When I saw the ad on TV for the Behr DeckOver sold by Home Depot, I thought that would be a good thing to put on my deck. My deck had never been painted or stained before and it was starting to show its age. The grain in the wood was quite raised from pressure washing it several times (something I would never do again).
I chose the darkest red color called Bordeaux. The instructions say that 1 gallon would cover 50 square feet in two coats, so I bought 3 gallons to cover my 150 square foot deck. I later had to buy one more gallon to finish the job because of the steps, rails, and styles.
The product is water based, and has the strong smell of ammonia. The odor made my wife feel sick when she was helping me with the job. It didn’t bother me though.
I started with the deck floor, and rolled it on using a roller with 3/8th inch nap. It is very thick, and indeed did use a lot of paint, far more than regular paint would.
The advertisment said it would fill up to 1/4 inch cracks. As my deck is 5 years old and had never been painted, I thought that would fill up the weather cracks, but it did not. The product is too thick to penetrate any cracks, and it would not enter the gaps between the boards.
As you can see, it is not very good at filling in even small cracks.
Getting the paint in between the deck boards was not easy either, and was very time consuming, but necessary.
The DeckOver product does not seem to be very robust, as my dog was able to scratch it off with his toenails after the paint had cured for a full week. I had to go back and touch it up again.
Another thing I didn’t like was the texture the paint left when applied by a roller. I used a small roller to apply the Deck Over to the styles of my deck. The texture is quite rough from the roller knap.
To get a better idea of the color, this photo is more true:
I found that the paint is too thick to brush easily or efficiently, and I didn’t like the texture of the roller on the rails and styles, so I switched from rolling the styles to brushing. To do this, I found that it worked better if I thinned the Deck Over with a little water. The rough texture on the deck flooring is probably a good thing though as it makes it less slippery.
One more bad thing about this product is how toxic it is to plant life. When I cleaned my brushes and rollers, I used just water and rinsed them with a garden hose. Every where the water touched, the grass died, even though the paint was so dilute there was no visible color.
All in all, I am not impressed with this product and would not buy it again.