Is it possible to dye composite decking? The simple answer is yes. While composite decks, such as Trex, are not designed or mandated to be paintable or stainable like genuine wood decks, they may and will take paint under specific conditions if properly cleaned, prepared, and primed. Also, the Trex company does offer an oil-based primer that can be applied directly to the surface of a composite board to allow it to accept other materials such as stains or paints.
There are several types of stains available for use on composite lumber including red and black. Before you choose a color, however, you should know how it will look on your particular type of composite decking. Colors on one type of composite material often look different than what you'll get with another type of material. For example, red looks very different on vinyl decking than on wood decking because the dyes are designed for a different substrate.
Similarly, colors on natural fiber decking tend to run more often than those on wood decking because the fibers have a natural tendency to bleed when stained. This also means that colored natural fiber decking tends to look darker in color than its counterpart, which is generally not the case with wood decking.
Stains also vary in how deep they go into the wood grain. Light stains may cover only the top layer of the composite material while deeper stains may reach down slightly below the surface.
The majority of composite and Trex decking may be painted or stained. If you decide to paint, start with an acrylic latex exterior primer and finish with a satin or semi-gloss latex paint. If you must stain, choose an acrylic latex stain that has UV inhibitors and mildew inhibitors. Let the stain dry completely before applying any other coatings or materials to the surface.
Trex does not recommend using an oil-based product such as linseed oil for painting or staining your deck. It is also important to select an appropriate-sized brush for the job. A wide brush will help you cover more ground fast while a thin brush will allow you to get into tight spots. Don't use wire brushes because they won't spread the product far enough to cover the entire surface.
You should let any paint or stain sit for at least 30 minutes after applying it to ensure good coverage. You can speed up this process by heating your Trex in the sun or with a heat gun; this will activate the resin content in the wood and make it more pliable so it can be covered later with another layer of paint or stain.
Trex decking is easy to maintain and durable. The best part is that it looks like real wood so it goes with any home decor. However, if you want your deck to stand out then consider adding some decorative elements such as railings, benches, and plants.
Some of the most significant steps of painting trex or composite decking are listed below: Before you begin painting the composite deck, wipe away any excess material such as dirt and leaves. You may clean the deck using an excellent grade composite deck cleaner. This will help remove any residue that could affect the color of the final product.
Now it's time to apply the primer. Use a foam brush to apply the primer to all surfaces, including the edges of the boards. Let it dry for at least 30 minutes, but no more than 48 hours. During this time, vacuum up any excess powder that may have been brushed onto the floor.
After the primer has dried, sand any high-traffic areas of the deck to ensure even coverage. Apply another thin coat if necessary. Allow to dry for at least 24 hours before applying your first color coat.
Your local home improvement store should be able to assist you in choosing colors for your composite deck. They will be able to advise you on which colors work well together and what effects you want to achieve.
When selecting colors, think about how you plan to use your new deck. If you plan to sit out there for many years then you'll want to choose colors that stand the test of time. Otherwise, you might want to go with something more current and trendy.
You will need to reapply the stain to your deck every few years, just as you would paint it. However, unlike painting, re-staining a deck does not need the use of a primer or the same amount of sanding or surface preparation. A stain cannot be placed over a previously painted deck because paint generates a layer that rests on top of the deck planks. Instead, all-natural wood stains are used to restore the color and taste of your deck without covering it with another layer of paint.
There are several types of stains available on the market, but redwood is best stained with American walnut juice because it has the strongest coloring effect. If you want to stain other types of wood, such as maple or pine, then use fruit juices instead. The type of juice you use should be about the same strength as blood orange or grapefruit juice. Too weak a stain will not cover well; too strong a stain will run.
Deck stains come in two forms: liquid and powder. Both can be applied with a brush, but the powder form is easier to work with. Either way, allow the stain to dry before walking on the deck. This is especially important with liquid stains which can splash up when stepped on.
After staining your deck, make sure to clean your brushes by washing them in soapy water and drying them thoroughly before storing them away from sunlight and heat. This will keep them ready for use on other projects.