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    Dtakien Tong Deck - What to Paint With?

    I'm in the middle of re-constructing an outside wooden deck. I've stained it, painted it, and in the end frustratedly coated it with enamel paint (all with good quality products BTW), all of which has peeled off within a couple of months

    Is there anything at all I can do to have it looking suay for longer than the usual 2 to 3 months before it ends up looking like crap, again.

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    Why would you paint a deck?
    Oil it.

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    Does fish oil work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99 View Post
    Why would you paint a deck?
    Oil it.
    With teak oil, yes? The deck's been redesigned, split levels with a little new wood but mostly the old stained/peeled painted stuff. Besides really not wanting to take the whole thing back to the wood (aaach), there's the original pergola on which the stain stayed. I'd need the whole thing to match. Also, dtakien tong nice light gold colour, but too light and doesn't fit in with the not insubstantial woodwork of the rest of the house. Ideas?

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    Rent a sander and do it right.
    Teak oil, tung oil, shit even motor oil mixed with stain will do.
    Lots of stained and unstained deck oil products out there.

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    Been doing a bit of digging and some sites say oiled decks can go black after a while. What about a coat of casein? Kept Chinese houses looking spiffy for a century or more.

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    Never heard of it. Wax? Resin?

    Look any outdoor wood is going to weather and take on a patina of whatever is used to treat it.
    The advantage of oil is you don't have to clean or prepare the surface to any great extent, it takes no skill to apply, doesn't need protection while you do it and you can apply it with a mop, sponge or rag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99 View Post
    Never heard of it. Wax? Resin?

    Look any outdoor wood is going to weather and take on a patina of whatever is used to treat it.
    The advantage of oil is you don't have to clean or prepare the surface to any great extent, it takes no skill to apply, doesn't need protection while you do it and you can apply it with a mop, sponge or rag.
    Casein is a milk based paint. When vinegar is added to the boiled milk, it separates and forms a glue like substance. You can then add pigment, much as you would oil. The Chinese used to add ox blood, hence the red colour of their houses, some of which have withstood the test of time for 100 to 200 years.

    I wouldn't want to have to boil up pales of milk, and am loathe to slaughter an ox But there are many commercially made now Non Toxic Paint | Environmentally Friendly Paint | Real Milk Paint It would negate having to sand down the majority of the old wood in the three level deck I have seen it needs to have tung oil applied for a deck, but if I simply oil the thing, all the old crappy surface would show through.

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