Paint That Lasts. The good news is that a paint-maker has finally come out with an actual paint that's suitable for decks. The bad news is that it's designed for vertical surfaces only. Wolman's DecoWhite Decorative Deck & Porch Paint is self-priming and requires two coats, but the 100 percent acrylic formulation hides knots and tannin bleed-through and dries to a brilliant satin finish, says the maker. It can also be applied immediately to pressure-treated lumber. The paint sells for $30 per gallon and comes in any color you want — as long as it's white. Wolman Wood Care Products, 800/556-7737, www.wolman.com

Safe Stripper. Removing an old finish prior to recoating a deck should not require a hazmat team. Injectable Safe-Strip was developed by former deck-cleaning contractors as an alternative to harsh chemicals. Designed to be applied with a pressure washer, the biodegradable deck-stripper easily removes oil and latex semitransparent stains and...

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