If your wood deck no longer impresses you because it is showing its age and you’re no longer comfortable inviting friends to spend time on it, it is time to refinish it. It is not complicated and you can handle the task by yourself if you make time for it. Choose one sunny day and do the following:
First, you will inspect and repair your deck. Brush your deck to remove all debris and begin by assessing regions that are in contact with the ground then the decking rails. Look out for any splitting wood, rotten boards, and loose joints and nuts. Replace all rotten bolts with new ones, loose nails with screws, and imperfect wood with specialty lumber or pressure-treated wood. Learn more about specialty lumber or pressure-treated wood here.
If you are looking to applying a new coat of paint or stain to your deck, it is imperative that you remove the current layer first. A scrapper will help you much and make sure you re-check the nails and screws on your deck to confirm that they are still securely in place. Use a stain remover to take off the existing finish completely.
Next, scrub your deck extensively with the ideal cleaning product. Ensure that you wear protective gear to prevent harming yourself with the cleaning products, and cover surrounding plants or spray them with water to enhance their resistance to chemical damage.
Rinse the cleaning products with a deep pressure cleaner which easily removes dirt. If you cannot get your hands on a pressure cleaner, a stiff bristled push cleaner can do the job as well. When using a deep pressure cleaner, be gentle with it to avoid damaging your deck and affecting its appeal. Use a spray motion to this effect. Before going to the next step, affirm that your deck is immaculately clean.
During a deep cleaning, a deck’s wood fibers raise and splinter. A sandpaper will be handy to make the surface smooth. The grit you use should be below 100 to maintain the wood’s absorptive properties. Use rough movements when you start then be gentle as your surface becomes smoother. Be keen on the deck handles because that where people mostly base their assessments on.
When everything up to this point seems to satisfy you, it is time to stain your deck. For a quality job, you must buy a quality product. A solid stain product requires less maintenance and lasts longer. It is best to use an oil-based product as well because it stains your deck deeply beyond the surface. It is best to use semi-transparent stains on old wood because they produce consistent results. If your wood is still new, a clear stain will do.
Your products instructions will tell you which tools are ideal for the job. If you have a large surface, rollers will be more useful than brushes, while brushes are useful for tricky surfaces. Wait 48 hours before starting the application and test a patch first to identify what color you will get. Work from the top to the bottom of the deck and use a water repellent in between layers.