How to Paint a Patio Deck

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Painting a patio deck protects the wood against rain and other weather elements that could damage or warp the wood. Commonly, you use a deck stain to paint patio decks, but you can use other special patio paints with certain types of wood. Consult a paint store representative to decide what type of paint is best for your deck. Before painting, clean your deck of all dirt and debris. If dirt and debris gets under the paint, it causes bubbles and chipping to result, which allows water to get underneath the finished surface.

Things You'll Need

  • Broom
  • Power washer
  • Sandpaper
  • Deck stain or paint
  • Deck stain brush
  • Deck stain trim brush
  • Paint bucket
  • Sweep off all excess dirt and debris from the deck with a broom. Sand any rough spots or areas of chipping or peeling paint or wood.

  • Power wash the deck, and let it dry for 24 hours.

  • Pour the deck stain or paint into a paint bucket, and begin to paint the deck boards with a deck stain brush. Hold the brush like a pencil, and paint one or two boards at a time from left to right to avoid lap lines. Start at the rear of the deck, and work you way towards the stairs so that you do not paint yourself in a corner.

  • Paint the railings and rails with the trim stain brush, which allows you to navigate smaller and more precise areas.

  • Allow the layer of paint to dry, and apply another layer of paint if you deem it necessary. Do not allow anyone to walk on the deck until the paint has dried.

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