Why NOT to apply paint or solid stains to decks in Michigan
Both deck sealer & paint provide protection & add color, but this is where the similarities stop. Deck sealer is a penetrating oil that soaks into the surface, whereas paint sits on the surface. Paint forms a tough, thick film designed to block sun & water for long stretches of time. Paint is always applied over a primed surface using a brush & roller because it’s too thick to spray. WE DO NOT APPLY PAINT OR SOLID STAIN TO DECKS.Sealer is much thinner that paint & it’s transparent allowing the woods natural color to show through. Wood expands & contracts naturally with temperatures because it is a porous material. Paint lacks the proper coefficient to fluctuate in response to temperature changes. This means that moisture will get trapped underneath the paint or solid stain. That moisture will continuously fight to evaporate until it eventually finds it way out. This causes cracking, peeling & flaking of the paint because moisture is trapped by the paint or solid stain. Peeling paint is nearly impossible to remove. We DO NOT remove paint or solid color stain from decks because it’s nearly impossible to get it all off & requires extensive sanding.A penetrating oil based sealer like TWP we use does not contain any of the ingredients that paint does which lack flexibility to provide compatible protection to wood decks. The oil provides moisture protection through penetration of the surface and migration deep into the wood. TWP is applied using a low pressure sprayer because it’s too thin to apply by hand using a brush & roller. TWP will NEVER fail by cracking, peeling & flaking as paint or solid stain does because it is compatible with the woods natural expansion & contraction characteristics. TWP uses nanotechnology which allows UV blocking compounds that are normally opaque to become transparent, giving it the ability to protect against UV damage. When transoxide pigments are ground down into the nano range they become opaque to UV light and transparent to visible light. TWP sealer contains these pigments which block the sun’s UV rays and keep the wood from turning gray from exposure to the sun’s UV rays. It’s easy to remove previous TWP sealer & re-apply without build-up. Film formers like paint or solid stain are nearly impossible to remove. Once you have applied it you are basically stuck with it.
All Surface Restoration does NOT apply paint or solid stain to decks. These products hide the natural beauty of the wood’s grain & do not penetrate below the surface. It’s wrong to use these types of products on decks in Michigan because they do not have the same vapor transmission characteristics as a penetrating oil based sealer like TWP (Total Wood Preservative). If you are looking to have a paint or solid stain to your wood deck, you should call a painter who applies these types of products on a regular basis. We have never offered painting or solid staining as a service because it does NOT last in Michigan’s climate. Painting companies may be willing to ignore the problems with using paint or solid stain on wood decks, but they are not doing the right thing. The problem is any time wood does not dry out between rainstorms you have the potential for decay & rotting of the wood. Not only does paint & solid stain fail in a short period of time, it also causes rot damage to the wood which cannot be reversed & could lead to total replacement.