05:30AM | 05/29/01
Member Since: 05/28/01
3 lifetime posts
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.
Click to reply button
Inspiration banner


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply choose button


Post new button or Login button

To test the boundaries of small-footprint living, interior designer Jessica Helgerson moved her family to a 540-square-foo... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled mudroom will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat ... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR tiles are an affordable way to customize a carpeted floor covering for any space. Make anything from runners to wall-... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... Dark wood shelving and a matching upholstered bench keep this closet sleek and refined. The large window brightens the sub...
Follow banner a
Newsletter icon Flipboard glossy Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss icon