How to Choose the Right Deck Paint

If your deck is looking tired, it may be time to give it a “pick me up” in the form of a new deck painting. And there’s no better time to refurbish a deck than spring, when you can enjoy the fruits of your work throughout the summer.

Right before your preferred best house painters takes over the project, you will need to make a choice of the kind of paint to use.  In recent years, many owners used “alkyd” oil-based paints for decks, but these products have some major flaws: first, they soon become very brittle; and secondly, they absorb harmful UV rays from the sun. Consequently, oil based coatings degrade rapidly, wear away and must be reapplied as often as once a year.

Fortunately, manufacturers now offer much better options in the form of 100% acrylic deck stains that are 100% water based as a result of recent technologies. These products do not share any of the defects of oil based coatings, so that they not only make a deck look good . . . but luckily, they also last much longer.

Unlike oil-based deck paints, these 100% acrylic coatings that are water-based form a highly flexible protective film that is also very resistant to UV rays. Therefore, acrylics are really the perfect antidote for what ails products like oil-based paints.

It is easy to see that time after time, acrylic coatings outperform oil-based coatings, and this is true in all types of wood, cedar, pine, redwood, and wood composite materials.

If you like the idea of tender cycle spots on your outdoor deck, then a layer of 100% acrylic water-based paint is just the perfect way to go. You even have the option of choosing from three popular options and each offers specific advantages:

Acrylic stains are pigmented coatings slightly semitransparent that allow you to maintain or change the color of the wood or composite without hiding its grain or texture. These coatings are water resistant and contains special components to keep mildew under control. These semi-transparent coatings typically last about 18 months.

Acrylic solid color stains – sometimes called opaque stains – have more pigment than the semi-transparent products, so its color tends to darken the wood grain. At the same time, the pigment adds additional UV protection and durability, so solid colored spots last longer, usually three to five years.

Acrylic coatings for wood restoration are the product of choice for severely degraded and some usually neglected decks. These are acrylic coatings that are essentially super-thick and really fill and hide the cracks and crevices of up to ¼ inch deep. In addition, these coatings create a non-slip finish which is resistant to cracking and peeling in the future. As with other acrylic products, they come in a wide range of attractive colors and offer some protection to mildew too.

All these acrylic coatings have excellent adhesion to decks and other surfaces, which is another reason why they last long. And unlike oil-based alkyd, requiring cleaning solvents, you can cleanup using soap and water after the application of water-based acrylic coatings.

Therefore, unless your idea of a good time is to apply another coat of stain, consider using an acrylic coating that is longer lasting when your wood deck starts sending distress signals. You’ll definitely be doing your deck and yourself a favor.

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