As Spring has arrived and Summer is (hopefully) rapidly approaching, many people will be turning their attentions to their wood deck and asking themselves “should I use deck paint or deck stain?”. This is a common question that we are often asked. With that in mind, we thought we would list some of the most commonly asked questions along with the pros and cons of each system to help you decide which would be best suited to your needs.
What Is Better For Deck, Paint Or Stain?
Is deck paint or stain better? Well to be fair there are pros and cons to both options. Therefore you will need to ask yourself a few questions to help you get started:
- Why am I painting the deck? Is it for repair & protection or to change the colour?
- Is the deck already covered with old deck paint or stain?
- Do I need to seal my deck?
- Is it a new untreated deck?
- Is this an existing weather beaten deck?
With your answers to these questions in mind, read on to determine the best products for your needs.
What Is The Difference Between Deck Paint and Deck Stain?
Deck paint will cover the deck with a complete film and will allow you many more colour choices. Deck stain on the other hand will give you a more natural look highlighting the grain of the wood to show through.
Pros and Cons of Deck Paint
Pros and Cons of Deck Stain
Are Deck Oils and Deck Stains The Same Thing?
Essentially yes. Oils tend to be clear whereas stains are simply pigmented oils (oils with colour).
Will Deck Stain Cover Paint?
The simple answer here is no. If you are looking to go from deck paint to stain, you will need to be completely remove the paint before you begin the stain. There are a number of different products suitable for removing existing paint or stain. We have listed our most popular products below:
This can be used on a variety of different surfaces whether they be vertical, horizontal or diagonal. Dilunett works in a unique manner that can be used on any substrate and will not attack vulnerable surfaces like plastics, rubber, synthetic coatings or gel coats. This product is especially ideal for use on large surface areas and works well in a marine based environment where products can often prove difficult to remove.
Owatrol Prepdeck Stripper/Cleaner is a diluted product that makes a powerful cleaner for removing of old solid and semi-transparent stains, grade stamps, dirt and other surface contaminants and is a fast easy way to reduce mill glaze so that new wood will accept a penetrating finish.
Owatrol Aquanett is powerful ready to use wood oil cleaner formulated to remove all teak oils and other oils from all types of exterior wood, it is perfect to remove oils from both horizontal and vertical timber surfaces such as decking, garden furniture, cladding, timber structures plus many more.
Deck Paint vs Exterior Paint
Although exterior paint has been used on decks before, it is not something that we would recommend. Exterior paint will not last as long as a proper deck paint or stain. This is because it does not like sitting water. The majority of exterior paints are for vertical use and would not tend to have pools of water sitting on them for long periods. A deck paint such as Owatrol Decking Paint has been tried and tested on horizontal surfaces and as the name suggests is specifically designed for use on decks.
Deck Paint vs House Paint
House paint is not recommend for use on decks. It tends to be emulsion and therefore is not made for use outside as it will not hold up to the elements very well.
Which Manufacturers Sell Deck Paint and Stain?
Promain are distributors for many industry leading manufacturers, including Owatrol, Teamac , Blackfriar and Osmo. We are able to despatch to anywhere in the UK with many products available for next working day delivery.
So Which Deck Paint or Stain is Best?
Hopefully by reading through some of the pro’s and con’s and looking at the earlier questions, you will now have more of an idea as to whether you prefer the paint or stain. In either case painting your deck will help to increase the lifespan of the wood and allow you a greater longevity of the area.
To help get you started we have listed some of our most popular deck paints and stains below:
A water based decking paint offering a 5 year warranty, 15 Years on vertical cladding. For new, weathered and previously treated wood.
The paint is available in 10 stock colours designed to enhance the wood of the decking and also handrails in two simple to apply coats.
An innovative product that can be applied directly onto wood substrates to offer an easy way of maintaining and enhancing the surface without sanding or stripping. Provides weather resistance and excellent UV light resistance to stop the wood from yellowing or greying.
An easy to apply solvent based premixed coating that offers a slip-resistant finish for wooden steps, decking etc.
Owatrol Antislip also know as Antigliss has been specially formulated to provide a slip resistant finish to timber decking and other wooded structures such as steps. Owatrol Antislip is a satin finish solvent based coating that offers excellent UV and weather resistance and is suitable for application to properly prepared timber to help prevent the timber from greying.
How Do I Paint The Railings On My Deck?
Railings can be painted in exactly the same way as the deck.
For full details on how to re-paint and re-store your decking, take a look at our ‘How to guide’ in the knowledge hub: Restoring your weather beaten decking.
You may also want to take a look at Owatrol’s decking guide for inspiration and ideas here.
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For further information on deck paints and deck stains and the products that Promain can offer, please contact our technical team on 01462 421333 Monday to Friday, who will be happy to help.