Everything Deck

As a painter for over 35 years, I've done tons of decks: literally.This page contains everything on deck treatments you need to jump in. I'm with you.

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Deck Stains

Here are the main top-quality deck stains that we recommend. Our view is that using high-quality products cuts the labor involved and saves time and money in the end. You can read more details about these stains in our article

Eco-Wood Treatment, Packet Makes 5 gallons - Silvery Patina, "Lifetime" Stain
Eco-Wood Treatment, Packet Makes 5 gallons - Silvery Patina,...

OUR FAV Once-in-a-lifetime deck preservative: untinted, silver-gray stain

$59.98
Defy's #1 Semi-Transparent Wood Stain for Decks, Fences, Siding - 1 Gallon (Cedar)
Defy's #1 Semi-Transparent Wood Stain for Decks, Fences...

TOP CHOICE Water-based, 4 colors counting clear, moderate UV protection

$32.99
Benjamin Moore's ARBORCOAT Solid Deck and Siding Stain (640)
Benjamin Moore's ARBORCOAT Solid Deck and Siding Stain ...

Like deck paint: a solid (opaque) stain; water-based

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Benjamin Moore's Arborcoat Deck Clear Waterproofer 320-00 1 Gallon
Benjamin Moore's Arborcoat Deck Clear Waterproofer 320-...

Clear, water-based penetrating silicone, apply to new or restored wood

$43.00
Benjamin Moore's Arborcoat Classic Oil Deck and Siding Translucent #326-10 Natural 1 Gallon
Benjamin Moore's Arborcoat Classic Oil Deck and Siding ...

Superior UV protection, mildew resistance, oil-based

$65.00
Cabot Stains, Redwood, Semi-Solid Deck & Siding Stain, 17480-07
Cabot Stains, Redwood, Semi-Solid Deck & Siding Stain, 1...

Oil-based, many colors, moderate UV protection

$45.99

Deck Paints

Durable deck paints for your new or old deck from trusted makers. You can read the post about these deck paints and more.

Benjamin Moore's Exterior Wood Primer, Fresh Start, (094)
Benjamin Moore's Exterior Wood Primer, Fresh Start, (09...

Use for first coat ever, or spot priming raw wood

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KILZ Interior/Exterior Enamel Porch/Patio Floor Paint, Low-Lustre, Slate Gray, 1 gallon
KILZ Interior/Exterior Enamel Porch/Patio Floor Paint, Low-L...

Water-based, only comes in 2 shades of gray

$28.98
Valspar Porch and Floor Latex Satin Enamel, 1-Gallon, Light Gray, 1533
Valspar Porch and Floor Latex Satin Enamel, 1-Gallon, Light ...

Water-based, interior/exterior; 3 colors

$38.95
Benjamin Moore's Anti-Slip INSL-X Sure Step Floor Paint, Acrylic,1 Gallon
Benjamin Moore's Anti-Slip INSL-X Sure Step Floor Paint...

Water-based, 6 colors, best exterior floor paint

$41.99
Benjamin Moore's INSL-X Tough Shield Floor and Patio Coating Paint, 1 Gallon, Light Gray, TS331009A-01
Benjamin Moore's INSL-X Tough Shield Floor and Patio Co...

5 colors, water-based, interior/exterior; not for garages

$44.99

Deck Restore

Read the post all about deck restoration in detail and what are the best deck products. You can really have big problems if you use the wrong deck restore product or if you apply them over rot. Below is the only deck restore product we fount that is not involved in multiple lawsuits.

3M Bondo Home Solutions Wood Filler
3M Bondo Home Solutions Wood Filler

Fills gaps created by rot; sandable, dries very hard

$13.29
Anvil Aqua Seal Waterproofer Bonding Primer #235 Acrylic Clear Penetrating Sealer (1 Gallon)
Anvil Aqua Seal Waterproofer Bonding Primer #235 Acrylic Cle...

Step One: 2 coats must be sprayed (garden sprayer ok); water-based

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Anvil Wet Look Sealer - Super Clear Gloss Acrylic for Interior/Exterior Stained or Uncoated Concrete - 1 Gallon, 2350
Anvil Wet Look Sealer - Super Clear Gloss Acrylic for Interi...

