** To read my Behr Deckover Update 1 year later and see our porch’s appearance & the product’s durability, click here.
Today, I want to share with you our experience with a Behr exterior deck paint product we used. Back in April, we knew the time had come to do something to our almost 12 year old deck. The wood was in good shape structurally, but cosmetically it was looking bad. The stain was starting to wear off that Mark had applied 4-5 years previously, and we were getting tired of the dark brown color. We have a wonderful wrap around porch that we love, and the railing was white all around the front and side, but where the back deck started, we chose years ago to paint the railing brown. Why? I think because painting the floor surface and the railing could be knocked out quickly ( translated: it was easier! ) We never really liked it, but we left it. You know those projects, right?
Here’s a “before” shot of the deck:
It was just starting to look tired and worn, so we started researching deck products. We looked at Rustoleum Restore, but the reviews were not too great on the Internet, as well as from a few of the Home Depot staff in the paint department. They did, however, have really great things to say about Behr Deckover ( I know, it’s their product ! ) but it also confirmed the good reviews we had already read online. They told us how to apply it ( with a roller and long pole attachment, a detailing paint brush, and a large, thin brush attachment that screws onto the pole for getting in between the floor slats ) Now here’s something you might not know about Behr Deckover: You can have Rustoleum Restore colors mixed in Behr Deckover product, but not the other way around. I wasn’t seeing anything in particular in the Behr colors that I liked, but I did find a Restore color that I did really like, and that looked good with our HardiePlank siding on our house. The great thing ( and maybe something else may not know about these products ) is that they now come in samples. So glad they finally started doing that for exterior deck stains and colors! ) We tested a few samples, ( Winchester & Coffee ) and Winchester was the winner. We liked the way the color was just slightly darker than our siding, and the color seemed like the fresh update that we were looking for!
As with any new paint application, the surface needs to be cleaned & completely dry. We used a pressure washer on the entire porch floor, railing, & spindles. You can use deck cleaners with bleach, but this time we did not.
I had my doubts when we first started painting it on the deck because painting a wrap around porch is a HUGE undertaking, especially when you do it DIY! The Behr Deckover is more expensive than stains or other similar products, and even with the sample, nothing says you better love this color like committing to a 5 GALLON BUCKET!! I think because the color we chose is a gray brown taupey color, it changes based on the lighting and time of day more so than other colors. Tip: paint the color on in large swatches in different areas and observe at various times of the day before committing. We did that, and still doubted it, but after it was completed, we loved it!
We also wanted to paint all the old brown railing white to freshen and update the back porch area. Mark tested out the Home Right Fine Finish Sprayer on the spindles and railing, and we were AMAZED at how much easier it was to paint these things with this great product. It took a while to master it with a few drips and clogs, but once he did, he really liked it! Perfect for things like hard to reach places like spindles, and we also painted our old apple green Adirondack chairs and a bench in Behr Mermaid Net ( love this color! ) with the HomeRight sprayer. ( pics on those in upcoming post! )
Here is a shot of the overall porch color ( stair risers NOT painted yet ) coming together. At this point in the painting process, we were hugely fatigued, but started seeing hope. I was envisioning that crisp white paint to make all the detailing & trim look pretty and complete. I’ll admit, I have to play mind tricks to help me make it to the finish line on certain projects. This was one of those exhausting projects…it’s either that it’s a huge undertaking for 2 people, or that we may be a little older than when we last took on a project of this magnitude. And our backs and knees tell no lies…..
So briefly, before I show y’all the final reveal, let me tell you a few pro’s & con’s about Behr Deckover:
- Rejuvenated & restored our 12 year old deck
- Comfortable to walk on with bare feet ( & paws! )
- Cleans easily
- Comes in samples to test first before committing to a color
- Multiple color options, plus can be mixed with Rustoleum Restore paint colors
- Gives an almost composite-like decking surface & appearance
- 2 coats gave a beautiful finish
- Resists cracking & splitting and conceals splintering wood
- Mildew resistant
- Extended period of time before it has to be repainted ( I cannot find the duration, but it seems like I read at least 5 years )
- Drips & splatters form hardened blobs had to be cut with a razor blade before continuing the paint job ( thankfully, this only happened early in the process but it was time consuming! )
- Gets thick quickly when exposed to air ( & warmer temps ) BUT, we found that by adding a little water to the paint tray made the consistency almost perfect.
- Time consuming ( it took 2 exhausting coats to make the finish beautiful! ) 🙂 lol But then again, it’s a deck with ALOT of wear and tear, boys, their friends, spilled food/drinks, dogs, etc. We would not have been happy if we had not taken the time to do it right the first time.
And finally, here is the final reveal!
We really are happy with the results ( and the fact that it’s done! ) Behr Deckover is an amazing product that revives old wood and gives it new life. I would highly recommend this product from the Home Depot! To read more about Behr Deckover, click here.
Please come back for the next blogpost where I’ll be sharing how I updated our porch for Summertime! Here’s a sneak peek:
I hope y’all have a great week, Friends!! Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂
Til next time,
Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way for this product, nor was I asked to write a review. All opinions are 100% my own! Just love to share great products when I try them!