What tools do I need when I paint a deck?
Painting a deck requires a particular set of tools. First, you need tools for sanding the deck, followed by tools for filling cracks. Finally, you need other supplies for applying your primer and paint.
An electric sander is the most appropriate tool for preparing a deck for painting. You can use sandpaper wrapped around a hand-held block, but it will take much longer to sand down a large deck using this basic tool. An electric sander allows you to quickly sand large areas of wood to strip away old paint or stain and create a fresh surface that is ready to receive the new primer.
If there are any cracks in your deck, you’ll need to fill them using an exterior-grade putty before you can start painting. Use a putty knife to push the putty into the cracks and scrape away the excess. When the putty is completely dry, sand these areas again to remove any unevenness and ensure the deck surface is perfectly flat.
Use a paintbrush to apply an oil-based primer to the awkwardly shaped areas of the deck, such as the gaps between boards and the areas around posts. For large, flat areas of the deck, it is quicker and easier to use a paint roller to apply the primer. Leave the primer to dry for as long as specified in the product instructions. Note that, if the weather is cold or humid, the primer may take longer to dry than in a dry, hot climate.
You are now ready to start painting. You’ll want to use a high-quality, oil-based paint that is suitable for outdoor use. Again, use a paintbrush to apply the paint to hard-to-reach areas and a roller to quickly cover large areas.
Choosing the right primer and paint is very important if you want your newly painted deck to look good for years to come. If you’re ready to try this DIY painting job for yourself, contact Paintzen to get all the materials you need. Alternatively, you can request a quote for a team of our professionals to paint your deck, too.