Behr Deckover Review


Oh, my poor deck.  The last two summers really did a number on it, with temperatures topping 112 degrees, followed by winters with low windchills of -22 degrees and record snowfalls.  Kansas is a rough place.

Although I regularly waterseal my deck with either Thompsons or Behr, after the last couple years, my deck was weathered and cracked and generally sad looking.

Sad railing

More sad railing


Sad closeup
Larger view...


I just didn't feel like sealing it again would do the trick this time.  I know a lot of folks are opposed to painting decks, but I really felt this was on its last legs, and was willing to sacrifice seeing the wood grain if it meant I could preserve the deck for a bit longer and hide some of the deep cracks.


Again, full disclaimer, I am not an expert, just a random person.  You should check with an expert if you are going to do this, and if you follow my lead and break your deck, don't blame me.

Deck Restore vs. Deckover

There were two options that I explored: Synta Deck Restore and Behr Deckover.  When I saw the samples in person, I felt like the Deckover looked a little more attractive.  For some reason, the Deck Restore leaves a dotted texture that I wasn't sure I would enjoy.  They both looked better than what I was starting with, though.  The prices seemed comparable when you compare square footage covered.  Both claim to cover cracks up to 1/4" thick (mine topped 1/2", so I knew I wouldn't get total recovery with either), both create a slip resistant finish, cover splinters, and they both claim to last many years.

I decided to go with the Behr Deckover.  The color I chose was Cappuccino:





Preparation:

It's the same standard instructions you are used to: strip any peeling paint (I had none), clean thoroughly with a deck cleaner, allow to dry.  I used the Behr All in One Wood Cleaner and a bristle brush.  The deck dried pretty quickly in the Kansas sun.

Application Process

"Was it easy to apply?" my friend asked me the next week.  Well, yes and no.  The application steps are simple, but I wouldn't say easy.  It was a lot more labor intensive than staining, but then again you are going for a more full coverage. If it truly lasts as long as it says it will (5 to 10 years), it would be worth it.  But get a friend to help you, really.  It will go a lot faster.

The basic steps I took, plus commentary:
  1. Fill in cracks up to 1/4" thick using a brush:
    • There were so many cracks!  This took a lot longer than anticipated.
    • Some of the cracks seemed to "puff" up the next day too.  Did I use too much, or is Kansas just too hot?  The temperatures were within the range recommended (50 to 90 degrees) when applied.
  2. Apply a coat of Deckover to railings and spindles:
    • Railings and spindles took half a day and a gallon of Deckover by themselves.
    • If I had to do it over, I may have skipped the spindles, and just used regular paint on those.
    • This stuff has the consistency of pudding, applies thickly and dries very quickly.  You know how when you are painting, you sometimes will work on a small area, and then do a long stroke to even out a larger area?  You can't do that with Deckover.  The long stroke will muck up the paint an inch over that has already started to dry.  Very peculiar.
  3. Then apply a coat to the deck floor:
    •  Deck floor was much faster, since you can use a roller, but the coverage didn't seem as good as the brush.
    • Again, this dries very quickly, so I would recommend putting a very small amount in your pan at a time.  When we put a normal amount in the tray, it would form a film in a matter of minutes.
  4. Allow to dry for at least 4 hours
    • This ended up being overnight, since it was so late by the time we were done.
  5. Apply a second coat of Deckover
    • Before we began applying the second coat, I was inspecting the deck and was very disappointed to see a few spots peeling... I hoped a second coat would take care of it.  The consistency of this product is very strange, after all, and I know that a full cure takes 3 days.
    • Applying the second coat was a lot less pleasant due to the fact that Deckover gets really hot after application.  So the first coat reflected a lot more heat than the bare deck did... When I touched it with my hand it was painfully hot.  Consequently,  I was burning up by the time I was done, and looked like a beet with hair (my body prefers to turn lobster red rather than allowing me to sweat like a normal human).  I don't think I would walk barefoot on this stuff during direct sunlight hours.
  6. Wait for 2 days to walk on the deck, and 3 days for furniture and regular traffic.


Results:

The lighting during the brightest part of the day makes it seem brighter, so I will include several shots with different degrees of sun:
Behr Deckover
After Deckover

Behr Deckover
After Deckover



After Deckover


After Deckover
Behr Deckover
Former sad railing, improved
Looks really bright here, in direct sunlight.
Previous pictures are more true to color.



Now, I am happy with how the deck turned out for the most part, but the color I chose was cappuccino...


I think it turned out a bit lighter (and pinker?) than this.  What do you think?

 

Review

I am going to wait for a bit to decide if I am ultimately happy with this product.  Can it really withstand our weather extremes?  Here is a summary of the pros and cons so far:

Pros:
  • I do like the finished look, and I feel like the deck is more protected from the elements.
  • The product appears to have covered small cracks, as promised.  The bigger cracks still show, but I had measured several at 1/2" or more, so I wasn't expecting a miracle there.
  • The deck is much more pleasant to walk on.  Smoother, no splinters, very comfortable for bare feet (except when very hot during the afternoon).
  • If it truly lasts for 5 to 10 years, it will be a really good deal. 

