Acrylic or Marine-Grade Paint for Decks?

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Q: I need to paint my wood decks and was wondering about using marine paint. I live in Montana and want something that will last as long as possible. Should I use the old standby regular acrylic or should I use marine paint?

I am confused as to the price and if it would truly be worth it. Is it brush paintable or does it have to be sprayed? I cannot seem to find out anything here in Great Falls at the local paint places. No one here has heard a thing about marine paint and can't seem to find anyone that sells it.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.