Deck Painting Made Easier
LESLIE: Well, Lynn in North Carolina is working on a deck project. What can we do for you today?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.