Cons:
  • The deck definitely feels hotter when in direct sunlight.  I am glad I didn't choose a darker color.
  • Speaking of colors, I don't feel like I really got "cappuccino."  It looks more terra cotta. I am okay with it, but others who are trying to match something exactly might be frustrated by this.
  • I am worried about the peeling I noticed after applying the first coat.  I hope this doesn't mean there will be problems down the line.  After spending several hundred dollars and a weekend working on this (complete with sunburn), I do not want to have to repeat my efforts anytime soon.
  • As I mentioned, it was hard to get an even application, since the product dried so quickly (and became lumpy in the process).  So, if you are a perfectionist, it may not suit your needs... there are spots where you can see the imperfections.
See what I mean?
          For me, am just happy to have a smoother surface, so I don't mind this so much.
  • Also, this was weird...  After the product cured, even though my deck is close to 20 years old, sap started to seep out of the paint in a few spots. I have never seen that from my deck before!  I don't know that this is Deckover's fault, but it was a strange happening.

Anyhow, that is my story.  I will keep you posted as to how the deck holds up.  Maybe I will do an update post here and there. And maybe someday I will be able to replace the deck with composite.  How nice would that be?  Any volunteers to help me build one when the time comes?


**Update, One Year Later**


Hey, it has been almost a year since I posted this entry, and several people have asked for an update, so here it is! 






99 comments:

  1. Thanks for this honest review... considering painting over a 17-yr-old deck that has only had one coating of sealer years ago. Needless to say, it needs something and there are very few reviews of Deckover. I'm going to wait until Oct. which is very dry here usually and then sand and paint it. The deck faces west, but lots of shade and tends to get mossy in the spring months.

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    1. Thanks, Johnnyman. I think you will like it, especially since you have an old deck like I do; it is definitely an improvement over cracks and splinters and seems to protect the wood well. I am more happy with the results as time goes on, but still waiting to see how it holds up to winter weather...

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  2. What type of roller did you use? I was told at one Home Depot store to use their textured roller and another store said that a regular 3/8 inch nap roller would be fine. Thanks!

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    1. Hey Ryan, we initially started out with the 1/2" roller, which was what was recommended I believe... But it collected too much paint, so ended up using the 3/8" instead. The 3/8" worked perfectly.

      Hand panting with the brush had the best coverage, though. When I look at the railing, it looks so smooth, I almost wish we could have just brushed the whole thing! That would have taken a ton of time though.

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    2. a regular 3/8 inch nap roller would be fine.

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  3. I think maybe the person who mixed the color that made a mistake. Our deck was as sad as yours, as well as two porches. We chose Atlantic Blue deck over, and couldn't be more thrilled with it....so far. We'll see how it fares thru a New England winter with shoveling and salt. We also went with a regular Behr exterior paint with primer for railings instead of the deck over.

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    1. Oh yeah, I bet New England could do a number on a deck! I am like you, waiting for winter cautiously but optimistically. Here's hoping both our decks hold up!

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    2. I used Behr deckover natural tone on my deck\ What a disaster! Although I am a "Big Orange" fan, I certainly did not want that color on my deck but that is exactly the result. Contacted Home Depot and Behr, their response was to buy the clear cedar stain which was worse than useless. Any suggestions?

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    3. Yikes! An orange deck must be quite a sight. Did you ask them if they advise against a third coat of Deckover? I wonder what it would look like to paint a darker color over your "big orange"... You might ask them to be sure, though, because I am not sure if it is bad to paint a third coat over the already cured previous coats...

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  4. Good, thorough review, Handyinks. Thanks for posting such a helpful review. I am trying to decide to "paint" my deck with Deckover or not. I now have some good idea of what to expect.

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    1. Thank you, Maurry! I am so glad it was helpful. Good luck with your deck!

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  5. We are in the middle of using this on a tired deck...so far so good. It's covering more than I expected.

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    1. Hi, Jawillco, I hope it turned out great! :)

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  6. Thanks for the great review! I'm about to do our 18 year old very weathered deck as well and will use deckover for the floor. I'm going to use the solid color deck paint for the railings however.

    On the color issue, my Home Depot sells little pint sized cans of the sold color product or $4 so you can test the color. I've bought 5 so far -- too many colors to pick from. It's been very useful, because what the color looks like in the store is very different from what effect it creates on the deck. The color sample patches are accurate, and if I compare the color on the brochure to the deck, it matches very well. But what it _seems_ like once on the deck, compared to other colors around it, is very different.

