Rated 3.5 out of 5Â by 13
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Blue Goop in a can! In a good way and a bad way!
The paint was purchased to paint a 17 year old deck the has been professionally maintained in a regular basis. Saw the adds for this product on TV and decided to give it a try. I started by preparing the deck by spraying it wit.h 30 second cleaner and followed up with some brushing and then a light power washing. I let the deck sit for four days in which we had dry weather in the 70's (yes unusual for the Seattle area). The day before I started painting the deck I went to my local Home Depot store (Sodo Seattle) and had Paula the paint manager assist me. She was very helpful and was really complimentary of my choice to use the Behr Deck Over. I estimated my job would require 7 gallons. I purchased a 5 gallon bucket and two one gallon cans. Cedar Natural Tone was selected #SC-533. It the store I liked the color and the sample that dried on the mixing stick seemed great. Paula recommended a pack of good quality brushes, two roller trays, micro fiber rollers of very good quality, two roller handles and two long screw-in stick handled.
I started the painting "chore" about 8:00 am, the weather was cool, dry and comfortable mid 50's to start off. As directed I did all of the detail work first edging, cracks and nail holes. Using this paint is like spreading a thick mustard. It is goopy like thick mustard. It takes work to get it down into cracks, along edges and into detail areas. I just gave up trying to finesse a brush along an edge made a mess, had to resort to masking. Once I got the detail work done I broke out the pans and rollers. Myself and my daughter managed to get the first coat down by 1 pm. The rolling of the paint onto the deck for the most part went well. Yes, the sheer thickness of this paint makes for a fair arm workout. As the day went on the temperature claimed into the lower 70's, we were constantly fighting the coagulation of the surface layer of paint in the tray. It would thicken rapidly and clump up on the roller surface. By the end of the first coat the deck looked really good. The only dissatisfaction is that the paint would not flow down between the deck boards. We took the rest of the afternoon off and cleaned the tools off a bit. We came back to the deck about 5 pm for the second layer. It went on with about the same effort as the first. Took about 3 hours. By this time the rollers were completely worn so I just tossed them in the garbage along with the pans. I have been spending the following days just doing touch-up to missed divots and detail areas. I am really pleased with the result especially for a do it yourself job.
Looking back at the result I was a little disappointed on how much effort was needed to get this stuff on in mild weather. A conventional brush is very frustrating to use. The instructions say not to thin this stain at all. Rolling was a constant motion back and forth to,the tray as a loaded up roller did not go far. Just keep this expectation in mind. The color was my only other nag. I thought it was a little to yellow of a cedar tone. I should have settled for more of a redwood stain.
In summary the finished job looks really good for a DIY job. Is it perfect "no". The dried surface has a mild grit to it which would lead me to believe it will be stable when wet. Because of how this paint/stain went on I will probably do again. The water clean up and result were sufficiently gratifying for me to attempt this project again when needed. Let's see how long this stuff holds up! It is more of a thick coating that sits on top of the surface rather then soaks into to wood fibers like conventional stain does.
June 10, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by skins272 Horrible product
I did my entire deck last spring,the only thing not coming off is the railings.
I contacted behr and they were going to send me a replacement product
but that doesnt replace the 20 plus hours it took to do this project.I went with
behr because its reputable name but this has been a very expensive let down!!
June 21, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5Â by HerndonKen Massive loss of time and money
Overall, this was a massive loss of time and money for me. I spent a ton of time prepping the deck surface so it would not peel, because I knew what the potential outcome would be if it did. Less than a year later, all horizontal surfaces started peeling. My deck was actually in OK shape but the boards were aging and need some splitting in the surface filled in. If and where it sticks, it sticks well. I had to make the choice of stripping the entire deck (!!) or replacing most of it. I ended up stripping the structural elements of the deck and ordering new lumber for surfaces and railings (from a local lumber yard). Fortunately a neighbor had a pressure washer, chop saw, and nail gun to avoid additional costs. I used Smart Strip (Duron is a dealer) since I could use it without gloves and use a pressure washer to strip the product. A power washer without a stripping product will not take it off where the product does actually stick.
So my sunk costs are:
- gallons of Behr Deck Over
- labor to prep and apply
- time in researching environmentally friendly stripping products that can work with a pressure washer
- cost in higher cost stripping product (needed due to nearby garden and kids)
- time in stripping the structural elements of the deck
- clean up time for the paint that was stripped off
- time measuring and calculating for new boards
- costs in new lumber (!!)
- time in replacing the boards (rip out old, cut and nail new)
- gallons of stain/sealer
- time in staining and sealing the deck surface
Another quick note. This product gets HOT in the sun. Its almost like plastic. Does not feel good on bare feet.
September 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by SJMFOX Very thick/Covers well
We used this Behr paint for our white picket fence instead of the deck because we needed the fence to match our house, which is cedar. It's VERY thick paint, which makes it easy to go on to smoother surfaces but a bit harder on rough surfaces. It did do a very nice job of covering the fence in one coat with no shadowing or bleed-through. Can needs to be partially covered while painting or a skin quickly forms.
September 24, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5Â by HDcustBearDE It's true: peels and chips
This stuff is terrible. My husband and I followed the instructions to the letter: we pre- cleaned, let it dry 24 hrs, etc.
If you have warped areas on your deck that puddle or even slightly collect water, don't use this product. We should have used a traditional water sealant that actually seals the wood instead DeckOver.
We applied this product in late-May. It's Nov. 1 and it's already peeling in multiple places.
November 1, 2014