Best and cheapest way to transform a pool deck.

Robin Wallace
by Robin Wallace
Deck needs TLC on the cheap! Old stain, parts not stained, nails, curled up boards.Yikes! Has anyone used Rustolem deck paint? Need something that will be cooler for bare feet getting out of pool. Has dark brown stain now.

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  • KattywhampusLOL KattywhampusLOL on May 22, 2018

    Good Morning Robin Wallace, First and foremost I would remove any loose nails and replace them, as well as the curled up boards. Those are major safety hazards. I know maintaining a pool is costly, but so is a hospital visit for a broken or badly infected body part due to improper maintenance or a porch, stairway, deck, etc ..... Once the boards and nails are replaced, THEN it's time to worry about waterproofing. Below is a link aobut how to prepare your deck for the painting you want to get done.

    There are special marine paints for pool decks that you can purchase from a local Marine supplier or online. Here is a link for one of them

    As far as Rustoleum Paints I have never used them myself on large projects like this, so I couldn't advise you about that. I do know that every manufacturer will tell you that their pints are the best for whatever you project is, and folks who have used a certain paint will tell you about their experience with it. Perhaps someone here at hometalk has used Rustoleum and can let you know. Good Luck and thanks for using Hometalk for help.

  • Ken Ken on May 22, 2018

    From your description, your deck needs a minimum of replacement of some of the decking before you do anything else. The thick Rust-Oleum deck restore will not fix curled boards or popping nails. Other than that, the Rust-Oleum product has mixed reviews. Some love it and some are not impressed. I think that using it to get another year or two out of neglected decking is a worthwhile endeavor. Depending on the size of your deck you may find that it is not exactly cheap since the thick paint does not cover a lot of surface. In the future, the cheapest is to keep up with routine maintenance, putting sealer on the deck as soon as water stops beading.

    • Robin Wallace Robin Wallace on May 23, 2018

      We just bought this house. Yes, neglect cost money if you don’t stay on top of things! We have put so much getting the inside of house done but thinking of getting some much needed things done outside as well! Thank you for your input.

  • Carol Marszalek Carol Marszalek on May 22, 2018

    A wooden deck? If so, lightly sand and restrain. Top with marine varnish.

  • Robin Wallace Robin Wallace on May 23, 2018

    Thank you! I will watch the links you provided!

  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on May 23, 2018

    Wow, you need to think safety first and remove old nails/screws, etc. Curled up boards can be taken up then flipped over and secured down. Then I'd sand and prime the deck. Let dry, apply a good quality deck paint. I'd also add SharkGrip to the deck paint for non skid results. Less than $50 - $60 for the project. Best of luck.

  • Robin Wallace Robin Wallace on May 23, 2018

    Thank you! The curled boards are on top rails but yes I agree with everything you suggested! Thanks again!

  • Ken Ken on May 23, 2018

    Sounds like my story. So many things need done and some need to be a temporary fix. Replacing the worst boards, replacing popped nails with galvanized screws, and painting with the Rustoleum Deck Restore may be your best choice until your time and cash are a little freer.