Which Deck Paint Is Best: Oil or Water Based?

Deck paint will add color to your deck and hide imperfections in the wood.


Deck paint comes in two varieties, water-based paint and oil-based paint. Most experts say water-based deck paint is the best, because it has more advantages. .

Water-based paint is more durable than oil-based paint, lasting approximately seven to eight years. Oil-based paint needs to be re-applied every two to four years.


Water-based deck paint is more environmentally-friendly than oil-based paint. Oil-based paint contains harmful chemicals that pollute the air and cause headaches and drowsiness.

Clean Up

Water-based deck paint is easier to clean up than oil-based deck paint. All you need is soap and water to clean up water-based deck paint. You must clean up oil-based deck paint with paint thinner and make sure that you properly dispose of it.

Drying Time

Water-based deck paint dries significantly faster than oil-based deck paint. Water-based deck paint dries in about six hours. Oil-based paint takes an entire day to dry.


It is cheaper to use water-based deck paint, because it lasts longer and you don‘t have to spend extra money on cleanup.

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