Exterior Painting - How Do You Paint Your Deck?

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Do you enjoy being outside during the summer? If you are like most people, stepping out into the sun in the afternoon or feeling the slightly cooled breezes of the evening are a highlight of the day. There are few better places to do this than on your own deck. It’s a secluded spot, offering a private venue for time with family, friends, or a quiet few minutes on your own.

Unfortunately, however, when a deck starts to age and deteriorate it will rapidly turn from a real asset into little more than a weathered splinter factory. If this sounds familiar, the chances are good that you are considering refinishing your deck. If you decide not to stain your deck, you may be asking yourself: how do I paint my deck?

Painting Exterior Wood

The one downside to painting your deck or patio is that it not only covers the bad, but also the good. In this case, the bad is the rough, weathered wood. The good is the natural, rustic charm of the swirling knots and grain that create real character. If you aren’t worried about covering the natural look of your wood, painting may be a great stylistic option for you.

Before you start your project, here are a few tips for painting your deck that should point you in the right direction:

  • Clean the surface - Think beyond a simple sweeping. Rent, borrow, or buy a power washer, and blast away the dirt, grime, and clinging contaminants that will literally get between the surface and your fresh paint.
  • Strip the wood if necessary - Invest the time needed to remove layers of old, previous finishes.
  • Sand - Sanding may be time consuming, but it will create a fresh, quality surface for your paint to adhere to.
  • Watch out for nails! - Take a few minutes to pound in old nails, and fill any unnecessary holes with a quality wood filler.
  • Prime and paint! - A high-quality, water-based latex paint is a great option as it is flexible and will withstand the expanding and contracting that exterior wood experiences.
  • Paint all surfaces - While it may be tempting to paint only the most visible portions of the wood to save time, it is always best to paint it completely.

Ask a Professional Painting Service for Help!

Another great way to make sure your project is done well, and that all your stylistic options are presented to you, is to contact a local painting company. They should be more than willing to answer any questions you might have!

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