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John
Vinyl Decking Paint

We would like to paint our vinyl deck. It's white and on sunny days it is blinding and can't spend much time outside because the deck is so bright. The deck is in perfect shape and we really don't want to spend the money to replace it so we are hoping that someone can help us out. We have found paint for vinyl siding but nothing for vinyl decking. Please let us know if you know of anything. Thanks

dj1
Re: Vinyl Decking Paint

I would call the deck manufacturer for guidance. Some manufacturers will void their warranty if their boards are painted.

Generally, you can use deck paints for vinyl too (you can find them at HD too). Light colors are better than dark colors. Surface cleaning is important before you paint, but never use bleach. If you don't care about your warranty, can't find the name of the manufacturer or the manufacturer closed shop - do as you wish.

Wait for an answer from our paint contributor, ordjen, he might have some more useful advice for you.

A. Spruce
Re: Vinyl Decking Paint

There are paints suitable for vinyl siding, however, I do not know if any are suitable for decking. The problem isn't the deck material accepting the paint, it is the wear and tear of walking on the paint, BBQ heat, rollers, etc., that are the issue.

As DJ points out, contact the manufacturer for recommendations, especially if warranty is an issue. The next stop would be to several paint dealers, actual dealers, not a big box, to see what products they carry and recommend.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Vinyl Decking Paint

I wonder how a product like RinoShield would hold up on a deck?

Jack

dj1
Re: Vinyl Decking Paint
JLMCDANIEL wrote:

I wonder how a product like RinoShield would hold up on a deck?

Jack

Rhino shield is for vinyl too.

Decks and roofs are under the stress of the weather. Exterior walls, much less.

BTW, In my area we mostly use stains for wood decks, and even the best stains would wear out pretty quickly. Paints stand no chance. Wood planks would get bone dry, twist and split under the scorching sun. Life expectancy of wood decks - 20 years, give or take a few. Composite decks - even less.

ordjen
Re: Vinyl Decking Paint

If your "vinyl decking is pure PVC extruded planking, I would caution about putting a dark color on the decking. PVC expands dramatically when heated. Distortion can begin at as little as 130 degrees, a temp easily reached in direct summer sunshine on a dark color. I would point out that you never see dark colored vinyl windows, siding or fencing. Medium tans, greens, etc. are seen, but never dark colors.

As to what coating to use: any 100% acrylic porch and floor paint should do fine. Generally, not even a primer is necessary, but I always bow to the manufacturer's instructions. Relatively new vinyl can be quite slick. A "scuff" sanding with about 150 grit sandpaper would increase adhesion.

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