One of our first projects this Spring had to be our back deck. While still in what appears to be sturdy and good shape, the paint is gone and wood is chipping making it easy for my little ones to end up with splinters every time they go out back. Because we are on a corner lot with a very wide open yard, anyone who drives by can see our deck and the terrible shape it is in. Knowing that we also love to entertain outdoors frequently, this was top priority.
Thankfully I discovered the brand ECOS Paints and they graciously agreed to send me over their Exterior Porch and Floor Paint. ECOS Paints are "Non-toxic, Non-allergenic, Asthma-friendly, Zero VOC, Odorless, Organic and Safe for the environment". There are no fillers or solvents which thin the paint making it necessary to coat surfaces more than once to get the desired color.
We chose the Wild Rose color hoping for a dark brown red to go with the Barn red you see all over our area and of course to stand out a bit. I love that when using this paint we didn't have to use a primer (saving us more money in the long run). We just thoroughly cleaned the deck and started painting. While the paint is supposed to be odorless, it was a bit more difficult to tell since we were outside painting.
Though I will say, I felt very comfortable having both my kids helping paint AND my chickens roaming around the area at the same time. The kids love being involved in fixing up "their" home just as much as we do. It was amazing to be able to enjoy such an activity with my family without concern for my children's safety. With just the first coat our Wild Rose had more of a pink look but once dried with the second coat, you can see in my pictures it has the darker red brown color we were looking for!
The paint dried extremely quick and required two coats to get a deep rich color. The Glossy look not only brings new life to such an old deck but it has coated the wood so it is safe for bare feet. The rain even seems to bead up well so I know it's protected and sure to last for a long time even in such a highly trafficked area!
*I do want to note this dried very quickly on a sunny day like we chose so in this case you may want to have several people working on the project as you can see several lines between the coats and different areas drying before we could apply the second coat.
Available to purchase/Cost: $29.95 - 1 Quart Exterior Porch and Floor Paint (covers 110 Sq Ft single coat)
Recommendation: To be honest this is an expensive paint but not when you think about all the chemicals you are avoiding and how well it worked. My deck looks like a brand new one now. While I will definitely be purchasing this in the future, I'd still like to see it a bit cheaper so those who aren't sure can find it affordable to try.
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