Client: Homeowner on Military Pike, Lexington KY
Category: Residential Deck painting
Date: September 2023
The pros of painting a deck versus staining include: Deck paint lasts up to 10 years, while stain only lasts two to three years. Exterior deck paint is a more durable chemical material that has a great finish, and if applied correctly and professionally, it will last over 10 years before repainting it. Both stain and paint products help protect your deck from the elements, but paint provides more defense against UV rays.
Step one, we scrape off old paint or stain, to prevent the new paint from bonding with the deck. After we scrap off old exterior paint/stain, we clean the surface of any surface dirt, debris, mold or dust with sweeping first and then scraper/brush for any stubborn stains. We clean and prepare the wood with care, as not to damage the wood underneath.
Step two, we sand the rough edges for a smooth finish lightly with sandpaper, this also helps for a smoother finish and better bonding of the new paint application.
Step three, when completing steps 1 and 2, we examine the deck for any loose or damaged boards, protruding nails, chips, divots or cracks. We repair these issues before we begin.
Step four, we power-wash the deck, on a level setting that will clean but not damage teh wood. After washing and fully dried, we apply a mold-deterrent spray.
Step five, we begin by applying a wood primer first. Why? Primer provides a layer between the old surface and new paint, which creates a stronger bond between them and ensures that your new coat won’t peel or flake off easily over time. This also helps protect against any chipping or cracking due to temperature changes or normal wear and tear over time.
Step six, once primer is fully dried, up to 8 hours, we apply the paint for a first and second coat with a premium exterior wood paint with an anti-slip coating to prevent falls or accidents.
Caulking damaged wood
Scraping and Cleaning of deck