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Can I paint or stain Trex decking?

Last Updated: 27th March, 2020

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Yes, it is important to wait for Trex to fade (approximately 12-16 weeks) before applying paint or stain. If the Trex decking is painted or stained before it fades, the paint or stain could become discolored and adhesion may be compromised. The discoloration is not permanent and can be cleaned.

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Correspondingly, can you change the color of composite decking?

Although manufacturers demand that the color of trex or composite decking is permanent, they will surely fade in time. Therefore, you can surely paint your composite decking when you want to change the color completely or simply like to freshen the look of the deck.

Secondly, how do you paint old Trex decking? How to Paint Composite Decking

  1. Step 1: Remove or cover plants. If you've got a jungle on your deck, you'll need to cover any and all foliage with canvas or plastic drop cloths or remove them from the deck altogether.
  2. Step 2: Clean your deck.
  3. Step 3: Sand your deck.
  4. Step 4: Prime it.
  5. Step 5: Paint it.

Keeping this in consideration, what kind of paint do you use on Trex decking?

Complete the job by applying a top quality latex floor and deck paint in a satin or semi-gloss finish (higher gloss levels have better mildew resistance and are easier to clean). If you didn't prime the surfaces, you can apply a quality acrylic latex solid color deck stain recommended for use on composite decking.

Does paint stick to composite decking?

Composites aren't designed to be as paintable as natural wood planks, but they can accept paint if the deck is properly cleaned, prepped and primed. A topcoat of porch paint can then restore beauty to your deck and extend its life for several additional years.

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Remove stubborn dirt with mild soap and a soft bristled brush. Hose your deck off thoroughly with a water hose fitted with a good variable fan spray nozzle to loosen and remove surface debris. Mix warm water and mild dish soap in a bucket. Use a soft bristled brush and the cleaning solution to scrub your deck clean.

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How do you refinish a composite deck?

Clean the deck with Messmer's Composite Deck Cleaner, or another high quality wood cleaner of your choice, then rinse thoroughly with clean water. Make sure the deck surface is clean, dry and in good condition. You may need to wait a few days for the deck to completely dry depending on weather conditions.

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Can you paint UPVC decking?

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Can you use Behr DeckOver on composite decking?

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Can you seal Trex decking?

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You don't have to seal the surface once it's been cleaned, but I suggest you do. By properly sealing or staining composite decking, you could get several years of use out of it before you need to clean it again.

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Can Trex decking be power washed?

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What colors does Trex come in?

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How do you remove paint from Trex decking?

Cleaning the deck is simple. Spray the painted or stained area on the Trex with the Krud Kutter, then let it sit for a few minutes. Next, scrub it lightly with a plastic brush until the paint is removed. Lastly, rinse the affected area with water.

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Can you paint composite wood cabinets?

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How do you paint composite wood?

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  2. Wait two hours (minimum) for the composite to dry completely.
  3. For interior wood composites, dust with a broom.
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  5. Allow the primer to dry.

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Can you paint treated wood?

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Can I paint plastic decking?

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How do you get grease out of composite decking?

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  1. Put on rubber gloves.
  2. Spray the deck with a garden hose (turned on high) to remove more of the grease.
  3. Mix hot water and liquid dish detergent in a bucket.
  4. Wet a nylon bristled brush in the solution.
  5. Saturate a sponge in the soapy water.
  6. Sop up more grease and soap with paper towels.