LESLIE: Well, Lynn in North Carolina is working on a deck project. What can we do for you today?
Deck Painting Made Easier
LYNN: Yes, it’s a huge deck and it’s loaded with latticework and all kinds of detail work. And I’m just trying to think of an easier way to go about painting this deck.
LESLIE: Are you painting or are you staining?
LYNN: Oh, I’m not – it’s not the deck part as much as the surrounding latticework and all of the railings; that it’s so intense.
LESLIE: Have you tried spraying it on?
LYNN: Well, I was sort of told that that probably wasn’t the best way to go about it because I’d have to prime it all first.
TOM: (overlapping voices) Why is that? Mm-hmm.
LYNN: Because they said it was so messy.
LESLIE: Well …
TOM: Well, you could – well, I mean certainly spraying – most of the work in spraying is getting ready to do the spray but you need to get into all those nooks and crannies. Using a sprayer is an easier way to do that.
LESLIE: (overlapping voices) Yeah, than with a brush.
TOM: There are a lot of sort of do-it-yourself level sprayers that are out there. I know Wagner makes a whole bunch of them. And you may find …
LESLIE: (overlapping voices) And you can rent one even.
TOM: And you can rent one, too. That’s a good point, yep.
LYNN: Right. Can I ask you about – they have different paints that now have the primer included in them. Is that wise to go that route rather than double painting?
TOM: Certainly that’s an option and I think it depends on what you’re starting with. If you’re not really sure – if you’re starting with raw wood, I’d prefer to see you prime it first; but on an existing stained or painted deck, I think those products are excellent.