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Question DetailsAsked on 1/3/2015

Proper way to repair a deck with peeling paint?

The textured paint was peeling off the floor of my deck. I was told the newly re-painted deck hadn't even lasted a year because the previous owner didn't power wash it before re-painting to sell it. I hired someone to re-do it, first he said he'd power wash it, later he said he'd just scrap the old paint off. Now it's done and various parts of the deck still have the old textured paint on it, like he only scraped the paint that was actually peeling and re-painted the whole thing. Is this only a cosmetic issue or will the textured paint start to peel again? If I want it all to look the same should I touch it up with more of the textured paint?

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Here is a prior similar question with response on stripping decks -

You can find a number of prior questions with responses (and typical cost info) in the Home > Decks and Porches link in Browse Projects at lower left regarding how to treat/finish decks so they stay finished.

Key to the process, prep the surface so the finish bonds, make sure surface is TOTALLY dry, use penetrating rather than surface coating finishes, and make sure initial coating is 2 or 3 coat (depending on how much it penetrates) to gives a good chance of blocking most water penetration.

In your case it sounds like the problem could be improper prep, painted when damp, or the finish was wrong for the application. While you could texture paint it to make it look more consistent, that will not eliminate the unevenness from him not removing all the old finish - you should have refused to pay on that basis alone, because I would count on much of the old textured paint coming off eventually - sort of a continuous peel situation.

BTW - power washing (with detergent, which few people use) can remove dirt from paint for an overcoat, it does NOT remove embedded stains, sap, tars, or the surface weathered and damaged wood fibers that should be sanded off to provide a good sound wood surface for the finish to bond to.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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