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Can I Paint My Wood Deck

Posted 19 August 2016 8:00 PM by Jase DeBoer

Pinterest and home improvement shows have made it easy for homeowners to identify and tackle projects that help them customize their homes. One such project is painting decks with designs. It might look good, but we at ProWood® don’t recommend it. Paint and opaque stains don’t wear well—because wood expands and contracts with the weather. Eventually, the paint or stain will bubble or chip, and will have to be repaired. 

While this is purely an aesthetic issue and has no bearing on the performance of your treated wood, over time, you could create more of a headache – and less of a nice design – than you’d hoped. 

Extreme deck coatings that are very thick (1/8 inch or so) and used for deck repair are another story: these products can trap water and greatly exacerbate decay. So they can create more than an aesthetic problem.

If you’re still determined to paint your deck, please make sure the wood is completely dry before applying paint. 

We think ProWood is so naturally beautiful, that it doesn’t need painting. To ensure the natural beauty and durability of ProWood for years to come, we do recommend applying a cleaner/brightener every one to three years, followed by a coat or sealer to revitalize the color of the wood.

If your wood deck is weathered and gray, use a power washer, then clean with a cleaner or brightener. Once the wood is dry, you can apply a sealer. Sealers come in a variety of colors; however, we suggest choosing a color that is closest to the original wood color. Check out our care and maintenance page  for more tips and tricks on maintaining your ProWood deck.


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