Step Three (optional) for a glossy look; brush or spray; water-based

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Deck Sprayers

You can go much faster with your deck work with a good paint sprayer. Here are the main recommendations. You can read more about our recommended paint sprayers here. Also, be sure to look into the Deck Prep section: it has masking products you need for a spray job. Also, you’ll need strainers and more shown below in “Deck Tools for Stain/Paint​”

Graco Magnum X5 Stand Airless Paint Sprayer, 262800
Graco Magnum X5 Stand Airless Paint Sprayer, 262800

Designed for home-owners - reliable with great resale value

$310.00
Graco Cart Pro Connect Paint Sprayer, 17C305 Pro210ES
Graco Cart Pro Connect Paint Sprayer, 17C305 Pro210ES

Pricey for professional use - top gun...period.

$899.00
Chapin 4Gal Backpack Sprayer, Translucent White, 61800
Chapin 4Gal Backpack Sprayer, Translucent White, 61800

Fine for light stains, but not for paint; many other uses

$73.99
Wagner Spraytech Control Spray Max Corded Hvlp Paint Sprayer, 120 Vac, 5 A, 510 W, 80 Cfm, 2.7 Psi, 0518080
Wagner Spraytech Control Spray Max Corded Hvlp Paint Sprayer...

Budget sprayer: slower than big sprayers-faster than roller/brush

$103.35
Raygard Disposable Coveralls Protective Breathable Hooded Suit with Elastic Cuffs, Ankles and Waist, Zip Front Opening, Serged Seams for Spray Paint Chemical Industrial (Large, White) Microporous
Raygard Disposable Coveralls Protective Breathable Hooded Su...

Essential gear; also see respirators and goggles

$11.99

Deck Prep Tools

Here you have everything you need to prep your deck job. How to use them is described in the various articles on deck care. Doing a good prep job with the right deck tools is key for your next step. We described how to use them for painting a deck or for staining a deck.

Sun Joe Pressure Joe 2030 PSI, 1.76 GPM, 14.5-Amp Electric Pressure Washer,SPX3000
Sun Joe Pressure Joe 2030 PSI, 1.76 GPM, 14.5-Amp Electric P...

First phase of any deck work; essential add-on is the rotating tip

$135.00
Sun Joe SPX-TSN-34S Quick-Connect Turbo Head Spray Nozzle
Sun Joe SPX-TSN-34S Quick-Connect Turbo Head Spray Nozzle

Rotating tip prevents water pressure damage to wood

$12.10
Bosch Angle 5" Grinder Variable Speed with Paddle Switch, GWS13-50VSP
Bosch Angle 5" Grinder Variable Speed with Paddle Switc...

Safely rips away paint from wood, metal with disc shown below

$129.00
3M SandBlaster Grinder Disc 9681 4-1/2-Inch Coarse Clean-N-Strip Disc
3M SandBlaster Grinder Disc 9681 4-1/2-Inch Coarse Clean-N-S...

Fits all 4.5-5 inch angle grinders: may need adapter kit for some

$13.07
3M Drill-Mounting Metal Stripper Kit - Quantity 12, 7771NA-CC
3M Drill-Mounting Metal Stripper Kit - Quantity 12, 7771NA-C...

Faster than scraping, slower than grinder above

$73.41
DEWALT Random Orbit Sander Kit, 5", DWE6421K
DEWALT Random Orbit Sander Kit, 5", DWE6421K

More for smoothing, feathering than for removal of paint

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LEOBRO 72 pcs,  5", 8 Hole Hook and Loop Sandpaper Sanding Discs, Assorted 40 60 80 180 240 320 Grits for Orbit Sander
LEOBRO 72 pcs, 5", 8 Hole Hook and Loop Sandpaper Sand...

Works with any 5" orbital sander that uses hook-n-loop

$10.99
3M Sandpaper, Aluminum Oxide, Coarse, 9-Inch by 11-Inch (choose assortment on product page)
3M Sandpaper, Aluminum Oxide, Coarse, 9-Inch by 11-Inch (cho...

Very course for starting; finish later with finer paper

$5.37
Purdy Surface Prep Tool Premium Carbide Scraper, 2-1/2 inch, 144900230
Purdy Surface Prep Tool Premium Carbide Scraper, 2-1/2 inch,...

