Can deck post be painted?


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Old 05-04-12, 01:46 PM
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Can deck post be painted?

I have 9 - 6x6 post for my deck plan and they are about 9' high from the ground.

I saw a neighbor's deck and the posts were white. It seems that they used some sort of vinyl sleeves.

So I am just curious if I can paint 6x6 posts to white. Any problem over times?

If I can't, what's the benefit using the vinyl sleeve beside clean look?

Vinyl Post Sleeve, Deck Post Sleeves, Fence Post Sleeves

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Old 05-04-12, 01:51 PM
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Vinyl sleeve basically means no maintenance other than cleaning

I've painted a lot of deck posts/rails over the years. Aside from a little more prep needed when it's time to recoat - it's not a big deal. If the PT is fresh, I'd recommend using a white latex solid stain rather than primer and paint.
 
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Old 05-04-12, 01:56 PM
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Be aware, the posts will "check", so the cracks will become obvious. If that's not a problem, then paint would work.
 
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Old 05-04-12, 02:34 PM
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Thank you for the comments,

marksr, do you have any particular brand that you recommend for "white latex solid stain"? Thanks again,
 
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Old 05-05-12, 03:36 AM
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Most any brand should do ok. I mostly use SWP coatings but that's mainly because they have more stores and better hours than the other major paint brands in my area. I tend to shy away from the big box paint depts because they generally stock coatings based on low price rather than quality.
 
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Old 05-07-12, 06:52 AM
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Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore paints tend to get the most recommendation here.

Keep in mind every manufacturer makes a cheap line of paint you want to avoid.
 
 

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