Is It Better To Paint or Stain an Old Deck?  5/5 (1)

This post was updated on February 20, 2024

Paint vs Deck Stain Old Deck

If you are looking to breathe new life into an old deck, it may seem like stain or paint can get the job done. Though it used to be that people used deck paint to restore an older deck, that is not the case anymore. It is thicker than stain, and though it can hide blemishes, it may also cover up the natural grain of the wood. Painting a deck, even with specific deck paint, can create a streaky appearance and ultimately lead to warping and peeling.

Best Deck Stain for Older DecksStain or Paint old Decking?

Deck stain is the way to go as it is formulated to keep out moisture and give a natural look and feel. You can add a nice look and finish to the deck and protect it for years to come. Whether you choose water or oil based deck stain, it will keep the unwanted moisture out and help to give a natural look. You don’t have to worry about streaking, and it will stand up for years to come. When in doubt, always go for staining the deck over painting it.

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Scott Paul ~ Restoring Wood & Decks Since 1993 Owner
As an article and comment contributor to the site, Scott has been around the pressure washing industry since attending college. In 1993 he started his first company called Oakland Pressure Wash specializing in exterior pressure washing and deck staining. That company evolved into OPW L.L.C. shortly thereafter concentrating more on exterior wood and deck restoration. Scott and his Deck Cleaning Michigan company have restored over 10,000 decks in the Metro Detroit area since the early years. He has become an authority in the deck restoration industry and has contributed to numerous wood restoration forums and informative sites. All the products he suggests through this site are sold through online sites and in retail stores, allowing the consumer to choose their own means of purchase. Scott’s eCommerce sites do sell many top brands he endorses and if you appreciate any of the help he has offered then feel free to purchase from one of them.
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