Decking paint products are a relatively new edition to traditional decking treatments such as decking oils and decking stains. Whereas decking oils and stains are all about retaining the natural appearance of the wood grain, decking paints are designed to give a different type of appearance.
Available in a range of trendy, opaque colours and ideal for old decking that has perhaps been neglected and looking a little worse for wear, they’re great for quick makeover projects if a major decking restoration project isn’t possible. Saying this, decking paints are also ideal on new decking if an alternative look is desired.
Recommended Decking Paints
- Ronseal Decking Rescue Paint: A water-based decking paint for the renovation of tired and grey garden decking. Suitable for use on ridged and smooth, softwood and hardwood decking
- Liberon Garden ColourCare Decking Paint: A decorative decking paint for exterior wooden decking. Ideal for use on old and worn garden decking
With colours that include White Wash, Deep Blue, Charcoal, Warm Stone, Dark Silver, Gun Metal and more, transforming the appearance of an old decking, ridged or smooth, softwood or hardwood couldn’t be easier.
Benefits of using a decking paint
- Resistant to foot traffic and weathering
- Available in a range of attractive, opaque colours
- Quick and easy to apply
- Provides long lasting protection and colour
- Quick drying – Usually rainproof in just a couple of hours
- Is a quick fix solution to improve the look of old, grey, worn decking
How to apply decking paint
As with any project, preparation is key for a successful outcome. Follow these steps to transform old tired decking into an area that has colour and character
Decked areas to be painted should be clean, dry and free from surface dirt, grit and other surface contaminates.
- Remove all garden furniture and other items from the decking so that the surface to be painted is clear
- Remove areas of decking stain or paint that have started to crack, peel or flake with a jet washer or decking stripper
- Areas affected by mould, algae or fungi should be cleaned with a scraper, stiff broom or brush to remove all surface matter
- Areas affected by mould,algae and other biological growth should then be thoroughly cleaned with a decking cleaner to kill off biological spores in the wood timber to help prevent re-growth. If the decking is heavily soiled, a second application is recommended
- If required, use a wood preservative but one that doesn’t contain wax, oil or silicon
- Paint the decking boards with the decking paint working the full length of 2 to 3 boards at a time
- Allow the first coat to dry for the specified drying time
- Apply a second coat as directed on the tin
Please note: Decking Paint may not be suitable for decking that has been oiled in the last 12 to 24 months. Decking paints may also be incompatible with decking that has been treated with a wax or silicon based preservative or water sealer.
Always do a test area before starting any decking project.