Whether you're enjoying a peaceful moment away from it all or entertaining during a summer barbeque with friends and neighbors, your deck is a high traffic area in the warm months and it's crucial that you keep it protected from that traffic as well as weather and sun. A healthy deck not only looks better but it's safer.
In order for you to keep your deck protected from the elements, you must take the time every few years to refinish it. There are 3 easy steps in the wood deck refinishing process; 1. sand, 2. apply a fresh coat of stain, and 3. apply water seal that protects the wood from general traffic, overexposure to sun, rain, snow or anything else mother nature throws at it.
How to refinish a deck - Sanding
First, you must clean and sand the existing dirt, stain and seal off. This is a hard job that could be time consuming unless you have the right sized equipment. For the smoothest results, use 80-grit sandpaper and rent a powerful industrial size orbital sander. Sanding will take off the old layer of wood taking away any blemishes, scratches or dents that may have occurred and it will reveal a new fresh healthier layer of wood. Use a belt sander to do the same on hand rails and balusters.
How to refinish a deck - Staining
After sanding (and cleaning the excess dust off) the entire deck, you'll want to apply two or three coats of the stain of your choice. Choose the same stain you previously had or switch it up and choose a completely different shade. When staining, make long strokes ensuring that a smooth layer is applied to the wood. When staining your handrails and balusters it is best to use a rag and wipe the stain on to have the smoothest application. Allow ample time for drying in between each coat. From Duckback products to Cabot our paint and stain department gives you hundreds of stain and color options.
How to refinish a deck - Sealing
The final step in wood deck refinishing comes a few days after your stain has completely dried - you will want to put on a two to three coats of water seal. Use caution and a heavier brush when applying the seal, it can be sticky and clump if you do not apply the layers evenly. The seal is a heavier clear surface that protects your deck from rain or snow. Rather than having water soak into the wood, the seal will act as a shield and repel the water then after it rains you can literally wipe your deck off with a rag. Thompson's Water Seal is a popular brand.
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Congratulations! You are now ready to refinish a wood deck. Soon your sealant will be dry, and your deck will look brand new and ready for a quiet summer evening and looking great for those barbeques.