Peeling Paint on Deck: What to Do?

Tan paint peeling on a wood deck

During the painting process, a sufficient bond must be achieved between the paint and the surface to which it is applied for the paint to adhere. In the case of outdoor surfaces such as your siding or deck, this bond is even more important as the materials are exposed to harsh elements such as wind, rain, snow, and sun. A deck that is prepared and painted properly is a great addition to any backyard, but what should you do if that same deck shows signs of peeling paint?

What Causes Paint to Peel?

The principles of adhesion in relation to paint are complex, but in short, a bond is created between the paint and the wood or other surface when specific criteria are met. If one or more issues exist, this bond can fail and peeling or flaking can occur. Common reasons that you may have peeling paint on deck surfaces include:

  • Quality - Expired or poor-quality paint can lack the properties necessary to create a tight bond, and are more prone to problems which can include inadequate coverage or peeling.
  • Application - The method used to apply the paint to your deck is instrumental to your satisfaction with the finished product. Top quality paint, tools, and techniques from the professionals at Five Star Painting will create a finish that will last for years to come.
  • Dirt - Paint can't properly adhere to a dirty surface, so care should be taken to eliminate dirt, debris, mildew, and other contaminants from the deck prior to painting.
  • Moisture - The number one enemy of paint is moisture. Water vapor separates the paint from the wood, and any attempt at bonding will fail.

When Should You Repaint a Deck?

when should you repaint a deck, peeling paint on deckIf you should repaint or repair your peeling deck depends on the level of damage that has occurred. Is the peeling paint consistent throughout the entire deck, or only present in one or two areas? If damage appears to be confined begin by determining the source of the issue, such as a leaking gutter, high traffic, or excessive exposure to the sun. Address the underlying issue to prevent further damage and proceed with your repair using the tips outlined below. If the damage is consistent over the entire surface, a repaint is in order. Call the experts at Five Star Painting for fast, professional results.

Tips to Repair Peeling Paint on Deck Surfaces

Depending on the age of the paint job on your deck, the location of the damage, and the color that was used, you may be successful at repairing minor sections of peeling paint. Here are some tips from the experts at Five Star Painting to help you along:

  • Remove any loose paint from the deck using a stiff brush or scraping tool.
  • Lightly sand the area until smooth.
  • Ensure the surface is clean and dry before proceeding.
  • Apply the paint using a brush or roller.
  • Allow to dry and apply a second coat if needed.

If the original paint has faded and the area of the repair is large and highly visible, you may want to consider repainting the entire deck for a more accurate match.

While you're sprucing up the yard, don't forget to include your landscaping! Our fellow Neighborly brand The Grounds Guys can help you design the perfect plan for your home's foliage. For a professional finish on all your exterior and interior surfaces, trust the experts at Five Star Painting. Our knowledgeable, experienced team provides top quality painting services to ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction. Call us today at 888-261-3633 to get started on your next project, or contact us online to request a quote for service.