Painting a Deck

A new product by Behr that made this project so easy!

Painting a deck is no easy DIY project! My deck has been my nemesis for years. I have painted it, stained it, and still it peels, cracks, and stains horribly! When I try to pressure wash the dirt away, many times small sections of the paint or stain would come off!

I found a new product from Behr that worked wonderfully. It is called “Deck Over”. This project can be used painting a wood deck or it can be used on concrete.

The first thing that caught my eye with this product, was that it stated it covers splinters and cracks up to 1/4 of an inch.

What a Mess!

As you can see, my deck is in need of a makeover! There are many cracks, splinters, and places where the paint has peeled off.

Another great feature was all of the different colors. I decided to go with a darker gray. I chose the color called “Flat Top”.

You want to wash your deck with a deck cleaner before applying this product. Make sure your deck is completely dry before you begin painting.

Time to Start Painting

You can apply “Deck Over” with either a roller or a brush. I chose a brush for the first application. Using a brush helped me concentrate on filling in all of the splinters and cracks. It is a slower process this way, but it paid off in the end.

You have to apply two coats. For the second coat, I applied the paint with a roller. Be prepared, this paint has a very strong odor! It dries quickly, which I loved! Drying time is 4-6 hours in between coats. It dries to touch in 4 hours.

My pup wanted to write her own post on painting a deck!

It never fails! Emma always gets in the middle of my painting projects!

My finished deck! I love it! I applied two coats of Behr “Deck Over”. Painting a deck is not an easy job. This is my third time in over eight years. But, this was by far, the easiest and quickest time ever. I will add updates later, on how well this product holds up under weather and cleaning.

It was time for some new deck decor! I decided to sell the table and chairs since we really weren’t using them, and I wanted to open up the space.

This bench was a flea market find. It needed a little TLC. Spray paint from Rust-oleum covered the bench beautifully.

Well, Emma approved of the deck. Although, she was unhappy about me painting over her paw prints. Oh well…..

This is my deck one year later! Still looking great.  I saved a ton of money with Behr DeckOver, by not having to replace my deck.  I love it!

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  1. Meredith says

    Hi. I need deck help! I stained it a couple of years ago and it’s peeling a lot in several places. I am thinking of trying the deck over product. Did you strip off the previous stain, or just use the deck cleaner! I’m getting so many different answers from the Home Depot staff and my contractors. I just wanted a diy’ers opinion. Thanks!

  2. says

    Hey there. I did not strip off the stain, I did use a deck cleaner. If there are any peeling places, I would sand them off. I had two places where the Deck Over peeled up a little. But, they were already bad spots before. Even so, I would still use Deck Over again. Thanks for stopping by!

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