For individuals who have a deck in their home, there is a need to paint their decks as a well-colored deck adds to the beauty and appearance of a home. In order to select a suitable deck paint for your deck, you need to know the types of deck paints that are available on the market
and what properties they possess. This will help you determine the best deck paint for you.
There are two basic types of deck paints. All other types of deck paints or brands fall under
these two types of deck paints. The deck paints are:
- Oil-based deck paints
- Water-based deck paints
Oil-based Deck Paints
Oil-based deck paints used to be very popular because it offered durable, tough finish and is available in a wide range of colours.
This deck paint prevents the penetration of moisture on the surface of the deck after it is applied.
Oil-based deck paints are known for longevity and can last up to 10 years or more based on the condition of the deck when the paint was applied.
This type of deck paint contains a high concentration of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Oil-based deck paints are very dangerous and unprotected exposure to the human body can result in watery eyes, sore throat, and respiratory problems for persons who inhale the paint.
Oil-based deck paints set easily and must be quickly applied after mixing. In cases of a spill, solvents such as paint thinner or turpentine can be used to clean the spill. Similarly, these.
Solvents can be used to clean paint brushes, rollers, and spray guns after applying the paint. Usually, oil-based deck paints take up to 24 hours to dry up. Thereafter applying the first layer.
You will need to wait for a full day before applying the second layer. However, new additives in the paint mix have shortened the setting time of oil-based paints to about 6 to 8 hours.
Oil-based deck paints often contain special additives that improve their performance against harsh environments, mold, and harsh ultraviolet lights.
Water-based Deck Paints
Unlike oil-based deck paints, water-based deck paints are low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This type of deck paints lasts for about four to eight years depending on the condition
Of the deck surface when the paint was applied. Quality water-based deck paints contain a high concentration of acrylic.
This compound makes the paint last longer on deck surfaces. Water-based deck paints last longer, do not easily crack or peel, and are quite flexible. The paint can be cleaned by simply using soap and water.
Water-based deck paints are available in a wide range of colors and are quick to dry up. Unlike oil-based deck paints, water-based deck paints can be recoated under four to six hours after the
first layer has been applied. Additives are often added to water-based deck paints to improve their performance and longevity.