Painted decks are nice to look at, but they can require a lot of maintenance. Constant exposure to sun, water, and foot traffic will challenge even the best paint job.
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When it does come time to paint-and that may be every year or two-you can take the quick route and use a belt sander to remove just the paint that's peeling. Or using a chemical paint stripper and pressure washer, you can take the whole deck down to bare wood.
You'll want to use tarps to protect the house and plants from paint chips and chemicals. Once that's done… you wait. The surface needs to be completely dry before you apply primer and paint. That may take several days.
At some point in the paint-and-peel cycle, you may want to strip the deck and apply a stain instead of paint. Stain penetrates the wood rather than sitting on top. You'll still have some maintenance to tend to, but it won't take as big a bite out of your time.
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