Asked on Apr 30, 2018

Will any paint cover over the red wood color i have on our deck ?

by Michele
Only 4 yrs ago we painted deck w redwood translucent stain/paint. It was brand new wood. It has faded away in area, maybe flaked alittle tho dont see flakes. Maybe worn away. I want to cover it & go with cedar a less bring color. I read i have to pressure wash it all? Wow.
Does that rubber deck paint work to cover it all?
thank ewe
  10 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Apr 30, 2018

    You have to strip the exsisting paint for the deck to come out evenly.

  • Robin Schultz Robin Schultz on Apr 30, 2018

    Spent a small fortune on dark brown DECKOVER also 4 years ago. Used 2 coats....started coming loose, following year. In many areas, looks like your pic...only thing I know to do, is sand, and re-do the areas where it's come off!! More work, more MONEY!!

  • Liv Liv on Apr 30, 2018

    You have to sand the paint off.

  • Amy Ogden-Paparone Amy Ogden-Paparone on Apr 30, 2018

    Hi Michele,

    I've heard mixed reviews on the rubber paint and I myself have decided it's not worth the work or money seeing how many people had problems with it. Maybe if they improve on it in the future I'll try it. I think you should power wash the whole deck, let it dry and re-stain it in a darker color that you love. Let that dry completely and then use a waterproof deck sealer. There will always be wear and tear on it because it's actually being walked on, the chairs are being dragged in and out from the table etc. I think if you got a really pretty outdoor area rug for under the table, and perhaps a runner for the constantly taken route you take in another area, it would help enormously and add a beautiful new dimension to your deck. I have found the best sealer to be the one in the link below! Hope this helps! I would love to see the after of your deck when you've decided what it is you're going to do! :) Good Luck, it's going to look beautiful!

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Apr 30, 2018

    Probably. But I would power wash it first to see what you can scrape off - followed by a sanding (rent a sanding machine - it's def worth the money).

  • William William on May 04, 2018

    You do need to power wash and remove all the paint before doing anything else.. DON'T USE ANY OF THE DECK OVER PRODUCTS. They crack and peel within one to two years. Trap water, moisture, and wood rots prematurely. Hard to remove. Some people had to replace deck boards even complete decks. There are class action lawsuits against the manufacturers. Notice thay aren't advertised anymore. I have been advising people not to use the products.

  • Linda Linda on May 04, 2018

    I wish I knew that sooner I spent 1/4 of Fortune on it and had to use three coats in order to use it to cover it has lasted now almost a year

  • Judy Judy on May 05, 2018

    I understand that General Finishes gel stain is made to go over stains and comes in multiple colors. Hope this helps



  • B. Enne B. Enne on May 05, 2018

    Power wash, scrape if necessary and let dry for a few days. I remember stripping and sanding my mother's deck and it still flaked despite all of the work. Power washing is so much easier. Many gel stains are for interior use only, and generally not for floors. Whatever coating you choose, read the label carefully. Some decks no matter what you do still peel.

  • Denial Denial on Oct 05, 2021

    Hi, I would advise you to remove the old paint, maybe polish it so that the new paint will have a good and long-lasting coat. You can also check out these ideas for wood deck paint colors if you come by to update your deck