How to paint decking in 3 simple steps

A garden corner sofa in light grey sitting on a freshly painted deck in a dark grey shade
(Image credit: Ronseal)

Painting decking gives it a new lease of life as well as creating a protective layer to help it last longer. Warm, dry, rain-free days are the perfect time to transform your old – or even new – decking with a few coats of paint.

To make sure that you get the best finish possible make sure that you do your prep properly. As with most paint projects, spend time doing the preparation right and the finished article will not only look good but will stay looking good for a lot longer, and the same applies when painting decking.

Follow our three-step guide to find out how to clean, prep and paint your decking with the best decking paint for the perfect finish. 

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Jimmy Englezos

Jimmy is the Senior Brand Manager at Ronseal, the UK's number one woodcare brand. Jimmy regularly provides insights and guidance on how to properly prepare wood for treatment, as well as handy tips and hints for decorating and general woodcare projects. He was also a judge on Irish TV's 'The Big DIY Challenge' in 2021.

Teresa Conway
Deputy editor on Homebuilding & Renovating

Teresa was part of a team that launched Easy Gardens in 2018 and worked as the Editor on this magazine. She has extensive experience writing and editing content on gardens and landscaping on brands such as Homes & Gardens, Country Homes & Interiors and Living Etc magazine. She has developed close working relationships with top landscape architects and leading industry experts, and has been exposed to an array of rich content and expertise.

In 2020 Teresa bought her first home. She and her partner worked alongside architects and builders to transform the downstairs area of her two bedroom Victorian house in north London into a usable space for her family. Along the way she learned the stresses, woes and joys of home renovation, and is now looking to her next project, landscaping the back garden. 

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