    And since the color tests I'm doing is not deck over, but the solid color I'll use for the railing, I suspect the rougher deckover finish will have yet another look to it. But I would strongly advise people to get the samples and try them before deciding - if not on the deck itself, just on a separate sample board.

    Handy In KS - I suspect if you go pick up the color sample brochure from HD, and hold it next to your deck, you will find a very good match to the color you selected. Human color perception is just a very tricky thing. We do not see absolute colors correctly - the color we think we see, is very much a function of what other colors are around us in our field of view, and a function of lighting, and surface texture and shadows.

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    1. Hi Curt, thank you for the thoughts and ideas! You are wise to try out the sample sizes first, that is a great idea.

      I should have mentioned this in the review, but in the end the deck ended up matching up closest to "redwood naturaltone" in the brochure. I was actually okay with it, because that had been the other color towards which I had been leaning (fate steps in!), though had I picked the actual redwood naturaltone and ended up with pink, I might have been a bit upset.

      Incidentally, there was a commenter on the Behr Facebook page who picked one of the darker brown colors, and upon application it ended up purple! Like Jamiekins mentioned, maybe it is a color mixing issue? Or in the case of my deck, you had a good point about surrounding colors affecting the way color is perceived. Perhaps it is a combination.

      At any rate, it sounds like trying out the sample sizes would save a lot of potential headaches. Good luck with your deck! I think you will like the texture, it is a much more pleasant texture than the weathered, splintered feeling of older wood.

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  7. I stumbled on your article yesterday just before I got started on my deck. Funny that we just got back from Kansas last week (we were in KC and Leavenworth mostly)! My wife has family there.

    Anyhow, thanks for your excellent article. It's very accurate, pretty much the same experience I had with this product yesterday. I have to report a similar observation about the color. I chose the sage color, expecting it to be a bit darker, but it almost looks white. The strange thing is that the dried paint on the bucket looks exactly like the sage color sample, but the dried paint in the pan and the deck itself look much lighter. I don't know how to explain this other than the different substrates the paint is bonding to. Perhaps the nature of the substrate somehow affects the way the paint reflects light? I don't know if this is possible, but food for thought anyhow.

    Aside from this, I do like the texture and the feel of the deck. If it lasts for 5 years or more, it's definitely a good investment of one's time and money.

    Cheers!

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    1. Hey Jason, ooh, Kansas City is a fun place. Hopefully you checked out the plaza and the jazz scene... they are famous for it!

      You might be on to something there regarding the texture affecting the color. Or maybe it has to do with the thickness of the layer? (i.e. the thickness of what dried in the bucket made it appear darker?) Incidentally, did you have any that dried in the pan? I found I could pull it out in one solid sheet, like a big floppy Deckover frisbee. It was kind of cool (but weird).

      Would love to see pictures of the sage color! Sounds pretty. I figure, even if there is some color variance, at least the texture is improved (and not having to stain for 5 to 10 years would be awesome).

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    2. I've been to the plaza before and the jazz museum a few years ago. Did some shopping at Legends and ate some delicious BBQ at Gates as well! Gotta love KC...

      With regard to color, my new theory is that it's actually the angle at which you're looking at in combination with the intensity of the sun. Colors are always tricky to get just right, but with Deckover, this is especially true.

      Would post a pic, but I'm not done yet. I only did the horizontal surfaces and had to postpone due to rain. Will try to post once Im finished.



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  8. Great review. What I needed to make the decision to go with the Behr product. Was the coverage as advertised? Should I buy a little more/less? The stuff is pretty pricey...there's that old bugaboo about trying to save a buck vs. getting stuck having to go back for more and not getting a good color match.

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  9. Thanks for the great review! Gave me what I needed to pull the trigger on this project. Was the coverage as advertised? I want to be sure to get the right amount. You know the old paint bugaboo about saving a buck vs. having to go back for more and not getting a good color match the 2nd time around.

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    1. Hey Larry, Thank you, and I am glad it was helpful!

      Yes, it seemed to cover pretty much exactly what it said it would... the only wild card is if you are doing spindles... that took more than what I expected (but, after all, how do you measure spindle square footage?). Regarding deck floor, it covered as promised.

      For what it's worth, I had to go back for more after the spindles, and the color ended up matching just fine for me.

      Good luck on your deck!

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  10. Thanks again. Sorry for the double post...I didn't think the first one 'took'.

    I'll get an extra gallon for the spindles.

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  11. I've heard that this can scuff or stain easily, what's been your experience so far with it?

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    1. Hm, I haven't noticed anything unusual. There was one scratch on the deck after some roofers came out, but who knows what they were doing when that happened. Other than that, nothing yet. It has only been about a month, so I am keeping an eye on it. It is pretty sturdy stuff once it cures, though.

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    2. Ok thanks. seemed like they referred to dragging patio furniture across it would scuff or scratch it. we're thinking about doing our concrete patio with this and was just wondering how it would hold up.

