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Maintaining a painted deck is essential to preserve its appearance and longevity. Scholars Edge Painting recommends maintenance to ensure its beauty lasts for years.

Regular Cleaning

By sweeping the deck regularly to remove debris, dirt, and leaves, you’re taking a proactive step in preserving your deck’s appearance and longevity. Use a stiff brush or broom to scrub any stubborn dirt or mildew, ensuring your deck stays clean and inviting. You can use a garden hose with a sprayer attachment or a pressure washer on a low setting to clean the surface. Avoid high-pressure settings, as they can damage the paint by stripping it off or forcing water under it, leading to peeling or bubbling.

Inspect for Damage

Inspect the deck for wear, chipping, or peeling paint. Touch up any small areas of damage promptly to prevent them from worsening. Depending on the wear and tear, plan to repaint the deck every few years or as the paint manufacturer recommends. Before repainting, thoroughly clean the deck and allow it to dry completely. This is crucial as painting on a damp surface can lead to poor adhesion and premature paint failure.

Choose High-Quality Paint

Opt for high-quality exterior paint formulated explicitly for decks or floors. This paint will provide better durability and resistance to weather and foot traffic, giving you confidence in your deck’s long-term performance. Scholars Edge Painting recommends the Sherwin-Williams brand.

Consider Climate

If you live in an area with extreme weather conditions, such as high humidity or intense sunlight, you may need to repaint your deck more frequently to maintain its appearance and protection.

Apply Sealant (Optional)

Consider applying a clear sealant over the painted deck surface to enhance protection and longevity. Here’s how to do it: 

  1. Clean the deck thoroughly. 
  2. Apply the sealant evenly using a paint roller or brush. 
  3. Allow the sealant to dry completely before using the deck. This can provide additional resistance to moisture and UV rays.

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