Best Deck Paint for Old Wood: A Complete Buyer’s Guide

Does your deck look like the picture above? Are you looking for a quick and easy solution to make your deck look better without much effort or having to spend an arm and a leg? Look no further! These four products are the best deck paint for old wood. These products are ideal for worn or weathered wood. Before applying any of these products, it’s imperative that the surface is clean. That means using soap AND water and not just water alone. 

Why is water alone not sufficient enough? Think about it like this, when you go to the car wash and rinse your car with just water and no soap, it will probably look okay while it’s still wet. Once it’s dry however, you’ll be able to see all of the dirt that was left behind. If you do not do proper prep work, you’ll be wasting your time because the product will not work like it’s supposed to. 

Now, with all of that being said, I want to make it clear that these products are not the only solution to old weathered wood. In fact, the thought of painting a deck makes me cringe because you can bring the wood back to life, but it’s going to take a lot more time and effort. If you’d like more information on restoring old wood without painting it, click here. 

Quick Overview

OLYMPIC RESCUE IT

Deck paint for old wood

CABOT DECK CORRECT

Deck paint for old wood

BEHR PREMIUM DECK-OVER

deck paint for old wood

RUSTOLEUM RESTORE

KILZ OVER ARMOR 

4.3/5

Olympic RESCUE IT! MAX is a resurfacer, primer and sealer in one. It locks down splinters and provides a safe, and durable surface that resists fading. It has a slightly textured finish that covers up to 75 sq.ft in 2 coats. It also prevents mildew and algae. View the color options here. 

Pros: 

  • Self Priming
  • Fade protection and water resistant 
  • 140 Colors options

Cons:

  • Peeling, cracking, and bubbling. 
  • May not fully cover 75 sq.ft in 2 coats depending on how worn the wood is.
4.1/5

Restore by Rustoleum is 10 times thicker than ordinary paint. It’s available in 60 different colors and must be tinted before using. It will cover up to 40 sq.ft per gallon with 2 coasts which is slightly less than the olympic rescue. Restore can also be used on composite. View color options here. 

Pros: 

  • Can be used on concrete, wood and composite 
  • Ready for use in 48 hours
  • Soap and water cleanup

Cons:



4.5/5

It also features a splatter resistant application and has a smooth finish. It fills cracks up to 1/4” and easily locks down splinters, while creating a smooth slip resistant surface.  View color options here. 2 coats are required for optimal durability.  

Pros: 

  • Can be used on vertical surfaces
  • Can be brushed, rolled or sprayed
  • Soap and water cleanup

Cons:

  • Longer cure time
  •  Potential for cracking/peeling
  • Cannot be used on drive-able surfaces
4/5

Available in 51 different colors and covers 75 sq.ft with 2 coats. You can use any nylon/polyester brush or 3/8” roller nap to apply. It’s recommended to on weathered wood, concrete, decks, porches and steps. For best results with this product, Cabot recommends using a solid stain on vertical surfaces such as railings and the solid stain is offered in complementary colors. View color options here. 

Pros:

  • Can be used on decks, porches, concrete and weathered wood
  • Ready for use in 48 hours
  • Soap and water cleanup
  • Easy Application

Cons:

  • Not recommended on vertical surfaces
  • 1 gallon only covers 40 sq ft with 2 coats
  • Potential for peeling
3.2/5

Kilz Over Armor Smooth Wood/Concrete coating is a very thick solid color coating designed to restore old wood.  It’s acrylic resin formula is perfect for binding cracks, hiding imperfections and concealing splinters. This product is ideal for weathers wood, composite surfaces like decks, porches and boat docks. It’s also ideal for concrete surfaces like pool decks, patios and sidewalks. 2 coats are required for optimal durability. It’s available in gallons and five gallons. 

Pros:

  • Can be used on horizontal and vertical surfaces
  • Light foot traffic 24-48 hours
  • Soap and water cleanup
  • Smooth slip-resistant finish

Cons:

  • Hard to apply due to the thickness of the coating 
  • Very limited colors
  • Cannot use on driveable surfaces such as garage floors or driveway

Final Recap

Deck paint for old wood is a great alternative to replacing your deck. Wood that has been neglected, can be expensive to restore or replace. The “pros” of deck resurfacing products include sealing down wood splinters, protection from fading and extreme water resistance. The “cons” of deck resurfacing products include peeling and cracking, the surface can become very hot when exposed to direct sunlight, and the coverage area per gallon. 

If after reading this post, you’ve decided that deck paint is not the way you want to go, make sure to checkout my post on ‘Everything You Need to Know About Deck Stain’.

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