Deck Paint -- what kind?


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Old 06-21-12, 11:11 AM
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My mother has an old deck which originally had solid color stain put on. Then later painted over with exterior paint which peeled badly. It has been scraped and sanded (not 100%, but about 75% sanded off. Our hardware store recommended exterior valspar medallion, since it does not get hard use, or what else would you use? Stain, at this point, is probably not an option.
 
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Why not stain? I'd lean toward a solid body stain.
 
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I don't think it would soak into the boards, where the old stuff is stuck on really good.....that's why it's not sanded down totally all over to the bare wood.
 
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You don't typically need to get completely to bare wood for a solid body stain, as long as the paint you leave is well adhered.
 
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That's great to know.....so this may be a stupid question) ...I don't have to prime first, either?
 
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Nope - the only reason you would prime first would be brand new wood and you were worried about tannin bleed through.

On new decks, a semi-transparent stain will usually look good but on older decks, I think the solid body stain is the way to go. Paint is more work, I'm not up for that
 
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I'd also go with a latex solid stain assuming the paint used wasn't oil base. As long as all the loose is removed and the substrate is clean - there shouldn't be any issues. About the only time I'd consider using paint on a porch floor is if it's enclosed, not a deck exposed to the elements.
 
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Thank you for the good advice!
 
 

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