Decking paint products provide a great alternative to traditional decking treatments such as decking oils and decking stains. Whereas decking oils and stains are all about retaining the natural appearance of the wood grain, deck paints are designed to give a modern, alternative look with a striking, opaque finish. Available in a wide range of colours, these products are great for painting new and old garden decks.
Available in a range of trendy, opaque colours, and especially ideal for old decking that is looking worn, grey and tired, deck paint is a great makeover option when a major decking restoration project isn’t possible. Decking paints can also be used on new decking to give a modern alternative look.
With colours that include White Wash, Deep Blue, Charcoal, Warm Stone, Dark Silver, Gun Metal and more, transforming the appearance of any decking, ridged or smooth, softwood or hardwood couldn’t be easier.
Recommended Decking Paints
- Ronseal Decking Rescue Paint: A water-based paint for decking that renovates tired and worn decking boards. Available in a range of attractive colours
- Liberon Garden ColourCare Decking Paint: A decorative paint for decking. Colours mainly based on grey, silver and brown
- Sadolin Beautiflex: A solvent-based, opaque wood stain for all exterior wood, including decking. Dries to an opaque, black, white or hickory paint like finish
It is worth noting that many products that are labelled as ‘decking stains‘ are also available in a wide range of attractive colours and dry to an opaque, paint like finish.
Benefits of using deck paints
- Resistant to foot traffic and weathering
- Available in a range of attractive, opaque colours
- Quick and easy to apply
- Provides long lasting protection and colour
- Quick drying – Usually rainproof in just a couple of hours
- Is a quick fix solution to improve the look of old, grey, worn decking
How to apply paint for decking
As with any project, preparation is key. Follow these simple steps to transform new or old tired decking into an area with colour and character.
Decked areas to be painted should be clean, dry and free from surface dirt, grit and other surface contaminates.
- Remove all garden furniture and other items from the decking so that the surface to be painted is clear
- Remove areas of decking stain or paint that have started to crack, peel or flake with a jet washer or decking stripper
- Areas affected by mould, algae or fungi should be cleaned with a scraper, stiff broom or brush to remove all surface matter
- Areas affected by mould,algae and other biological growth should then be thoroughly cleaned with a decking cleaner to kill off biological spores in the wood timber to help prevent re-growth. If the decking is heavily soiled, a second application is recommended
- If required, use a wood preservative but one that doesn’t contain wax, oil or silicon
- Paint the decking boards with the decking paint working the full length of 2 to 3 boards at a time
- Allow the first coat to dry for the specified drying time
- Apply a second coat as directed on the tin
Looking for a decking oil or stain? Decking oils and stains provide a more translucent finish and are also available in alternative colours including Blue, Grey and other coloured decking oils. Find out more about both on our decking oil and decking stain pages.
Please note: Decking Paint may not be suitable for decking that has been oiled in the last 12 to 24 months. Decking paints may also be incompatible with decking that has been treated with a wax or silicon based preservative or water sealer.
Always do a test area before starting any decking project.