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How long should I expect two part epoxy to last on deck?

I understand the variables. Just looking for an average time between painting.
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I painted my deck last spring with Interlux Interthane Plus. It is holding up well so far but any hard objects dropped that will chip gelcoat will also chip the paint. Also drilled holes cause problems with the paint ripping at edge of hole.

I have heard that 5 years is a good number before it looks like it may need redoing. I hope longer since it an absolutely horrible task to undertake!

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Mike, your paint job will last - or not last - depending on:
1. how much U/V attacks it
2. how much freezing temps it sees
3. for the non-skid areas, now much use it sees and whether you used the ''microspheres'' product that is recommended for Interthane
4. how you wash it, and
5. what your own tolerance is for ''that new look''.

When I''m looking at boats in the Northwest, it''s amazing to me how ''fresh'' they appear vs. the washed out boats, mine included, that have lived down here in Florida. And FWIW, our new Interthane deck job looked a bit washed out & worn after only 1.5 years of cruising in the Caribbean...and the non-skid was noticeably less agressive. But then, nothing wears out a boat like use.

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Thanks for the feedback. Now for the work.
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Out Interthane Plus deck paint is now going on it''s fourth season on Long Island Sound and still looks fine except for a couple of spots, for example where it chafes on the pole downhaul line. The gelcoat was getting worn there before I painted it anyway. I expect at least another four years before having to think about any new coats.
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