Best decking paint

22 Feb 2006
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United Kingdom
Any advice on decking paint which lasts and doesn't loosen up/flake off in the rain? Decking was already painted when we bought house, but lifting. Although rubbed down, it doesn't provide such a good key as new decking.

Have tried Screwfix No Nonsense decking paint first, then after another rubdown, Cuprinol fence paint. Then tried a tester with Bedec mutilpurpose paint, which seems to lift too when wet. Guessing it's because most paints are now water based.

Any thoughts or suggestions?
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You certainly don't want 'fence paint' - assuming you mean the water-based stuff that comes in the plastic tubs. Totally unsuitable.

Cuprional do a water-based decking stain which is non-slip. Have had success with this, it hasn't lifted after 18 months, but you will need to rub the surface down before applying.

Of course, common sense suggests you should be using an oil-based product - but make no mistake, oil-based can peel and flake easily too.

Sanding the surface to provide a key for the product to adhere is paramount, in my opinion, yet things can still fail.
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Best deck paint is probably thick bleach. It kills life so that nothing can eat the wood to cause it to fail. No paint can really survive pooling/lingering of water. I wonder if oiling the wood would make a difference?

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