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  12. I've had Deckover on for two months now. Even though I thought the deck was perfectly dry (no rain for a few days and sun was out AND applied within the temperature limits) it bubbled upon drying. Also, I used a fairly light color (something like natural cedar??) and it immediately showed grime and scuffs from regular foot traffic, sliding patio furniture. Simply hosing off the patio doesn't help at all. Not happy about that and as others said, it does get very hot in the sun.

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    1. Thanks suzblues, that's what I've been reading on other sites as well

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    2. It's funny you mention it, because someone just sent me an email the other day, saying that she noticed bubbles after application too... How frustrating! So, the scuff marks don't come out? I still haven't noticed any on mine, but it sounds like I may have used a darker color than you did, so maybe mine will just be slower to develop.

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  13. I just applied my first coat after sundown in Connecticut. I chose Wood Chip as the color. Application was easier than I thought. It took about two hours for a 10x12 deck plus the 5 steps to the deck. I had previously installed new rails and stained those white.

    Pros: Easier to apply than I read about. No bubbling (yet). The first coat covered very well. Hoping second coat is faster! I only used a little more than one gallon for all that.

    Cons: Color is definitely darker than the sample. But this may work out to be a good thing based on all the comments I am reading about using light colors.

    Hopefully, when I wake up to apply coat two, it still looks good!

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    1. Ooh, would love to see pictures of the wood chip when you are finished! Yeah, I think you are right about the dark colors from what others commenters are saying above...

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  14. Thanks for the very informative write-up. Yesterday I applied the first coat of DeckOver in Drift Gray on our 12x20 foot deck, and have a couple of observations to add. First, we waited almost a month after purchasing before we applied it, following the directions to allow the deck to dry for 3 whole days after cleaning or rain (we've had a LOT of rain here in Ohio this summer.) We had the perfect overcast day to apply it, as it was suggested not to apply it in sunlight, as it would dry too quickly. Even with the cloud cover, we used a patio umbrella to keep the paint tray in the shade, as suggested, in order to keep a skin from forming. The temperature was in the high 70's, and we did not have a problem with it drying too fast, or forming a skin, or messing up when we rolled the boards after painting between them & filling screw holes. We masked off the siding on the house at the floor with 2" wide blue indoor/outdoor painter's tape, which made application so much easier. We filled the paint tray fairly full, and found that foam brushes (you'll need a bunch) worked the best for the spaces between the boards & filling screw holes, and a 1/4" nap roller left a nice smooth finish (the guy at the paint counter at Home Depot suggested using a 3/4" nap roller - wrong!). We had no bubbling, nor peeling, which I think may be caused by not letting the deck dry for the full 3 days before application. (This was very hard to do, but every article I read about staining a deck said 3 days of drying time before any type of stain or paint application.)
    As far as the color, Drift Gray, which is a greige, it went on in a blue gray shade - not what we wanted, but the next day had cured to the correct color. We still have the second coat to do, which I hear goes on much easier than the first, thankfully. It was not hard to do, but was labor intensive. Our deck looks so clean & contemporary, & the lighter color makes it look bigger - love it! As we haven't had any foot traffic on our yet, we may be bemoaning the choice of color, but hopefully it won't be as hot on our bare feet. I also bought nail-in acrylic feet mm for our wood deck furniture, keeping our fingers crossed that they will help keep the surface from being marred.
    Lastly, we used about half the 5-gallon bucket on the first coat for the deck, steps & skirting. We don't have railings since the deck is low.The product goes onto vertical surfaces (skirting) very nicely.

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    1. Hey Laura, thank you for the additional information! Great points! Would love to hear how your lighter color holds up with scuffing, etc.

      I was actually just visiting Ohio last month, and you are right, it was very rainy! It made for beautiful green landscapes, though.

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  15. Great article! We have been wanting to redo our deck in composite, but don't have the funds right now. I decided to paint the deck and didn't know which brand to use until this article. I will definitely go with the Behr Deckover. One question though, and I apologize if it is a stupid one, but is anyone painting the bottom of the deck as well? My wife and I are first time homeowners and I want to make sure I get this done right the first time so it lasts awhile. Thanks!

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    1. Hey Trevor, thank you, and I am so glad it was helpful! I am right there with you about composite... wish it weren't so expensive.

      Do you mean the underside of the deck? I did not paint underneath, but my deck is barely elevated off the ground, so it would have been impossible. I don't think most people paint the underside. That being said, you will always find some guy who does the extreme... my friend has a crazy neighbor who took his deck apart to paint it (laid the boards against his house and everything).

      Just found this conversation about painting the underside (you may have to copy and paste): http://www.painttalk.com/f2/staining-underside-deck-14084/

      Good luck with your deck!

