure I get in good between the boards. By using a semi-transparent stain you may find that rolling it or spraying it works well and saves you time since it’s thinner than solid body stain and easier to get between the boards with.
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