May 2017 Update: Not only is the Behr DeckOver Paint holding up, but it prevented our deck from extensive damage when our grill caught on fire last month. The underside of the deck which we didn’t paint was burned and worse; it let the fire extend to our house. A few more minutes and we could have had a significant loss. The upper side of the deck had two small scorch marks where the paint had chipped off (we painted on a rainy weekend, and my husband was in a hurry, so he slapped it on – still, it was painted in 2014, and today (2017) it’s chipped in spots but mostly intact).  I love this stuff, and we’ll be repairing where the grill melted onto the deck and the places that have chipped due to our poor application soon.

Grill Fire - Behr DeckOver Paint Prevented the top of the deck from burning...the underside was extensively scorched because it wasn't protected. It allowed the fire to travel to the house.

Grill Fire – Behr DeckOver Paint Prevented the top of the deck from burning. The underside was extensively scorched because it wasn’t protected and it allowed the fire to travel to the house. We hadn’t yet cleaned the winter slime off the deck – soap and water is all that’s need to make the mold go away.

We have a 1970’s house which means we have a 30+-year-old deck. It has become a constant source of irritation as the stain disappears every year in the Seattle weather and we’re left with a deck that looks even older than it is. We’ve tried many different stains and even paint, but none lasted more than a season. That led me to do some online research last year to attempt to find a better solution.

I came across a blog post on Decorating Ideas Made Easy that raved about a new deck and outdoor paint that was said to work miracles.  But what convinced me to try it was her “one year later” photos. Her post also helped me to convince the husband that it was time to get rid of the typical Northwest rust and go gray.

But since the paint is pricey, we opted to buy a few cans and just paint a small portion to try it out. With the first swipe of the roller, the hubby was so impressed that it wasn’t long before he made another trip to Home Depot to pick up enough paint to finish the project.

Behr DeckOver Review: Refurbishing Your Deck Requires Prep

We did the deck refurbishment in two steps because of the weather. First, we removed any weak or broken boards and replaced them with new ones. Then we pounded down any protruding nails and put screws into any loose boards.  We washed it with soap and water and allowed it to dry and just before painting we vacuumed it (yep, doesn’t everyone vacuum their deck?!?).

Using a vacuum to make sure it's scrupulously clean and a heater to quickly dry recently washed areas #seattle

Using a vacuum to make sure it’s scrupulously clean and a heater to quickly dry recently washed areas #seattle

Since we were racing the fall rains, we opted to cover the deck walking surface first since this paint would help provide some traction on the deck for safer walking in  the upcoming winter months. We quickly taped off the railings to prevent us from painting over them and set to work. Because of the paint’s thickness, we didn’t need to worry about paint dripping under the deck and we used cardboard to shield the house when we painted the boards closest to it.

The perils of painting a deck in Seattle - fans to help dry it and plastic to keep rain for descending on it.

The perils of painting a deck in Seattle – fans to help dry it and plastic to keep rain from descending on it.

Behr DeckOver Review: Applying the Paint

The paint rolls on amazingly well and dries very quickly. That’s one benefit to painting here in Seattle; the temps are lower, so the painting is easy. If you’re in a warmer climate, you’ll have to make sure you paint very early in the morning, so the paint doesn’t dry before you get it on.  The Behr DeckOver paint does have a strange ammonia odor to it,  but since it’s an outdoor paint, I wasn’t worried about it, and it was always gone by the next day.

A nappy roller worked perfectly though the paint is so thick that to do a good job you’ll need a brush and paint into the spaces between the planks to get the sides. We haven’t done that step yet, and it’s only noticeable when you look at the deck from an angle.

The Thick Deck Paint Makes for Easy Work and Great Coverage

The Thick Deck Paint Makes for Easy Work and Great Coverage

We finished the painting this spring, eight months after the first coat, by painting the railings and putting a second coat on the entire deck, though it didn’t need it. There wasn’t a flake, chip or wear spot even after our record-breaking wet winter.

Painting the Deck Complete

Our only caveat is that if you have dogs who like to track mud from the garden onto your deck, you may want to rethink the gray. We LOVE the color, but washing away the muddy paw prints is impossible. They’ve become embed deep into the texture of the paint, but we’re OK with that. We LOVE the color and the durability.

Our completed deckover - we're loving the updated look and comfort that a splinter-free deck offers!

Our completed deckover – we’re loving the updated look and comfort that a splinter-free deck offers!

So what is this paint we love so much? Behr Premium DeckOver. It truly does everything they say it will…

Bring new life to old wood and concrete surfaces with BEHR PREMIUM DECKOVER. This 100% acrylic formula conceals cracks and splinters up to 1/4″, and creates a smooth, slip-resistant finish that also resists cracking and peeling. It’s available in 54 solid custom colors, and is also great for decks, railings, patios, composite decks, pool decks and walkways.  Wait 4-6 hours before recoat. Dries to touch in 4 hours. Wait 24-48 hours before light foot traffic. 72 hours to full cure.

Deckover Deck Paint - Not your ordinary paint

Behr DeckOver Deck Paint – Not your ordinary paint

I didn’t set out to do a Behr DeckOver review because well, they didn’t sponsor the post, but I admit, we were so wowed by the paint I decided that other’s with a deck like mine need to know about it.

Thankfully I take pictures of my husband working all the time because I think he’s adorable, and he works so hard, so I had a few photos of the “before” deck. It does make me laugh that I can take photos of him months apart, and he’s wearing the same outfit, I call it is work-at-home uniform. Thankfully I had these pictures to share because I think he did a fantastic job on our backyard makeover and I love sitting out there now enjoying it all.

Behr DeckOver Summary

  • Must Prep: Before Use
  • 2 Coats Required 
  • Horiz. Spread Rate: 1st Coat 75 Sq. Ft 2nd Coat 75 Sq. Ft.
  • Clean-Up Soap & Water

Behr DeckOver Tools & Resources

Note: the paint is called Behr DeckOver, but you’ll find many of the online reviews incorrectly call it Deck Over. Be sure to search for both if you’re looking for a second (or 3rd) opinion on it.

Our deck doover was the first step in a refurbishment in our entire backyard. Do you have big summer DIY plans? I’d love to hear about them!