Rated 2.9 out of 5 by 1365
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Pickydeck Good color coverage
The Deckover paint gave good color coverage on my old faded deck. However, it didn't seal it like I thought it would.
August 23, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by palaranda Our `old` deck
I used a brush for the under the rails and a roller for the rest. Went on perfect and after only one coat. It certainly rejuvenated the deck. Dried very quick too. I removed the furniture first and cleaned the wood with a little soap and water, allowed to dry and simply applied. I have a great deal of confidence in Behr Paints and this product is no different from all the other Behr products I've used. Easy to apply, looks good and long lasting.
September 18, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by hpiguy Durable Coating for Cracked and Faded Exterior Wood.
This new coating/paint from Behr is designed to rejuvenate old wood decks or concrete surfaces by covering the old worn surface and filling cracks while giving you a long lasting look with a traction aiding grit additive.
I chose this SC-146 Cedar color to match the existing color of the stained railing and posts of the deck/porch that we are not re-doing at this time. We didn't want two separate colors between the rails and the surface when we were done. We built the deck six years ago and after a half dozen years of exposure to our harsh winters and summers the stain we applied initially to the surface had pretty much worn off completely.
Each gallon of Behr DeckOver is supposed to cover 50 sq ft of surface with two coats. That's about 1/5th to 1/6th of your normal coverage per gallon for other types of wood treatments. In using so much product, you get a very thick cover over the surface that should last for many years. Measure your square footage and purchase either one gallon or five gallon cans accordingly.
Prep the surface with the right cleaners. We used Behr finish stripper and Behr wood cleaner per the can's directions. Good prep is necessary for long lasting finishes with any material. Skimp in prep and you'll pay the price later.
Even though it is a very thick product (at least twice as thick as any exterior house paint) you can still apply it with a basic brush or roller. Per the directions and after cleaning the wood properly we first used a brush to take the Deckover and fill all the larger cracks in the wood we were coating. Then taking a roller, we covered the entire surface with one coat and waited four hours for it to dry, then applied the second coat. Application is more strenuous than other paints and stains because it's so thick. You want to apply a good amount of pressure to make sure that it actually gets into the grooves of the wood and not just sits on top of it.
When applying, you'll notice at first that the roller does more sliding/brushing the coating around on the wood instead of rolling, but as it goes on it will begin to cling to the wood and apply a bit easier. Again, that's because it's so very thick.
The coating dries to the touch quite fast, even in 65 degree weather. The surface of the deck was about 75 degrees. We didn't notice any clumping or 'glopping' of the paint in the can, on the roller or on the wood while we worked. Maintain a wet edge at all times or you'll get an uneven surface. It's best to make sure you start and complete the area without a lot of stops along the way.
We used a half can on the front deck/porch and I believe the 50 sq ft estimate on the can is very accurate when applied in two thick coats as directed. If it was very hot, or the surface was really beat up, you'd likely cover even less area per can.
The wet coating easily comes off your hands, brushes and rollers with hot water and soap as long as you do it immediately after you finish working. There is no need to use solvents. If you get the coating on wood where you don't want it, cleanup is much harder, it dries and sticks easily and fast, so mask off areas and take your time with a brush near the edges. If you get it on things like plastic siding, as long as you use hot water and take it off right away, it just wipes off.
It has an intense ammonia smell, so don't use it in closed in areas. It's odor is very strong, but fades fast outside.
Drying Time, Finished Product:
The can says to wait 72 hours before foot traffic and we waited four days just to make sure it had dried all the way. So far the finish looks and feels durable and has not peeled off. It does 'dent' under chairs with small feet, but within a day the dent smooths itself out. It does scratch easier than most coatings, I'm not sure if that's because of the gritty coating or because of the thick application method.
COLOR NOTES. The color after drying four days does not quite match the advertised color. This may have been an issue with mixing. It's a noticeably lighter shade than was expected based on the website color sample and the in-store sample that we went and looked at later. It's still attractive, but a lighter color than expected and that's important to note.
