DIY Deck Surface Restoration

Posted by | July 12, 2014 | Home Improvement | No Comments

 

 

Deck Restoration Process

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Step One

 

Start by wetting down the surrounding vegitation, next apply a stripper to any surface you want to restore. Most hardware store will have a stripping solutions for decks. Sherwin-Williams carries a product called Deckscapes

 

Apply the Stripper/sealer remover with a roller. I have tried many different garden sprayers to apply it and have always ran into the problem with them clogging after a little use. Old fashion roller and paint tray should work just fine. After applying let the solution sit for about 15 minutes before proceeding with the next step.

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Step Two

Start Your Pressure Washer and begin to wash away the old stain and sealer.

Tip: Make fast and swift movements, pausing with pressure washer wand can leave marks in the wood.

Tip: Wash off debris from surroundings as you go, they will dry onto the surfaces around you.

Tip: Hand Rails typically don’t need stripper to remove old sealer/stain.

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Step Three

To complete the washing part of your deck restoration, apply a wood brightener/cleaning solution. This is an important step if you have applied stripper. The stripper contains acids that must be neutralized before applying stain or sealer. Sherwin-Williams has a product called Revive

Apply wood brightener with roller, same as stripper. Let solution absorb into the wood. Hose off. Let Deck or patio dry. A minimum of 24 hours, We recommend at least 48 hours. Drying allows for the wood pores to open, that way absorbing the maximum amount of stain or sealer.

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Step FourĀ 

 

Select a color for your stain. Depending on the condition of your deck there are a few different choices when it come to selecting the type of finish your stain/covering will have. Fully transparent Oil based stains have a good wood penetration ability but lack the ability to cover dark spots and other imperfections in the wood surface. A semi transparent sealer will cover most imperfections in the wood and a oil based semi-transparent stain is a great alternative to fully transparent stain. Semi-transparent stain will still leave some of the wood grain visible. A solid color stain is the best way to if you have a deck that gets a lot of element abuse. A solid stain also comes in a oil based stain and is a great way to hide vertically all imperfection while still leaving a feel of the wood grain.

Tip: Lightly sand your deck with a medium grain sanding sponge, to remove any standing fibers.

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