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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.

Articles on Deck

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

Top Choice
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EASY

Benjamin Moore’s Arborcoat Deck Clear Waterproofer
Clear, water-based penetrating silicone, apply to new or restored wood

Restore deck paint

#1 Deck Wood Deck Paint and Sealer
If your deck is in horrible shape, this might help delay the installation of a new deck.

Top Choice
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Defy’s #1 Semi-Transparent Wood Stain for Decks, Fences
TOP CHOICE Water-based, 4 colors counting clear, moderate UV protection

The best deck sealer

Benjamin Moore’s Arborcoat Classic Oil Deck and Siding
Superior UV protection, mildew resistance, oil-based

Semi-solid deck stain

Cabot Stains, Redwood, Semi-Solid Deck & Siding Stain
Oil-based, many colors, moderate UV protection

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.

Top Choice
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Benjamin Moore’s INSL-X Tough Shield Floor and Patio 
5 colors, water-based, interior/exterior; not for garagesOnce-in-a-lifetime deck preservative

The best floor paint


Benjamin Moore’s Anti-Slip INSL-X Sure Step Floor Paint
Water-based, 6 colors, best exterior floor paint

DEAL

KILZ Interior/Exterior Enamel Porch/Patio Floor Paint
Water-based, only comes in 2 shades of gray

Valspar Porch and Floor Latex Satin Enamel
Water-based, interior/exterior; 3 colors

Deck Restore

I’ve searched high and low for a good deck restore product. None of them are reputible. Please read the post all about deck restoration in detail and what deck products are known for. You can really have big problems if you apply them over rotten wood.

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​”

      

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.

               

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.

              

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.