The grit added to the coating is nice and will be great when it rains and snows. the last coating we used was very slippery after any water exposure.
In the larger crack filling duty, it fell short. We pre-filled all the big cracks as instructed, but after two top coats they still are visible. I do not see how this would ever fill 1/4 inch cracks as listed. On smaller cracks and defects in the wood, it did a good job of smoothing them out.
We're pleased enough with this coating that we plan on coating the rest of the larger back deck next spring and we'll be using DeckOver for that as well. It's expensive compared to other coatings, but the end result is far worth it. I can see this adding quote a bit of life to the deck/porch boards. We'll make sure they tint the next cans a bit darker due to the lighter than shown color after drying.
The final effect is a marked improvement in the appearance before we coated it. It really is night and day as my photos show. A regular stain would not nearly have hid as many defects as the DeckOver did. While it is not a miracle worker for old wood and won't fill giant cracks, it does a pretty good job and we're pleased with the look.
September 23, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by homeowner02301 Buyer beware, poor product
followed the instruction exactly, had to use two cans for a 10 x13 deck. the stuff is so thick. when I was finally finished it looked great, 4 months later and the paint is faded and gone in so many spots. won't buy this again.
September 9, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by natgro RUINED MY DECK
I prepped and applied exactly as instructions say approximately 5 weeks ago. I live in Upcountry Maui- the temperatures NEVER exceed recommended application temps, high or low, year-round. It looked great! 4 weeks later it started bubbling up all over the deck. Really nasty. Cracking and chipping can only be what lies ahead. The house is for sale and my big selling point is now a complete eyesore. I will have no choice but to give a buyer a credit to replace the whole deck. I am going to lose $5,000 by using $150. worth of this 'easy to use, miracle product'!
Just sick after seeing all the similar complaints on this site and many others on the web. Wow, guess I am not alone. I don't think any other Home Depot product reviews have more 1-star reviews than any other star reviews. Point being- THEY KNOW this is a terrible product that is costing buyers HUGE amounts of money to remedy, yet they KEEP SELLING IT.
October 7, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Ems01 Worst product I've ever used
We were so impressed with the demo at Home Depot that in 2013 my sister and I both purchased Deck Over and stained our decks. We both spent almost an entire summer on this project. After thoroughly cleaning our decks and letting them dry. We painted over the cracks and between each board with a paint brush as was suggested by the rep and allowed sufficient time for both coats to dry. Both decks look gorgeous for the remainder of that first summer. By spring 2014 the stain on both decks had cracked and started to peel. We could actually peel off the stain with our fingers. We touched up these areas only to have the same thing happen in 2015 and now in 2016. In addition, we were told the deck would be perfect for walking in on bare feet... It is not! This is very discouraging especially when my neighbors used a plain old deck stain and have much better looking decks. We were told the stain would last for many years and I have touched up my deck every year - what a waste of time and money. Several people asked why the deck looks like it does when it was recently stained and what I've used. I tell them but I also warn them it's a lot of money for very poor results. This product should last more than one year. Up to this point I thought Behr products were far better than other brands. After this experience I am not sure I will purchase Behr again.
August 14, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Smitty Here we go again . . . pealing!
This product was highly recommended by the Home Depot Paint Dept. Was told it would last for several years. I followed the preparation directions as stated. I spent days with the process. That was last summer . . . fast forward to 10 months later. it's peeling in many areas of our deck. I never intended having to prep and repaint our deck again this summer. More time and $$$.
I believe we should be refunded at least the cost of the paint!
July 3, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Pete Horrible - Do not buy
We applied this product and followed the directions exactly. After two years it needs to be completely redone. There are cracks in almost all of the deck boards (even in areas that are not walked on like railings) and big areas where the finish has come completely off leaving exposed wood. The staff at the local Home Depot store don't even recommend this when you ask them about it. I spent a lot of time and money on this, and now I'll be switching products.
July 10, 2016