What Kind Of Paint Can You Use on Composite Decking

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Paints You Can Use on Composite Decking

Marketed as resistant to fade and “no need to paint”, composite decking is one of the most preferred decking options. All types of decking fade, including composites, despite what you may read, hear and think. It may not be as fast as wood, but it will lose colour due to many factors over time. One of the most common causes of fading is prolonged exposure to UV rays and heat. 

Whether due to old age or prolonged sun exposure, your deck fades, and you may want to recolour it. One option for doing so is using paint. But before making changes to your deck, you may want to know what kind of paint you can use.

Kinds of Paint to Use 

Yes, not all kinds of paint are suitable for painting composite decking. You will need to use the right type for many reasons. The main concern is using the wrong type of paint is that it may rub off easily, which means you’ll only waste money on paint. So the question is, what kind of paint can you use?

The best type of paint to use for composite decking is high-quality latex paint. To have that shiny and sheen look, you may want to get a semi-gloss or satin finish paint. However, it’s best to remember to ask your manufacturer about what kind of paint you can use. They may give you a recommendation. It’s also important to note that painting a deck sometimes voids the warranty, depending on the manufacturer.

Aside from the type of paint that you’ll be using, there are other things to remember when painting composite decking. What are those things?

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Prepping the Deck for Painting

Even if you have the right type of paint for composite decking without properly prepping the deck, it may not work well. So how do you prepare your patio for painting? Here are the steps to do it.

  1. Clean the deck – Before painting, you should clean your deck thoroughly. Remove all furniture and decorations and cover your plants. Then proceed to clean your deck. You can use a homemade mixture of soap and water. You can also use commercial cleaning products like Trisodium Phosphate cleaner. As always, check with your manufacturer on which type of cleaning materials you can use. Use a low-pressure power washer or brush to remove dirt and grime. Rinse with water.
  2. Sand The Deck – Next, you want to sand your patio with 220 to 240 grit sandpaper. It would help if you did this to remove the gloss and smooth out the deck’s surface. However, you want to do this gently as you don’t want to damage the deck. Remove the sanding dust with a brush or broom, then rinse off with water and leave to dry. 
  3. Prime The Deck – Next is the most crucial part. Before applying the paint, you have to prime the decking to allow the paint to stick and increase the paint’s durability. For this, use an acrylic latex-based primer. Let it dry for two hours, or according to the product instructions.

After these steps, you are now ready to paint your deck. When painting, make sure to go along the length of the boards. For best results, apply a second coating after the first one dries. 

Why Use Paint to Recolour Your Deck

Painting is only one way to recolour your deck to any colour you want; another way is by staining the patio. While paints are generally more expensive than stains, there are many advantages to using them. Paints can last longer than stains. It may take as long as ten years before you need to repaint a deck, whereas stains need to be re-applied in one to eight years. Paint also offers more protection from UV and moisture. Paints are also easier to maintain than stains. They also offer more variety of colours than stains. So if you like a long-lasting, unique, and easy-to-clean deck, painting is an excellent choice for you. 


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