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  17. Great review. I just purchased a new shed that will be my woodworking shop. Rather than use just regular deck paint for the floor I have been seriously considering Deckover or Restore. The floor is PT Plywood and is completely dry so I'm not worried about dampness, I am concerned as to am I spending my money foolishly. Will the finish last? All my heavy stuff has casters so no dragging, But do I really need this stuff and will it make cleanup easier? Does anyone have any input on this? Thanks again for the article. - See more at: http://handyinks.blogspot.com/2013/06/behr-deckover-deck-treatment.html?showComment=1375821860184#c1794117062313040701

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    1. Thank you, John! I think Deckover is a fairly new product, so I don't know how many people could attest to the staying power yet. For what it's worth, I haven't had any problems with it, but it has only been a couple months.

      It may make cleanup easier. The coating seems almost plastic like in texture... hard to describe. I had a new roof put on this summer, and the roofers spilled some tar on the deck in a couple spots that I didn't find until later... I was able to sort of scratch it off. Then again, some people who tried lighter colors complained about scuffing, so it seems like some people had a different experience than I did.

      You could maybe try a sample bottle of it on a piece of plywood, and see what you think of the dried texture?

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  18. Hmmm, I think you're right I'll try a couple of those sample bottles firs. I still need to install a couple of windows so I have the time. Thanks for the quick response. I really didn't expect this so fast...
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  19. Laura, i wanted to follow up with your choice of lighter color and if youre having any regrets doing that color..due to scuff marks? I still luv the look of natural stain, but im going to use Deckover because of old stain not coming off etc
    Handyinks, im wondering if the heat on the deck is much hotter than walking on any wood surface? ALSO, So far you are still not seeing scuff marks?
    Thanks

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  20. Laura, i wanted to follow up with your choice of lighter color and if youre having any regrets doing that color..due to scuff marks? I still luv the look of natural stain, but im going to use Deckover because of old stain not coming off etc
    Handyinks, im wondering if the heat on the deck is much hotter than walking on any wood surface? ALSO, So far you are still not seeing scuff marks?
    Thanks

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    1. Hey Marc, It is definitely hotter than an untreated wood surface, but mostly when it is in direct sunlight, and it is nothing that would have changed my mind about using the product. I still haven't noticed scuffs, but it seems like those who chose lighter colors are experiencing that more.

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  21. This stuff dries fast. I would suggest doing it on a cooler day. We are also using a lot more then the Home Depot employee thought it would take. We already used two gallons on the first coat and are not finished. It will probably take another two or three gallons just for the first coat. It's not like regular paint. It is very thick and has to go on thick to fill cracks on an old deck. A roller doesn't work too well. We used a small roller on the railings but then just ended up going over it with a brush anyway and then just using the brush. We did use a roller on the deck floor but then still had to go over it with a brush to fill in cracks and even it out. It's going to cost us a lot more then we first thought but looks good so far. We used the natural cedar color. If it lasts for 5+ years it will be worth it. Our deck is very old, cracked, etc. (worse then the one pictured above) and it looks almost new with one coat. It's just going to take a lot to fill all the cracks.

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    1. Very true! If one had the energy, using a brush on the whole deck would be the best option, but oh so time consuming... Cedar naturaltone looked really cool in the brochure. I hope it turns out well in real life too!

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  22. We are in the process of painting our deck with DeckOver. We chose the exact same color, cappuccino, and I definately would say its more of a terra cotta than a cappuccino! A little too orange for me, but not going to do it again!

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    1. Ha! I completely agree on all counts! Here's hoping we get at least the 5 years promised...

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  23. Great review: Im curious to know if you had to use pressure washer and sanding before using this product. I just bought a 12 year old house with a nice deck and fence, but doesnt look like it was ever stained.

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    1. Hey Chris! No, I did not use a pressure washer nor sander before application. I just used the Behr All in One Cleaner and a stiff bristle brush.

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  24. thank you for this very helpful review. I am considering whether to use Deckover or Restore on a covered front porch and steps. In one review of Deckover I saw that people are saying the paint surface scars really easily and that when it gets dirty it is impossible to clean. Have you had any of these problems?
    Thanks,

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    1. Hey Nancy, no, I haven't noticed these issues, but then again it has only been a few months... I am curious to see what the winter will bring, though! For what it's worth, I had a new roof put on my house last month, and the workers somehow dripped a small amount of tar on the deck that I didn't notice until it dried. I was actually able to just scratch off the dried tar, leaving the paint in tact. That was a pleasant surprise.

