While a deck is a nice feature to have in your yard, it is a luxury that comes with some maintenance. Along with regular deck cleaning, refinishing wood decks is important for keeping it in good shape. When you refinish a wood deck, you not only make it look better, but you also protect the wood and extend the life of the materials.
You could pay professionals to work on restoring your wooden deck, but you could save money by doing it yourself. In this post, we are going to look at how to refinish a deck. When it comes to refinishing a deck, the process includes scrubbing, stripping, power washing, inspecting, repairing, sanding, staining, and sealing.
Scrubbing is the First Step to Restoring a Wooden Deck
Before you can work on refinishing a deck, you need to clean the surface. Depending on how well you have kept up with cleaning your deck over the winter, you could start by scrubbing the surface with a brush and some water. You may even be able to make the work a little easier by trading the scrub brush for a hard-bristled broom.
Stripping is Essential When it Comes to How to Refinish a Deck
The next step in how to restore a deck is to strip the old finish. You should be able to find a chemical stripper at your local hardware store. Make sure to follow the instructions for the paint/sealant stripper when removing the old finish.
With the old finish removed, you can now give the wood a deep cleaning with a power washer. This will remove any dirt and debris that is lodged deep in the surface of the wood.
You need to be careful not to damage the wood when using a power washer to clean your deck. Start with the lowest setting and work your way up until you have enough pressure to clean without damaging the surface. With its 4-in-1 pressure system, a tool like the Hydroshot is the perfect tool to help you refinish your wood deck.
Inspect and Repair
Before you continue with refinishing a wood deck, take the time to inspect for any repairs that need to be made. Get your cordless drill and tighten any loose boards. If any planks are damaged or warped, you should get out your compact circular saw to cut new boards as replacements.
Sanding is Key When Working to Refinish a Wood Deck
The Rockwell 3.3 Amp 5” Vibrafree Random Orbital Sander is the perfect tool for this stage of the project. If the boards are looking rough or weathered, sanding will get them smooth and help them take the new finish. You just need to make sure to use the right grit. For most decks, something in the range of an 80-grit sanding disc should work well for getting the surface ready to complete your ‘refinish a wood deck’ project.
Refinishing Wood Decks Isn’t Complete Without Staining
Before you can start applying the finish, you need to take some time to select the right stain. The finish is obviously going to affect the look of the wood when you are done, but you also have to consider factors like how long the finish will last and if it provides any additional protection.
You are going to need a few paintbrushes in different sizes to apply the stain. The best process is to start with the hand rails and then work your way down to the deck surface. Once you get to the deck, you should start from an inside corner and work your way to the outside. You could also make the process a little faster by using a paint roller to apply the stain to the deck boards.
Sealing is the Last Step to Restoring a Wooden Deck
Depending on the type of finish you choose, you might not need to seal your deck. An all-weather finish will have sealing agents to protect the wood, but some finishes may need to be sealed after they dry. Make sure to read the label of your finish to see if sealing is required. If it is, buy a compatible sealing product and apply it as per the instructions.
When you are finished with refinishing your wood decks, make sure to let it sit for about 2-3 days before walking on it or moving patio furniture back onto the deck. If you have people or objects on the deck before it dries, you could ruin the finish in those areas.
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