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I need to have my house repainted and replace a large cedar deck. What order would you all suggest? Thanks.

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  • Is the deck preventing access to any parts that need to be painted? – Andrew Morton Apr 5 at 11:39
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    Do the painting, then it does not matter if you spill some. – Solar Mike Apr 5 at 11:51
  • Facetiously, yes. – MonkeyZeus Apr 5 at 11:59
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    This comes down to the nuances of your situation. Since you've given us none, we can't say. Please revise to provide detail and photos. – isherwood Apr 5 at 12:42
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    This is a very opinion-based question, so -1, but if it was me, I'd remove the deck, and install a new ledger (if applicable... ignore if this deck is freestanding), do all the flashing/ siding fixing, and then paint. – Aloysius Defenestrate Apr 5 at 13:39
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Do the painting first that way if you spill something it doesn't matter (especially if you are doing it yourself) but keep a tin of paint just in case you need to touch up / paint some spots if the deck is in a slightly different place.

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If you really want to play it safe, remove the old deck first. Then you can do the painting without any obstructions up against the walls. Afterwards, build your new deck.

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  • OTOH, use the deck to get extra reach to the high spots that need to be painted. Hence, opinion based question. ;) – FreeMan Apr 5 at 12:32
  • @FreeMan I actually thought about that but figured if the deck was being replaced, it must be in bad shape and wouldn't want to be working on it. – JACK Apr 5 at 12:37
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    There's a large span between "looks bad enough that it should be replaced because it's ugly and going to become a problem" and "on the brink of collapse and unsafe to stand on". And that's ignoring pure size/aesthetic reasons someone might want to replace a perfectly good deck. – Dan Is Fiddling By Firelight Apr 5 at 13:19

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