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  25. Great Review!!! My wife and I purchased ours about 2-3 months ago, but finally got around to putting it on our 4 year old 12x12 pool deck and 8x8 shed deck last weekend. The wife picked out Terracotta, which looked really brown on the sample dot they put on the 5 gallon bucket. When we applied it, it came out looking a little reddish. It matches the sample in the Deck Over pamphlet perfectly. I was "that guy" and took off all of the spindles on the railings because the wife didn't want them painted (we put Thompson's clear on them). Application was as you said. It dried very fast and skinned over in the pan quickly. We used cheap 3/8" nap rollers. Used a small roller to do the rails and post, along with a brush. Not too hard to do, but not as easy as regular paint. We had washed the deck in the morning and was putting the stuff on by the afternoon, which the whole process carried over into Monday. I'm very impressed with it so far. It rained that past couple days and no problems. The wife is going to do our concrete patios tomorrow while I'm at work. I'm really hoping that it does last at least 5-10 years. We get hot summers, but the winters are mild here in Virginia Beach. Of yeah, it does get warmer than bare wood, but not too much warmer. I do say shoes required in the hot sun though.

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    1. Wow, taking off the spindles is no easy job! I'll bet that looks cool, though. You will have to say how the concrete application goes. I am curious about that for my garage!

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    2. Yeah, the spindles was A LOT of work, but well worth the effort. My wife put down 2 coats today on the patios. Looks great. The cat now has terracotta paws and there are terracotta paw prints on the pavers near the patio. I was wondering about if it would be safe in a garage or on a driveway. A coworker had mentioned it. Not sure if it's rated for the weight of a car or would hold up with hot tires without pulling up when you drive away (I've had hot tires pull up crack sealer in the driveway before).

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    3. Just read a post on the Behr Facebook page that a guy painted his driveway.....Didn't work out , so since there's no warning in on the car, Behr is going to reimburse him for the paint (10 gallons), buy the stripper and supplies, but he has to strip it. Not fun. So don't put it where it would get driven on.

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    4. warning on can, not car. Duh

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    5. Oh, thank you for the information, Bill! I guess the garage is out then. :( I was hoping to cover up all the spraypaint stains from my various experiments...

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  26. My husband and I chose 'Sable' color for our almost 16 year-old deck. We did the full preparation as recommended by Behr and painted our deck 1 1/2 weeks ago. I feel like our color did exactly what your 'Cappuccino' color did. My deck looks like a pink cinnamon color, especially in sunlight. We are about to move the grill back on finally today. We are giving this stuff every possible chance to cure fully, etc.

    I have a Laser Infrared Thermometer and decided to do a little test today. I checked the temperature in shade and in direct sunlight on wood deck and concrete step, both.

    OK, the control temp on vinyl siding was: 95.9 degrees
    Temp on wood deck in shade was: 95.9 degrees
    Temp on wood deck in direct sunlight was: 152.6 degrees
    Temp on wood deck with reflection
    from window was: 175.6 degrees
    Temp on concrete step in shade was: 126.1 degrees
    Temp on concrete step in direct sunlight: 117.1 degrees

    HandyinKS, I completely agree with your review. I would like to add that I found a rather unusual way to paint the sides of the deck boards. After ruining a paintbrush trying to do this, I painted it with a rat tail comb! I came up with a great way to load the comb and paint the sides of the boards. It was something!

    HandyinKS, where did you get the information that Behr says Deck Over will last 5 years? I haven't found anything from Behr on this. What am I missing?

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    1. Hey TSinMO, Thank you so much for sharing the temperature stats! It puts some real numbers to the "heat" phenomenon.

      I remember reading the "5 to 10 years" claim on their Facebook page, in response to inquiries (and there were a lot with that question). I don't know that I saw it advertised elsewhere, though. Here is a link to the questions: https://www.facebook.com/BehrPaint?filter=2

      It looks like they have changed their spiel a little bit, but there are still saying 5 to 10 years. In response to an inquiry on Aug 21, for instance, the response from Behr was

      "...if the DECKOVER coating is applied according to label directions to a properly prepared, sound wood or concrete substrate, the film can be expected to last as long as a high quality Solid Color Wood Stain. BEHR Solid Color Wood Stains last 5 to 10 years on horizontal surfaces and 15 to 25 years on vertical surfaces."

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    2. Thanks for the reply!

      I'm hoping that Deck Over will help the snow melt in winter since it gets hotter in sunlight.

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  27. Thank you so much for the valuable information. I have been trying to decide whether to re-stain my deck or take the leap and paint it, definitely am not ready to replace it. I have to admit Behr's advertising is getting to me. So, I decided I needed to research their product and see what else was available. You have provided me with the info I needed. I do believe I will use Deckover, however, I will purchase and test a few colors. I am also going to paint a small patio area. I will check back in when I am finished. Again, thank you all for sharing your experience and opinions.

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    1. Thank you, Kat! I am so glad it was helpful, and you will have to tell me how the project goes! I think you can buy little mini containers if you want to try out a small color sample...

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  28. Great review! A lot of people online seem to complain about the final color not matching the swatch, going both lighter and darker. Now I have no idea what to expect...

    Did your Home Depot stock various colors or do they mix the color in store? They only carry Deep Base at my store so I'm confused whether they use that to mix the color or they're just lazy and don't stock other colors (I tried calling them, got even less service than standing at the paint counter...).

