Solid Color Stain or Paint on deck?

Christy BellSeptember 17, 2012

Which is better to use? I have a redwood deck that is in serious need of refinishing. I've decided to use a semi-transparent on the floor and top rails, but for the spindles and posts I'm going to either use a solid color stain or paint them. Which is the better to use? We live in Colorado and half of deck is in full sun. It takes a beating.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Oil based stain. You'll not have peeling.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2012 at 7:14PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Be careful. Oil based stains have changed. Read the label and follow the directions. Do not ignore the recommendations or you will invite a mess.
Solid color stain that is oil can probably be applied with no primer thereby eliminating a step, whereas a solid acrylic will probably need a primer. However, the acrylic will hold up in the sun better over time, providing it is properly applied.
Paint will have a heavier film build to it and maybe even some sheen, like a satin? Personally I'd be happier with the look of stain, which is flat.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2012 at 12:30PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
My aging parents need new front and back steps leading...
removing deck stain from vinyl siding
Greeting GW: I just re-stained my deck with BEHR PREMIUM...
Pictures of large 2nd story decks??
We will be building a deck soon and are looking for...
Sarah Brennan
Bad Caulk Job- Need Advise
We had some structural work done to our front patio....
Vanessa Abbey
Cedar VS Pressure treated porch posts
When we built our house, the contractor put in cheap...
Sponsored Products
Large Cottage Gate
Grandin Road
Campania International Marigold Garden Statue - A-474 - NATURAL
$79.99 | Hayneedle
600 Thread Count Wrinkle-resistant 3-piece Duvet Cover Set
Bright Red Kiss Table Lamp
$79.99 | Lamps Plus
Vel Catena Arcadian Gold Six-Light Foyer Pendant
$650.00 | Bellacor
Grant Cableknit Blanket
$199.00 | FRONTGATE
Classroom Slope Chair in Cream
$119.99 | Dot & Bo
Home Decorators Area Rug: Divani Red/Multi 9' 6" x 13'
Home Depot
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™