05:30AM | 05/29/01
Member Since: 05/28/01
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We moved into a new house last year with a deck out back. It appears to have been painted with brown latex paint, which is now peeling. Everything I've read says that paint generally is a no-no on decks, but I can't find anything about what to do after the fact.

The idea of using a chemical paint stripper on 400 sq ft. of deck is not appealing... I've seen some products (like Deckrite) that will cover the deck completely, but they seem to require professional install and the wood is in pretty good shape. What are my options? If stripping is the answer, what's the easiest way to do so much at once?


10:13AM | 06/04/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
If you're interested in getting the top surface of the deck only, I think a heavy duty sander would get most of it pretty quickly. You should have breathing protection from the dust of both paint and treated lumber. You can rent sanders at rental places.


06:24PM | 06/04/01
Thought about suggesting the heavy duty sander, but there is one problem...the nail heads. Make sure all you nail heads are recessed. If not you will tear up the sanding belt.


05:49AM | 06/05/01
Member Since: 05/28/01
3 lifetime posts
Since I posted this, someone suggested using a heavy duty gas-powered pressure washer. I've never used one... Would this be preferable to the sander if I'm primarily looking to get the job done quickly? Or will I end up having to sand it all anyway?


09:32AM | 06/06/01
The pressure washer will remove the paint, but at the same time will raise the grain of the wood. You may find that when you are done you will have to sand to even out the surface of the wood. Reason being that the raised areas may splinter up and end up in your bare feet.


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