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    1. Regarding dry color, you can buy a sample of whatever color you are wanting to try, and apply it to a piece of scrap wood... then you would know exactly what it will look like when it dries.

      They have to mix the color for you. So you grab the Deep Base, and take it to the paint counter for HD to mix up for you. I took the brochure with me too, so I could show them the exact color.

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    2. Thanks for the heads up. It must have been a new guy when I went the other day because he said they don't have these colors available for samples. I returned today after reading your comment and they mixed the samples up for me no problem.

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  29. What does one do after 5-10 yrs--reapply?

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    1. That might be a good question for Behr. My guess would be the same as any other paint; strip and repaint (or maybe paint over?) I guess they may figure if a deck is old and weathered enough to need Deckover, it may only have 5 to 10 years left anyhow?

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    3. I was kind of wondering about that myself. Does it peel off, crack, chip, wear or what? lol. I'm thinking it depending on what happens, you might just be able to recoat it. I've had to touch up a few spots on mine on places that were thin. Touch ups worked out great. Still loving it!!!!

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  30. I have a brand new deck that is almost done. Would you recommend this product for new deck?

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  31. I have a brand new deck that is almost done. Would you recommend this product for new deck?

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    1. Hm, I think Behr does label the product as okay for new decks. You have a lot of options with a new deck, though, so you might see if you prefer the look of stains.

      Personally? If I had a brand new deck, I would probably just go with a waterproof stain and try to continue to waterproof faithfully over the years. In my case, I went with Deckover because of their claims that it filled in the cracks and could extend the life of an old deck.

      Of course, I am no expert, so that is just my unprofessional opinion. Hope this helps!

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  32. Thanks for your blog.

    I tackled my project yesterday and today.

    5 gal of DeckOver and 1 gallon Behr Premium Solid Stain...both in the Wood Chip color.

    Washed the deck on Friday and got it ready. Weather was perfect Sat & Sun...mid 60s, shade, nice breeze and 20% humidity.

    Did all of the trim first...spindles, railing, etc. (took the longest) The Deckover product definitely is thick and dries fast during application. Can't even imagine doing this in the sun. After the first coat, I was impressed. Finished the 2nd coat today and it looks awesome. The DeckOver does have some grit in it which helps the product set up and from everyone from slipping on it. I think it will be much more durable than my previous stain. I have a couple of dogs and they wore the old stain down. We will see with the new DeckOver.

    I also noticed a slight color difference from the DeckOver compared to the regular stain. It was the same color, but I know know the difference. DeckOver has the sand particles (or whatever it is) and that lightens it up just a bit. You have to look closely, but you can tell.

    Lastly, I'm glad I didn't do the trim with DeckOver...putting DeckOver on anything that's vertical is a real chore. I only did a few things near the steps and WOW, that was not fun. I highly recommend getting the Behr Premium Stain in the same color for all of the trim...you will save a lot of time.

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    1. Ugh, the spindles, don't remind me! Those really do take forever. The stain sounds like a great idea.... I should have done that! Would love to see how the Wood Chip looks.

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  33. I have a very large deck so I decided to paint the deck in 2 stages or halves. On the first half I rolled on the first coat using a 3/8 nap roller as advised by the Home Depot associate. After letting it dry for 4 hours I noticed the coverage really hasn't that good. I came back and applied a 2 coat with a brush and the coverage was much better. So on the second half of my deck I decided to apply the first coat with a brush, then a second coat with a 1/2 nap roller. In my opinion this is process to go with to get the best coverage. I takes more time but the outcome is much better.

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    1. Sounds like you have a good system! I also noticed that the brush really seems to cover better than the roller alone. I'll bet yours turned out great!

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  34. I have a covered porch with a wood deck floor which was painted several years ago and needs to be redone, can you apply Deck Over paint over the existing paint and will it bond?

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    1. Hm, that is a good question. Is the paint peeling at all? I think the instructions indicate if the paint is peeling you want to strip it off first, but maybe that means if the paint is in tact, you could just apply right over? I applied mine right over old stain, and it seems to be doing fine.

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  36. Handyinks, how did it hold up after the winter?

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  37. Handyinks, how did it hold up after the winter?

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    1. That is a great question. I need to do a walk through with closeup pictures and then post an update. From what I can see, it withstood the rough winter nicely, but I want to take a closer gander at it before saying for sure...

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  38. Used deckover on our very large deck last summer. Was very careful not to apply it in direct sunlight. We actually use a remote thermometer on the surface. We meticulously filled all large cracks and nail holes with Elmer's water resistant nail hole filler. Now that the snow is leaving, using the nail filler is looking like a bad idea. The deckover is lifting away from the nail filler. We will have some touching up to do. We live in southern Ontario, Canada.