Paired with metal file; see our video on sharpening

$8.72
Mill File with Handle, W5394
Mill File with Handle, W5394

Paired with scraper: sharpen every 10-15 min of scraping paint

$3.54
3M Hand-Masker Pre-assembled Masking Film Kit, M3000
3M Hand-Masker Pre-assembled Masking Film Kit, M3000

Very helpful with spary or not: protect larger areas from stain/paint

$66.15
6 Rolls Multi Use Painters Green Masking Tape
6 Rolls Multi Use Painters Green Masking Tape

Use alone or to refill 3M hand masker (see Timesaving section for masker)

$18.99
Trimaco Masking Paper 24-inch x 1000-feet, 12104/BL24
Trimaco Masking Paper 24-inch x 1000-feet, 12104/BL24

For use with 3M hand masker; for protecting medium-size surfaces

$37.91
3M Hand-Masker Masking Film, 72-Inch
3M Hand-Masker Masking Film, 72-Inch

For use with 3M hand masker; for protecting large-size surfaces (windows, etc)

$11.47
Stanley, Curved Quick-Change Utility Knife, High Carbon Steel Retractable Blade, 3 Blades,10788
Stanley, Curved Quick-Change Utility Knife, High Carbon Stee...

Many uses, but great for cutting masking tape/plastic

$6.72

Deck Tools for Stain/Paint

All the fundemental tools in our bag of tricks: how we use them is described in the various articles on deck care, above. Some are merely time-saving items, but they will also come in handy in other projects…and we only recommend quality, reasonably priced items that last.

Purdy Nylox, Swan Series Paint Brush, 4 inch, 144400240
Purdy Nylox, Swan Series Paint Brush, 4 inch, 144400240

Lasts forever (see article on easy cleaning); beginners like the 2.5 inch angled

$25.79
Linzer Project Select Premium Stain'N 6-Inch 3550 Paint Brush for Stain; Polyester and Bristle Filaments, 0600
Linzer Project Select Premium Stain'N 6-Inch 3550 Paint...

Quality company; makes deck work go quick

$15.73
Wooster 9" Roller Frame, R017
Wooster 9" Roller Frame, R017

Won't break like others; fits both screw-type and quick-lock poles

$5.46
Purdy Roadrunner 50/50 Lambswool/Polyester Blend Roller Cover, 9 inch x 1-1/4 nap, 144654097
Purdy Roadrunner 50/50 Lambswool/Polyester Blend Roller Cove...

Wool absorbs, poly for long life; use longer naps for rough surfaces

$6.85
Wooster Brush Sherlock GT Convertible Extension Pole, various sizes,SR090
Wooster Brush Sherlock GT Convertible Extension Pole, variou...

A painter's right hand; works with both screw-type and quick-lock roller frames

$19.99
Wooster Five-Gallon Paint Bucket Screen/Grid,  F0001
Wooster Five-Gallon Paint Bucket Screen/Grid, F0001

Insert into 5-gallon bucket shown just above

$3.76
PURDY Painters Kit, 4-Piece, 140810001
PURDY Painters Kit, 4-Piece, 140810001

If you prefer tray to bucket: other brands' rollers&brushes shed lint&bristles

$19.69
3M Half Facepiece Reusable Respirator 6300/07026(AAD), Respiratory Protection, Large (Pack of 1)
3M Half Facepiece Reusable Respirator 6300/07026(AAD), Respi...

For spraying, sanding, and toxins: different filter types available

$9.37
3M Multi Gas/Vapor Cartridge/Filter 60926, P100 Respirator Protection  (Pack of 2)
3M Multi Gas/Vapor Cartridge/Filter 60926, P100 Respirator P...

This one for both dust and toxins; read respirator article for other types

$21.99
Plastic Drop Cloth, 9' X 12', 6 Rolls 108-ft-sq, 0.7 Mil Thickness, Furniture Cover (6 Pack)
Plastic Drop Cloth, 9' X 12', 6 Rolls 108-ft-sq, 0...

Intended for furniture, but works for floors, railings, over doors, etc.

$11.99
Paint Strainer, 5 Gallon Size, Elastic Top, 2 Per Pack
Paint Strainer, 5 Gallon Size, Elastic Top, 2 Per Pack

Before spraying, we strain all paint from the store: prevents tip clogging

$2.46
Cone Paint Filter Screen, 50 Pack of Paint Strainers with Fine Blue Nylon Mesh
Cone Paint Filter Screen, 50 Pack of Paint Strainers with Fi...

Essential for spraying, and for straining lumps out of old paint

$8.96
3 pcs Drop Cloths, Master Tradesman, 58903
3 pcs Drop Cloths, Master Tradesman, 58903

Three would be the minimum number you would need (along with plastic)

$99.99

Deck Products

Here are the categories for your deck work. Everything here is selected by a pro: reasonably priced, high-quality products. Our goal: cut the labor involved—save time and money.