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    1. Oh, that's good to know, Esther! I wonder why it would react that way? Maybe there is some type of caulk that would work better?

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  39. I am doing a pool deck in Florida. Previous owner had painted it and not that well, but it is as prepped as well as can be. There are some variations from where paint is fine and remains, and where it was pressure washed or scrapped away.

    I have looked all over for products that will give a uniform look including filling those gaps from about 3 mil paint to base concrete. Deck over is the only real answer and cost effective. MY concern is the comment about it being hotter...and I live in Florida!!!

    I cant find any comments about the feel from those other than the woods decks. Just wondering if anyone has any additional or new comments about the product and on bare feet and in sun.

    PS- Fantastic and appreciated review and comments. TY

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    1. Hey John Jay,

      Yeah it does get a bit hotter than a stained deck... It's nothing too terrible, not as bad as asphalt or anything. You will notice it if your deck is in direct sunlight and you try to go barefoot in afternoon summer temps. I know last summer I could comfortably walk out barefoot in the morning before the sun was shining directly on the deck, but by afternoon in triple digits, not really feasible.

      That being said, for the most part, the heat has not been an issue for me, but then again, I don't tend to go barefoot that often...

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    2. Hi Handyinks,

      Now that it's been almost a year, have you noticed any peeling? We have a huge deck and am worried it will start to peel. Basically I feel like once this stuff is applied, you are stuck with it.

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    3. Hey Barbara, No, I haven't noticed any peeling. It held up to a rather rough winter really well! I took some pictures last weekend, and I will do an update post soon! :)

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  40. Looks like you picked the right option. My husband is removing as we speak what's left of the RESTORE he put on our deck last August. What a nightmare. It didn't even last a year !!! Buyer beware where RESTORE is concerned !!! There are so many complaints on this product !

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    1. Oh wow, that is sad to hear! I haven't read much about Restore lately. What is happening to it? Are you going to try Deckover, or go back to stain?

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    2. sealing never does the trick- these deck coatings are all a gimmick- my sister just got done putting Deckover on her deck, and it cracked and flaked off in the areas where water laid, in only one year. Nothing will withstand water on wood over time, on a horizontal surface. What you need is a 2 part epoxy primer, with a 2 part urethane topcoat, similar to automotive paint, or marine paint. Something like IMRON. that is bulletproof- the problem is, it's also highly TOXIC to breath the fumes from it as it's curing. so there you have it.

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    3. sealing never does the trick- these deck coatings are all a gimmick- my sister just got done putting Deckover on her deck, and it cracked and flaked off in the areas where water laid, in only one year. Nothing will withstand water on wood over time, on a horizontal surface. What you need is a 2 part epoxy primer, with a 2 part urethane topcoat, similar to automotive paint, or marine paint. Something like IMRON. that is bulletproof- the problem is, it's also highly TOXIC to breath the fumes from it as it's curing. so there you have it.

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  41. Am wondering about the 5-10 yr. claim. When the time (whatever it turns out to be) elapses, does one just reapply the product everywhere; just where it has eroded, or have to somehow strip and/or clean the entire area again? Being a newer product this may be a moot question at this point.

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    1. My guess would be it would have to be stripped and reapplied... I will be pretty impressed if it lasts the 5 to 10 years, I must say. We shall see...

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  42. So glad I found your blog! Great info, great comments, and I feel like I this product is a "go!"

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    1. Aw, thank you, Dori! I am glad it was helpful! :)

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  43. This may sound weird, but I am wondering about painting my living room plywood subfloor with Deckover. My carpet is a mess, and we can't afford anything else, like laminate or other carpet. Our room has a cottage-like feel to it. What do any of you think? Would I have to sand it first?

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    1. bubbalou, I am no expert, but I wouldn't want to risk the plywood subfloor being exposed, even if painted. I am not sure how moisture/spills/daily wear/etc would affect it.

      How big of an area you are looking at? You might check out vinyl tile/planks as an alternative; it may even be cheaper than Deckover depending on which style you go with (Deckover is pretty costly after all).

      Vinyl flooring is affordable, super easy to install (you don't even need a saw), and comes in tile and wood looks. I have seen some vinyl "wood" planks recently that look incredible, and are half the price of laminate even.

      Here is one example, (you may have to copy and paste the link): http://www.homedepot.com/p/TrafficMASTER-Allure-6-in-x-36-in-Country-Pine-Resilient-Vinyl-Plank-Flooring-24-sq-ft-Case-33114/100594661?N=5yc1vZbzjz)

      Hope this helps!

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    2. Thanks for your thoughts .Our l/r is about 450 Sq. Ft. The dining room that leads into it already has a light pine laminate (I wish we could afford to do it all) already, so am not sure how the vinyl plank would look next to it. That's why I thought a painted (or Deckover) floor would look OK next to the laminate. Here in Canada, vinyl plank costs the same as laminate so I thought painting would be less expensive.

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